Nonlinear dynamics of transport barrier relaxations in Tokamak edge plasmas
A new mechanism for intermittent relaxations of transport barriers is found by using three dimensional fluid turbulence simulations. This mechanism is generic since it only requires a stationary E x B shear flow. It is found here that if the flow shear increases faster than linearly with heating power, the relaxation frequency decreases with power. An analytical study reveals that this nonlinear dynamics is governed by a time delay for effective velocity shear stabilization.
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Physical Review Letters, Vol. PRL 94 (2005), p. 105001-1 à 4
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Record Number: 200518099 / Last updated on: 2005-04-25
Original language: en
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