Anomalous transport of particles in plasma flow with strong inhomogeneous velocity shear

Mikhailenko, V. S.; Mikhailenko, V. V.; Stepanov, K. N.; Azarenkov, N. A.
July 2008
Physics of Plasmas;Jul2008, Vol. 15 Issue 7, p072102
Academic Journal
The temporal evolution of the drift modes and resulting anomalous transport are considered under the conditions of strong inhomogeneous flow shear [flow shear parameter dv0(r)/dr is greater or comparable to the drift frequency] on the ground of the nonmodal approach with application to boundary regions of tokamaks. The nonmodal linear analysis of the effect of flow shear nonuniformity on the temporal evolution of the drift modes, performed on the base of the Hasegava–Wakatani model, has shown, that terms reflecting velocity profile curvature decay more rapidly with time, as compared with those containing only velocity shearing rate. Therefore, the linear effect of the flow shear nonuniformity appears to be subdominant and the long-time evolution of the drift modes is determined by more slowly damped shear rate contained terms. The anomalous transport of particles in shear flow due to nonmodal drift perturbations exhibits a subdiffusive behavior with the diffusion coefficient reducing in time as t-3.


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