Energy transfer in binary collisions of two gyrating charged particles in a magnetic field

Nersisyan, H. B.; Zwicknagel, G.
August 2010
Physics of Plasmas;Aug2010, Vol. 17 Issue 8, p082314
Academic Journal
Binary collisions of the gyrating charged particles in an external magnetic field are considered within a classical second-order perturbation theory, i.e., up to contributions that are quadratic in the binary interaction, starting from the unperturbed helical motion of the particles. The calculations are done with the help of a binary collision treatment, which is valid for any strength of the magnetic field and involves all harmonics of the particles’ cyclotron motion. The energy transfer is explicitly calculated for a regularized and screened potential, which is both of finite range and nonsingular at the origin. The validity of the perturbation treatment is evaluated by comparing with classical trajectory Monte Carlo (CTMC) calculations which also allow one to investigate the strong collisions with large energy and velocity transfer at low velocities. For large initial velocities, on the other hand, only small velocity transfers occur. There the nonperturbative numerical CTMC results agree excellently with the predictions of the perturbative treatment.


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