Journal article

Low-Frequency Turbulence in a Linear Magnetized Plasma

Plasma turbulence in a linear device is explored for the first time with three-dimensional global twofluid simulations, focusing on the plasma parameters of the Large Plasma Device. Three instabilities are present in the simulations: the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, a sheath-driven instability, and a resistive drift wave instability. The Kelvin-Helmholtz mode is shown to dominate the transport of plasma across the magnetic field. Simple scaling laws are obtained for the plasma profiles.

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