Self-sustained plasma turbulence due to current diffusion

M. Yagi, S. I. Itoh, K. Itoh, A. Fukuyama, M. Azumi

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Plasma turbulence and anomalous transport by the electrostatic current diffusive interchange mode are studied by the nonlinear simulation based on the magnetohydrodynamic model. The turbulence is found to have a typical characteristic of subcritical turbulence. The saturation level, as a function of the pressure gradient ∇p, is confirmed to scale like | ∇ p| 3/2. This nature holds independent of the ratio |∇p|/ |∇pc| where |∇pc|, is a critical pressure gradient against linear instability. The turbulence-driven transport is also evaluated. The simulation result confirms the theoretical prediction, which is based on the self-sustained turbulence, with respect to the nonlinear growth and damping. Both the normal cascade and inverse cascade are essential in establishing the stationary turbulent state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4140-4148
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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