A Review -Observations of Turbulence and Structure in Magnetized Plasmas

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    • FUJISAWA Akihide
    • Advanced Fusion Research Center, Research Institute for Applied Mechanics and Itoh Research Center for Plasma Turbulence, Kyushu University, Kasuga-kouen 6-1, Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-0812, Japan


Magnetized plasma is an non-equilibrium matter rich in nonlinear phenomena; its structural formations are dominated by turbulence. This article provides a brief review of experiments and observations of phenomena occurring in turbulent plasmas, with an emphasis on the methodologies for characterizing turbulence, and visualizing the invisible structure created by turbulence and the internal couplings between the elemental waves that constitute turbulence. Zonal flows, streamers, blobs, and other phenomena are investigated by using analytical methods such as Fourier transformation, wavelet analysis, probabilistic density function analysis, bicoherence, wavelet bicoherence. Finally, the contemporary view of plasma turbulence is presented with discussion of unsolved transport issues in fusion plasmas, such as transport barrier formation and nonlocal transport.


  • Plasma and Fusion Research

    Plasma and Fusion Research 5(0), 046-046, 2010

    The Japan Society of Plasma Science and Nuclear Fusion Research


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