First coupled GENE-XGC microturbulence simulations

G. Merlo, S. Janhunen, F. Jenko, A. Bhattacharjee, C. S. Chang, J. Cheng, P. Davis, J. Dominski, K. Germaschewski, R. Hager, S. Klasky, S. Parker, E. Suchyta

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Covering the core and the edge region of a tokamak, respectively, the two gyrokinetic turbulence codes Gyrokinetic Electromagnetic Numerical Experiment (GENE) and X-point Gyrokinetic Code (XGC) have been successfully coupled by exchanging three-dimensional charge density data needed to solve the gyrokinetic Poisson equation over the entire spatial domain. Certain challenges for the coupling procedure arise from the fact that the two codes employ completely different numerical methods. This includes, in particular, the necessity to introduce mapping procedures for the transfer of data between the unstructured triangular mesh of XGC and the logically rectangular grid (in a combination of real and Fourier space) used by GENE. Constraints on the coupling scheme are also imposed by the use of different time integrators. First, coupled simulations are presented. We have considered collisionless ion temperature gradient turbulence, in both circular and fully shaped plasmas. Coupled simulations successfully reproduce both GENE and XGC reference results, confirming the validity of the code coupling approach toward a whole device model. Many lessons learned in the present context, in particular, the need for a coupling procedure as flexible as possible, should be valuable to our and other efforts to couple different kinds of codes in pursuit of a more comprehensive description of complex real-world systems and will drive our further developments of a whole device model for fusion plasmas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012303
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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