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Relativistic Quasilinear Description of Three-Dimensional Diffusion
Quasilinear theory is developed by using canonical variables for a relativistic plasma. It is self-consistent, including momentum, pitch angle, and spatial diffusions. By assuming the wave field as a superposition of known toroidal and poloidal Fourier modes, the quasilinear diffusion coefficients are written in a form which can be directly evaluated using the output of a spectral full-wave solver of Maxwell equations in toroidal plasmas. The formalism is special for tokamas and, therefore, simple and suitable for simulations of cyclotron heating, current drive, and radio-frequency wave-induced radial transport in ITER.
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