Formation of transport barrier by shearing

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We review the effect of shearing on transport and the formation of transport barriers. The focus is primarily on laboratory plasmas where the formation of transport barriers (the L-H transition) is thought to originate from the turbulence regulation due to both (coherent) mean and (random) zonal flows. We provide quantitative discussion on the reduction of turbulent transport by these flows and elucidate their roles in the barrier formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-571
Number of pages21
JournalModern Physics Letters B
Issue number12-13
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • L-H transition
  • Shear flows
  • Transport barrier
  • Turbulent transport
  • Zonal flows

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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