Electron Cooling in a Magnetically Expanding Plasma.
Little, J M; Choueiri, E Y
2016-11-25
Electron cooling in a magnetically expanding plasma, which is a fundamental process for plasma flow and detachment in magnetic nozzles, is experimentally investigated using a radio frequency plasma source and magnetic nozzle (MN). Probe measurements of the plasma density, potential, and electron temperature along the center line of the MN indicate that the expansion follows a polytropic law with exponent γ_{e}=1.15±0.03. This value contradicts isothermal electron expansion, γ_{e}=1, which is commonly assumed in MN models. The axial variation of the measured quantities can be described by a simple quasi-1D fluid model with classical electron thermal conduction, for which it has been previously shown that a value of γ_{e}≈1.19 is expected in the weakly collisional limit. A new criterion, derived from the model, ensures efficient ion acceleration when a critical value for the ratio of convected to conducted power is exceeded.
Dynamics of runaway electrons in magnetized plasmas
Moghaddam-Taaheri, E.
1986-01-01
The evolution of a runaway electron tail driven by a subcritical dc electric field in a magnetized plasma is studied numerically using a quasi-linear numerical code (2-D in v- and k-space) based on the Ritz-Galerkin method and finite elements. Three different regimes in the evolution of the runaway tail depending on the strength of the dc electric field and the ratio of plasma to gyrofrequency, were found. The tail can be (a) stable and the electrons are accelerated to large parallel velocities, (b) unstable to the Cerenkov resonance due to the formation of a positive slope on the runaway tail, (c) unstable to the anomalous Doppler resonance instability driven by the large velocity anisotropy in the tail. Once an instability is triggered (Cerenkov or anomalous Doppler resonance) the tail relaxes into an isotropic distribution resulting in less acceleration. The synchrotron emission of the runaway electrons shows large enhancement in the radiation level at the high-frequency end of the spectrum during the pitch-angle scattering of the fast particles. The results are relevant to recent experimental data from the Princeton Large Torus (PLT) during current-drive experiments and to the microwave bursts observed during solar flares.
Solitary and shock waves in magnetized electron-positron plasma
Lu, Ding; Li, Zi-Liang; Abdukerim, Nuriman; Xie, Bai-Song
2014-02-15
An Ohm's law for electron-positron (EP) plasma is obtained. In the framework of EP magnetohydrodynamics, we investigate nonrelativistic nonlinear waves' solutions in a magnetized EP plasma. In the collisionless limit, quasistationary propagating solitary wave structures for the magnetic field and the plasma density are obtained. It is found that the wave amplitude increases with the Mach number and the Alfvén speed. However, the dependence on the plasma temperature is just the opposite. Moreover, for a cold EP plasma, the existence range of the solitary waves depends only on the Alfvén speed. For a hot EP plasma, the existence range depends on the Alfvén speed as well as the plasma temperature. In the presence of collision, the electromagnetic fields and the plasma density can appear as oscillatory shock structures because of the dissipation caused by the collisions. As the collision frequency increases, the oscillatory shock structure becomes more and more monotonic.
Electron and ion kinetics in magnetized capacitively coupled plasma source
Lee, S. H.; You, S. J.; Chang, H. Y.; Lee, J. K.
2007-05-15
One-dimensional particle-in-cell Monte Carlo collision simulations of magnetized argon plasmas in an asymmetric capacitively coupled plasma reactor are presented. At low pressure (10 mTorr), electron kinetics are strongly affected by the magnetic field and transitions from nonlocal to local kinetic property occur with increasing magnetic field which are reflected in spatially resolved calculations of the electron-energy probability function. For high-energy electrons, the transition takes place when the energy-relaxation length is smaller than the system length. For low-energy electrons, however, the transition occurs when the electron-diffusion time scale in the energy space is shorter than the spatial-diffusion time scale in coordinate space. These observations are in agreement with experimental data and theoretical calculations deduced from the Boltzmann equation. The ion energy distribution function (IEDF) on the driven electrode changes from the ion-neutral collisional type to the ion-neutral collisionless type with increasing magnetic field strength. The maximum ion energy in the IEDF decreases and the angular spread in the ion angle distribution function slightly increases with increasing magnetic field strength. These changes are explained in terms of the ratio of the ion-transit time to rf frequency, the sheath length, and the mean potential difference between the driven electrode and the plasma. At high pressure (218 mTorr), electron-neutral collisions disrupt electron gyromotion so that the effects of the magnetic field on electron and ion kinetics are greatly reduced.
Anomalous skin effects in a weakly magnetized degenerate electron plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Abbas, G.; Sarfraz, M.; Shah, H. A.
2014-09-01
Fully relativistic analysis of anomalous skin effects for parallel propagating waves in a weakly magnetized degenerate electron plasma is presented and a graphical comparison is made with the results obtained using relativistic Maxwellian distribution function [G. Abbas, M. F. Bashir, and G. Murtaza, Phys. Plasmas 18, 102115 (2011)]. It is found that the penetration depth for R- and L-waves for degenerate case is qualitatively small in comparison with the Maxwellian plasma case. The quantitative reduction due to weak magnetic field in the skin depth in R-wave for degenerate plasma is large as compared to the non-degenerate one. By ignoring the ambient magnetic field, previous results for degenerate field free case are salvaged [A. F. Alexandrov, A. S. Bogdankevich, and A. A. Rukhadze, Principles of Plasma Electrodynamics (Springer-Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg, 1984), p. 90].
Anomalous skin effects in a weakly magnetized degenerate electron plasma
Abbas, G. Sarfraz, M.; Shah, H. A.
2014-09-15
Fully relativistic analysis of anomalous skin effects for parallel propagating waves in a weakly magnetized degenerate electron plasma is presented and a graphical comparison is made with the results obtained using relativistic Maxwellian distribution function [G. Abbas, M. F. Bashir, and G. Murtaza, Phys. Plasmas 18, 102115 (2011)]. It is found that the penetration depth for R- and L-waves for degenerate case is qualitatively small in comparison with the Maxwellian plasma case. The quantitative reduction due to weak magnetic field in the skin depth in R-wave for degenerate plasma is large as compared to the non-degenerate one. By ignoring the ambient magnetic field, previous results for degenerate field free case are salvaged [A. F. Alexandrov, A. S. Bogdankevich, and A. A. Rukhadze, Principles of Plasma Electrodynamics (Springer-Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg, 1984), p. 90].
Electron vortex magnetic holes: A nonlinear coherent plasma structure
Haynes, Christopher T. Burgess, David; Sundberg, Torbjorn; Camporeale, Enrico
2015-01-15
We report the properties of a novel type of sub-proton scale magnetic hole found in two dimensional particle-in-cell simulations of decaying turbulence with a guide field. The simulations were performed with a realistic value for ion to electron mass ratio. These structures, electron vortex magnetic holes (EVMHs), have circular cross-section. The magnetic field depression is associated with a diamagnetic azimuthal current provided by a population of trapped electrons in petal-like orbits. The trapped electron population provides a mean azimuthal velocity and since trapping preferentially selects high pitch angles, a perpendicular temperature anisotropy. The structures arise out of initial perturbations in the course of the turbulent evolution of the plasma, and are stable over at least 100 electron gyroperiods. We have verified the model for the EVMH by carrying out test particle and PIC simulations of isolated structures in a uniform plasma. It is found that (quasi-)stable structures can be formed provided that there is some initial perpendicular temperature anisotropy at the structure location. The properties of these structures (scale size, trapped population, etc.) are able to explain the observed properties of magnetic holes in the terrestrial plasma sheet. EVMHs may also contribute to turbulence properties, such as intermittency, at short scale lengths in other astrophysical plasmas.
Electron vortex magnetic holes: A nonlinear coherent plasma structure
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Haynes, Christopher T.; Burgess, David; Camporeale, Enrico; Sundberg, Torbjorn
2015-01-01
We report the properties of a novel type of sub-proton scale magnetic hole found in two dimensional particle-in-cell simulations of decaying turbulence with a guide field. The simulations were performed with a realistic value for ion to electron mass ratio. These structures, electron vortex magnetic holes (EVMHs), have circular cross-section. The magnetic field depression is associated with a diamagnetic azimuthal current provided by a population of trapped electrons in petal-like orbits. The trapped electron population provides a mean azimuthal velocity and since trapping preferentially selects high pitch angles, a perpendicular temperature anisotropy. The structures arise out of initial perturbations in the course of the turbulent evolution of the plasma, and are stable over at least 100 electron gyroperiods. We have verified the model for the EVMH by carrying out test particle and PIC simulations of isolated structures in a uniform plasma. It is found that (quasi-)stable structures can be formed provided that there is some initial perpendicular temperature anisotropy at the structure location. The properties of these structures (scale size, trapped population, etc.) are able to explain the observed properties of magnetic holes in the terrestrial plasma sheet. EVMHs may also contribute to turbulence properties, such as intermittency, at short scale lengths in other astrophysical plasmas.
Evolutionary sheath structure in magnetized collisionless plasma with electron inertia
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gohain, M.; Karmakar, P. K.
2017-06-01
A classical hydrodynamic model is methodologically formulated to see the equilibrium properties of a planar plasma sheath in two-component magnetized bounded plasma. It incorporates the weak but finite electron inertia instead of asymptotically inertialess electrons. The effects of the externally applied oblique (relative to the bulk plasma flow) magnetic field are judiciously accented. It is, for the sake of simplicity, assumed that the relevant physical parameters (plasma density, electrostatic potential, and flow velocity) vary only in a direction normal to the confining wall boundary. It is noticed for the first time that the derived Bohm condition for sheath formation is modified conjointly by the electron inertia, magnetic field, and field orientation. It is manifested that the electron inertia in the presence of plasma gyrokinetic effects slightly enhances the ion Mach threshold value (typically, M i0 ≥ 1.139) toward the sheath entrance. This flow super-criticality is in contrast with the heuristic formalism ( M i0 ≥ 1) for the zero-inertia electrons. A numerical illustrative scheme on the parametric sheath features on diverse nontrivial apposite arguments is constructed alongside ameliorative scope.
Permanent magnet electron cyclotron resonance plasma source with remote window
Berry, L.A.; Gorbatkin, S.M. )
1995-03-01
An electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma has been used in conjunction with a solid metal sputter target for Cu deposition over 200 mm diameters. The goal is to develop a deposition system and process suitable for filling submicron, high-aspect ratio ULSI features. The system uses a permanent magnet for creation of the magnetic field necessary for ECR, and is significantly more compact than systems equipped with electromagnets. A custom launcher design allows remote microwave injection with the microwave entrance window shielded from the copper flux. When microwaves are introduced at an angle with respect to the plasma, high electron densities can be produced with a plasma frequency significantly greater than the electron cyclotron frequency. Copper deposition rates of 1000 A/min have been achieved.
Nonlocal electron transport in magnetized plasmas with arbitrary atomic number
Bennaceur-Doumaz, D.; Bendib, A.
2006-09-15
The numerical solution of the steady-state electron Fokker-Planck equation perturbed with respect to a global equilibrium is presented in magnetized plasmas with arbitrary atomic number Z. The magnetic field is assumed to be constant and the electron-electron collisions are described by the Landau collision operator. The solution is derived in the Fourier space and in the framework of the diffusive approximation which captures the spatial nonlocal effects. The transport coefficients are deduced and used to close a complete set of nonlocal electron fluid equations. This work improves the results of A. Bendib et al. [Phys. Plasmas 9, 1555 (2002)] and of A. V. Brantov et al. [Phys. Plasmas 10, 4633 (2003)] restricted to the local and nonlocal high-Z plasma approximations, respectively. The influence of the magnetic field on the nonlocal effects is discussed. We propose also accurate numerical fits of the relevant transport coefficients with respect to the collisionality parameter {lambda}{sub ei}/L and the atomic number Z, where L is the typical scale length and {lambda}{sub ei} is the electron-ion mean-free-path.
Magnetically Controlled Optical Plasma Waveguide for Electron Acceleration
Pollock, B. B.; Davis, P.; Divol, L.; Glenzer, S. H.; Palastro, J. P.; Price, D.; Froula, D. H.; Tynan, G. R.
2009-01-22
In order to produce multi-Gev electrons from Laser Wakefield Accelerators, we present a technique to guide high power laser beams through underdense plasma. Experimental results from the Jupiter Laser Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that show density channels with minimum plasma densities below 5x10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} are presented. These results are obtained using an external magnetic field (<5 T) to limit the radial heat flux from a pre-forming laser beam. The resulting increased plasma pressure gradient produces a parabolic density gradient which is tunable by changing the external magnetic field strength. These results are compared with 1-D hydrodynamic simulations, while quasi-static kinetic simulations show that for these channel conditions 90% of the energy in a 150 TW short pulse beam is guided over 5 cm and predict electron energy gains of 3 GeV.
Analysis of Electron Trajectories in Magnetized High Power Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Krueger, Dennis; Gallian, Sara; Trieschmann, Jan; Brinkmann, Ralf Peter
2015-09-01
High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HiPIMS) is an important example of magnetized technological plasmas. With HiPIMS the focus lies on the generation of a high density plasma with a remarkably high degree of ionization. It can be used for the deposition of thin films with superior density and quality. Theoretical approaches to the regime of magnetized low temperature plasmas encounter some fundamental difficulties, for example concerning the details of the magnetic field configuration, the strongly varying degree of magnetization, and the frequent wall interactions. A kinetic single particle model is used for the investigations. Single electron trajectories are analyzed with the widely used Boris algorithm within the magnetized zone above the target (racetrack). We further examine a configuration where symmetry breaking occurs due to a potential bump, which is rotating azimuthally around the racetrack (spoke). Observing the effects of this structure on the single electron motion may allow us to obtain further insight into this phenomenon. This work is supported by the German Research Foundation in the frame of the Collaborative Research Centre TRR 87.
Low frequency nonlinear waves in electron depleted magnetized nonthermal plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mobarak Hossen, Md.; Sahadat Alam, Md.; Sultana, Sharmin; Mamun, A. A.
