Ion-temperature gradient modes affected by helical magnetic field of magnetic islands

Ishizawa, A.; Diamond, P. H.
July 2010
Physics of Plasmas;Jul2010, Vol. 17 Issue 7, p074503
Academic Journal
Ion temperature gradient mode (ITG) affected by static magnetic field of magnetic islands is investigated numerically by means of Landau fluid model. The ITG is localized around O-points of magnetic islands, and the localization in poloidal direction is similar to the poloidal localization of toroidal ITG. This is because the helical magnetic field of magnetic islands causes geometrical coupling, and thus Fourier modes that have the same helicity as the islands are coupled together. The strength of coupling is characterized by the square of island width, and it corresponds to the fact that the strength of mode coupling of toroidal ITG is characterized by the inverse aspect ratio of torus in reduced fluid models.


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