Bulletin of the American Physical Society
58th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics
Volume 61, Number 18
Monday–Friday, October 31–November 4 2016; San Jose, California
Session VI2: MFE: Turbulence & Transport II
3:00 PM–5:00 PM,
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Room: 210 CDGH
Sponsoring Unit: DPP
Chair: Walter Guttenfelder, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Abstract ID: BAPS.2016.DPP.VI2.2
Abstract: VI2.00002 : Verification of Gyrokinetic codes: theoretical background and applications.
3:30 PM–4:00 PM
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(Max Planck Institut fuer Plasmaphysik)
In fusion plasmas the strong magnetic field allows the fast gyro motion to be systematically removed from the description of the dynamics, resulting in a considerable model simplification and gain of computational time. Nowadays, the gyrokinetic (GK) codes play a major role in the understanding of the development and the saturation of turbulence and in the prediction of the consequent transport. We present a new and generic theoretical framework and specific numerical applications to test the validity and the domain of applicability of existing GK codes. For a sound verification process, the underlying theoretical GK model and the numerical scheme must be considered at the same time, which makes this approach pioneering. At the analytical level, the main novelty consists in using advanced mathematical tools such as variational formulation of dynamics for systematization of basic GK code's equations to access the limits of their applicability. The indirect verification of numerical scheme is proposed via the Benchmark process. In this work, specific examples of code verification are presented for two GK codes: the multi-species electromagnetic ORB5 (PIC), and the radially global version of GENE (Eulerian). The proposed methodology can be applied to any existing GK code. We establish a hierarchy of reduced GK Vlasov-Maxwell equations using the generic variational formulation. Then, we derive and include the models implemented in ORB5  and GENE inside this hierarchy. At the computational level, detailed verification of global electromagnetic test cases based on the CYCLONE are considered, including a parametric $\beta$-scan covering the transition between the ITG to KBM and the spectral properties at the nominal $\beta$ value . Bibliogpraphy:  N.Tronko, A.Bottino and E.Sonnendruecker, Second order gyrokinetic theory for Particle-In-Cell codes, to appear in Phys.Plasma.  T.Goerler, N.Tronko, A.Bottino et al, Intercode comparison of gyrokinetic global electromagnetic codes, to appear in Phys.Plasma.
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