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Abstract

The poloidal distribution of turbulence in the scrape-off layer (SOL) of the CASTOR tokamak is studied by means of a ring of 32 electric probes covering the whole perimeter of the poloidal cross section. Analysis of floating potential fluctuations in a SOL created in the top part of the machine by shifting the plasma downwards reveals a dominant periodic structure that propagates poloidally in the direction of the E(r) x B drift. Its poloidal mode number is found to be equal to the local safety factor q. Correlation and pulse propagation analyses show that this high m mode is a signature of a single long flute-like structure that is aligned with the magnetic field and snakes around the torus several times before terminating on the limiter.

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Authors: GRAVIER E, Université Henri Poincaré, Vandoeuvre les Nancy (FR);MARTINES E, Associazione Euratom-ENEA sulla Fusione, Consorzio RFX, Padova (IT);STÖCKEL J, Institute of Plasma Physics, Association EURATOM-IPP.CR, Prague (CZ);ADÁMEK J, Institute of Plasma Physics, Association EURATOM-IPP.CR, Prague (CZ);DURAN I, Institute of Plasma Physics, Association EURATOM-IPP.CR, Prague (CZ);HRON M, Institute of Plasma Physics, Association EURATOM-IPP.CR, Prague (CZ);VAN OOST G, Department of Applied Physics, Ghent University, Ghent (BE);VOITSEKHOVITCH I, Equipe Turbulence Plasma, Laboratoire PIIM, Université de Provence, Marseille (FR);AZEROUAL A, Equipe Turbulence Plasma, Laboratoire PIIM, Université de Provence, Marseille (FR);DOVEIL F, Equipe Turbulence Plasma, Laboratoire PIIM, Université de Provence, Marseille (FR);DEVYNCK P, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);GUNN J, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);BONHOMME G, Université Henri Poincaré, Vandoeuvre les Nancy (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 47 (2005), pp. 269-280
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Record Number: 200719073 / Last updated on: 2007-04-11
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en