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# Hans Pécseli

Other affiliations: University of Tromsø, Technical University of Denmark, Umeå University ...read more

Bio: Hans Pécseli is an academic researcher from University of Oslo. The author has contributed to research in topics: Plasma & Turbulence. The author has an hindex of 35, co-authored 235 publications receiving 4076 citations. Previous affiliations of Hans Pécseli include University of Tromsø & Technical University of Denmark.

Topics: Plasma, Turbulence, Electron, Ion, Ion acoustic wave

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TL;DR: In this paper, solitary electron solitary holes were observed in a magnetized collisionless plasma and identified as Bernstein-Green-Kruskal equilibria, thus being purely kinetic phenomena.

Abstract: Electron solitary holes were observed in a magnetized collisionless plasma. These holes were identified as Bernstein-Green-Kruskal equilibria, thus being purely kinetic phenomena. The electron hole does not damp even though its velocity is close to the electron thermal velocity. Two holes attract each other like particles of negative mass, and coalesce when their relative velocity is small.

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TL;DR: In this article, two types of solitary structure were investigated experimentally and numerically in a magnetized, plasma-loaded waveguide, one was identified as an ordinary KdV soliton and its properties were investigated with particular attention to the damping by resonant particles.

Abstract: Two types of solitary structure were investigated experimentally and numerically in a magnetized, plasma-loaded waveguide. One was identified as an ordinary KdV soliton and its properties were investigated with particular attention to the damping by resonant particles. The other type of pulse was identified as a purely kinetic phenomenon being associated with a vortex in phase space.

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TL;DR: In this article, low-frequency electrostatic turbulence generated by the ion-ion beam instability was investigated experimentally in a double-plasma device and real-time signals were recorded and examined by a conditional statistical analysis.

Abstract: Low‐frequency electrostatic turbulence generated by the ion–ion beam instability was investigated experimentally in a double‐plasma device. Real time signals were recorded and examined by a conditional statistical analysis. Conditionally averaged potential distributions reveal the formation and propagation of structures with a relatively long lifetime. Various methods for making a conditional analysis are discussed and compared. The results are discussed with reference to ion phase space vortices and clump formation in collisionless plasmas.

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TL;DR: In this article, low-frequency, flute-type electrostatic fluctuations propagating across a strong, homogeneous magnetic field are studied experimentally and the importance of large structures for the turbulent plasma diffusion is discussed.

Abstract: Low‐frequency, flute‐type electrostatic fluctuations propagating across a strong, homogeneous magnetic field are studied experimentally. The fluctuations are generated by the Kelvin–Helmholtz instability. The presence of relatively long‐lived vortexlike structures in a background of wide‐band turbulent fluctuations is demonstrated by a conditional sampling technique. Depending on plasma parameters, the dominant structures can appear as monopole or multipole vortices, dipole vortices in particular. The importance of large structures for the turbulent plasma diffusion is discussed. A statistical analysis of the randomly varying plasma flux is presented.

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TL;DR: In this paper, a theory for the oscillating two-stream instability, in which the heating of the electrons constitutes the nonlinearity, is developed for an inhomogeneous and magnetized plasma.

Abstract: A theory for the oscillating two‐stream instability, in which the Ohmic heating of the electrons constitutes the nonlinearity, is developed for an inhomogeneous and magnetized plasma Its possible role in explaining short‐scale, field‐aligned irregularities observed in ionospheric heating experiments is emphasized The theory predicts that the initial growth of such irregularities is centered around the level of upper hybrid resonance Furthermore, plane disturbances nearly parallel to the magnetic meridian plane have the largest growth rates Expressions for threshold, growth rate, and transverse scale of maximum growth are obtained Special attention is paid to the transport theory, since the physical picture depends heavily on the kind of electron collisions which dominate This is due to the velocity dependence of collison frequencies, which gives rise to the thermal forces

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TL;DR: To the best of our knowledge, there is only one application of mathematical modelling to face recognition as mentioned in this paper, and it is a face recognition problem that scarcely clamoured for attention before the computer age but, having surfaced, has attracted the attention of some fine minds.

Abstract: to be done in this area. Face recognition is a problem that scarcely clamoured for attention before the computer age but, having surfaced, has involved a wide range of techniques and has attracted the attention of some fine minds (David Mumford was a Fields Medallist in 1974). This singular application of mathematical modelling to a messy applied problem of obvious utility and importance but with no unique solution is a pretty one to share with students: perhaps, returning to the source of our opening quotation, we may invert Duncan's earlier observation, 'There is an art to find the mind's construction in the face!'.

