Coherent transport structures in magnetized plasmas. I. Theory

G. Di Giannatale, M.V. Falessi, D. Grasso, F. Pegoraro, T.J. Schep

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In a pair of linked articles (called Papers I and II, respectively), we apply the concept of Lagrangian Coherent Structures (LCSs) borrowed from the study of dynamical systems to magnetic field configurations in order to separate regions where field lines have a different kind of behaviour. In the present article, Paper I, after recalling the definition and the properties of the LCSs, we show how this conceptual framework can be applied to the study of particle transport in a magnetized plasma. Furthermore, we introduce a simplified model that allows us to consider explicitly the case where the magnetic configuration evolves in time on time scales comparable to the particle transit time through the configuration. In contrast with previous works on this topic, this analysis requires that a system that is aperiodic in time be investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052306
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


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