In this work, we discuss the physics behind the excitation of non-linear streamer flows in drift wave turbulence and how to selectively excite these flows. Streamer flows are modelled as a non-linear, radially elongated convective cell in drift wave turbulence. It is shown that density modulation is key for exciting streamer flows. We show that streamer flows have a finite frequency, albeit smaller than that of drift waves. Streamers propagate in the ion direction. These theoretical predictions are compared against experimental data, which shows reasonable agreement. Finally, the scrape-off layer width set by streamer flows is calculated, and a scaling law against macroscopic plasma parameters is obtained.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics