Cross-verification of the global gyrokinetic codes GENE and XGC

G. Merlo, J. Dominski, A. Bhattacharjee, C. S. Chang, F. Jenko, S. Ku, E. Lanti, S. Parker

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A detailed cross-verification between two global gyrokinetic codes, the core continuum code GENE and the edge particle-in-cell code XGC, for the linear and nonlinear simulations of ionerature-gradient modes is carried out. With the recent developments in the edge gyrokinetics, it may be feasible someday to describe the whole tokamak plasma on turbulence timescales using a coupled gyrokinetic simulation model. Before pursuing this, the core code (GENE) and the edge code (XGC) must be carefully benchmarked with each other. The present verification provides a solid basis for future code coupling research. Also included in the benchmarking is the global particle-in-cell code ORB5, to raise the confidence in the quality of the obtained results. An excellent agreement between all three codes is obtained. Furthermore, in order to facilitate a benchmark framework for other codes, we make a specific effort to provide all the relevant input parameters and precise details for each code.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number062308
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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