Turbulent transport and structural transition in confined plasmas

Kimitaka Itoh, Sanae I. Itoh, Atsushi Fukuyama, Masatoshi Yagi

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The theory of far-nonequilibrium transport of plasmas is described. Analytic as well as simulation studies are developed. The subcritical nature of turbulence and the mechanism for self-sustaining are discussed. The transport coefficient is obtained. The pressure gradient is introduced as an order parameter, and the bifurcation from collisional to turbulent transport is shown. The generation of the electric field and its influence on the turbulent transport are analysed. The bifurcation of the radial electric field structure is addressed. Hysteresis appears in the flux-gradient relation. This bifurcation causes the multifold states in the plasma structure, driving the transition in the transport coefficient or the self-generating oscillations in the flux. The structural formation and dynamics of plasma profiles are explained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A311-A322
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number5A
Publication statusPublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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