Intermittent chaotic phenomena caused by the current-driven ion acoustic instability are experimentally observed using a Double Plasma device, in which two mesh grids are installed to excite the instability. When a dc potential is applied to one of the two mesh grids and exceeds a certain threshold, the system suddenly transits from a periodic state to a chaotic state. At the same time, the signals picked up as perturbation components of a current exhibit intermittent turbulent bursts. The calculations of the correlation dimension and the Lyapunov exponent indicate that the system reaches a chaotic state. Furthermore, it is found that the results of mathematical and statistical analysis of observed signals agree with the theoretical properties of the type-1 intermittency: the occurrence of [formula omitted]-type low-frequency noise and the probability distribution of the duration between two bursts. Therefore, it is concluded that the present system reaches a chaotic state via the type-1 intermittency.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics