Measurements of mode structure of shear-modified drift wave using Y- and Γ- shaped electrostatic probes

T. Kaneko, R. Hatakeyama

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Abstract

Mode structures of drift-wave instabilities modified by a field-aligned flow velocity shear are investigated, where axial and azimuthal wave numbers are measured using Y-shaped and Γ-shaped electrostatic probes, respectively. When the ion flow velocity shear is produced by applying different bias voltages to three segments of an ion source, drift waves having azimuthal mode number m = 1, 2, and 3 are observed to be excited simultaneously. It is found that the excitation-threshold value of the shear strength depends on the azimuthal mode number, as expected from a model based on a kinetic theory, suggesting that the observations are explained by the competition between inverse electron Landau damping and shear-modified ion Landau damping.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)796-801
Number of pages6
JournalContributions to Plasma Physics
Volume50
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Sep

Keywords

  • Drift wave
  • Flow velocity shear
  • Mode structure
  • Y- and Γ-shaped probes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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