Random shearing by zonal flows and transport reduction

Eun Jin Kim, P. H. Diamond

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The physics of random shearing by zonal flows and the consequent reduction of scalar field transport are studied. In contrast to mean shear flows, zonal flows have a finite autocorrelation time and can exhibit complex spatial structure. A random zonal flow with a finite correlation time τ ZF decorrelates two nearby fluid elements less efficiently than a mean shear flow does. The decorrelation time is τ D=(τ ηZFΩ 2 rms) 1/2n is the turbulent scattering time, and Ω rms is the rms shear), leading to larger scalar field amplitude with a slightly different scaling (∝τ Drms), as compared to the case of coherent shearing. In the strong shear limit, the flux scales as ∝Ω rms -1.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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