Boozer coordinates

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Boozer coordinates are a set of magnetic coordinates in which the diamagnetic lines are straight besides those of magnetic field . The periodic part of the stream function of and the scalar magnetic potential are flux functions (that can be chosen to be zero without loss of generality) in this coordinate system.

Form of the Jacobian for Boozer coordinates

Multiplying the covariant representation of the magnetic field by we get

Now, using the known form of the contravariant components of the magnetic field for a magnetic coordinate system we get

where we note that the term in brackets is a flux function. Taking the flux surface average of this equation we find , so that we have

In Boozer coordinates, the LHS of this equation is zero and therefore we must have

Contravariant representation of the magnetic field in Boozer coordinates

Using this Jacobian in the general form of the magnetic field in magnetic coordinates one gets.

so, in Boozer coordinates,

Covariant representation of the magnetic field in Boozer coordinates

The covariant representation of the field is also relatively simple when using Boozer coordinates, since the angular covariant -field components are flux functions in these coordinates

The covariant -field components are explicitly

It then follows that

and then the 'diamagnetic' lines are straight in Boozer coordinates and given by .

It is also useful to know the expression of the following object in Boozer coordinates

The above expressions adopt very simple forms for the 'vacuum' field, i.e. one with . In this case and leaving, e.g.

In a low- stellarator the equilibrium magnetic field is approximatelly given by the vauum value.