2016-11-01
A theoretical study on the ultra-low frequency small but finite amplitude solitary waves has been carried out in an electron depleted magnetized nonthermal dusty plasma consisting of both polarity (positively charged as well as negatively charged) inertial massive dust particles and nonextensive q distributed ions. The reductive perturbation technique is employed to derive the ZakharovKuznetsov (ZK) equation. The basic features of low frequency solitary wave are analyzed via the solution of ZK equation. It is observed that the intrinsic properties (e.g., polarity, amplitude, width, etc.) of dust-acoustic (DA) solitary waves (SWs) are significantly influenced by the effects external magnetic field, obliqueness, nonextensivity of ions, and the ratio of ion number density to the product of electron and negative dust number density. The findings of our results may be useful to explain the low frequency nonlinear wave propagation in some plasma environments like cometary tails, the earth polar mesosphere, Jupiter's magnetosphere, etc.
Superfluorescence from dense electron hole plasmas under high magnetic fields
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jho, Y. D.; Wang, X.; Kono, J.; Reitze, D. H.; Wei, X.; Belyanin, A. A.; Kocharovsky, V. V.; Kocharovsky, Vl. V.; Solomon, G. S.
Ultrafast optical excitation of a dense electron hole plasma in InxGa1-xAs multiple quantum wells in high magnetic fields (>20T) produces cooperative radiative recombination between conduction and valence band Landau levels (LL). Above a critical threshold, the emission is characterized by very narrow LL line widths, superlinear increase with increasing field and laser excitation fluence, and stochastic directionality from shot to shot. Here, we investigate the effects of temperature and excitation geometry on the emission properties.
Thermal equilibrium of a cryogenic magnetized pure electron plasma
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Dubin, D. H. E.; Oneil, T. M.
1986-01-01
The thermal equilibrium correlation properties of a magnetically confined pure electron plasma (McPEP) are related to those of a one-component plasma (OCP). The N-particle spatial distribution rho sub s and the Helmholtz free energy F are evaluated for the McPEP to O(lambda sub d-squared/a-squared), where lambda sub d is the thermal de Broglie wavelength and is an interparticle spacing. The electron gyromotion is allowed to be fully quantized while the guiding center motion is quasi-classical. The distribution rho sub s is shown to be identical to that of a classical OCP with a slightly modified potential. To O(lambda sub d-squared/a-squared) this modification does not affect that part of F that is caused by correlations, as long as certain requirements concerning the size of the plasma are met. This theory is motivated by a current series of experiments that involve the cooling of a magnetically confined pure electron plasma to the cryogenic temperature range.
Thermal equilibrium of a cryogenic magnetized pure electron plasma
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Dubin, D. H. E.; Oneil, T. M.
1986-01-01
The thermal equilibrium correlation properties of a magnetically confined pure electron plasma (McPEP) are related to those of a one-component plasma (OCP). The N-particle spatial distribution rho sub s and the Helmholtz free energy F are evaluated for the McPEP to O(lambda sub d-squared/a-squared), where lambda sub d is the thermal de Broglie wavelength and is an interparticle spacing. The electron gyromotion is allowed to be fully quantized while the guiding center motion is quasi-classical. The distribution rho sub s is shown to be identical to that of a classical OCP with a slightly modified potential. To O(lambda sub d-squared/a-squared) this modification does not affect that part of F that is caused by correlations, as long as certain requirements concerning the size of the plasma are met. This theory is motivated by a current series of experiments that involve the cooling of a magnetically confined pure electron plasma to the cryogenic temperature range.
Electron-positron pair equilibrium in strongly magnetized plasmas
Harding, A.K.
1984-11-01
Steady states of thermal electron-positron pair plasmas at mildly relativistic temperatures and in strong magnetic fields are investigated. The pair density in steady-state equilibrium, where pair production balances annihilation, is found as a function of temperature, magnetic field strength and source size, by a numerical calculation which includes pair production attenuation and Compton scattering of the photons. It is found that there is a maximum pair density for each value of temperature and field strength, and also a source size above which optically thin equilibrium states do not exist. (ESA)
Confinement of electron plasma by levitating dipole magnet
Saitoh, H.; Yoshida, Z.; Morikawa, J.; Yano, Y.; Hayashi, H.; Mizushima, T.; Kawai, Y.; Kobayashi, M.; Mikami, H.
2010-11-15
A recent experiment on the Ring Trap 1 device has demonstrated long-term (exceeding 300 s) confinement of non-neutral (pure electron) plasma in a dipole magnetic field; particles diffuse inward, steepening the density gradient and self-organizing into a stable vortex structure [Z. Yoshida et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 235004 (2010)]. In this study, the internal structures of the plasma are experimentally investigated, and it is shown that the observations are consistent with rigidly rotating charged particle clump. The radial profiles of electrostatic potential and electron density consistently show that the drift velocity has homogeneous angular frequency in the confinement region. The electrostatic fluctuations also rotate rigidly with a phase velocity that agrees with the drift velocity. The magnetospheric system should have a wide application in confining single-species and even multiple-species charged particles.
Singh, S. V. Lakhina, G. S.; Devanandhan, S.; Bharuthram, R.
2016-08-15
A theoretical investigation is carried out to study the obliquely propagating electron acoustic solitary waves having nonthermal hot electrons, cold and beam electrons, and ions in a magnetized plasma. We have employed reductive perturbation theory to derive the Korteweg-de-Vries-Zakharov-Kuznetsov (KdV-ZK) equation describing the nonlinear evolution of these waves. The two-dimensional plane wave solution of KdV-ZK equation is analyzed to study the effects of nonthermal and beam electrons on the characteristics of the solitons. Theoretical results predict negative potential solitary structures. We emphasize that the inclusion of finite temperature effects reduces the soliton amplitudes and the width of the solitons increases by an increase in the obliquity of the wave propagation. The numerical analysis is presented for the parameters corresponding to the observations of “burst a” event by Viking satellite on the auroral field lines.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Singh, S. V.; Devanandhan, S.; Lakhina, G. S.; Bharuthram, R.
2016-08-01
A theoretical investigation is carried out to study the obliquely propagating electron acoustic solitary waves having nonthermal hot electrons, cold and beam electrons, and ions in a magnetized plasma. We have employed reductive perturbation theory to derive the Korteweg-de-Vries-Zakharov-Kuznetsov (KdV-ZK) equation describing the nonlinear evolution of these waves. The two-dimensional plane wave solution of KdV-ZK equation is analyzed to study the effects of nonthermal and beam electrons on the characteristics of the solitons. Theoretical results predict negative potential solitary structures. We emphasize that the inclusion of finite temperature effects reduces the soliton amplitudes and the width of the solitons increases by an increase in the obliquity of the wave propagation. The numerical analysis is presented for the parameters corresponding to the observations of "burst a" event by Viking satellite on the auroral field lines.
Anowar, M. G. M.; Mamun, A. A.
2008-10-15
The basic features of obliquely propagating electron-acoustic (EA) solitary waves and their multidimensional instability in a magnetized plasma containing cold electrons, hot electrons obeying a vortexlike distribution, and stationary ions have been theoretically investigated by the reductive perturbation method and small-k perturbation expansion technique. The combined effects of external magnetic field (obliqueness) and trapped electron distribution, which are found to significantly modify the basic properties (amplitude and width) of small but finite-amplitude EA solitary waves, are explicitly examined. It is also found that the instability criterion and the growth rate are significantly modified by the external magnetic field and the propagation directions of both the nonlinear waves and their perturbation modes. The implications of our results in space plasmas are briefly discussed.
Runaway electrons in a magnetized plasma in an rf electric field
Razdorskii, V.G.
1982-01-01
Runaway electrons may appear during electron-cyclotron heating of a plasma. In a constant magnetic field crossed with an rf electric field an effective acceleration of plasma electrons across the magnetic field takes place. When Coulomb collisions are taken into account, this acceleration gives rise to a stream of runaway electrons. The current in this stream is determined as a function of the amplitude of the electric field and the plasma parameters.
Magnetic field measurements for study of fast electron transport in magnetized HED plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sawada, Hiroshi; Griffin, Brandon; Presura, Radu; Haque, Showera; Sentoku, Yasuhiko
2014-10-01
Interaction of megagauss magnetic fields with high energy density (HED) plasma is of great interest in the field of magnetized plasma. The field changes fundamental properties of the HED plasma such as thermal and magnetic diffusion. A coupled capability utilizing the 1.0 MA Zebra pulsed power generator and the 50 TW Leopard laser at Nevada Terawatt Facility enables to create such a condition for studies of magnetized plasma properties. We have conducted an experiment to measure magnetic fields generated by a 1.0 MA, 100 ns Zebra pulsed current in stainless steel coils. Using a 532 nm continuous laser from a single longitudinal mode laser system, the temporal change in the magnetic field was measured with the Faraday rotation in F2 glass. The probe laser passing through the 1.5 mm in radius and 1.75 mm thick glass placed in the vicinity of the inductive coils was split with a Glan-Taylor prism to measure vertical and horizontal polarization components with photodiodes. We will present the analysis of the experimental result and a design of a coupled experiment for study of fast electron transport in the magnetized plasma.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rafalskyi, Dmytro; Aanesland, Ane
2015-09-01
We present a plasma diagnostics method based on impedance measurements of a short matched dipole placed in the plasma. This allows measuring the local electron density in the range from 1012-1015 m-3 with a magnetic field of at least 0-50 mT. The magnetic field strength is not directly influencing the data analysis and requires only that the dipole probe is oriented perpendicularly to the magnetic field. As a result, the magnetic field can be non-homogeneous or even non-defined within the probe length without any effect on the final tolerance of the measurements. The method can be applied to plasmas of relatively small dimensions (< 10 cm) and doesn't require any special boundary conditions. The high sensitivity of the impedance measurements is achieved by using a miniature matching system installed close to the probe tip, which also allows to suppress sheath resonance effects. We experimentally show here that the tolerance of the electron density measurements reaches values lower than 1%, both with and without the magnetic field. The method is successfully validated by both analytical modeling and experimental comparison with Langmuir probes. The validation experiments are conducted in a low pressure (1 mTorr) Ar discharge sustained in a 10 cm size plasma chamber with and without a transversal magnetic field of about 20 mT. This work was supported by a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships within FP7 (NEPTUNE PIIF-GA-2012-326054).
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Vafin, S.; Schlickeiser, R.; Yoon, P. H.
2016-09-01
The general electromagnetic fluctuation theory is a powerful tool to analyze the magnetic fluctuation spectrum of a plasma. Recent works utilizing this theory for a magnetized non-relativistic isotropic Maxwellian electron-proton plasma have demonstrated that the equilibrium ratio of | δ B| /{B}0 can be as high as 10-12. This value results from the balance between spontaneous emission of fluctuations and their damping, and it is considerably smaller than the observed value | δ B| /{B}0 in the solar wind at 1 au, where {10}-3≲ | δ B| /{B}0≲ {10}-1. In the present manuscript, we consider an anisotropic bi-Maxwellian distribution function to investigate the effect of plasma instabilities on the magnetic field fluctuations. We demonstrate that these instabilities strongly amplify the magnetic field fluctuations and provide a sufficient mechanism to explain the observed value of | δ B| /{B}0 in the solar wind at 1 au.
Sustenance of inhomogeneous electron temperature in a magnetized plasma column
Karkari, S. K. Mishra, S. K.; Kaw, P. K.
2015-09-15
This paper presents the equilibrium properties of a magnetized plasma column sustained by direct-current (dc) operated hollow cathode discharge in conjunction with a conducting end-plate, acting as the anode. The survey of radial plasma characteristics, performed in argon plasma, shows hotter plasma in the periphery as compared to the central plasma region; whereas the plasma density peaks at the center. The off-centered peak in radial temperature is attributed due to inhomogeneous power deposition in the discharge volume in conjunction with short-circuiting effect by the conducting end plate. A theoretical model based on particle flux and energy balance is given to explain the observed characteristics of the plasma column.
Cross-field transport of electrons at the magnetic throat in an annular plasma reactor
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Yunchao; Charles, Christine; Boswell, Rod
2017-01-01
Cross-field transport of electrons has been studied at the magnetic throat of the annular Chi-Kung reactor. This annular configuration allows the creation of a low pressure argon plasma with two distinct electron heating locations by independently operating a radio-frequency antenna surrounding the outer source tube, or an antenna housed inside the inner source tube. The two antenna cases show opposite variation trends in radial profiles of electron energy probability function, electron density, plasma potential and electron temperature. The momentum and energy transport coefficients are obtained from the electron energy probability functions, and the related electron fluxes follow the path of electron cooling across the magnetic throat.
Effect of electron reflection on magnetized plasma sheath in an oblique magnetic field
Wang, Ting-Ting; Ma, J. X. Wei, Zi-An
2015-09-15
Magnetized plasma sheaths in an oblique magnetic field were extensively investigated by conventionally assuming Boltzmann relation for electron density. This article presents the study of the magnetized sheath without using the Boltzmann relation but by considering the electron reflection along the magnetic field lines caused by the negative sheath potential. A generalized Bohm criterion is analytically derived, and sheath profiles are numerically obtained, which are compared with the results of the conventional model. The results show that the ion Mach number at the sheath edge normal to the wall has a strong dependence on the wall potential, which differs significantly from the conventional model in which the Mach number is independent of the wall potential. The floating wall potential is lower in the present model than that in the conventional model. Furthermore, the sheath profiles are appreciably narrower in the present model when the wall bias is low, but approach the result of the conventional model when the wall bias is high. The sheath thickness decreases with the increase of ion-to-electron temperature ratio and magnetic field strength but has a complex relationship with the angle of the magnetic field.
