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An Explanation From First-Principle Equations For The Universality of Non-Gaussian Distributions in Edge Plasma Fluctuations

Authors
  • Sattin, F.
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Apr 23, 2009
Submission Date
Mar 12, 2009
Identifiers
arXiv ID: 0903.2189
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

Probability Distributions Functions (PDFs) of fluctuations of plasma edge parameters are skewed curves fairly different from normal distributions, whose shape appears almost independent of the plasma conditions and devices. We start from a minimal fluid model of edge turbulence and reformulate it in terms of uncoupled Langevin equations, admiting analytical solution for the PDFs of all the fields involved. We show that the supposed peculiarities of PDFs, and their universal character, are related to the generic properties of Langevin equations involving quadratic nonlinearities.

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