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Title: Unconventional ballooning structures for toroidal drift waves

With strong gradients in the pedestal of high confinement mode (H-mode) fusion plasmas, gyrokinetic simulations are carried out for the trapped electron and ion temperature gradient modes. A broad class of unconventional mode structures is found to localize at arbitrary poloidal positions or with multiple peaks. It is found that these unconventional ballooning structures are associated with different eigen states for the most unstable mode. At weak gradient (low confinement mode or L-mode), the most unstable mode is usually in the ground eigen state, which corresponds to a conventional ballooning mode structure peaking in the outboard mid-plane of tokamaks. However, at strong gradient (H-mode), the most unstable mode is usually not the ground eigen state and the ballooning mode structure becomes unconventional. This result implies that the pedestal of H-mode could have better confinement than L-mode.
Authors:
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  1. Institute for Fusion Theory and Simulation, Department of Physics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22490116
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 9; 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; BALLOONING INSTABILITY; EIGENSTATES; H-MODE PLASMA CONFINEMENT; L-MODE PLASMA CONFINEMENT; PLASMA SIMULATION; TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS; TOKAMAK DEVICES; TRAPPED ELECTRONS; WAVE PROPAGATION