drift wave

drift wave

[′drift ‚wāv]
(plasma physics)
An oscillation in a magnetically confined plasma which arises in the presence of density gradients, for example, at the plasma's surface, and which resembles the waves that propagate at the interface of two fluids of different density in a gravity field.
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Two workshops on "A half Century of Drift Wave and Beyond" and "Alternate Energy Technologies" will also be held after the ISS-2013 on Saturday, March 16.
The topics include linear wave dynamics, natural occurrences of plasmas, electrostatic waves in warm homogeneous and isotropic plasmas, weakly nonlinear electrostatic drift waves, and kinetic plasma sound waves.
Developer of a well-known nonlinear model for drift waves (Hasegawa-Wakatani equation), Prof Wakatani was Co-Leader of the ITER Expert Group on Transport, and one of the editors of ITER Physics Basis (published as a special edition of Nuclear Fusion).