TITLE

Ion ring propagation in a magnetized plasma

AUTHOR(S)
Schamiloglu, E.; Greenly, J. B.; Hammer, D. A.
PUB. DATE
August 1993
SOURCE
Physics of Fluids B: Plasma Physics;Aug93, Vol. 5 Issue 8, p3069
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The propagation of an ion ring in a 2.5 m long, 0.30 m diam magnetized plasma column was studied using an axial array of magnetic probes and fast proton detectors, a microwave interferometer, and a grating spectrometer. The ring propagated with an initial axial velocity 3×106 m/sec, about four times the Alfvén speed in the plasma, and excited damped magnetosonic waves whose peak amplitude depended on the plasma return current. The plasma electrons were heated by about 1 eV in response to the ring, as measured by the Hγ line-to-continuum intensity ratio. This heating is primarily attributed to classical Coulomb collisions, although about 1%–10% can be attributed to the collective ring–plasma interaction. The collective interaction had no measurable effect on the dynamics of the ion ring, consistent with theoretical models, given the beam, plasma, and magnetic-field parameters in the experiment.
ACCESSION #
9835018

 

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