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Thesis – Chapter 1: Introduction

Thesis – Table of Contents Introduction 1.1 Motivation Anomalous transport is an area of great interest within the plasma physics research community. The field of magnetically confined thermonuclear fusion may benefit significantly from an improved understanding of this topic. It has already been shown that turbulent fluctuations increase the transport of mass and energy [Horton,…

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Thesis – Appendix B: Pulse Detection Techniques

Thesis – Table of Contents Pulse Detection Techniques Overview The study of exponential spectra and accompanying Lorentzian pulses in time series data requires that the pulses be isolated for determining their characteristic widths. A variety of identification techniques have been applied to the large data set of this experiment, and notes on two of these…

wavelet power spectrum

Thesis – Appendix A: Wavelet Analysis to Calculate Power Spectra

Thesis – Table of Contents Wavelet Analysis to Calculate Power Spectra Overview Wavelet analysis techniques, while not as commonly understood as Fourier analysis, are nonetheless frequently applied to problems in which time and frequency information are desired simultaneously. Analysis suites such as IDL (popular in plasma physics circles) provide complete libraries for easily incorporating these…

Thesis – Chapter 7: Conclusions

Thesis – Table of Contents Conclusions Studies of filamentary pressure structures are an ongoing work within the LAPD-U laboratory. The work of Burke, et al. [1998, 2000a, b] (and [Burke, 1999]) established the ability of this experimental geometry to observe classical transport in magnetically confined plasmas. An increase in transport and the loss of classical…

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Thesis – Chapter 6: Plasma Flow Parallel to Background Magnetic Field

Thesis – Table of Contents Plasma Flow Parallel to Background Magnetic Field Plasma flow is studied in relation to another aspect of this thesis, namely the thermal wave. This section examines describes flows aligned with the applied background magnetic field, i.e., parallel flows. Spatiotemporal Behavior and Modeling A comparison of the time evolution of parallel…

limiter edge power spectrum

Thesis – Chapter 5: Comparison between Temperature Filament and Limiter-Edge Experiments

Thesis – Table of Contents Comparisons Between Turbulent Features of the Temperature Filament and Limiter-Edge Experiments About the Limiter-Edge Experiment The limiter-edge experiment focuses on properties and generation of intermittent, or bursty, turbulence structures. As with the temperature filament experiment of this thesis, the turbulence study is motivated by the relevance to transport. Intermittent turbulence…

radial temperature profile

Thesis – Chapter 3: Identification of a Spontaneous Thermal Wave

Thesis – Table of Contents Identification of a Spontaneous Thermal Wave In recent years the venerable topic of thermal (diffusion) waves [Ångström, 1862] has received increased attention [Mandelis, 2000], primarily in the context of modern methodologies for diagnosing the properties of condensed and gaseous matter. Advances in experimental techniques and in the understanding of the…