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Title: Ion scale nonlinear interaction triggered by disparate scale electron temperature gradient mode

We have observed that the disparate scale nonlinear interactions between the high-frequency (∼0.4 MHz) electron temperature gradient (ETG) mode and the ion-scale low-frequency fluctuations (∼kHz) were enhanced when the amplitude of the ETG mode exceeded a certain threshold. The dynamics of nonlinear coupling between the ETG mode and the drift wave (DW) mode has already been reported [C. Moon, T. Kaneko, and R. Hatakeyama, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2013)]. Here, we have newly observed that another low-frequency fluctuation with f ≃ 3.6 kHz, i.e., the flute mode, was enhanced, corresponding to the saturation of the DW mode growth. Specifically, the bicoherence between the flute mode and the DW mode reaches a significant level when the ∇T{sub e}/T{sub e} strength exceeded 0.54 cm{sup −1}. Thus, it is shown that the ETG mode energy was transferred to the DW mode, and then the energy was ultimately transferred to the flute mode, which was triggered by the disparate scale nonlinear interactions between the ETG and ion-scale low-frequency modes.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ; ;  [3] ; ;  [1]
  1. Department of Electronic Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan)
  2. (Japan)
  3. National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22410304
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: (c) 2015 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; ELECTRON TEMPERATURE; INTERACTIONS; IONS; KHZ RANGE; MHZ RANGE; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; OSCILLATION MODES; PLASMA DRIFT; TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS; WAVE PROPAGATION