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From Phase Locking to Phase Slips: A Mechanism for a Quiescent H mode

  • Author(s): Guo, ZB
  • Diamond, PH
  • et al.

© 2015 American Physical Society. We demonstrate that E×B shear, VE×B′, governs the dynamics of the cross phase of the peeling-ballooning-(PB-)mode-driven heat flux, and so determines the evolution from the edge-localized (ELMy) H mode to the quiescent (Q) H mode. A physics-based scaling of the critical E×B shearing rate (VE×B,cr′) for accessing the QH mode is predicted. The ELMy H mode to the QH-mode evolution is shown to follow from the conversion from a phase locked state to a phase slip state. In the phase locked state, PB modes are pumped continuously, so bursts occur. In the slip state, the PB activity is a coherent oscillation. Stronger E×B shearing implies a higher phase slip frequency. This finding predicts a new state of cross phase dynamics and shows a new way to understand the physics mechanism for ELMy to the QH-mode evolution.

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