Experimental studies of zonal flow and field in compact helical system plasma

A. Fujisawa, K. Itoh, A. Shimizu, H. Nakano, S. Ohshima, H. Iguchi, K. Matsuoka, S. Okamura, T. Minami, Y. Yoshimura, K. Nagaoka, K. Ida, K. Toi, C. Takahashi, M. Kojima, S. Nishimura, M. Isobe, C. Suzuki, T. Akiyama, T. IdoY. Nagashima, S. I. Itoh, P. H. Diamond

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The experimental studies on zonal flows and turbulence have been carried out in Compact Helical System [K. Matsuoka, S. Kubo, M. Hosokawa, in Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion Research, Proc. 12th Int. Conf., Nice, 1988 (International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 1989, Vol. 2, p. 411] using twin heavy ion beam probes. The paper presents the experimental observations of stationary zonal flow, nonlinear couplings between zonal flow and turbulence, and the role of zonal flow in the improved confinement, together with the recent discovery of zonal magnetic field. The presented experimental results strongly support the new paradigm that the plasma transport should be considered as a system of drift wave and zonal flows, and provides the first direct evidence for turbulence dynamo that the structured magnetic field can be really generated by turbulence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number055906
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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