UC San Diego
Spatiotemporal structure of the interaction between turbulence and flows at the L-H transition in a toroidal plasma.
- Author(s): Estrada, T
- Hidalgo, C
- Happel, T
- Diamond, PH
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1103/physrevlett.107.245004
The spatiotemporal behavior of the interaction between turbulence and flows has been studied close to the L-H transition threshold conditions in the edge region (ρ≥0.7) of TJ-II plasmas. The temporal dynamics of the interaction displays an oscillatory behavior with a characteristic predator-prey relationship. The spatial evolution of this turbulence-flow oscillation pattern has been measured, showing both radial outward and inward propagation velocities of the turbulence-flow front. The results indicate that the edge shear flow linked to the L-H transition can behave either as a slowing-down, damping mechanism of outward propagating turbulent-flow oscillating structures, or as a source of inward propagating turbulence-flow events.