Fast electron generation and transport in a turbulent, magnetized plasma
Stoneking, Matthew Randall
1994-05-01
The nature of fast electron generation and transport in the Madison Symmetric Torus (MST) reversed field pinch (RFP) is investigated using two electron energy analyzer (EEA) probes and a thermocouple calorimeter. The parallel velocity distribution of the fast electron population is well fit by a drifted Maxwellian distribution with temperature of about 100 eV and drift velocity of about 2 x 10^{6} m/s. Cross-calibration of the EEA with the calorimeter provides a measurement of the fast electron perpendicular temperature of 30 eV, much lower than the parallel temperature, and is evidence that the kinetic dynamo mechanism (KDT) is not operative in MST. The fast electron current is found to match to the parallel current at the edge, and the fast electron density is about 4 x 10^{11} cm^{-3} independent of the ratio of the applied toroidal electric field to the critical electric field for runaways. First time measurements of magnetic fluctuation induced particle transport are reported. By correlating electron current fluctuations with radial magnetic fluctuations the transported flux of electrons is found to be negligible outside r/a~0.9, but rises the level of the expected total particle losses inside r/a~0.85. A comparison of the measured diffusion coefficient is made with the ausilinear stochastic diffusion coefficient. Evidence exists that the reduction of the transport is due to the presence of a radial ambipolar electric field of magnitude 500 V/m, that acts to equilibrate the ion and electron transport rates. The convective energy transport associated with the measured particle transport is large enough to account for the observed magnetic fluctuation induced energy transport in MST.
Wave dispersion in a counterstreaming, relativistic thermal, magnetized, electron-positron plasma.
Verdon, M W; Melrose, D B
2011-05-01
The dispersion equation is analyzed for waves in a strongly magnetized, electron-positron plasma in which counterstreaming electrons and positrons have a relativistic thermal distribution in their respective rest frames, for propagation parallel to the magnetic field. We derive the response tensor for the medium, demonstrate the dispersion curves for different temperatures, and discuss the differences from the cold-plasma case. Application to the case of pulsar magnetospheres is discussed. © 2011 American Physical Society
Reduced electron temperature in a magnetized inductively-coupled plasma with internal coil
Arancibia Monreal, J.; Chabert, P.; Godyak, V.
2013-10-15
The effect of magnetic filtering on the electron energy distribution function is studied in an inductive discharge with internal coil coupling. The coil is placed inside the plasma and driven by a low-frequency power supply (5.8 MHz) which leads to a very high power transfer efficiency. A permanent dipole magnet may be placed inside the internal coil to produce a static magnetic field around 100 Gauss. The coil and the matching system are designed to minimize the capacitive coupling to the plasma. Capacitive coupling is quantified by measuring the radiofrequency (rf) plasma potential with a capacitive probe. Without the permanent magnet, the rf plasma potential is significantly smaller than the electron temperature. When the magnet is present, the rf plasma potential increases. The electron energy distribution function is measured as a function of space with and without the permanent magnet. When the magnet is present, electrons are cooled down to low temperature in the downstream region. This region of low electron temperature may be useful for plasma processing applications, as well as for efficient negative ion production.
Reduced electron temperature in a magnetized inductively-coupled plasma with internal coil
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Arancibia Monreal, J.; Chabert, P.; Godyak, V.
2013-10-01
The effect of magnetic filtering on the electron energy distribution function is studied in an inductive discharge with internal coil coupling. The coil is placed inside the plasma and driven by a low-frequency power supply (5.8 MHz) which leads to a very high power transfer efficiency. A permanent dipole magnet may be placed inside the internal coil to produce a static magnetic field around 100 Gauss. The coil and the matching system are designed to minimize the capacitive coupling to the plasma. Capacitive coupling is quantified by measuring the radiofrequency (rf) plasma potential with a capacitive probe. Without the permanent magnet, the rf plasma potential is significantly smaller than the electron temperature. When the magnet is present, the rf plasma potential increases. The electron energy distribution function is measured as a function of space with and without the permanent magnet. When the magnet is present, electrons are cooled down to low temperature in the downstream region. This region of low electron temperature may be useful for plasma processing applications, as well as for efficient negative ion production.
Two-dimensional plasma expansion in a magnetic nozzle: Separation due to electron inertia
Ahedo, Eduardo; Merino, Mario
2012-08-15
A previous axisymmetric model of the supersonic expansion of a collisionless, hot plasma in a divergent magnetic nozzle is extended here in order to include electron-inertia effects. Up to dominant order on all components of the electron velocity, electron momentum equations still reduce to three conservation laws. Electron inertia leads to outward electron separation from the magnetic streamtubes. The progressive plasma filling of the adjacent vacuum region is consistent with electron-inertia being part of finite electron Larmor radius effects, which increase downstream and eventually demagnetize the plasma. Current ambipolarity is not fulfilled and ion separation can be either outwards or inwards of magnetic streamtubes, depending on their magnetization. Electron separation penalizes slightly the plume efficiency and is larger for plasma beams injected with large pressure gradients. An alternative nonzero electron-inertia model [E. Hooper, J. Propul. Power 9, 757 (1993)] based on cold plasmas and current ambipolarity, which predicts inwards electron separation, is discussed critically. A possible competition of the gyroviscous force with electron-inertia effects is commented briefly.
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Guo, LinJing; Guo, LiXin; Li, JiangTing
2017-02-01
This study theoretically analyzes the propagation properties of terahertz (THz) electromagnetic waves in a magnetized plasma that is inhomogeneous in both collision frequency and electron density. Three parabolic profiles are adopted to describe the inhomogeneity of these two parameters in the plasma slab. Numerical calculation results show that when a magnetic field is applied, an absorption valley appears near the middle of the absorption peak. The characteristics of the absorption spectra are affected by two factors: (1) the parameters in the plasma's first layer, which is the border between the air and the plasma and (2) the gradient of the parameters across the entire plasma. Specifically, a more substantial difference between the inhomogeneous plasma and the uniform plasma corresponds to a greater difference between the two absorption spectra. In addition, electron density, plasma thickness, and collision frequency also play important roles in the propagation.
Formation of electron energy spectra during magnetic reconnection in laser-produced plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Huang, Kai; Lu, Quanming; Huang, Can; Dong, Quanli; Wang, Huanyu; Fan, Feibin; Sheng, Zhengming; Wang, Shui; Zhang, Jie
2017-10-01
Energetic electron spectra formed during magnetic reconnection between two laser-produced plasma bubbles are investigated by the use of two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. It is found that the evolution of such an interaction between the two plasma bubbles can be separated into two distinct stages: squeezing and reconnection stages. In the squeezing stage, when the two plasma bubbles expand quickly and collide with each other, the magnetic field in the inflow region is greatly enhanced. In the second stage, a thin current sheet is formed between the two plasma bubbles, and then, magnetic reconnection occurs therein. During the squeezing stage, electrons are heated in the perpendicular direction by betatron acceleration due to the enhancement of the magnetic field around the plasma bubbles. Meanwhile, non-thermal electrons are generated by the Fermi mechanism when these electrons bounce between the two plasma bubbles approaching quickly and get accelerated mainly by the convective electric field associated with the plasma bubbles. During the reconnection stage, electrons get further accelerated mainly by the reconnection electric field in the vicinity of the X line. When the expanding speed of the plasma bubbles is sufficiently large, the formed electron energy spectra have a kappa distribution, where the lower energy part satisfies a Maxwellian function and the higher energy part is a power-law distribution. Moreover, the increase in the expanding speed will result in the hardening of formed power-law spectra in both the squeezing and reconnection stages.
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Bieber, J. W.; Stone, E. C.; Hones, E. W., Jr.; Baker, D. N.; Bame, S. J.
1982-01-01
A recent study showed that streaming energetic (more than 200 keV) electrons in earth's magnetotail are statistically associated with southward magnetic fields and with enhancements of the AE index. It is shown here that the streaming electrons characteristically are preceded by an approximately 15-minute period of tailward plasma flow and followed by a dropout of the plasma sheet, thus demonstrating a clear statistical association between substorms and the classical signatures of magnetic reconnection and plasmoid formation. Additionally, a brief upward surge of mean electron energy preceded plasma dropout in several of the events studied, providing direct evidence of localized, reconnection-associated heating processes.
Small amplitude nonlinear electron acoustic solitary waves in weakly magnetized plasma
Dutta, Manjistha; Khan, Manoranjan; Ghosh, Samiran; Roychoudhury, Rajkumar; Chakrabarti, Nikhil
2013-01-15
Nonlinear propagation of electron acoustic waves in homogeneous, dispersive plasma medium with two temperature electron species is studied in presence of externally applied magnetic field. The linear dispersion relation is found to be modified by the externally applied magnetic field. Lagrangian transformation technique is applied to carry out nonlinear analysis. For small amplitude limit, a modified KdV equation is obtained, the modification arising due to presence of magnetic field. For weakly magnetized plasma, the modified KdV equation possesses stable solitary solutions with speed and amplitude increasing temporally. The solutions are valid upto some finite time period beyond which the nonlinear wave tends to wave breaking.
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Huang, S. Y.; Sahraoui, F.; Yuan, Z. G.; He, J. S.; Zhao, J. S.; Le Contel, O.; Deng, X. H.; Zhou, M.; Fu, H. S.; Shi, Q. Q.; Lavraud, B.; Pang, Y.; Yang, J.; Wang, D. D.; Li, H. M.; Yu, X. D.; Pollock, C. J.; Giles, B. L.; Torbert, R. B.; Russell, C. T.; Goodrich, K. A.; Gershman, D. J.; Moore, T. E.; Ergun, R. E.; Khotyaintsev, Y. V.; Lindqvist, P.-A.; Strangeway, R. J.; Magnes, W.; Bromund, K.; Leinweber, H.; Plaschke, F.; Anderson, B. J.; Burch, J. L.
2017-02-01
We report on the observations of an electron vortex magnetic hole corresponding to a new type of coherent structure in the turbulent magnetosheath plasma using the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission data. The magnetic hole is characterized by a magnetic depression, a density peak, a total electron temperature increase (with a parallel temperature decrease but a perpendicular temperature increase), and strong currents carried by the electrons. The current has a dip in the core region and a peak in the outer region of the magnetic hole. The estimated size of the magnetic hole is about 0.23 ρ i (˜30 ρ e) in the quasi-circular cross-section perpendicular to its axis, where ρ i and ρ e are respectively the proton and electron gyroradius. There are no clear enhancements seen in high-energy electron fluxes. However, there is an enhancement in the perpendicular electron fluxes at 90° pitch angle inside the magnetic hole, implying that the electrons are trapped within it. The variations of the electron velocity components V em and V en suggest that an electron vortex is formed by trapping electrons inside the magnetic hole in the cross-section in the M-N plane. These observations demonstrate the existence of a new type of coherent structures behaving as an electron vortex magnetic hole in turbulent space plasmas as predicted by recent kinetic simulations.
Alinejad, H.; Mamun, A. A.
2011-11-15
A theoretical investigation is carried out to understand the basic features of linear and nonlinear propagation of ion-acoustic (IA) waves subjected to an external magnetic field in an electron-positron-ion plasma which consists of a cold magnetized ion fluid, Boltzmann distributed positrons, and superthermal electrons. In the linear regime, the propagation of two possible modes (fast and slow) and their evolution are investigated. It is shown that the electron superthermality and the relative fraction of positrons cause both modes to propagate with smaller phase velocities. Also, two special cases of dispersion relation are found, which are related to the direction of the wave propagation. In the nonlinear regime, the Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation describing the propagation of fast and slow IA waves is derived. The latter admits a solitary wave solution with only negative potential in the weak amplitude limit. It is found that the effects of external magnetic field (obliqueness), superthermal electrons, positron concentration, and temperature ratio significantly modify the basic features of solitary waves.
Mahmood, S.; Sadiq, Safeer; Haque, Q.
2013-12-15
Linear and nonlinear electrostatic waves in magnetized dense electron-ion plasmas are studied with nonrelativistic and ultra-relativistic degenerate and singly, doubly charged helium (He{sup +}, He{sup ++}) and hydrogen (H{sup +}) ions, respectively. The dispersion relation of electrostatic waves in magnetized dense plasmas is obtained under both the energy limits of degenerate electrons. Using reductive perturbation method, the Zakharov-Kuznetsov equation for nonlinear propagation of electrostatic solitons in magnetized dense plasmas is derived for both nonrelativistic and ultra-relativistic degenerate electrons. It is found that variations in plasma density, magnetic field intensity, different mass, and charge number of ions play significant role in the formation of electrostatic solitons in magnetized dense plasmas. The numerical plots are also presented for illustration using the parameters of dense astrophysical plasma situations such as white dwarfs and neutron stars exist in the literature. The present investigation is important for understanding the electrostatic waves propagation in the outer periphery of compact stars which mostly consists of hydrogen and helium ions with degenerate electrons in dense magnetized plasmas.
Magnetic field induced by strong transverse plasmons in ultra-relativistic electron-positron plasmas
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Liu, Y.; Li, X. Q.; Liu, S. Q.
2012-08-01
Context. We investigated the generation of localized magnetic fields in an ultra-relativistic non-isothermal electron-positron plasma by strong electromagnetic plasmons. Aims: The results obtained can be used to explain the origin of small-scale magnetic fields in the internal shock region of gamma-ray bursts with ultra-relativistic electron positron plasmas. Methods: The generation of magnetic fields was investigated with kinetic Vlasov Maxwell equations. Results: The self-generated magnetic field will collapse for modulation instability, leading to spatially highly intermittent magnetic fluxes, whose characteristic scale is much larger than relativistic plasma skin depth, which in turn is conducive to the generation of the long-life small-scale magnetic fields in the internal shock region of gamma-ray bursts.
Anomalous electron diffusion across a magnetic field in a beam-plasma system
Okuda, H.; Ono, M.; Armstrong, R.J.
1987-10-01
The diffusion of electrons across a magnetic field in the presence of a beam-plasma instability has been studied by means of two-dimensional numerical simulations. It is found that the beam electrons can diffuse much faster across the magnetic field than the thermal electrons. This can be explained by the fact that the electrons in the beam are in resonance with the waves excited by the beam-plasma instability so that they experience a nearly dc electric field, causing large cE x B/B/sup 2/ excursions. 8 refs., 5 figs.
Electron runaway across a magnetic field in a collisional high-atomic-number plasma
Mosher, D.; Welch, D.R.
