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22-27 October 2018
Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre
Asia/Kolkata timezone

Nonlinear gyrokinetic analysis of linear Ohmic confinement to saturated Ohmic confinement transition

25 Oct 2018, 14:00
4h 45m
Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre

Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre

Gandhinagar (nearest Airport: Ahmedabad), India
Poster P6 Posters


Dr Lei Qi (National Fusion Research Institute of South Korea)


One of the long lived conundrums in ohmically heated plasmas is that the energy confinement time τ_E shows a transition from a linear regime proportional to the density (LOC) to a saturation regime (SOC) weakly dependent on the density. In the viewpoint of the first principle nonlinear global gyrokinetic simulations, we here present an investigation of LOC to SOC transition for the first time. In this study, by varying a single parameter plasma density, the confinement time estimated by τ∝1⁄χ_eff shows a transition from a linearly increasing regime to a saturation regime as the plasma density increases. The effective transport diffusivity is defined as χ_eff≡(n_e χ_e ∇T_e+n_i χ_i ∇T_i)/(n_e ∇T_e+n_i ∇T_i ), where n_(e(i)),T_(e(i)) and χ_(e(i)) are density, temperature and heat diffusivity for electron (e) and ion (i). The above nonlinear result follows the trend from the mixing length quasilinear estimation for the heat transport. A transition of trapped electron dominant heat transport from TEM to ion dominant heat transport from ITG is observed when the LOC to SOC transition occurs. In the simulations, the Coulomb collision operator for ion-ion collision and the pitch-angle scattering operator for electron-ion collision are included. The physical effects of the collisions in the LOC to SOC transition can be understood by analyzing the phase space dynamics. Physics of intrinsic rotation reversal [1,2] and E×B staircase [3], both of which were found to have close relations with LOC-SOC transition, will be discussed. [1] J. E. Rice, et al., PRL 107, 265001 (2011) [2] Y. J. Shi, et al., Nucl. Fusion 57, 066040 (2017) [3] G. Hornung, et al., Nucl. Fusion 57, 014006 (2017)
Paper Number TH/P6-10
Country or International Organization Korea, Republic of

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Dr Lei Qi (National Fusion Research Institute of South Korea)


Dr Jae-Min Kwon (National Fusion Research Institute, South Korea) Dr Sumin Yi (National Fusion Research Institute) Prof. Taik Soo Hahm (Seoul National University)

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