Sources of intrinsic rotation in the low-flow ordering

Felix I. Parra, Michael Barnes, Peter J. Catto

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A low flow, δf gyrokinetic formulation to obtain the intrinsic rotation profiles is presented. The momentum conservation equation in the low-flow ordering contains new terms, neglected in previous first-principles formulations, that may explain the intrinsic rotation observed in tokamaks in the absence of external sources of momentum. The intrinsic rotation profile depends on the density and temperature profiles and on the up-down asymmetry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number113001
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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