Shear flows induced by nonlinear evolution of double tearing modes

Zheng-Xiong Wang; Xiaogang Wang; Dong, J. Q.; Kishimoto, Y.; Li, J. Q.
August 2008
Physics of Plasmas;Aug2008, Vol. 15 Issue 8, p082109
Academic Journal
Shear flows induced by nonlinear evolution of double tearing modes are investigated in a resistive magnetohydrodynamic model with slab geometry. It is found that intensive and thin poloidal shear flow layers are generated in the magnetic island region driven by coupled reconnection process at both rational surfaces. The structure of the flow layers keeps evolving after the merging of magnetic separatrices and forms a few narrow vortices along the open field lines in the final stage of magnetic reconnection. The effects of the distance between both rational surfaces and the initial magnetic shear on the nonlinear evolution of the plasma flows are also taken into consideration and the relevant mechanism is discussed.


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