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Title: A second-order semi-implicit δf method for hybrid simulation

A second-order accurate semi-implicit Lorentz force ions, fluid electrons δf hybrid model has been developed using a “current closure” scheme. The model assumes quasi-neutrality and is fully electromagnetic. The implicit field solver improves numerical accuracy by separating the equilibrium terms in the presence of small perturbations. The equilibrium part of the generalized Ohm’s law is solved by direct matrix inversion along the direction of gradients for every Fourier mode in the other two directions, while the nonlinear part is solved iteratively. The simulation has been benchmarked on Alfvén waves, ion sound waves and whistler waves against analytical dispersion relation in a slab. In particular, the first-order and second-order schemes are compared by studying the numerical damping of whistler waves. The full evolution of the resistive tearing mode using the Harris sheet equilibrium is also investigated. The linear growth rate and mode structure are compared with the resistive MHD theory. Important tearing mode nonlinear phenomena such as the Rutherford regime and saturation are demonstrated. We also presented systematic study of Rutherford growth rates and saturation island width, which is consistent with previous MHD studies.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22233609
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Computational Physics; Journal Volume: 245; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
97 MATHEMATICAL METHODS AND COMPUTING; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DISPERSION RELATIONS; ELECTRONS; EQUILIBRIUM; HYBRIDIZATION; IONS; ITERATIVE METHODS; LORENTZ FORCE; MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; PERTURBATION THEORY; SIMULATION; TEARING INSTABILITY; WHISTLERS