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Plasma and Fusion Research

Volume 7, 2401060 (2012)

Regular Articles

Particle Simulation of Plasma Blob Dynamics: Preliminary Results
Hiroki HASEGAWA1) and Seiji ISHIGURO1,2)
Department of Helical Plasma Research, National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki 509-5292, Japan
Department of Fusion Science, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Toki 509-5292, Japan
(Received 9 December 2011 / Accepted 21 March 2012 / Published 07 June 2012)


A three dimensional electrostatic plasma particle code has been developed to investigate blob dynamics. Some results of preliminary simulations are in agreement with previous studies based on a two-dimensional reduced fluid model. When periodic boundary condition is applied in the ambient magnetic field direction, it was observed that a blob evolves to a mushroom-shaped structure. Furthermore, the relation between the observed blob propagation speed and the initial blob size is consistent with the expectation by the fluid theory.


plasma blob, particle simulation, boundary layer plasma, convective plasma transport

DOI: 10.1585/pfr.7.2401060


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This paper may be cited as follows:

Hiroki HASEGAWA and Seiji ISHIGURO, Plasma Fusion Res. 7, 2401060 (2012).