We present numerical simulation studies of 2D reduced MHD equations investigating the impact of the electronic β parameter and of curvature effects on the nonlinear evolution of drift tearing islands. We observe a bifurcation phenomenon that leads to an amplification of the pressure energy, the generation of E × B poloidal flow and a nonlinear diamagnetic drift that affects the rotation of the magnetic island. These dynamical modifications arise due to quasilinear effects that generate a zonal flow at the onset point of the bifurcation. Our simulations show that the transition point is influenced by the β parameter such that the pressure gradient through a curvature effect strongly stabilizes the transition. Regarding the modified rotation of the island, a model for the frequency is derived in order to study its origin and the effect of the β parameter. It appears that after the transition, an E × B poloidal flow as well as a nonlinear diamagnetic drift are generated due to an amplification of the stresses by pressure effects.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics