Zonal-Flow Dynamics and Size Scaling of Anomalous Transport

Liu Chen, Roscoe B. White, F. Zonca

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Nonlinear equations for the slow space-time evolution of the radial drift-wave envelope and zonal flow amplitude have been self-consistently derived for a model nonuniform tokamak equilibrium within the coherent four-wave drift wave-zonal flow modulation interaction model of Chen, Lin, and White [Phys. Plasmas 7, 3129 (2000)10.1063/1.874222]. Solutions clearly demonstrate turbulence spreading due to nonlinearly enhanced dispersiveness and, consequently, the device-size dependence of the saturated wave intensities and transport coefficients. © 2004 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
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JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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