On the chaotic nature of turbulence observed in benchmark analysis of nonlinear plasma simulation

Masatoshi Yagi, Sanae L. Itoh

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Simulational results of two dissipative interchange turbulence (Rayleigh-Taylor-type instability with dissipation) models with the same physics are compared. The convective nonlinearity is the nonlinear mechanism in the models. They are shown to have different time evolutions in the nonlinear phase due to the different initial value which is attributed to the initial noise. In the first model (A), a single pressure representing the sum of the ion and electron components is used (one-fluid model). In the second model (B) the ion and electron components of the pressure fields are independently solved (two-fluid model). Both models become physically identical if we set ion and electron pressure fields to be equal in the model (B). The initial conditions only differ by the infinitesimally small initial noise due to the roundoff errors which comes from the finite difference but not the differentiation. This noise grows in accordance with the nonlinear development of the turbulence mode. Interaction with an intrinsic nonlinearity of the system makes the noise grow, whose contribution becomes almost the same magnitude of the fluctuation itself in the results. The instantaneous deviation shows the chaotic characteristics of the turbulence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-203
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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