Impact of equilibrium radial electric field on energy loss process after pedestal collapse

Haruki Seto, X. Q. Xu, Benjamin Daniel Dudson, M. Yagi

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An impact of the equilibrium radial electric field on energy loss processes after pedestal collapse is numerically investigated using the BOUT++ framework. Using linear stability analysis, the resistive ballooning mode is shown to be stabilized by the radial shear of the equilibrium radial electric field. On the other hand, the energy loss level after the pedestal collapse increases if the equilibrium radial electric field is taken into account. The spatio‐temporal and phase diagram analyses show that the equilibrium radial electric field partially cancels the fluctuation‐driven toroidally axisymmetric radial electric field and weakens the E  × B shearing rate after pedestal collapse, weakening the turbulence suppression by vortex shearing. The equilibrium radial electric field therefore increases turbulence intensity in nonlinear cyclic oscillations among pressure gradient, E  × B shearing rate, and turbulence intensity, which gives rise to subsequent bursts of turbulent transport and increases the energy loss level.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere201900158
Number of pages8
JournalContributions to plasma physics
Issue number5-6
Early online date15 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2020

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