Edge turbulence in different density regimes in Alcator C-Mod experiment

M. Agostini, J.L. Terry, P. Scarin, S.J. Zweben

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Plasma edge turbulence of Alcator C-Mod tokamak is studied with a fast camera in different density regimes. The statistical properties of the fluctuations, as well as the behaviour of the blobs, are characterized in plasma discharges at different normalized densities, studying the link between the edge turbulence and the Greenwald limit. It is shown that approaching the Greenwald density limit, the edge velocity field measured with the cross-correlation technique changes and the strong fluctuations, which for standard discharges develop mainly outside the separatrix, extend also in the radial region inside the last closed flux surface. At the same time, the blobs cover a larger radial region, suggesting a strong impact of the edge turbulence and transport on the Greenwald limit. © 2011 IAEA, Vienna.
Original languageEnglish
Article number053020
Pages (from-to)-
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Agostini, M., Terry, J. L., Scarin, P., & Zweben, S. J. (2011). Edge turbulence in different density regimes in Alcator C-Mod experiment. Nuclear Fusion, 51(5), -. [053020]. https://doi.org/10.1088/0029-5515/51/5/053020