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Intrinsic rotation and electric field shear

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A novel mechanism for the generation and amplification of intrinsic rotation at the low-mode to high-mode transition is presented. The mechanism is one where the net parallel flow is accelerated by turbulence. A preferential direction of acceleration results from the breaking of k∥ →- k∥ symmetry by sheared E×B flow. It is shown that the equilibrium pressure gradient contributes a piece of the parallel Reynolds stress, which is nonzero for vanishing parallel flow, and so can accelerate the plasma, driving net intrinsic rotation. Rotation drive, transport, and fluctuation dynamics are treated self-consistently. © 2007 American Institute of Physics.

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