Nonlinear dynamics of resistive electrostatic drift waves

Søren Bang Korsholm, Poul Michelsen, H.L. Pécseli

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    The evolution of weakly nonlinear electrostatic drift waves in an externally imposed strong homogeneous magnetic field is investigated numerically in three spatial dimensions. The analysis is based on a set of coupled, nonlinear equations, which are solved for an initial condition which is perturbed by a small amplitude incoherent wave-field. The initial evolution is exponential, following the growth of perturbations predicted by linear stability theory. The fluctuations saturate at relatively high amplitudes, by forming a pair of magnetic field aligned vortex-like structures of opposite polarity, i.e. a pair of electrostatic convective cells.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPhysica Scripta. Topical Issues
    Pages (from-to)12-16
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

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