1995-12-31
Nonthermal x-ray spectra observed in high-atomic-number z-pinch plasmas indicate that electrons with energies greatly in excess of the plasma temperature are present. A favorite mechanism for the production of these nonthermal electrons is acceleration in inductive electric fields produced by localized collapse of plasma into pinch spots. One problem with this acceleration mechanism is the presence of intense azimuthal magnetic fields embedded in the plasma which impede the runaway of electrons along the electric field. In this work, a fluid model for nonthermal electron flow in dense, high-atomic-number plasmas is employed to determine how collisions affect their energy gain in crossed electric and magnetic fields. The simple scaling laws derived from this model are compared with IPRPO particle-in-cell simulations of the same plasma environment. Large cross-field energy gains are calculated by both models for high-atomic number plasmas where the electron scattering (momentum-transfer) frequency v{sub s} is of order Zv{sub e}, where v{sub e} is the rate associated with collisional energy loss and Z is the plasma ionization level. Once a threshold electric field is exceeded, a large number of scattering collisions across the magnetic field and along the electric field can occur in an energy-loss time and much larger energy gains are possible than in hydrogenic plasmas.
Karpman-Washimi magnetization with electron-exchange effects in quantum plasmas
Hong, Woo-Pyo; Jamil, M.; Rasheed, A.; Jung, Young-Dae
2015-07-15
The influence of quantum electron-exchange on the Karpman-Washimi ponderomotive magnetization is investigated in quantum plasmas. The ponderomotive magnetization and the total radiation power due to the non-stationary Karpman-Washimi interaction related to the time-varying field intensity are obtained as functions of the de Broglie wave length, Debye length, and electron-exchange parameter. The result shows that the electron-exchange effect enhances the cyclotron frequency due to the ponderomotive interactions in quantum plasmas. It is also shown that the electron-exchange effect on the Karpman-Washimi magnetization increases with increasing wave number. In addition, the Karpman-Washimi magnetization and the total radiation power increase with an increase in the ratio of the Debye length to the de Broglie wave length. In streaming quantum plasmas, it is shown that the electron-exchange effect enhances the ponderomotive magnetization below the resonant wave number and, however, suppresses the ponderomotive magnetization above the resonant wave number. The variation of the Karpman-Washimi magnetization and the radiation power due to the variation of the electron-exchange effect and plasma parameters is also discussed.
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Park, Jaehong; Spitkovksy, Anatoly; Fox, Will; Bhattacharjee, Amitava
2016-10-01
We perform particle-in-cell simulations of collisionless shocks and magnetic reconnection generated by ablated plasma expanding into a magnetized background plasma. We find: (1) The simulated proton radiography produces different morphology of the shock structure depending on the orientation of the magnetic field and can be used to identify a shock in the experiment. Electrons are accelerated by the whistler waves generated at oblique sites of the shock. (2) Forced collisionless magnetic reconnection is induced when the expanding plumes carry opposite magnetic polarities and interact with a background plasma. Electrons are accelerated at the reconnection X line and reveal a power-law distribution as the plasma beta is lowered, β = 0.08 . As the plasma beta is increased, β = 0.32 , the 1st order Fermi mechanism against the two plasma plumes contributes to the electron acceleration as well as the X line acceleration. Using 3-D simulations, we also explore the effect of 3-D instabilities (Weibel instability or drift-kink) on particle acceleration and magnetic field annihilation between the colliding magnetized plumes
Effect of a magnetic field on the diffusion of an electron-hole plasma in germanium.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Gurnee, M. N.; Hooke, W. M.; Goldsmith, G. J.; Brennan, M. H.
1972-01-01
Study in germanium of an optically injected electron-hole plasma, parallel and perpendicular to an applied magnetic field. The density gradient within the crystal was measured directly by an infrared-beam-absorption technique. Diffusion measurements made parallel to the magnetic field are adequately explained by the theory.
Oscillating two-stream instability in a magnetized electron-positron-ion plasma
Tinakiche, Nouara; Annou, R.
2015-04-15
Oscillating two-stream instability (OTSI) in a magnetized electron-ion plasma has been thoroughly studied, e.g., in ionospheric heating experiments [C. S. Liu and V. K. Tripathi, Interaction of Electromagnetic Waves With Electron Beams and Plasmas (World Scientific, 1994); V. K. Tripathi and P. V. Siva Rama Prasad, J. Plasma Phys. 41, 13 (1989); K. Ramachandran and V. K. Tripathi, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 25, 423 (1997)]. In this paper, OTSI is investigated in a magnetized electron-positron-ion plasma. The dispersion relation of the process is established. The pump field threshold, along with the maximum growth rate of the instability is assessed using the Arecibo and HAARP parameters.
Oscillating two-stream instability in a magnetized electron-positron-ion plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tinakiche, Nouara; Annou, R.
2015-04-01
Oscillating two-stream instability (OTSI) in a magnetized electron-ion plasma has been thoroughly studied, e.g., in ionospheric heating experiments [C. S. Liu and V. K. Tripathi, Interaction of Electromagnetic Waves With Electron Beams and Plasmas (World Scientific, 1994); V. K. Tripathi and P. V. Siva Rama Prasad, J. Plasma Phys. 41, 13 (1989); K. Ramachandran and V. K. Tripathi, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 25, 423 (1997)]. In this paper, OTSI is investigated in a magnetized electron-positron-ion plasma. The dispersion relation of the process is established. The pump field threshold, along with the maximum growth rate of the instability is assessed using the Arecibo and HAARP parameters.
Sadiq, Safeer; Mahmood, S.; Haque, Q.; Ali, Munazza Zulfiqar
2014-09-20
The propagation of electrostatic waves in a dense magnetized electron-positron-ion (EPI) plasma with nonrelativistic and ultrarelativistic degenerate electrons and positrons is investigated. The linear dispersion relation is obtained for slow and fast electrostatic waves in the EPI plasma. The limiting cases for ion acoustic wave (slow) and ion cyclotron wave (fast) are also discussed. Using the reductive perturbation method, two-dimensional propagation of ion acoustic solitons is found for both the nonrelativistic and ultrarelativistic degenerate electrons and positrons. The effects of positron concentration, magnetic field, and mass of ions on ion acoustic solitons are shown in numerical plots. The proper form of Fermi temperature for nonrelativistic and ultrarelativistic degenerate electrons and positrons is employed, which has not been used in earlier published work. The present investigation is useful for the understanding of linear and nonlinear electrostatic wave propagation in the dense magnetized EPI plasma of compact stars. For illustration purposes, we have applied our results to a pulsar magnetosphere.
Uniqueness of the equilibrium of an electron plasma on magnetic surfaces
Durand de Gevigney, Benoit
2011-01-15
The equilibrium of an electron plasma on magnetic surfaces is governed by a Poisson-Boltzmann equation. The electrons follow a Boltzmann distribution on each surface and the charge density depends exponentially on the electric potential. It is a well-known property that the classical Poisson's equation, for which the charge density is an independent parameter, possesses a unique solution provided suitable boundary conditions are given. Here we show that the Poisson-Boltzmann equation describing electron plasmas on magnetic surfaces also has a unique solution.
Tribeche, Mouloud; Bacha, Mustapha
2012-12-15
The combined effects of an oblique magnetic field and electron suprathermality on weak dust-acoustic (DA) waves in a charge varying electronegative dusty plasmas with application to the Halley Comet are investigated. The correct suprathermal electron charging current is derived based on the orbit-motion limited approach. A weakly nonlinear analysis is carried out to derive a Korteweg-de Vries-Burger equation. The electron suprathermality, the obliqueness, and magnitude of the magnetic field are found to modify the dispersive properties of the DA shock structure. Our results may aid to explain and interpret the nonlinear oscillations that may occur in the Halley Comet plasma.
Experimental study of the hot electron plasma equilibrium in a minimum-B magnetic mirror
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chen, Xing; Lane, B. G.; Smatlak, D. L.; Post, R. S.; Hokin, S. A.
1989-03-01
The Constance B mirror [in Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion Research 1984 (IAEA, Vienna, 1985), Vol. II, p. 285] is a single cell quadrupole magnetic mirror in which high-beta (typically 0.3), hot electron plasmas (Te≂400 keV) are created with up to 4 kW of fundamental electron cyclotron resonance heating (ECRH). Details of the plasma equilibrium profile are quantitatively determined by fitting model plasma pressure profiles to the data from four complementary measurements: diamagnetic loops and magnetic probes, x-ray pinhole cameras, visible light TV cameras, and thermocouple probes. The experimental analysis shows that the equilibrium pressure profile of an ECRH generated plasma in a baseball magnetic mirror is hollow and the plasma is concentrated along a baseball-seam-shaped curve. The hollowness of the hot electron density profile is 50%±10%. The baseball-seam-shaped equilibrium profile coincides with the drift orbit of deeply trapped electrons in the quadrupole mirror field. Particle drift reversal is predicted to occur for the model pressure profile that best fits the experimental data under the typical operating conditions. When the ECRH resonance is just above the magnetic minimum, the plasma pressure closely approaches the mirror mode beta limit.
MM-wave emission by magnetized plasma during sub-relativistic electron beam relaxation
Ivanov, I. A. Arzhannikov, A. V.; Burmasov, V. S.; Popov, S. S.; Postupaev, V. V.; Sklyarov, V. F.; Vyacheslavov, L. N.; Burdakov, A. V.; Sorokina, N. V.; Gavrilenko, D. E.; Kasatov, A. A.; Kandaurov, I. V.; Mekler, K. I.; Rovenskikh, A. F.; Trunev, Yu. A.; Kurkuchekov, V. V.; Kuznetsov, S. A.; Polosatkin, S. V.
2015-12-15
There are described electromagnetic spectra of radiation emitted by magnetized plasma during sub-relativistic electron beam in a double plasma frequency band. Experimental studies were performed at the multiple-mirror trap GOL-3. The electron beam had the following parameters: 70–110 keV for the electron energy, 1–10 MW for the beam power and 30–300 μs for its duration. The spectrum was measured in 75–230 GHz frequency band. The frequency of the emission follows variations in electron plasma density and magnetic field strength. The specific emission power on the length of the plasma column is estimated on the level 0.75 kW/cm.
MM-wave emission by magnetized plasma during sub-relativistic electron beam relaxation
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Ivanov, I. A.; Arzhannikov, A. V.; Burdakov, A. V.; Burmasov, V. S.; Gavrilenko, D. E.; Kasatov, A. A.; Kandaurov, I. V.; Kurkuchekov, V. V.; Kuznetsov, S. A.; Mekler, K. I.; Polosatkin, S. V.; Popov, S. S.; Postupaev, V. V.; Rovenskikh, A. F.; Sklyarov, V. F.; Sorokina, N. V.; Trunev, Yu. A.; Vyacheslavov, L. N.
2015-12-01
There are described electromagnetic spectra of radiation emitted by magnetized plasma during sub-relativistic electron beam in a double plasma frequency band. Experimental studies were performed at the multiple-mirror trap GOL-3. The electron beam had the following parameters: 70-110 keV for the electron energy, 1-10 MW for the beam power and 30-300 μs for its duration. The spectrum was measured in 75-230 GHz frequency band. The frequency of the emission follows variations in electron plasma density and magnetic field strength. The specific emission power on the length of the plasma column is estimated on the level 0.75 kW/cm.
Ion-acoustic rogue waves in magnetized solar wind plasma with nonextensive electrons
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bacha, Mustapha; Gougam, Leila Ait; Tribeche, Mouloud
2017-01-01
Ion-acoustic rogue waves are investigated in a two-component magnetized solar wind plasma, composed of positively charged fluid ions, as well as nonextensive electrons. Typical solar wind plasmas parameters are used. It is shown that the wave number domain for the onset of ion-acoustic modulational instability enlarges as the electrons evolve towards their thermal equilibrium. Interestingly, we show that as the solar wind plasma expands far out from the sun, the wave amplitude increases and the IA rogue wave concentrates therefore a significant amount of energy. Our investigation may be of wide relevance to astronomers and space scientists working on the solar wind and interstellar plasmas.
Fast Formation of Magnetic Islands in a Plasma in the Presence of Counterstreaming Electrons
Califano, F.; Attico, N.; Pegoraro, F.; Bertin, G.; Bulanov, S. V.
2001-06-04
With the help of 2D-3V (two dimensional in space and three dimensional in velocity) Vlasov simulations we show that the magnetic field generated by the electromagnetic current filamentation instability develops magnetic islands due to the onset of a fast reconnection process that occurs on the electron dynamical time scale. This process is relevant to magnetic channel coalescence in relativistic laser plasma interactions.
Shikama, T. Hasuo, M.; Kitaoka, H.
2014-07-15
Anisotropy in the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) in an electron cyclotron resonance plasma with magnetized electrons and weakly magnetized ions is experimentally investigated using a directional Langmuir probe. Under an assumption of independent EEDFs in the directions parallel and perpendicular to the magnetic field, the directional variation of the EEDF is evaluated. In the measured EEDFs, a significantly large population density of electrons with energies larger than 30 eV is found in one of the cross-field directions depending on the magnetic field direction. With the aid of an electron trajectory calculation, it is suggested that the observed anisotropic electrons originate from the EEDF anisotropy and the cross-field electron drift.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mahmood, S.; Sadiq, Safeer; Haque, Q.; Ali, Munazza Z.
2016-06-01
The obliquely propagating arbitrary amplitude electrostatic wave is studied in a dense magnetized plasma having singly and doubly charged helium ions with nonrelativistic and ultrarelativistic degenerate electrons pressures. The Fermi temperature for ultrarelativistic degenerate electrons described by N. M. Vernet [(Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007), p. 57] is used to define ion acoustic speed in ultra-dense plasmas. The pseudo-potential approach is used to solve the fully nonlinear set of dynamic equations for obliquely propagating electrostatic waves in a dense magnetized plasma containing helium ions. The upper and lower Mach number ranges for the existence of electrostatic solitons are found which depends on the obliqueness of the wave propagation with respect to applied magnetic field and charge number of the helium ions. It is found that only compressive (hump) soliton structures are formed in all the cases and only subsonic solitons are formed for a singly charged helium ions plasma case with nonrelativistic degenerate electrons. Both subsonic and supersonic soliton hump structures are formed for doubly charged helium ions with nonrelativistic degenerate electrons and ultrarelativistic degenerate electrons plasma case containing singly as well as doubly charged helium ions. The effect of propagation direction on the soliton amplitude and width of the electrostatic waves is also presented. The numerical plots are also shown for illustration using dense plasma parameters of a compact star (white dwarf) from literature.
