# Stellarator symmetry

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Stellarator symmetry is a property of typical stellarator magnetic configurations.
It is important to be aware that it is an *imposed* (artificial) symmetry,
reflecting the symmetry of the design of the external magnetic field coils generating the configuration, and
not an *inherent* (natural) symmetry of stellarator plasmas.
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Therefore, it has the same status as axisymmetry in tokamaks.

In a cylindrical coordinate system, it is expressed as follows for a scalar field:

with respect to the symmetry plane *φ = 0*. Likewise, for a vector field:

With *N*-fold rotation symmetry around the *Z* axis, there are *2N* such planes.

## References

- ↑ R.L. Dewar, S.R. Hudson,
*Stellarator symmetry*, Physica D,**112**(1998) 275