147. blobs and drift wave dynamics

Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Advisor(s): Sergei Krasheninnikov

Primary Student
Name: Yanzeng Zhang
Email: yaz148@ucsd.edu
Phone: 858-666-7195
Grad Year: 2021

Abstract
The modified Hasegawa-Mima equation retaining all nonlinearities is investigated from the point of view of the formation of blobs. The linear analysis shows that the amplitude of the drift wave packet propagating in the direction of decreasing background plasma density increases and eventually saturates due to nonlinear effects. Nonlinear modification of the time averaged plasma density profile results in the formation of large amplitude modes locked in the radial direction, but still propagating in the poloidal direction, which resembles the experimentally observed chain of blobs propagating in the poloidal direction. Such specific density profiles, causing the locking of drift waves, could form naturally at the edge of tokamak due to a neutral ionization source. As a result, locked modes can grow in situ due to plasma instabilities, e.g., caused by finite resistivity. The modulation instability (in the poloidal direction) of these locked modes can result in a blob-like burst of plasma density.

Industry Application Area(s)
Energy/Clean technology | plasma physics

Related Links:

  1. http://aip.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.1063/1.4994833

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