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Published April 30, 1990 | Published
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Current drive by spheromak injection into a tokamak


We report the first observation of current drive by injection of a spheromak plasma into a tokamak (Caltech ENCORE small reasearch tokamak) due to the process of helicity injection. After an abrupt 30% increase, the tokamak current decays by a factor of 3 due to plasma cooling caused by the merging of the relatively cold spheromak with the tokamak. The tokamak density profile peaks sharply due to the injected spheromak plasma (n¯3 increases by a factor of 6) then becomes hollow, suggestive of an interchange instability.

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© 1990 The American Physical Society. Received 5 October 1989. This work was performed under DOE Grant No. DE-FG03-86ER53232. M.R.B. is a U.S. DOE Fusion Energy Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

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