Radial convection of finite ion temperature, high amplitude plasma blobs

M. Wiesenberger, Jens Madsen, Alexander Kendl

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

512 Downloads (Pure)


We present results from simulations of seeded blob convection in the scrape-off-layer of magnetically confined fusion plasmas. We consistently incorporate high fluctuation amplitude levels and finite Larmor radius (FLR) effects using a fully nonlinear global gyrofluid model. This is in line with conditions found in tokamak scrape-off-layers (SOL) regions. Varying the ion temperature, the initial blob width, and the initial amplitude, we found an FLR dominated regime where the blob behavior is significantly different from what is predicted by cold-ion models. The transition to this regime is very well described by the ratio of the ion gyroradius to the characteristic gradient scale length of the blob. We compare the global gyrofluid model with a partly linearized local model. For low ion temperatures, we find that simulations of the global model show more coherent blobs with an increased cross-field transport compared to blobs simulated with the local model. The maximal blob amplitude is significantly higher in the global simulations than in the local ones. When the ion temperature is comparable to the electron temperature, global blob simulations show a reduced blob coherence and a decreased cross-field transport in comparison with local blob simulations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number092301
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number9
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2014


Dive into the research topics of 'Radial convection of finite ion temperature, high amplitude plasma blobs'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this