The equilibrium and stability of rotating plasmas

Eliezer Hameiri

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In a rotating equilibrium state, the velocity and magnetic fields are shown to share the same flux surfaces. A simplified derivation is given of a second-order (not necessarily elliptic) partial differential equation which determines axisymmetric equilibrium states. For general configurations, equations on flux surfaces which determine the Alfvén and cusp continuous spectrum are derived and its stability investigated. These equations are written without the use of any particular coordinate system. Similar equations yield a sufficient condition for global stability of axisymmetric equilibria if the flow is parallel to the magnetic field up to a rigid rotation of the plasma. This condition is also necessary for stability in a mirror configuration with no toroidal field and a pure rigid rotation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-237
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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