Dynamics of edge limit cycle oscillation in the JFT-2M Tokamak

T. Kobayashi, K. Itoh, T. Ido, K. Kamiya, Sanae Itoh, Y. Miura, Y. Nagashima, A. Fujisawa, Inagaki Shigeru, K. Ida, N. Kasuya, K. Hoshino

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In the JFT-2M tokamak (JFT standing for JAERI Fusion Torus), the limit cycle oscillation (LCO), together with several variables, i.e., the electrostatic potential, radial electric field, electron density, turbulence intensity, and Dα emission from the divertor region, is observed before the L-to-H transition. The spatiotemporal dynamics of the LCO is analysed in detail. Zonal flows are not seen, while modulation is observed in the edge-localized poloidal flow and density gradient. Modulation is also seen in the Reynolds stress, caused by that in the turbulence intensity and turbulence wavenumber. However, flow acceleration cannot be explained by the modulation in the Reynolds stress. Rapid inward propagation is also observed for the density gradient and turbulence packet. The characteristics of the propagation are verified by means of turbulence spreading theory and diffusion theory.

Original languageEnglish
Article number073017
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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