Turbulence Analysis Of An Experimental Flux-Rope Plasma

  title={Turbulence Analysis Of An Experimental Flux-Rope Plasma},
  author={David A. Schaffner and V. S. Lukin and Aying Wan and Michael R. Brown},
We have previously generated elongated Taylor double-helix flux-rope plasmas in the SSX MHD wind tunnel. These plasmas are remarkable in their rapid relaxation (about one Alfvén time) and their description by simple analytical Taylor force-free theory despite their high plasma β and high internal flow speeds. We report on the turbulent features observed in these plasmas including frequency spectra, autocorrelation function, and probability distribution functions of increments. We discuss here… CONTINUE READING
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