Propagation of drift waves in toroidal plasmas

S. Yoshikawa, C. Z. Cheng

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Drift wave patterns in toroidal plasmas are studied. The dispersion relation was simplified to retain both the shear and the toroidal coupling effects. Since the dispersion relation does not depend on the toroidal angle φ the dispersion is solved in the two-dimensional space made up with minor radius and poloidal angle. The dispersion relation can be reduced into second-order, partial differential equations of a hyperbolic type. The one-dimensional convective mode analysis, which was originated in the 1960s, was extended into the two-dimensional analysis. Depending on the strengths of the magnetic shear, one can obtain either convective or localized solutions. The results show that the plasma is expected to be unstable for large azimuthal mode number and that the plasma instability tends to be more stabilized for large mass ions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-528
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics of Fluids B
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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