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A review is given of the key ideas involved in computing power spectral density functions from fast-Fourier-transformed plasma fluctuation data. Next a model is described which enables one to determine, from the computer-generated power spectra, the amplitude, frequency, and wavenumber of each of several waves present in the plasma. The potential of digitally implemented spectral analysis techniques as a plasma diagnostic tool is demonstrated in an experiment study of the evolution, and ultimate turbulent destruction, of a multi-mode drift wave spectrum.
Date of Publication: Dec. 1974