Nonlinear cyclotron harmonic absorption

Seol, JaeChun; Hegna, C. C.; Callen, J. D.
May 2009
Physics of Plasmas;May2009, Vol. 16 Issue 5, p052512
Academic Journal
Nonlinear oscillations of particle’s energy occur when a particle stays in a resonance zone. In this work, we found that collisionless heating of particles occurs when they pass the microwave beam at first, second, and third harmonic resonances. It is found that the net energy gain of particles from the microwaves is inversely proportional to the wave frequency. It is also found that the net energy gain is dependent on the microwave beam width. The energy gain of particles from a single pass through a resonance zone has been formulated analytically. A numerical calculation has been performed and the results are in good agreement with the analytic calculation. Both analytic and numerical calculations show a strong frequency dependence and a beam width dependence of nonlinear cyclotron resonance heating.


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