Cascade generation of zonal flows by the drift wave turbulence

Alexander M. Balk, Vladimir E. Zakharov

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The purpose of this research is to investigate the formation of zonal flows that can lead to the enhanced confinement of plasma in tokamaks. We show that zonal flows can be effectively formed by resonance triad interactions in the process of the inverse cascade. We discuss what energy sources are more effective for the formation of zonal flows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4049-4052
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number44
StatePublished - Oct 26 2009


  • Cascade
  • Drift waves in plasmas
  • Similarity solutions
  • Triad resonances
  • Zonal flows in plasmas
  • Zonal jets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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