Dynamics and control of internal transport barriers in reversed shear discharges

D. E. Newman, B. A. Carreras, D. Lopez-Bruna, P. H. Diamond, V. B. Lebedev
1998 Physics of Plasmas  
Transitions to an enhanced confinement regime in tokamak plasmas with negative central magnetic shear have been observed in a number of devices. A simple model incorporating the nonlinear coupling between the turbulent fluctuations and the sheared radial electric field is added to a transport model in order to investigate the dynamics of the transition to this enhanced confinement mode. In this model, by incorporating both the instability growth rate profiles and particle and/or power
more » ... /or power deposition profiles, a rich variety of transition dynamics is uncovered. Transition dynamics and their concomitant thresholds are examined within the context of these models. In the course of investigating these transitions, potential methods for triggering and controlling these enhanced confinement regimes have been discovered and are discussed.
doi:10.1063/1.872662 fatcat:gdvp7eq74vgofcb2y3ayho7lzm