Drift-wave eigenmodes in toroidal plasmas

Liu Chen, C. Z. Cheng

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The eigenmode equation describing ballooning drift waves in toroidal plasmas is investigated both analytically and numerically. Two branches of eigenmodes are identified. One is slab-like and the other is a new branch induced by finite toroidal coupling. The slab-like eigenmodes correspond to unbounded states and experience finite shear damping. The toroidicity-induced eigenmodes, however, can become local quasi-bounded states with negligible shear damping. Both branches of eigenmodes may exist simultaneously. The corresponding analytical theories are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2242-2249
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1980 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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