Comparison of bifurcation dynamics of turbulent transport models for the L-H transition

TitleComparison of bifurcation dynamics of turbulent transport models for the L-H transition
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsW. Weymiens, S. Paquay, H.J de Blank, G.MD Hogeweij
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Volume21
Number5-10.1063/1.4871856
Pagination052302
Abstract

In more than three decades, a large amount of models and mechanisms have been proposed to describe a very beneficial feature of magnetically confined fusion plasmas: the L-H transition. Bifurcation theory can be used to compare these different models based on their dynamical transition structure. In this paper, we employ bifurcation theory to distinguish two fundamentally different descriptions of the interaction between turbulence levels and sheared flows. The analytic bifurcation analysis characterises the parameter space structure of the transition dynamics. Herewith, in these models three dynamically different types of transitions are characterised, sharp transitions, oscillatory transitions, and smooth transitions. One of the two models has a very robust transition structure and is therefore likely to be more accurate for such a robust phenomenon as the L-H transition. The other model needs more fine-tuning to get non-oscillatory transitions. These conclusions from the analytic bifurcation analysis are confirmed by dedicated numerical simulations, with the newly developed code Bifurcator

DOI10.1063/1.4871856
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FP

Department

CPP-HT

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8f4ef29f800c4a5ed648a8709306a54f

Alternate TitlePhys. Plasmas
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