Description: A brief overview is given of recent results in the theory of turbulent generation of long-wavelength fluctuations; references are provided to more detailed calculations in the literature. Emphasis is placed on conceptual foundations and technical tools, which can be simply illustrated by studies of the scalar (one-field) generalized Hasegawa-Mima equation. Then a functional Hamiltonian formalism is discussed as a way of efficiently handling systems of coupled fields. Casimir invariants are shown to be the appropriate ''plasmon densities''; a tensor spectral-balance equation builds in the conservation constraints automatically. A concise expression can be obtained for the nonlinear growth rate in terms of the spectral density, a tensor generalization of the triad interaction time, and the metric tensor and structure constants of the Hamiltonian structure.
Date: March 16, 2004
Creator: Krommes, John A.
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