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TL;DR: A comprehensive review of zonal flow phenomena in plasmas is presented in this article, where the focus is on zonal flows generated by drift waves and the back-interaction of ZF on the drift waves, and various feedback loops by which the system regulates and organizes itself.

Abstract: A comprehensive review of zonal flow phenomena in plasmas is presented. While the emphasis is on zonal flows in laboratory plasmas, planetary zonal flows are discussed as well. The review presents the status of theory, numerical simulation and experiments relevant to zonal flows. The emphasis is on developing an integrated understanding of the dynamics of drift wave–zonal flow turbulence by combining detailed studies of the generation of zonal flows by drift waves, the back-interaction of zonal flows on the drift waves, and the various feedback loops by which the system regulates and organizes itself. The implications of zonal flow phenomena for confinement in, and the phenomena of fusion devices are discussed. Special attention is given to the comparison of experiment with theory and to identifying directions for progress in future research.

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TL;DR: In this article, particle-in-cell (PIC) combined with Monte Carlo collision (MCC) calculations are used for simulation of partially ionized gases, with many of the features met in low-temperature collision plasmas.

Abstract: Many-particle charged-particle plasma simulations using spatial meshes for the electromagnetic field solutions, particle-in-cell (PIC) merged with Monte Carlo collision (MCC) calculations, are coming into wide use for application to partially ionized gases. The author emphasizes the development of PIC computer experiments since the 1950s starting with one-dimensional (1-D) charged-sheet models, the addition of the mesh, and fast direct Poisson equation solvers for 2-D and 3-D. Details are provided for adding the collisions between the charged particles and neutral atoms. The result is many-particle simulations with many of the features met in low-temperature collision plasmas; for example, with applications to plasma-assisted materials processing, but also related to warmer plasmas at the edges of magnetized fusion plasmas. >

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

^{1}, European Atomic Energy Community^{2}, University of Toronto^{3}, Japan Atomic Energy Agency^{4}, Max Planck Society^{5}, Forschungszentrum Jülich^{6}, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory^{7}, University of Wisconsin-Madison^{8}, University of California, San Diego^{9}, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory^{10}, Institut national de la recherche scientifique^{11}, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne^{12}, Nagoya University^{13}TL;DR: In this paper, the authors describe the processes that will determine the properties of the plasma edge and its interaction with material elements in ITER and compare their predictions with the new experimental results.

Abstract: Progress, since the ITER Physics Basis publication (ITER Physics Basis Editors et al 1999 Nucl. Fusion 39 2137–2664), in understanding the processes that will determine the properties of the plasma edge and its interaction with material elements in ITER is described. Experimental areas where significant progress has taken place are energy transport in the scrape-off layer (SOL) in particular of the anomalous transport scaling, particle transport in the SOL that plays a major role in the interaction of diverted plasmas with the main-chamber material elements, edge localized mode (ELM) energy deposition on material elements and the transport mechanism for the ELM energy from the main plasma to the plasma facing components, the physics of plasma detachment and neutral dynamics including the edge density profile structure and the control of plasma particle content and He removal, the erosion of low- and high-Z materials in fusion devices, their transport to the core plasma and their migration at the plasma edge including the formation of mixed materials, the processes determining the size and location of the retention of tritium in fusion devices and methods to remove it and the processes determining the efficiency of the various fuelling methods as well as their development towards the ITER requirements. This experimental progress has been accompanied by the development of modelling tools for the physical processes at the edge plasma and plasma–materials interaction and the further validation of these models by comparing their predictions with the new experimental results. Progress in the modelling development and validation has been mostly concentrated in the following areas: refinement in the predictions for ITER with plasma edge modelling codes by inclusion of detailed geometrical features of the divertor and the introduction of physical effects, which can play a major role in determining the divertor parameters at the divertor for ITER conditions such as hydrogen radiation transport and neutral–neutral collisions, modelling of the ion orbits at the plasma edge, which can play a role in determining power deposition at the divertor target, models for plasma–materials and plasma dynamics interaction during ELMs and disruptions, models for the transport of impurities at the plasma edge to describe the core contamination by impurities and the migration of eroded materials at the edge plasma and its associated tritium retention and models for the turbulent processes that determine the anomalous transport of energy and particles across the SOL. The implications for the expected performance of the reference regimes in ITER, the operation of the ITER device and the lifetime of the plasma facing materials are discussed.

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