Mahmood, S. Sadiq, Safeer; Haque, Q.; Ali, Munazza Z.
2016-06-15
The obliquely propagating arbitrary amplitude electrostatic wave is studied in a dense magnetized plasma having singly and doubly charged helium ions with nonrelativistic and ultrarelativistic degenerate electrons pressures. The Fermi temperature for ultrarelativistic degenerate electrons described by N. M. Vernet [(Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007), p. 57] is used to define ion acoustic speed in ultra-dense plasmas. The pseudo-potential approach is used to solve the fully nonlinear set of dynamic equations for obliquely propagating electrostatic waves in a dense magnetized plasma containing helium ions. The upper and lower Mach number ranges for the existence of electrostatic solitons are found which depends on the obliqueness of the wave propagation with respect to applied magnetic field and charge number of the helium ions. It is found that only compressive (hump) soliton structures are formed in all the cases and only subsonic solitons are formed for a singly charged helium ions plasma case with nonrelativistic degenerate electrons. Both subsonic and supersonic soliton hump structures are formed for doubly charged helium ions with nonrelativistic degenerate electrons and ultrarelativistic degenerate electrons plasma case containing singly as well as doubly charged helium ions. The effect of propagation direction on the soliton amplitude and width of the electrostatic waves is also presented. The numerical plots are also shown for illustration using dense plasma parameters of a compact star (white dwarf) from literature.
Haque, Q.
2015-08-15
The plasma density non-uniformity gives rise to the coupling of transverse magnetic electron drift vortex (MEDV) mode with the longitudinal perturbations in dissipative and non-dissipative electron plasmas. This coupling produces partially transverse and partially longitudinal low frequency instabilities in classical un-magnetized laser plasmas. The MEDV mode couples with the ion acoustic wave, when the ion dynamics is also included. Both the modes have frequencies of the same order of magnitude and couple to give rise to electromagnetic instabilities in un-magnetized plasmas.
Magnetic piston model for higher ion charge and different electron and ion plasma temperatures
Bogatu, I. N.
2013-05-15
A new formula for the magnetic piston model, which explicitly describes how the momentum imparted to the ions by the magnetic pressure depends not only on the ion mass but also on the ion charge, as well as, on the plasma electron and ion temperatures, is derived following Rosenbluth's classical particle-field self-consistent plane approximation analytic calculation. The formula presented in this paper has implications in explaining the experimentally observed separation of the ions of different species and charges by the magnetic field penetrating the plasma and specularly reflecting them.
Nonthermally dominated electron acceleration during magnetic reconnection in a low-β plasma
Li, Xiaocan; Guo, Fan; Li, Hui; ...
2015-09-24
By means of fully kinetic simulations, we investigate electron acceleration during magnetic reconnection in a nonrelativistic proton–electron plasma with conditions similar to solar corona and flares. We demonstrate that reconnection leads to a nonthermally dominated electron acceleration with a power-law energy distribution in the nonrelativistic low-β regime but not in the high-β regime, where β is the ratio of the plasma thermal pressure and the magnetic pressure. The accelerated electrons contain most of the dissipated magnetic energy in the low-β regime. A guiding-center current description is used to reveal the role of electron drift motions during the bulk nonthermal energization.more » We find that the main acceleration mechanism is a Fermi-type acceleration accomplished by the particle curvature drift motion along the electric field induced by the reconnection outflows. Although the acceleration mechanism is similar for different plasma β, low-β reconnection drives fast acceleration on Alfvénic timescales and develops power laws out of thermal distribution. Thus, the nonthermally dominated acceleration resulting from magnetic reconnection in low-β plasma may have strong implications for the highly efficient electron acceleration in solar flares and other astrophysical systems.« less
Nonthermally dominated electron acceleration during magnetic reconnection in a low-β plasma
Li, Xiaocan; Guo, Fan; Li, Hui; Li, Gang
2015-09-24
By means of fully kinetic simulations, we investigate electron acceleration during magnetic reconnection in a nonrelativistic proton–electron plasma with conditions similar to solar corona and flares. We demonstrate that reconnection leads to a nonthermally dominated electron acceleration with a power-law energy distribution in the nonrelativistic low-β regime but not in the high-β regime, where β is the ratio of the plasma thermal pressure and the magnetic pressure. The accelerated electrons contain most of the dissipated magnetic energy in the low-β regime. A guiding-center current description is used to reveal the role of electron drift motions during the bulk nonthermal energization. We find that the main acceleration mechanism is a Fermi-type acceleration accomplished by the particle curvature drift motion along the electric field induced by the reconnection outflows. Although the acceleration mechanism is similar for different plasma β, low-β reconnection drives fast acceleration on Alfvénic timescales and develops power laws out of thermal distribution. Thus, the nonthermally dominated acceleration resulting from magnetic reconnection in low-β plasma may have strong implications for the highly efficient electron acceleration in solar flares and other astrophysical systems.
NONTHERMALLY DOMINATED ELECTRON ACCELERATION DURING MAGNETIC RECONNECTION IN A LOW-β PLASMA
Li, Xiaocan; Li, Gang; Guo, Fan; Li, Hui
2015-10-01
By means of fully kinetic simulations, we investigate electron acceleration during magnetic reconnection in a nonrelativistic proton–electron plasma with conditions similar to solar corona and flares. We demonstrate that reconnection leads to a nonthermally dominated electron acceleration with a power-law energy distribution in the nonrelativistic low-β regime but not in the high-β regime, where β is the ratio of the plasma thermal pressure and the magnetic pressure. The accelerated electrons contain most of the dissipated magnetic energy in the low-β regime. A guiding-center current description is used to reveal the role of electron drift motions during the bulk nonthermal energization. We find that the main acceleration mechanism is a Fermi-type acceleration accomplished by the particle curvature drift motion along the electric field induced by the reconnection outflows. Although the acceleration mechanism is similar for different plasma β, low-β reconnection drives fast acceleration on Alfvénic timescales and develops power laws out of thermal distribution. The nonthermally dominated acceleration resulting from magnetic reconnection in low-β plasma may have strong implications for the highly efficient electron acceleration in solar flares and other astrophysical systems.
Takahashi, Kazunori; Fujiwara, Tamiya
2010-10-15
Electrons neutralizing an ion beam are additionally supplied to a magnetically expanding double layer (DL) plasma from the downstream side of the DL. The rf power and the argon gas pressure are maintained at 200 W and 55 mPa, respectively, and the source magnetic field is varied in the range of about 70-550 G. It is observed that the ion beam energy corresponding to the DL potential drop increases up to 30 eV with an increase in the magnetic field when supplying the additional electrons, while it saturates at 20 eV for the case of the absence of the additional electrons. The supplied electrons are believed to be an energy source for the DL such that increasing the magnetic field is able to increase the potential drop beyond the limit found in the absence of the supplied electrons.
Electron dynamics and acceleration study in a magnetized plasma-filled cylindrical waveguide
Kumar, Sandeep; Yoon, Moohyun
2008-01-15
In this article, EH{sub 01} field components are evaluated in a cylindrical waveguide filled with plasma in the presence of external static magnetic field applied along the direction of the mode propagation. The electron acceleration inside the plasma-filled cylindrical waveguide is investigated numerically for a single-electron model. It is found that the electron acceleration is very sensitive to the initial phase of mode-field components, external static magnetic field, plasma density, point of injection of the electron, and microwave power density. The maximum amplitude of the EH{sub 01} mode's field components is approximately 100 times greater than the vacuum-waveguide case for operating microwave frequency f=7.64 GHz, plasma density n{sub 0}=1.08x10{sup 17} m{sup -3}, initial phase angle {phi}{sub 0}=60 deg., and microwave power {approx}14 MW in a cylindrical waveguide with a radius of 2.1 cm. An electron with 100 keV gets 27 MeV energy gain in 2.5 cm along the waveguide length in the presence of external power {approx}14 MW with a microwave frequency of 7.64 GHz. The electron trajectory is also analyzed under the effects of magnetic field when the electron is injected in the waveguide at r=R/2.
Experimental study of the hot electron plasma equilibrium in a minimum-B magnetic mirror
Chen, X.; Lane, B.G.; Smatlak, D.L.; Post, R.S.; Hokin, S.A.
1989-03-01
The Constance B mirror (in Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion Research 1984 (IAEA, Vienna, 1985), Vol. II, p. 285) is a single cell quadrupole magnetic mirror in which high-beta (typically 0.3), hot electron plasmas (T/sub e/approx. =400 keV) are created with up to 4 kW of fundamental electron cyclotron resonance heating (ECRH). Details of the plasma equilibrium profile are quantitatively determined by fitting model plasma pressure profiles to the data from four complementary measurements: diamagnetic loops and magnetic probes, x-ray pinhole cameras, visible light TV cameras, and thermocouple probes. The experimental analysis shows that the equilibrium pressure profile of an ECRH generated plasma in a baseball magnetic mirror is hollow and the plasma is concentrated along a baseball-seam-shaped curve. The hollowness of the hot electron density profile is 50% +- 10%. The baseball-seam-shaped equilibrium profile coincides with the drift orbit of deeply trapped electrons in the quadrupole mirror field. Particle drift reversal is predicted to occur for the model pressure profile that best fits the experimental data under the typical operating conditions.
Oblique shock waves in a two electron temperature superthermally magnetized plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bains, A. S.; Panwar, A.; Ryu, C. M.
2015-11-01
A study is presented for the oblique propagation of low-frequency ion acoustic ( IA) shock waves in a magnetized plasma consisting of cold ions and two temperature superthermally distributed electrons. A nonlinear Korteweg de-Vries-Burger ( KdV-Burger) equation is obtained by using the reductive perturbation method (RPM) which governs the dynamics of the IA shock wave. Using the solution of KdV-Burger equation, the characteristics of the IA shock wave have been studied for various plasma parameters. The combined effects of the cold to hot electron temperature ratio (σ), the density ratio of hot electrons to ions (f), the superthermality of cold and hot electrons (κc, κh), the strength of the magnetic field (ω_{ci}), and the obliqueness (θ), significantly influence the profile of the shock wave. The findings in the present study could be important for the electrostatic wave structures in the Saturn's magnetosphere, where two temperature electrons exist with a kappa distribution.
Emamuddin, M.; Yasmin, S.; Asaduzzaman, M.; Mamun, A. A.
2013-08-15
The nonlinear propagation of dust-acoustic (DA) waves in an obliquely propagating magnetized dusty plasma, containing nonextensively distributed electrons of distinct temperatures (namely lower and higher temperature nonextensive electrons), negatively charged mobile dust grains, and Maxwellian ions, is rigorously studied and analyzed by deriving the Zakharov-Kuznetsov equation. It is found that the characteristics of the DA solitary waves (DASWs) are significantly modified by the external magnetic field, obliqueness of the system, nonextensivity of the electrons, electron temperature-ratios, and the respective number densities of two species of electrons. The results obtained from this analysis can be employed in understanding and treating the structures and the characteristics of DASWs both in laboratory and astrophysical plasma system.
Effects of Anomalous Electron Cross-Field Transport in a Low Temperature Magnetized Plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Raitses, Yevgeny
2014-10-01
The application of the magnetic field in a low pressure plasma can cause a spatial separation of low and high energy electrons. This so-called magnetic filter effect is used for many plasma applications, including ion and neutral beam sources, plasma processing of semiconductors and nanomaterials, and plasma thrusters. In spite of successful practical applications, the magnetic filter effect is not well understood. In this work, we explore this effect by characterizing the electron and ion energy distribution functions in a plasma column with crossed electric and magnetic fields. Experimental results revealed a strong dependence of spatial variations of plasma properties on the gas pressure. For xenon and argon gases, below ~ 1 mtorr, the increase of the magnetic field leads to a more uniform profile of the electron temperature. This surprising result is due to anomalously high electron cross-field transport that causes mixing of hot and cold electrons. High-speed imaging and probe measurements revealed a coherent structure rotating in E cross B direction with frequency of a few kHz. Theory and simulations describing this rotating structure has been developed and points to ionization and electrostatic instabilities as their possible cause. Similar to spoke oscillations reported for Hall thrusters, this rotating structure conducts the large fraction of the cross-field current. The use of segmented electrodes with an electrical feedback control is shown to mitigate these oscillations. Finally, a new feature of the spoke phenomenon that has been discovered, namely a sensitive dependence of the rotating oscillations on the gas pressure, can be important for many applications. This work was supported by DOE Contract DE-AC02-09CH11466.
Theory of coherent electron-scale magnetic structures in space plasma turbulence
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jovanović, Dušan; Alexandrova, Olga; Maksimović, Milan
2015-08-01
Recent spacecraft observations in the solar wind and in the Earth’s magnetosheath indicate that the dissipation range of magnetic turbulence probably takes place at electron scales. Here, we derive nonlinear electron magnetohydrodynamic (EMHD) equations for warm plasma, i.e. with the ratio of thermodynamic and magnetic pressures, β ∼ 1. This model describes plasma turbulence under the solar wind and magnetosheath conditions on the electron spatial scales and with the characteristic frequency that does not exceed the electron gyrofrequency. We show that at electron scales and in the presence of a sufficiently large temperature anisotropy {T}{e\\perp }/{T}{e\\parallel }\\gt 1, there exist self-organized, coherent, nonlinear dipole vortex structures associated with obliquely propagating whistler waves. These can be visualized as pairs of counterstreaming helicoidal currents that produce both the compressional and torsional perturbations of the magnetic field. In contrast to the previously known long-range EMHD dipolar vortices in a cold plasma, this novel solution is an evanescent mode, strongly localized in space (with wave numbers {k}\\perp \\gg {k}\\parallel ). It can constitute a building block for the plasma turbulence at short scales and provide a possible scenario of turbulence dissipation at electron scales.
