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Title: Role of stochasticity in turbulence and convective intermittent transport at the scrape off layer of Ohmic plasma in QUEST

Statistical features of fluctuations are investigated using the fast camera imaging technique in the scrape of layer (SOL) of electron cyclotron resonance heated Ohmic plasma. Fluctuations in the SOL towards low field side are dominated by coherent convective structures (blobs). Two dimensional structures of the higher order moments (skewness s and kurtosis k) representing the shape of probability density function (PDF) are studied. s and k are seen to be functions of the magnetic field lines. s and k are consistently higher towards the bottom half of the vessel in the SOL showing the blob trajectory along the field lines from the top towards bottom of the vessel. Parabolic relation (k=As{sup 2}+C) is observed between s and k near the plasma boundary, featuring steep density gradient region and at the far SOL. The coefficient A, obtained experimentally, indicates a shift of prominence from pure drift-wave instabilities towards fully developed turbulence. Numerical coefficients characterizing the Pearson system are derived which demonstrates the progressive deviation of the PDF from Gaussian towards gamma from the density gradient region, towards the far SOL. Based on a simple stochastic differential equation, a direct correspondence between the multiplicative noise amplitude, increased intermittency, and hence change inmore » PDF is discussed.« less
Authors:
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  1. IGSES, Kyushu University, Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan)
  2. RIAM, Kyushu University, Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan)
  3. Mechanical System Engineering, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 739-8527 (Japan)
  4. Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22299817
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 7; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; AMPLITUDES; DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS; ELECTRON CYCLOTRON-RESONANCE; FLUCTUATIONS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; PLASMA; PLASMA SCRAPE-OFF LAYER; PROBABILITY DENSITY FUNCTIONS; TURBULENCE; WAVE PROPAGATION