Electric Probe Measurements of the Poloidal Velocity in the Scrape-Off Layer of ASDEX Upgrade

F. Mehlmann, S. Costea, R.. Schrittwieser, Volker Naulin, Jens Juul Rasmussen, H.W. Müller, Anders Henry Nielsen, N. Vianello, D. Carralero, V. Rohde, C. Lux, C. Ionita

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A reciprocating probe head with six pins was used for localized measurements of electric fields and densities in the scrape-off layer (SOL) of ASDEX Upgrade (AUG) up to the edge shear layer (SL) near the Last Closed Flux Surface (LCFS). The edge SL is characterized by a strong sudden change in the poloidal velocity v close to the separatrix. The probes were used to determine this velocity by different methods which are critically compared to each other concerning their reliability. By the first method the poloidal velocity was deduced from the radial electric field E-r measured by two radially staggered probe pins, with v being due to the E-r x B-phi-drift (B-phi is the toroidal field). The two other methods utilized the cross correlation of two poloidally staggered ion-biased probes and two poloidally staggered floating probes, respectively. In this case the time lags with maximum cross correlation were used to determine the poloidal velocity and its jump, yielding comparable results to the first method. Also the method of conditional averaging was applied to the latter signals. ((c) 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim).
Original languageEnglish
JournalContributions to Plasma Physics
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)273-278
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

The ASDEX Up-grade Team, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, also contributed to the publication.


  • Plasma diagnostics
  • Electric probe array
  • Scrape-off layer
  • Poloidal velocity
  • Shear layer

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