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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.

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. © 2011 American Physical Society.

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