Plasma Physics pp 348-362 | Cite as

Some Nonlinear Effects in Tearing Mode Instability

  • Predhiman Kaw
Part of the Nobel Symposium Committee (1976) book series (NOFS, volume 36)


Two nonlinear effects which may be of relevance in the development of tearing mode instability are discussed:
  1. (a)

    effect of a given background turbulence of drift waves on the growth of tearing modes, and

  2. (b)

    effect of a plasma flow towards the X points on nonlinear growth of tearing modes.

The possible relevance of the latter process to disruptive instability in tokamaks is also discussed.


Plasma Flow Toroidal Field Magnetic Island Nonlinear Growth Drift Wave 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Predhiman Kaw
    • 1
  1. 1.Plasma Physics LaboratoryPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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