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Electrostatic fluctuations have been measured in the scrape-off layer of ASDEX by Langmuir probes and by observation of H(alpha) light with high poloidal and temporal resolution. It was demonstrated that these fluctuations contribute a significant, if not dominant, fraction of the anomalous radial particle transport. A model for an instability mechanism specific to the SOL is presented including density, temperature and electric potential fluctuations. From this model mixing length estimates for the radial transport and resulting density and pressure gradients in the SOL are derived and compared to measurements in the mid-plane and in the divertor of ASDEX. In spite of several simplifications in the model, a quantitative agreement up to factors of 1-3 and a qualitative agreement for variations of discharge parameters is achieved between the model predictions and the measurements.

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Authors: ENDLER M ET AL., Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching bei München (DE);TSOIS N, NCSR "Demokritos", Athens (GR)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol. 220-222 (1995) pp. 293-297
Record Number: 199510754 / Last updated on: 1995-07-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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