Observation and interpretation of topological structures in impurity ion radiation profiles from the hot plasma of a torsatron
Asociación EURATOM/CIEMAT para Fusión Avd. Complutense 22, E-28040 Madrid,
Accepted: 19 September 1997
Significant features have been observed in impurity ion ultraviolet line emission profiles measured on the TJ-I U torsatron using a fast-scanning detector system with good spatial resolution. These features, which consist of flats and humps, provide evidence for the existence of topological structure in the plasma interior. It is postulated that these structures arise as a result of perturbations in the electron temperature and ion density profiles caused by magnetic islands. We develop a model to show how these structures can give rise to such features in ultraviolet radiation profiles and we use theoretical iota profiles to correlate the positions of the more prominent features with rational iota values.
PACS: 52.55.-s – Magnetic confinement and equilibrium / 52.70.Kz – Optical (ultraviolet, visible, infrared) measurements / 52.25.Fi – Transport properties
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