by S.P. Gerhardt
Abstract: This paper describes the dynamics of disruption halo current non-axisymmetries in the lower divertor of the National Spherical Torus Experiment (Ono et al 2000 Nucl. Fusion 40 557). The halo currents typically have a strongly asymmetric structure where they enter the divertor floor, and this asymmetry has been observed to complete up to eight toroidal revolutions over the duration of the halo current pulse. However, the rotation speed and toroidal extent of the asymmetry can vary significantly during the pulse. The rotation speed, halo current pulse duration, and total number of revolutions tend to be smaller in cases with large halo currents. The halo current pattern is observed to become toroidally symmetric at the end of the halo current pulse. It is proposed that this symmeterization is due to the loss of most or all of the closed field line geometry in the final phase of the vertical displacement event.
S.P. Gerhardt 2013 Nucl. Fusion 53 023005 doi:10.1088/0029-5515/53/2/023005