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Ion and electron heating characteristics of magnetic reconnection in tokamak plasma merging experiments

Ono, Y.; Tanabe, H.; Yamada, T.; Inomoto, M.; Li, T.; Inoue, S.; Gi, K.; Watanabe, T.; Gryaznevich, M.; Scannell, R; Michael, Clive; Chen, C.Z.

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Recently, the TS-3 and TS-4 tokamak merging experiments revealed significant plasma heating during magnetic reconnection. A key question is how and where ions and electrons are heated during magnetic reconnection. Two-dimensional measurements of ion and electron temperatures and plasma flow made clear that electrons are heated inside the current sheet mainly by the Ohmic heating and ions are heated in the downstream areas mainly by the reconnection outflows. The outflow kinetic energy is...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/35441
Source: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
DOI: 10.1088/0741-3335/54/12/124039

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