Robiche, J.; Rax, J.-M.; Bonnaud, G.; Gremillet, L.
2010-03-15
The collisional dynamics of a relativistic electron jet in a magnetized plasma are investigated within the framework of kinetic theory. The relativistic Fokker-Planck equation describing slowing down, pitch angle scattering, and cyclotron rotation is derived and solved. Based on the solution of this Fokker-Planck equation, an analytical formula for the root mean square spot size transverse to the magnetic field is derived and this result predicts a reduction in radial transport. Some comparisons with particle-in-cell simulation are made and confirm striking agreement between the theory and the simulation. For fast electron with 1 MeV typical kinetic energy interacting with a solid density hydrogen plasma, the energy deposition density in the transverse direction increases by a factor 2 for magnetic field of the order of 1 T. Along the magnetic field, the energy deposition profile is unaltered compared with the field-free case.
Suppression of runaway electrons with a resonant magnetic perturbation in MST tokamak plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Munaretto, Stefano; Chapman, B. E.; Almagri, A. F.; Cornille, B. S.; Dubois, A. M.; Goetz, J. A.; McCollam, K. J.; Sovinec, C. R.
2016-10-01
Runaway electrons generated in MST tokamak plasmas are now being probed with resonant magnetic perturbations (RMP's). An RMP with m =3 strongly suppresses the runaway electrons. Initial modeling of these plasmas with NIMROD shows the degradation of flux surfaces with an m =3 RMP, which may account for the runaway electron suppression. These MST tokamak plasmas have Bt =0.14 T, Ip =50kA, and q(a) =2.2, with a bulk electron density and temperature of 5x1017 m-3 and 150 eV. Runaway electrons are detected via x-ray emission. The RMP is produced by a poloidal array of 32 saddle coils at the narrow vertical insulated cut in MST's thick conducting shell. Each RMP has a single m but a broad n spectrum. A sufficiently strong m =3 RMP completely suppresses the runaway electrons, while a comparable m =1 RMP has little effect. The impact of the RMP's on the magnetic topology of these plasmas is being studied with the nonlinear MHD code, NIMROD. With an m =3 RMP, stochasticity is introduced in the outer third of the plasma. No such change is observed with the m =1 RMP. NIMROD also predicts regularly occurring sawtooth oscillations with a period comparable to MHD activity observed in the experiment. Work supported by USDOE.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Popov, Tsv K.; Dimitrova, M.; Ivanova, P.; Kovačič, J.; Gyergyek, T.; Dejarnac, R.; Stöckel, J.; Pedrosa, M. A.; López-Bruna, D.; Hidalgo, C.
2016-06-01
Advanced Langmuir probe techniques for evaluating the plasma potential and electron-energy distribution function (EEDF) in magnetized plasma are reviewed. It is shown that when the magnetic field applied is very weak and the electrons reach the probe without collisions in the probe sheath the second-derivative Druyvesteyn formula can be used for EEDF evaluation. At low values of the magnetic field, an extended second-derivative Druyvesteyn formula yields reliable results, while at higher values of the magnetic field, the first-derivative probe technique is applicable for precise evaluation of the plasma potential and the EEDF. There is an interval of intermediate values of the magnetic field when both techniques—the extended second-derivative and the first-derivative one—can be used. Experimental results from probe measurements in different ranges of magnetic field are reviewed and discussed: low-pressure argon gas discharges in the presence of a magnetic field in the range from 0.01 to 0.08 T, probe measurements in circular hydrogen plasmas for high-temperature fusion (magnetic fields from 0.45 T to 1.3 T) in small ISTTOK and CASTOR tokamaks, D-shape COMPASS tokamak plasmas, as well as in the TJ-II stellarator. In the vicinity of the last closed flux surface (LCFS) in tokamaks and in the TJ-II stellarator, the EEDF obtained is found to be bi-Maxwellian, while close to the tokamak chamber wall it is Maxwellian. The mechanism of the appearance of a bi-Maxwellian EEDF in the vicinity of the LCFS is discussed. Comparison of the results from probe measurements with those obtained from calculations using the ASTRA and EIRENE codes shows that the main reason for the appearance of a bi-Maxwellian EEDF in the vicinity of the LCFS is the ionization of the neutral atoms.
Control of ion density distribution by magnetic traps for plasma electrons
Baranov, Oleg; Romanov, Maxim; Fang Jinghua; Cvelbar, Uros; Ostrikov, Kostya
2012-10-01
The effect of a magnetic field of two magnetic coils on the ion current density distribution in the setup for low-temperature plasma deposition is investigated. The substrate of 400 mm diameter is placed at a distance of 325 mm from the plasma duct exit, with the two magnetic coils mounted symmetrically under the substrate at a distance of 140 mm relative to the substrate centre. A planar probe is used to measure the ion current density distribution along the plasma flux cross-sections at distances of 150, 230, and 325 mm from the plasma duct exit. It is shown that the magnetic field strongly affects the ion current density distribution. Transparent plastic films are used to investigate qualitatively the ion density distribution profiles and the effect of the magnetic field. A theoretical model is developed to describe the interaction of the ion fluxes with the negative space charge regions associated with the magnetic trapping of the plasma electrons. Theoretical results are compared with the experimental measurements, and a reasonable agreement is demonstrated.
Matched dipole probe for magnetized low electron density laboratory plasma diagnostics
Rafalskyi, Dmytro; Aanesland, Ane
2015-07-15
In this paper, a diagnostic method for magnetized and unmagnetized laboratory plasma is proposed, based on impedance measurements of a short matched dipole. The range of the measured electron densities is limited to low density plasmas (10{sup 12}–10{sup 15 }m{sup −3}), where other diagnostic methods have strong limitations on the magnetic field strength and topology, plasma dimensions, and boundary conditions. The method is designed for use in both large- and small-dimension plasma (<10 cm) without or with strong non-homogeneous magnetic field, which can be undefined within the probe size. The design of a matched dipole probe allows to suppress the sheath resonance effects and to reach high sensitivity at relatively small probe dimensions. Validation experiments are conducted in both magnetized (B ∼ 170 G) and unmagnetized (B = 0) low density (7 × 10{sup 12 }m{sup −3}–7 × 10{sup 13 }m{sup −3}) low pressure (1 mTorr) 10 cm scale plasmas. The experimentally measured data show very good agreement with an analytical theory both for a non-magnetized and a magnetized case. The electron density measured by the matched dipole and Langmuir probes in the range of 7 × 10{sup 12 }m{sup −3}–7 × 10{sup 13 }m{sup −3} show less than 30% difference. An experimentally measured tolerance/uncertainty of the dipole probe method is estimated to ±1% for plasma densities above 2 × 10{sup 13 }m{sup −3}. A spatial resolution is estimated from the experiments to be about 3d, where d is the dipole diameter. The diagnostic method is also validated by comparing the measured plasma impedance curves with results of analytical modelling.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ghotra, Harjit Singh; Kant, Niti
2017-01-01
Electron acceleration due to a circularly polarized (CP) Gaussian laser field has been investigated theoretically in magnetized plasma. A Gaussian laser beam possesses trapping forces on electrons during its propagation through plasma. A single particle simulation indicates a resonant enhancement of electron acceleration with a Gaussian laser beam. The plasma is magnetized with an axial magnetic field in same direction as that of laser beam propagation. The dependence of laser beam width parameter on electron energy gain with propagation distance has been presented graphically for different values of laser intensity. Electron energy gain is relatively high where the laser beam parameter is at its minimum value. Enhanced energy gain of the order of GeV is reported with magnetic field under 20 MG in plasma. It is also seen that the axial magnetic field maintains the electron acceleration for large propagation distance even with an increasing beam width parameter.
Electron cooling and finite potential drop in a magnetized plasma expansion
Martinez-Sanchez, M.; Navarro-Cavallé, J.; Ahedo, E.
2015-05-15
The steady, collisionless, slender flow of a magnetized plasma into a surrounding vacuum is considered. The ion component is modeled as mono-energetic, while electrons are assumed Maxwellian upstream. The magnetic field has a convergent-divergent geometry, and attention is restricted to its paraxial region, so that 2D and drift effects are ignored. By using the conservation of energy and magnetic moment of particles and the quasi-neutrality condition, the ambipolar electric field and the distribution functions of both species are calculated self-consistently, paying attention to the existence of effective potential barriers associated to magnetic mirroring. The solution is used to find the total potential drop for a set of upstream conditions, plus the axial evolution of various moments of interest (density, temperatures, and heat fluxes). The results illuminate the behavior of magnetic nozzles, plasma jets, and other configurations of interest, showing, in particular, in the divergent plasma the collisionless cooling of electrons, and the generation of collisionless electron heat fluxes.
Propagation of a nonrelativistic electron beam in a plasma in a magnetic field
Okuda, H.; Horton, R.; Ono, M.; Ashour-Abdalla, M.
1986-10-01
Propagation of a nonrelativistic electron beam in a plasma in a strong magnetic field has been studied using electrostatic one-dimensional particle simulation models. Electron beams of finite pulse length and of continuous injection are followed in time to study the effects of beam-plasma interaction on the beam propagation. For the case of pulsed beam propagation, it is found that the beam distribution rapidly spreads in velocity space generating a plateaulike distribution with a high energy tail extending beyond the initial beam velocity.
Ion-acoustic double-layers in a magnetized plasma with nonthermal electrons
Rios, L. A.; Galvão, R. M. O.
2013-11-15
In the present work we investigate the existence of obliquely propagating ion-acoustic double layers in magnetized two-electron plasmas. The fluid model is used to describe the ion dynamics, and the hot electron population is modeled via a κ distribution function, which has been proved to be appropriate for modeling non-Maxwellian plasmas. A quasineutral condition is assumed to investigate these nonlinear structures, which leads to the formation of double-layers propagating with slow ion-acoustic velocity. The problem is investigated numerically, and the influence of parameters such as nonthermality is discussed.
Weening, R. H.
2012-06-15
In order to model the effects of small-scale current-driven magnetic fluctuations in a mean-field theoretical description of a large-scale plasma magnetic field B(x,t), a space and time dependent hyper-resistivity {Lambda}(x,t) can be incorporated into the Ohm's law for the parallel electric field E Dot-Operator B. Using Boozer coordinates, a theoretical method is presented that allows for a determination of the hyper-resistivity {Lambda}({psi}) functional dependence on the toroidal magnetic flux {psi} for arbitrary experimental steady-state Grad-Shafranov axisymmetric plasma equilibria, if values are given for the parallel plasma resistivity {eta}({psi}) and the local distribution of any auxiliary plasma current. Heat transport in regions of plasma magnetic surfaces destroyed by resistive tearing modes can then be modeled by an electron thermal conductivity k{sub e}({psi})=({epsilon}{sub 0}{sup 2}m{sub e}/e{sup 2}){Lambda}({psi}), where e and m{sub e} are the electron charge and mass, respectively, while {epsilon}{sub 0} is the permittivity of free space. An important result obtained for axisymmetric plasma equilibria is that the {psi}{psi}-component of the metric tensor of Boozer coordinates is given by the relation g{sup {psi}{psi}}({psi}){identical_to}{nabla}{psi} Dot-Operator {nabla}{psi}=[{mu}{sub 0}G({psi})][{mu}{sub 0}I({psi})]/{iota}({psi}), with {mu}{sub 0} the permeability of free space, G({psi}) the poloidal current outside a magnetic surface, I({psi}) the toroidal current inside a magnetic surface, and {iota}({psi}) the rotational transform.
Anomalous skin effects in relativistic parallel propagating weakly magnetized electron plasma waves
Abbas, Gohar; Bashir, M. F.; Murtaza, G.
2011-10-15
Fully relativistic analysis of anomalous skin effects for parallel propagating waves in a weakly magnetized electron plasma is presented and general expressions for longitudinal and transverse permittivites are derived. It is found that the penetration depth for R- and L-waves increases as we move from non-relativistic to highly relativistic regime. The ambient magnetic field reduces/enhances the skin effects for R-wave/L-wave as the strength of the field is increased. In general, the weak magnetic field effects are pronounced for the weakly relativistic regime as compared with other relativistic cases. The results are also graphically illustrated. On switching off the magnetic field, previous results for field free case are retrieved [A. F. Alexandrov, A. S. Bogdankevich, and A. A. Rukhadze, Priniples of Plasma Electrodynamics (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, 1984), Vol. 9, p. 106].
Electromagnetic wave radiation by an electron beam spiraling in a magnetized plasma column
Zaboronkova, T. M.; Krafft, C.
2007-06-15
The paper studies the electromagnetic wave radiation by a density modulated and thin electron beam of finite length injected obliquely with respect to the constant external magnetic field into a cylindrical plasma column embedded in a homogeneous medium (plasma, dielectric, or free space) and aligned along the magnetic field lines. The time-averaged power radiated at the modulation frequency is determined as a function of the beam, the plasma column, and the medium parameters. Particular attention is devoted to the case when the beam modulation frequency belongs to the whistler frequency band. The paper shows what significant differences exist between the physical features of the emissions when the beam radiates in a plasma column embedded in a homogeneous medium or in a uniform and unbounded magnetized plasma. Based on the results of numerical calculations, the time-averaged power radiated by pulsed and modulated beams has been estimated for typical laboratory plasma experiments. In particular, it is shown that a beam propagating in a plasma column can efficiently enhance its wave emission due to Cherenkov and normal cyclotron excitation of guided whistler modes.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Iqbal, M. J.; Masood, W.; Shah, H. A.; Tsintsadze, N. L.
2017-01-01
In the present work, we have investigated the effect of trapping as a microscopic phenomenon on the formation of solitary structures in the presence of a quantizing magnetic field in an electron-positron-ion (e-p-i) plasma having degenerate electrons and positrons, whereas ions are taken to be classical and cold. We have found that positron concentration, quantizing magnetic field, and finite electron temperature effects not only affect the linear dispersion characteristics of the electrostatic waves under consideration but also have a significant bearing on the propagation of solitary structures in the nonlinear regime. Importantly, the system under consideration has been found to allow the formation of compressive solitary structures only. The work presented here may be beneficial to understand the propagation of nonlinear electrostatic structures in dense astrophysical environments and in intense-laser plasma interactions.
