## Abstract

The random walk of magnetic field lines in the presence of magnetic turbulence in plasmas is investigated from first principles. An isotropic model is employed for the magnetic turbulence spectrum. An analytical investigation of the asymptotic behavior of the field-line mean-square displacement (x) ^{2} is carried out, in terms of the position variable z. It is shown that (x)^{2} varies as ~z ln z for large distance z. This result corresponds to a superdiffusive behavior of field line wandering. This investigation complements previous work, which relied on a two-component model for the turbulence spectrum. Contrary to that model, quasilinear theory appears to provide an adequate description of the field-line random walk for isotropic turbulence.

Original language | British English |
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Pages (from-to) | 183-192 |

Number of pages | 10 |

Journal | Journal of Plasma Physics |

Volume | 75 |

Issue number | 2 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Apr 2009 |