Statistical analysis of Hasegawa - Wakatani turbulence
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2017

Resistive drift wave turbulence is a multipurpose paradigm that can be used to understand transport at the edge of fusion devices. The Hasegawa-Wakatani model captures the essential physics of drift turbulence while retaining the simplicity needed to gain a qualitative understanding of this process. We provide a theoretical interpretation of numerically generated probability density functions (PDFs) of intermittent events in Hasegawa-Wakatani turbulence with enforced equipartition of energy in large scale zonal flows and small scale drift turbulence. We find that for a wide range of adiabatic index values the stochastic component representing the small scale turbulent eddies of the flow, obtained from the ARIMA model, exhibits super-diffusive statistics, consistent with intermittent transport. The PDFs of large events (above one standard deviation) are well approximated by the Laplace distribution, while small events often exhibit a Gaussian character. Furthermore there exist a strong influence of zonal flows for example, via shearing and then viscous dissipation maintaining a sub-diffusive character of the fluxes.


Resistive drift waves

Statitsical analysis


Johan Anderson

Astronomi och plasmafysik

Bogdan Hnat

The University of Warwick

Physics of Plasmas

1070-664X (ISSN) 1089-7674 (eISSN)

Vol. 24 6 062301- 062301




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Fusion, plasma och rymdfysik



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