Response to 'Comment on 'Three-dimensional numerical investigation of electron transport with rotating spoke in a cylindrical anode layer Hall plasma accelerator'' [Phys. Plasmas 20, 014701 (2013)]

Tang, D. L.; Geng, S. F.; Qiu, X. M.; Chu, Paul K.
January 2013
Physics of Plasmas;Jan2013, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p014702
Academic Journal
The numerical simulation described in our paper [D. L. Tang et al., Phys. Plasmas 19, 073519 (2012)] shows a rotating dense plasma structure, which is the critical characteristic of the rotating spoke. The simulated rotating spoke has a frequency of 12.5 MHz with a rotational speed of ∼1.0 × 106 m/s on the surface of the anode. Accompanied by the almost uniform azimuthal ion distribution, the non-axisymmetric electron distribution introduces two azimuthal electric fields with opposite directions. The azimuthal electric fields have the same rotational frequency and speed together with the rotating spoke. The azimuthal electric fields excite the axial electron drift upstream and downstream due to the additional Eθ x B field and then the axial shear flow is generated. The axial local charge separation induced by the axial shear electron flow may be compensated by the azimuthal electron transport, finally resulting in the azimuthal electric field rotation and electron transport with the rotating spoke.


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