Coherent transport structures in magnetized plasmas. II. Numerical results

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 borrowed from the study of Dynamical Systems to chaotic magnetic field configurations in order to separate regions where field lines have different kinds of behavior. In the present article, Paper II, by means of a numerical procedure, we investigate the Lagrangian Coherent Structures in the case of a two-dimensional magnetic configuration with two island chains that are generated by magnetic reconnection and evolve nonlinearly in time. The comparison with previous results, obtained by assuming a fixed magnetic field configuration, allows us to explore the dependence of transport barriers on the particle velocity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052307
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


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