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Visualization of plasma turbulence

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2 Author(s)
Parker, S.E. ; Plasma Phys. Lab., Princeton Univ., NJ ; Samtaney, R.

We have developed a three-dimensional toroidal gyrokinetic particle simulation to study tokamak turbulence. The gyrokinetic equations are a reduced set derived from the Vlasov-Maxwell equations by phase averaging over the ion gyromotion and keeping only the time and space scales relevant for describing tokamak plasmas. These large-scale simulations in complex geometry can produce gigabytes of data consisting of large 3D arrays evolving in time. Visualization plays a critical role in going from the raw nonlinear solution of these complex equations to a simplified theoretical model explaining the essential underlying physics

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Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 2 )