Effects of energetic particles on zonal flow generation by toroidal Alfv�n eigenmode

Z. Qiu, L. Chen, F. Zonca

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Generation of zonal flow (ZF) by energetic particle (EP) driven toroidal Alfv�n eigenmode (TAE) is investigated using nonlinear gyrokinetic theory. It is found that nonlinear resonant EP contribution dominates over the usual Reynolds and Maxwell stresses due to thermal plasma nonlinear response. ZF can be forced driven in the linear growth stage of TAE, with the growth rate being twice the TAE growth rate. The ZF generation mechanism is shown to be related to polarization induced by resonant EP nonlinearity. The generated ZF has both the usual meso-scale and micro-scale radial structures. Possible consequences of this forced driven ZF on the nonlinear dynamics of TAE are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number090702
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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