Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Velocity Space Degrees of Freedom of Plasma Fluctuations
by Mattingly, Sean Walter, Ph.D., The University of Iowa, 2017, 139; 10263114
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis demonstrates a measurement of a plasma fluctuation velocity-space cross-correlation matrix using laser induced fluorescence. The plasma fluctuation eigenmode structure on the ion velocity distribution function can be empirically determined through singular value decomposition from this measurement. This decomposition also gives the relative strengths of the modes as a function of frequency. Symmetry properties of the matrix quantify systematic error. The relation between the eigenmodes and plasma kinetic fluctuation modes is explored. A generalized wave admittance is calculated for these eigenmodes. Since the measurement is a localized technique, it may be applied to plasmas in which a single point measurement is possible, multipoint measurements may be difficult, and a velocity sensitive measurement technique is available.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Skiff, Fred W.
Commitee: Baalrud, Scott, Goree, John, Howes, Greg, Ratner, Albert
School: The University of Iowa
Department: Physics
School Location: United States -- Iowa
Source: DAI-B 79/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Physics, Plasma physics
Keywords: Experimental plasma physics, Kinetic modes, Laser induced fluorescence, Laser spectroscopy, Plasma diagnostics, Small scale modes
Publication Number: 10263114
ISBN: 9780355658804
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