Bicoherence analysis of streamer dynamics induced by trapped ion modes

  • Francesco PalermoEmail author
  • Xavier Garbet
  • Alain Ghizzo
Regular Article
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  1. Topical issue: Theory and Applications of the Vlasov Equation. Guest editors: Francesco Pegoraro, Francesco Califano, Giovanni Manfredi and Philip J. Morrison


High order spectral analyses have recently attracted a great deal of attention in the context of experimental studies for magnetic fusion. Among these techniques, bicoherence analysis plays an important role as it allows distinguishing between spontaneously excited waves and waves that arise from a coupling between different modes linked to specific physical mechanisms. Here, we describe and apply bicoherence analysis to kinetic simulations performed with reduced “bounce-averaged gyrokinetic” code, in order to investigate the nonlinear dynamics of trapped ion modes. This analysis shows a nonlinear wave coupling process linked to the formation of convective cells, thus furthers our understanding of the nonlinear energy transfer between turbulence structures in tokamaks.


Turbulent Transport Trap Particle Magnetic Fusion Inverse Energy Cascade Nonlinear Energy Transfer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Palermo
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Xavier Garbet
    • 2
  • Alain Ghizzo
    • 3
  1. 1.LMFA, École Centrale de LyonUniversité de LyonEcullyFrance
  2. 2.CEA, IRFMSaint-Paul-Lez-DuranceFrance
  3. 3.Institut Jean Lamour-UMR 7168Université de la LorraineNancyFrance

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