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Title: Resolving the mystery of transport within internal transport barriers

The Trapped Gyro-Landau Fluid (TGLF) quasi-linear model [G. M. Staebler, et al., Phys. Plasmas 12, 102508 (2005)], which is calibrated to nonlinear gyrokinetic turbulence simulations, is now able to predict the electron density, electron and ion temperatures, and ion toroidal rotation simultaneously for internal transport barrier (ITB) discharges. This is a strong validation of gyrokinetic theory of ITBs, requiring multiple instabilities responsible for transport in different channels at different scales. The mystery of transport inside the ITB is that momentum and particle transport is far above the predicted neoclassical levels in apparent contradiction with the expectation from the theory of suppression of turbulence by E×B velocity shear. The success of TGLF in predicting ITB transport is due to the inclusion of ion gyro-radius scale modes that become dominant at high E×B velocity shear and to improvements to TGLF that allow momentum transport from gyrokinetic turbulence to be faithfully modeled.
Authors:
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  1. General Atomics, P.O. Box 85608, San Diego, California 92186-5608 (United States)
  2. CompX, P.O. Box 2672, Del Mar, California 92014-5672 (United States)
  3. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, P.O. Box 451, Princeton, New Jersey 08543-0451 (United States)
  4. University of California-San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, California 92093-0417 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22252960
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; CHARGED-PARTICLE TRANSPORT; ELECTRON DENSITY; ELECTRONS; NEOCLASSICAL TRANSPORT THEORY; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; PLASMA; SHEAR; SIMULATION; TRAPPING; TURBULENCE; VELOCITY