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Title: The effects of phase decorrelation on the dynamics of the bump-on-tail instability

The dynamics of the bump-on-tail instability has been studied. The novelty of the work is the analysis of how the bump-on-tail dynamics is affected by an extrinsic stochastisation of the phase of the wave-particle interaction; here referred to as phase decorrelation. For this purpose, a nonlinear Monte Carlo model has been developed. When the characteristic time scale for macroscopic phase decorrelation becomes shorter than time scales of nonlinear wave-particle dynamics, the system may be described quasilinearly, with the phase decorrelation being replaced by a quasilinear diffusion coefficient in particle energy. A purely quasilinear Monte Carlo model, which is typically less computationally demanding than the fully nonlinear description due to the reduced dimensionality of phase space, has been developed for comparison. In this paper, parameter regimes, where the nonlinear and the quasilinear descriptions quantitatively agree on a macroscopic level, have been investigated, using combined theoretical and numerical analyses. Qualitative effects on the macroscopic dynamics by the presence of phase decorrelation and/or by structures of the energy distribution function in the proximity of the wave-particle resonance are also studied.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Fusion Plasma Physics, School of Electrical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm (Sweden)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22490028
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 8; 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; DIFFUSION; DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS; ENERGY SPECTRA; MONTE CARLO METHOD; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; NUMERICAL ANALYSIS; PARTICLE INTERACTIONS; PARTICLES; PHASE SPACE; PLASMA INSTABILITY; RESONANCE; WAVE PROPAGATION