Nonlinear dynamics of rotating drift-tearing modes in tokamak plasmas

Nishimura, S.; Benkadda, S.; Yagi, M.; Itoh, S.-I.; Itoh, K.
September 2008
Physics of Plasmas;Sep2008, Vol. 15 Issue 9, p092506
Academic Journal
The rotation frequency of the drift-tearing mode is investigated with numerical simulations of reduced two-fluid equations. An extended analytical formula of the rotation frequency of the drift-tearing mode is derived, and is used to analyze numerical results. It is found that the rotation frequency depends strongly on the poloidal zonal flow generated by the drift-tearing mode. The dependence of the rotation frequency on transport coefficients is examined in the nonlinear saturation phase. It is found that ion viscosity μ and parallel resistivity η∥ play important roles by controlling the self-generated zonal flow through the change of the balance between the Reynolds stress and the Maxwell stress. The dependence of the rotation frequency on the magnetic Prandtl number μ/η∥ shows a monotonic increase.


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