Overview Of Nonlinear Kinetic Instabilities
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The saturation of shear Alfven-like waves by alpha particles is presented from the general viewpoint of determining the saturation mechanisms of basic waves in a plasma destabilized by a perturbing source of free energy. The formalism is reviewed and then followed by analyses of isolated mode saturation far from and close to marginal stability. The effect of multiple waves that are isolated or are overlapping is then discussed. The presentation is concluded with a discussion of a non-conventional quasilinear theory that covers both extreme cases as well as the intermediate regime between the extremes.