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Mean shear flows, zonal flows, and generalized Kelvin-Helmholtz modes in drift wave turbulence: A minimal model for L→H transition

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A study was performed on mean shear flows, zonal flows and generalized Kelvin-Helmholtz modes in drift wave turbulence. A minimal model for the L→H (low- to high-confinement) transition was proposed, which involved the amplitude of drift waves, zonal flows and the density gradient. The effect of poloidally nonaxisymmetric structures on anomalous transport was investigated.

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