Effect of the q-nonextensive electron velocity distribution on a magnetized plasma sheath
Safa, N. Navab Ghomi, H.; Niknam, A. R.
2014-08-15
In this work, a sheath model has been developed to investigate the effect of the q-nonextensive electron velocity distribution on the different characteristics of a magnetized plasma. By using Segdeev potential method, a modified Bohm criterion for a magnetized plasma with the nonextensive electron velocity distribution is derived. The sheath model is then used to analyze numerically the sheath structure under different q, the parameter quantifying the nonextensivity degree of the system. The results show that as the q-parameter decreases, the floating potential becomes more negative. The sheath length increases at the lower values of the q-parameter due to the increase in the electron population at the high-energy tail of the distribution function. As q-parameter decreases, the effective temperature of the electrons increases which results in a more extended plasma sheath. The ion velocity and density profiles for the different nonextensivity degrees of the system reflect the gyro-motion of the ions in the presence of the magnetic field. Furthermore, the results coincide with those given by the Maxwellian electron distribution function, when q tends to 1.
Electron Energy Distribution function in a weakly magnetized expanding helicon plasma discharge
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sirse, Nishant; Harvey, Cleo; Gaman, Cezar; Ellingboe, Bert
2016-09-01
Helicon wave heating is well known to produce high-density plasma source for application in plasma thrusters, plasma processing and many more. Our previous study (B Ellingboe et al. APS Gaseous Electronics Conference 2015, abstract #KW2.005) has shown observation of helicon wave in a weakly magnetized inductively coupled plasma source excited by m =0 antenna at 13.56 MHz. In this paper, we investigated the Electron Energy Distribution Function (EEDF) in the same setup by using an RF compensated Langmuir probe. The ac signal superimposition technique (second harmonic technique) is used to determine EEDF. The EEDF is measured for 5-100 mTorr gas pressure, 100 W - 1.5 kW rf power and at different locations in the source chamber, boundary and diffusion chamber. This paper will discuss the change in the shape of EEDF for various heating mode transitions.
Threefold Increase of the Bulk Electron Temperature of Plasma Discharges in a Magnetic Mirror Device
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bagryansky, P. A.; Shalashov, A. G.; Gospodchikov, E. D.; Lizunov, A. A.; Maximov, V. V.; Prikhodko, V. V.; Soldatkina, E. I.; Solomakhin, A. L.; Yakovlev, D. V.
2015-05-01
This Letter describes plasma discharges with a high temperature of bulk electrons in the axially symmetric high-mirror-ratio (R =35 ) open magnetic system gas dynamic trap (GDT) in the Budker Institute (Novosibirsk). According to Thomson scattering measurements, the on-axis electron temperature averaged over a number of sequential shots is 660 ±50 eV with the plasma density being 0.7 ×1 019 m-3 ; in few shots, electron temperature exceeds 900 eV. This corresponds to at least a threefold increase with respect to previous experiments both at GDT and at other comparable machines, thus, demonstrating the highest quasistationary (about 1 ms) electron temperature achieved in open traps. The breakthrough is made possible by application of a new 0.7 MW /54.5 GHz electron cyclotron resonance heating system in addition to standard 5 MW heating by neutral beams, and application of a radial electric field to mitigate the flute instability.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Abdikian, A.; Mahmood, S.
2016-12-01
The obliquely nonlinear acoustic solitary propagation in a relativistically quantum magnetized electron-positron (e-p) plasma in the presence of the external magnetic field as well as the stationary ions for neutralizing the plasma background was studied. By considering the dynamic of the fluid e-p quantum and by using the quantum hydrodynamics model and the standard reductive perturbation technique, the Zakharov-Kuznetsov (ZK) equation is derived for small but finite amplitude waves and the solitary wave solution for the parameters relevant to dense astrophysical objects such as white dwarf stars is obtained. The numerical results show that the relativistic effects lead to propagate the electrostatic bell shape structures in quantum e-p plasmas like those in classical pair-ion or pair species for relativistic plasmas. It is also observed that by increasing the relativistic effects, the amplitude and width of the e-p acoustic solitary wave will decrease. In addition, the wave amplitude increases as positron density decreases in magnetized e-p plasmas. It is indicated that by increasing the strength of the magnetic field, the width of the soliton reduces and it becomes sharper. At the end, we have analytically and numerically shown that the pulse soliton solution of the ZK equation is unstable and have traced the dependence of the instability growth rate on electron density. It is found that by considering the relativistic pressure, the instability of the soliton pulse can be reduced. The results can be useful to study the obliquely nonlinear propagation of small amplitude localized structures in magnetized quantum e-p plasmas and be applicable to understand the particle and energy transport mechanism in compact stars such as white dwarfs, where the effects of relativistic electron degeneracy become important.
Guo, Fan; Li, Xiaocan; Li, Hui; ...
2016-02-03
Magnetic reconnection is a leading mechanism for dissipating magnetic energy and accelerating nonthermal particles in Poynting-flux-dominated flows. We investigate nonthermal particle acceleration during magnetic reconnection in a magnetically dominated ion–electron plasma using fully kinetic simulations. For an ion–electron plasma with a total magnetization ofmore » $${\\sigma }_{0}={B}^{2}/(4\\pi n({m}_{i}+{m}_{e}){c}^{2})$$, the magnetization for each species is $${\\sigma }_{i}\\sim {\\sigma }_{0}$$ and $${\\sigma }_{e}\\sim ({m}_{i}/{m}_{e}){\\sigma }_{0}$$, respectively. We have studied the magnetically dominated regime by varying σe = 103–105 with initial ion and electron temperatures $${T}_{i}={T}_{e}=5-20{m}_{e}{c}^{2}$$ and mass ratio $${m}_{i}/{m}_{e}=1-1836$$. Our results demonstrate that reconnection quickly establishes power-law energy distributions for both electrons and ions within several (2–3) light-crossing times. For the cases with periodic boundary conditions, the power-law index is $$1\\lt s\\lt 2$$ for both electrons and ions. The hard spectra limit the power-law energies for electrons and ions to be $${\\gamma }_{{be}}\\sim {\\sigma }_{e}$$ and $${\\gamma }_{{bi}}\\sim {\\sigma }_{i}$$, respectively. The main acceleration mechanism is a Fermi-like acceleration through the drift motions of charged particles. When comparing the spectra for electrons and ions in momentum space, the spectral indices sp are identical as predicted in Fermi acceleration. We also find that the bulk flow can carry a significant amount of energy during the simulations. Finally, we discuss the implication of this study in the context of Poynting-flux dominated jets and pulsar winds, especially the applications for explaining nonthermal high-energy emissions.« less
Guo, Fan; Li, Xiaocan; Li, Hui; Daughton, William; Zhang, Bing; Lloyd-Ronning, Nicole; Liu, Yi-Hsin; Zhang, Haocheng; Deng, Wei
2016-02-03
Magnetic reconnection is a leading mechanism for dissipating magnetic energy and accelerating nonthermal particles in Poynting-flux-dominated flows. We investigate nonthermal particle acceleration during magnetic reconnection in a magnetically dominated ion–electron plasma using fully kinetic simulations. For an ion–electron plasma with a total magnetization of ${\\sigma }_{0}={B}^{2}/(4\\pi n({m}_{i}+{m}_{e}){c}^{2})$, the magnetization for each species is ${\\sigma }_{i}\\sim {\\sigma }_{0}$ and ${\\sigma }_{e}\\sim ({m}_{i}/{m}_{e}){\\sigma }_{0}$, respectively. We have studied the magnetically dominated regime by varying σe = 103–105 with initial ion and electron temperatures ${T}_{i}={T}_{e}=5-20{m}_{e}{c}^{2}$ and mass ratio ${m}_{i}/{m}_{e}=1-1836$. Our results demonstrate that reconnection quickly establishes power-law energy distributions for both electrons and ions within several (2–3) light-crossing times. For the cases with periodic boundary conditions, the power-law index is $1\\lt s\\lt 2$ for both electrons and ions. The hard spectra limit the power-law energies for electrons and ions to be ${\\gamma }_{{be}}\\sim {\\sigma }_{e}$ and ${\\gamma }_{{bi}}\\sim {\\sigma }_{i}$, respectively. The main acceleration mechanism is a Fermi-like acceleration through the drift motions of charged particles. When comparing the spectra for electrons and ions in momentum space, the spectral indices sp are identical as predicted in Fermi acceleration. We also find that the bulk flow can carry a significant amount of energy during the simulations. Finally, we discuss the implication of this study in the context of Poynting-flux dominated jets and pulsar winds, especially the applications for explaining nonthermal high-energy emissions.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Guo, Fan; Li, Xiaocan; Li, Hui; Daughton, William; Zhang, Bing; Lloyd-Ronning, Nicole; Liu, Yi-Hsin; Zhang, Haocheng; Deng, Wei
2016-02-01
Magnetic reconnection is a leading mechanism for dissipating magnetic energy and accelerating nonthermal particles in Poynting-flux-dominated flows. In this Letter, we investigate nonthermal particle acceleration during magnetic reconnection in a magnetically dominated ion-electron plasma using fully kinetic simulations. For an ion-electron plasma with a total magnetization of {σ }0={B}2/(4π n({m}i+{m}e){c}2), the magnetization for each species is {σ }i˜ {σ }0 and {σ }e˜ ({m}i/{m}e){σ }0, respectively. We have studied the magnetically dominated regime by varying σe = 103-105 with initial ion and electron temperatures {T}i={T}e=5-20{m}e{c}2 and mass ratio {m}i/{m}e=1-1836. The results demonstrate that reconnection quickly establishes power-law energy distributions for both electrons and ions within several (2-3) light-crossing times. For the cases with periodic boundary conditions, the power-law index is 1\\lt s\\lt 2 for both electrons and ions. The hard spectra limit the power-law energies for electrons and ions to be {γ }{be}˜ {σ }e and {γ }{bi}˜ {σ }i, respectively. The main acceleration mechanism is a Fermi-like acceleration through the drift motions of charged particles. When comparing the spectra for electrons and ions in momentum space, the spectral indices sp are identical as predicted in Fermi acceleration. We also find that the bulk flow can carry a significant amount of energy during the simulations. We discuss the implication of this study in the context of Poynting-flux dominated jets and pulsar winds, especially the applications for explaining nonthermal high-energy emissions.
Extensions of 1d Bgk Electron Solitary Wave Solutions To 3d Magnetized and Unmagnetized Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chen, Li-Jen; Parks, George K.
This paper will compare the key results for BGK electron solitary waves in 3D mag- netized and unmagnetized plasmas. For 3D magnetized plasmas with highly magnetic field-aligned electrons, our results predict that the parallel widths of the solitary waves can be smaller than one Debye length, the solitary waves can be large scale features of the magnetosphere, and the parallel width-amplitude relation has a dependence on the perpendicular size. We can thus obtain an estimate on the typical perpendicular size of the observed solitary waves assuming a series of consecutive solitary waves are in the same flux tude with a particular perpendicular span. In 3D unmagnetized plasma systems such as the neutral sheet and magnetic reconnection sites, our theory indi- cates that although mathematical solutions can be constructed as the time-stationary solutions for the nonlinear Vlasov-Poisson equations, there does not exist a param- eter range for the solutions to be physical. We conclude that single-humped solitary potential pulses cannot be self-consistently supported by charged particles in 3D un- magnetized plasmas.
Rufai, O. R. Bharuthram, R.; Singh, S. V. Lakhina, G. S.
2014-08-15
Arbitrary amplitude, ion acoustic solitons, and supersolitons are studied in a magnetized plasma with two distinct groups of electrons at different temperatures. The plasma consists of a cold ion fluid, cool Boltzmann electrons, and nonthermal energetic hot electrons. Using the Sagdeev pseudo-potential technique, the effect of nonthermal hot electrons on soliton structures with other plasma parameters is studied. Our numerical computation shows that negative potential ion-acoustic solitons and double layers can exist both in the subsonic and supersonic Mach number regimes, unlike the case of an unmagnetized plasma where they can only exist in the supersonic Mach number regime. For the first time, it is reported here that in addition to solitions and double layers, the ion-acoustic supersoliton solutions are also obtained for certain range of parameters in a magnetized three-component plasma model. The results show good agreement with Viking satellite observations of the solitary structures with density depletions in the auroral region of the Earth's magnetosphere.
Effects of dust contamination on the transverse dynamics of a magnetized electron plasma
Romé, M.; Cavaliere, F.; Maero, G.; Cavenago, M.; Chen, S.
2015-06-29
Complex (dusty) plasmas are characterized by the presence of a fraction of micrometric or sub-micrometric particles which may collect a surface charge up to the order of a few thousand electron charges. The dusty plasmas studied in the experiments generally satisfy a global neutrality condition. By contrast, we present here the investigation of a magnetized nonneutral plasma, i.e., a plasma with a single sign of charge (e.g. electrons) confined in a Penning-Malmberg trap, contaminated by a dust population. We simulate the two-dimensional transverse dynamics of this multi-component plasma with a particle-in-cell code implementing a mass-less fluid (drift-Poisson) approximation for the electrons and a kinetic description for the dust component (including gravity). Simulations with different initial dust distributions and densities have been performed in order to investigate the influence of the dust on the development of the diocotron instability in the electron plasma. In particular, the early stage of the growth of the diocotron modes has been analyzed by Fourier decomposition.
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Singh, Satyavir; Bharuthram, Ramashwar
2016-07-01
Small amplitude electron acoustic solitary waves are studied in a magnetized plasma consisting of hot electrons following Cairn's type non-thermal distribution function and fluid cool electrons, cool ions and an electron beam. Using reductive perturbation technique, the Korteweg-de-Vries-Zakharov-Kuznetsov (KdV-ZK) equation is derived to describe the nonlinear evolution of electron acoustic waves. It is observed that the presence of non-thermal electrons plays an important role in determining the existence region of solitary wave structures. Theoretical results of this work is used to model the electrostatic solitary structures observed by Viking satellite. Detailed investigation of physical parameters such as non-thermality of hot electrons, beam electron velocity and temperature, obliquity on the existence regime of solitons will be discussed.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Palmadesso, P. J.; Ganguli, G.
