Flux of parallel flow momentum by parallel shear flow driven instability

Yusuke Kosuga, Sanae I. Itoh, Kimitaka Itoh

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The flux of parallel momentum by parallel shear flow driven instability is calculated with the self-consistent mode dispersion. The result indicates that the diffusive component has two characteristic terms: vD1 ~ v˜x2/γ(0) and vD2 ~ v˜x2/(k||2 D||) where v˜x is the fluctuation radial velocity, γ(0) is the growth rate of the mode, k|| is the parallel wave number, and D|| is the electron diffusivity along the magnetic field. vD1 results when the parallel flow shear is above the threshold, while vD2 is important around the marginal state. Since typically vD1 ≫ vD2 ~ Dn, where Dn is the particle diffusivity, the Prandtl number (≡ v/Dn) becomes large when parallel flow shear driven instability occurs. This feature may explain the experimental observation on the difference between profiles of density and toroidal flow in edge and SOL plasmas.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1203018
JournalPlasma and Fusion Research
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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