TITLE

Phase mixing and nonlinearity in geodesic acoustic modes

AUTHOR(S)
Hung, C. P.; Hassam, A. B.
PUB. DATE
September 2013
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Sep2013, Vol. 20 Issue 9, p092107
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Phase mixing and nonlinear resonance detuning of geodesic acoustic modes in a tokamak plasma are examined. Geodesic acoustic modes (GAMs) are tokamak normal modes with oscillations in poloidal flow constrained to lie within flux surfaces. The mode frequency is sonic, dependent on the local flux surface temperature. Consequently, mode oscillations between flux surfaces get rapidly out of phase, resulting in enhanced damping from the phase mixing. Damping rates are shown to scale as the negative 1/3 power of the large viscous Reynolds number. The effect of convective nonlinearities on the normal modes is also studied. The system of nonlinear GAM equations is shown to resemble the Duffing oscillator, which predicts resonance detuning of the oscillator. Resonant amplification is shown to be suppressed nonlinearly. All analyses are verified by numerical simulation. The findings are applied to a recently proposed GAM excitation experiment on the DIII-D tokamak.
ACCESSION #
90480717

 

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