Predicting PDF tails of flux in plasma sheath region

Anderson, Johan
Kim, Eun-jin
Description
This letter provides the first prediction of the probability density function (PDF) of flux $R$ in plasma sheath sheath region in magnetic fusion devices which is characterized by dynamical equations with exponential non-linearities. By using a non-perturbative statistical theory (instantons), the PDF tails of first moment are shown to be modified Gumbel distribution which represents a frequency distribution of the extreme values of the ensemble. The non-Gaussian PDF tails that are enhanced over Gaussian predictions are the result of intermittency caused by short lived coherent structures (instantons).
Comment: 13 pages, 1 figure
Keywords
Physics - Plasma Physics, Physics - Fluid Dynamics