Intermittent fluctuations in the Alcator C-Mod scrape-off layer
AuthorGarcia, Odd Erik; Fritzner, Sindre Markus; Kube, Ralph; Cziegler, Istvan; LaBombard, Brian; Terry, Jim L.
Fluctuations in the boundary region of the Alcator C-Mod tokamak have been analyzed using gas puff imaging data. It is found that the fluctuation amplitudes in the near scrape-off layer follow a normal distribution while the far scrape-off layer fluctuations are dominated by large amplitude bursts due to radial motion of blob-like structures and have a positively skewed and flattened amplitude probability distribution. Conditional averaging of the time series reveals burst wave forms with a fast rise and slow decay and exponentially distributed burst amplitudes and waiting times. Based on this, a stochastic model of the burst dynamics is constructed. The model predicts that fluctuation amplitudes should follow a Gamma distribution and that there is a parabolic relation between the skewness and the kurtosis moments of the fluctuations. This is shown to compare favorably with the gas puff imaging data over a range of line-averaged plasma densities.
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics (AIP)
CitationPhysics of Plasmas 20(2013) nr. 5:055901 s. -
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