Blob-hole correlation model for edge turbulence and comparisons with NSTX GPI data

Myra, J.R.; Zweben, S.J.; Russell, D.A.
Issue date: July 2018
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Myra, J.R., Zweben, S.J., & Russell, D.A. (2018). Blob-hole correlation model for edge turbulence and comparisons with NSTX GPI data [Data set]. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University.
  author      = {Myra, J.R. and
                Zweben, S.J. and
                Russell, D.A.},
  title       = {{Blob-hole correlation model for edge tur
                bulence and comparisons with NSTX GPI da
  publisher   = {{Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Pri
                nceton University}},
  year        = 2018

Gas puff imaging (GPI) observations made in NSTX [Zweben S J, et al., 2017 Phys. Plasmas 24 102509] have revealed two-point spatial correlations of edge and scrape-off layer turbulence in the plane perpendicular to the magnetic field. A common feature is the occurrence of dipole-like patterns with significant regions of negative correlation. In this paper, we explore the possibility that these dipole patterns may be due to blob-hole pairs. Statistical methods are applied to determine the two-point spatial correlation that results from a model of blob-hole pair formation. It is shown that the model produces dipole correlation patterns that are qualitatively similar to the GPI data in several respects. Effects of the reference location (confined surfaces or scrape-off layer), a superimposed random background, hole velocity and lifetime, and background sheared flows are explored and discussed with respect to experimental observations. Additional analysis of the experimental GPI dataset is performed to further test this blob-hole correlation model. A time delay two-point spatial correlation study did not reveal inward propagation of the negative correlation structures that were postulated to correspond to holes in the data nor did it suggest that the negative correlation structures are due to neutral shadowing. However, tracing of the highest and lowest values (extrema) of the normalized GPI fluctuations shows strong evidence for mean inward propagation of minima and outward propagation of maxima, in qualitative agreement with theoretical expectations. Other properties of the experimentally observed extrema are discussed.

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