Radial correlation length across magnetic islands: Simulations and experiments Articles uri icon

publication date

  • July 2017


  • 7


  • 24

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1070-664X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1089-7674


  • The turbulence radial correlation length L-r of density fluctuations is studied across magnetic islands both numerically and experimentally. The numerical study has been carried out by a resistive MHD code (called FAR). It shows asymmetric L-r profiles when measured across magnetic islands. Subsequent simulations using a synthetic Doppler reflectometer suggest that this diagnostic has the capability to capture the effect observed in the results provided by FAR. Finally, experimental studies performed using the Doppler reflectometer installed at the TJ-II stellarator show asymmetries in the coherence profiles matching the radial position of magnetic islands. The similarities found between simulations and experiments indicate that radial correlation length measurements could be used to detect magnetic islands in fusion plasmas. Published by AIP Publishing.


  • plasma properties and parameters; turbulent flows; associative algebra; plasma flows; spitzer resistivity; electric currents; plasma confinement; electron density; reflectometry; optical instruments