High-β ECH plasma is generated and stably sustained in a magnetospheric configuration, the Ring Trap 1 (RT-1) device, generated by a levitated dipole field magnet. Geomagnetic-field compensation and optimized operation have realized drastic improvements in plasma properties. The maximum local β value has reached 70% and the pressure profiles have a rather steep gradient near the superconducting magnet. Electrons of the high-β plasma typically consist of 70% hot (∼50 keV) and the rest of cold populations. Confinement time of the hot component plasma is 0.5 s with the optimized neutral gas pressure. By removing the coil support structure, the peaked density profile is observed in the strong field region.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics