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ERIC Number: EJ818994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 96
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
Two-Dimensional Turbulence in Magnetized Plasmas
Kendl, A.
European Journal of Physics, v29 n5 p911-926 Sep 2008
In an inhomogeneous magnetized plasma the transport of energy and particles perpendicular to the magnetic field is in general mainly caused by quasi two-dimensional turbulent fluid mixing. The physics of turbulence and structure formation is of ubiquitous importance to every magnetically confined laboratory plasma for experimental or industrial application. Specifically, high-temperature plasmas for fusion energy research are also dominated by the properties of this turbulent transport. Self-organization of turbulent vortices to mesoscopic structures like zonal flows is related to the formation of transport barriers that can significantly enhance the confinement of a fusion plasma. This subject, of great importance in research, is rarely touched on in introductory plasma physics or continuum dynamics courses. Here a brief tutorial on 2D plasma turbulence is presented as an introduction to the field, appropriate for inclusion in undergraduate and graduate courses. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A