TITLE

Effects of parallel electron dynamics on plasma blob transport

AUTHOR(S)
Angus, Justin R.; Krasheninnikov, Sergei I.; Umansky, Maxim V.
PUB. DATE
August 2012
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Aug2012, Vol. 19 Issue 8, p082312
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The 3D effects on sheath connected plasma blobs that result from parallel electron dynamics are studied by allowing for the variation of blob density and potential along the magnetic field line and using collisional Ohm's law to model the parallel current density. The parallel current density from linear sheath theory, typically used in the 2D model, is implemented as parallel boundary conditions. This model includes electrostatic 3D effects, such as resistive drift waves and blob spinning, while retaining all of the fundamental 2D physics of sheath connected plasma blobs. If the growth time of unstable drift waves is comparable to the 2D advection time scale of the blob, then the blob's density gradient will be depleted resulting in a much more diffusive blob with little radial motion. Furthermore, blob profiles that are initially varying along the field line drive the potential to a Boltzmann relation that spins the blob and thereby acts as an addition sink of the 2D potential. Basic dimensionless parameters are presented to estimate the relative importance of these two 3D effects. The deviation of blob dynamics from that predicted by 2D theory in the appropriate limits of these parameters is demonstrated by a direct comparison of 2D and 3D seeded blob simulations.
ACCESSION #
79630183

 

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