1992-05-01
The effects of electron trapping and plasma turbulence on the current-voltage relation for a positively charged high-voltage spherical probe in a magnetized plasma are studied. When the neutral density is low enough so that ionization can be ignored, the present results indicate that the sheath structure and the current-voltage relation of a charged sphere configured as the originally planned SPEAR I experiment would be substantially influenced by the combined action of trapped electrons and plasma instabilities. Reduced levels of current collection relative to Linson's (1969) model are found. Variation of the scattering parameter over the whole range of physically realizable values results in a range of predicted current collection values which is a small fraction of the interval between the Parker-Murphy and Langmuir-Blodgett limits.
Transition in Electron Physics of Magnetic Reconnection in Weakly Collisional Plasma
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Le, A.; Roytershteyn, V.; Karimabadi, H.; Daughton, W. S.; Egedal, J.; Forest, C.
2013-12-01
Using self-consistent fully kinetic simulations with a Monte-Carlo treatment of the Coulomb collision operator, we explore the transition between collisional and kinetic regimes of magnetic reconnection in high-Lundquist-number current sheets. Recent research in collisionless reconnection has shown that electron kinetic physics plays a key role in the evolution. Large-scale electron current sheets may form, leading to secondary island formation and turbulent flux rope interactions in 3D. The new collisional simulations demonstrate how increasing collisionality modifies or eliminates these electron structures in the kinetic regimes. Additional basic questions that are addressed include how the reconnection rate and the release of magnetic energy into electrons and ions vary with collisionality. The numerical study provides insight into reconnection in dense regions of the solar corona, the solar wind, and upcoming laboratory experiments at MRX (Princeton) and MPDX (UW-Madison). The implications of these results for studies of turbulence dissipation in weakly collisional plasmas are discussed.
High temperature electrons exhausted from rf plasma sources along a magnetic nozzle
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Takahashi, Kazunori; Akahoshi, Hikaru; Charles, Christine; Boswell, Rod W.; Ando, Akira
2017-08-01
Two dimensional profiles of electron temperature are measured inside and downstream of a radiofrequency plasma thruster source having a magnetic nozzle and being immersed in vacuum. The temperature is estimated from the slope of the fully swept I-V characteristics of a Langmuir probe acquired at each spatial position and with the assumption of a Maxwellian distribution. The results show that the peripheral high temperature electrons in the magnetic nozzle originate from the upstream antenna location and are transported along the "connecting" magnetic field lines. Two-dimensional measurements of electron energy probability functions are also carried out in a second simplified laboratory device consisting of the source contiguously connected to the diffusion chamber: again the high temperature electrons are detected along the magnetic field lines intersecting the wall at the antenna location, even when the antenna location is shifted along the main axis. These results demonstrate that the peripheral energetic electrons in the magnetic nozzle mirror those created in the source tube.
Zakharov-Kuznetsov equation in a magnetized plasma with two temperature superthermal electrons
Saini, N. S. Chahal, B. S.; Bains, A. S.; Bedi, C.
2014-02-15
A nonlinear Zakharov-Kuznetsov (ZK) equation for ion-acoustic solitary waves (IASWs) in a magnetized plasmas containing kappa distributed cold and hot electrons is derived by using reductive perturbation method. From the solution of ZK equation, the characteristics of IASWs have been studied under the influence of various plasma parameters. Existence domain of physical parameters is determined. It has been observed that the present plasma system supports the existence of both positive as well as negative potential solitons. The combined effects of cold to hot electron temperature ratio (σ), density ratio of cold electrons to ions (f), superthermality of cold and hot electrons (κ{sub c},κ{sub h}), strength of magnetic field (via Ω{sub i}), and obliqueness (θ) significantly influence the profile of IASWs. The physical parameters play a great role to modify the width and amplitude of the solitary structures. The stability analysis is also presented in this investigation and parametric range is determined to check the presence of stable and unstable solitons. The findings of this study are important to the physics of electrostatic wave structures in the Saturn's magnetosphere where two temperature electrons with kappa distribution exist.
Small amplitude electron acoustic solitary waves in a magnetized superthermal plasma
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Devanandhan, S.; Singh, S. V.; Lakhina, G. S.; Bharuthram, R.
2015-05-01
The propagation of electron acoustic solitary waves in a magnetized plasma consisting of fluid cold electrons, electron beam and superthermal hot electrons (obeying kappa velocity distribution function) and ion is investigated in a small amplitude limit using reductive perturbation theory. The Korteweg-de-Vries-Zakharov-Kuznetsov (KdV-ZK) equation governing the dynamics of electron acoustic solitary waves is derived. The solution of the KdV-ZK equation predicts the existence of negative potential solitary structures. The new results are: (1) increase of either the beam speed or temperature of beam electrons tends to reduce both the amplitude and width of the electron acoustic solitons, (2) the inclusion of beam speed and temperature pushes the allowed Mach number regime upwards and (3) the soliton width maximizes at certain angle of propagation (αm) and then decreases for α >αm . In addition, increasing the superthermality of the hot electrons also results in reduction of soliton amplitude and width. For auroral plasma parameters observed by Viking, the obliquely propagating electron-acoustic solitary waves have electric field amplitudes in the range (7.8-45) mV/m and pulse widths (0.29-0.44) ms. The Fourier transform of these electron acoustic solitons would result in a broadband frequency spectra with peaks near 2.3-3.5 kHz, thus providing a possible explanation of the broadband electrostatic noise observed during the Burst a.
Kinetic Alfven solitary waves in a magnetized plasma with superthermal electrons
Panwar, A. E-mail: ryu201@postech.ac.kr Ryu, C. M. E-mail: ryu201@postech.ac.kr; Bains, A. S. E-mail: ryu201@postech.ac.kr
2015-09-15
A study of the ion Larmor radius effects on the solitary kinetic Alfven waves (SKAWs) in a magnetized plasma with superthermal electrons is presented by employing the kinetic theory. The linear dispersion relation of SKAW is shown to depend on the superthermal parameter κ, ion to electron temperature ratio, and the angle of wave propagation. Using the Sagdeev potential approach, the energy balance equation has been derived to study the dynamics of SKAWs. The effects of various plasma parameters are investigated for the propagation of SKAWs. It is shown that only compressive solitons can exist and in the Maxwellian limit our results are in good agreement with previous studies. Further, the characteristics of small amplitude SKAWs are investigated. Present study could be useful for the understanding of SKAWs in a low β plasma in astrophysical environment, where particle distributions are superthermal in nature.
Study of the plasma sheet electron inner boundary during the magnetic storm
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Ohki, K.; Kumamoto, A.; Katoh, Y.
2016-12-01
The locations of the inner boundary of the plasma sheet electrons during magnetic storm have been analyzed by using the dataset from Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) satellites. The dependence of the location of the inner boundary of the plasma sheet electrons on geomagnetic indices such as Kp and AE was investigated in several previous studies [Korth et al., 1999; Jiang et al., 2011]. As for the convection electric, a simple model such as Volland-Stern model [Volland, 1973; Stern, 1975] is suggested. In this study, we investigated the locations of the inner boundary of the plasma sheet electrons by using the electron flux data of 9 keV obtained by Electrostatic Analyzer (ESA) onboard the THEMIS satellites during the magnetic storms and compared these with the open/close boundary of the drift path of the electrons with Volland-Stern convection electric field model [Volland, 1973; Stern, 1975] using the test particle simulation to suggest the new electric field model during the magnetic storm. From the analysis of the inner edge observed by THEMIS-A during the magnetic storm on June 17, 2012 (Case 1) and observed by THEMIS-A during the magnetic storm on October 1, 2012 (Case 2) around 21:00 MLT, we found that the observed inner edge was located nearer to the Earth than that expected based on Volland-Stern electric field due to some additional electric field. The geocentric distance of open/close boundary, Rmodel, is estimated to be 5.46 in Case 1, and 6.41 in Case 2. In Case 1, the geocentric distance of the inner edge in the magnetic equatorial plane, Robs, is 4.01, which is far less than Rmodel = 5.46, while in Case 2 Robs is 6.10, which is as large as Rmodel = 6.41. Also from another analysis of the inner edgeobserved by THEMIS-E during the magnetic storm on June 17, 2012 (Case 3) and observed by THEMIS-D during the magnetic storm on July 9, 2012 (Case 4) around 20:00 MLT, similar results are obtained: Robs = 4.30 and
Oblique propagation of ion-acoustic solitary waves in a magnetized electron-positron-ion plasma
Ferdousi, M.; Sultana, S.; Mamun, A. A.
2015-03-15
The properties of obliquely propagating ion-acoustic solitary waves in the presence of ambient magnetic field have been investigated theoretically in an electron-positron-ion nonthermal plasma. The plasma nonthermality is introduced via the q-nonextensive distribution of electrons and positrons. The Korteweg-de Vries (K-dV) and modified K-dV (mK-dV) equations are derived by adopting reductive perturbation method. The solution of K-dV and modified K-dV equation, which describes the solitary wave characteristics in the long wavelength limit, is obtained by steady state approach. It is seen that the electron and positron nonextensivity and external magnetic field (obliqueness) have significant effects on the characteristics of solitary waves. A critical value of nonextensivity is found for which solitary structures transit from positive to negative potential. The findings of this investigation may be used in understanding the wave propagation in laboratory and space plasmas where static external magnetic field is present.
Phase-mixing of electrostatic modes in a cold magnetized electron-positron plasma
Maity, Chandan; Chakrabarti, Nikhil
2013-08-15
In a fluid description, we study space-time evolution of electrostatic oscillations in a cold magnetized electron-positron plasma. Nonlinear results up to third order, obtained by employing a simple perturbation technique, indicate phase-mixing and thus breaking of excited oscillations, and provide an expression for the phase-mixing time. It is shown that an increase in the strength of ambient magnetic field results in an increase in the phase-mixing time. The results of our investigation will be of relevance to astrophysical environments as well as laboratory experiments.
Sahu, Biswajit; Sinha, Anjana; Roychoudhury, Rajkumar
2015-09-15
A numerical study is presented of the nonlinear dynamics of a magnetized, cold, non-relativistic plasma, in the presence of electron-ion collisions. The ions are considered to be immobile while the electrons move with non-relativistic velocities. The primary interest is to study the effects of the collision parameter, external magnetic field strength, and the initial electromagnetic polarization on the evolution of the plasma system.
Fluctuations in electron cyclotron resonance plasma in a divergent magnetic field
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Bhattacharjee, Sudeep; Fredriksen, Åshild; Chandra, Sayan
2016-02-01
The dependence of fluctuations on electron-neutral collision frequency (νen) and the radial location is investigated in an electron cyclotron resonance plasma in a divergent magnetic field region for a set of magnetic fields. Results indicate that the fluctuations depend strongly on the collision frequency. At lower magnetic fields and νen, the fluctuation levels are small and are observed to peak around 3-5 cm from the central plasma region. Coherent wave modes are found to contribute up to about 30% of the total fluctuation power, and two to three harmonics are present in the power spectra. There are two principal modes present in the discharge: one appears to be a dissipative mode associated with a collisional drift wave instability initiated at a lower pressure (collision frequencies) (˜0.5 mTorr) and is stabilized at a higher pressure (≳3 mTorr). The other mode appears at intermediate pressure (≳1.75 mTorr) and possesses the signature of a flute instability. The fluctuation levels indicate that flute modes are predominant in the discharge at higher pressures ( >1.75 mTorr) and at higher values of the magnetic field (˜540 Gauss).
Lee, H. C.; Jiang, T. F.
2010-11-15
We analytically solve the relativistic equation of motion for an electron in ion plasma channels and calculate the corresponding trajectory as well as the synchrotron radiation. The relativistic effect on a trajectory is strong, i.e., many high-order harmonic terms in the trajectory, when the ratio of the initial transverse velocity (v{sub x0}) to the longitudinal velocity (v{sub z0}) of the electron injected to ion plasma channels is high. Interestingly, these high-order harmonic terms result in a quite broad and intense radiation spectrum, especially at an oblique angle, in contrast to an earlier understanding. As the initial velocity ratio (v{sub x0}:v{sub z0}) decreases, the relativistic effect becomes weak; only the first and second harmonic terms remain in the transverse and longitudinal trajectories, respectively, which coincides with the result of Esarey et al. [Phys. Rev. E 65, 056505 (2002)]. Our formalism also allows the description of electron's trajectory in the presence of an applied magnetic field. Critical magnetic fields for cyclotron motions are figured out and compared with semiclassical results. The cyclotron motion leads to more high-order harmonic terms than the trajectory without magnetic fields and causes an immensely broad spectrum with vastly large radiation amplitude for high initial velocity ratios (v{sub x0}:v{sub z0}). The radiation from hard x-ray to gamma-ray regions can be generated with a broad radiation angle, thus available for applications.
Electrostatic wave structures in a magnetized superthermal plasma with two-temperature electrons
Shahmansouri, M.; Alinejad, H.
2013-08-15
The linear and nonlinear excitation of arbitrary amplitude ion-acoustic (IA) solitary waves in a magnetized plasma comprising two-temperature electrons and cold ions are studied. The oblique propagation properties of two possible modes (in the linear regime) are investigated. It is found that the electron superthermality reduces the phase velocities of both modes, whereas obliqueness leads to an increase in the separation between two modes. In the nonlinear regime, an energy-like equation describes the evolution of IA solitary waves in the present model. The combined effects of the electron superthermality, magnitude of magnetic field, obliqueness and electron population are incorporated in the study of the existence domain of solitary waves and the soliton characteristics. It is shown that the small values of the hot electron population shift the permitted interval of Mach number to the lower values. Both compressive and rarefactive solitary structures are found to exist in the presence of two temperature electrons. The present investigation contributes to the physics of electrostatic wave structures in Saturn's magnetosphere in which two temperature electrons with kappa distribution exist.
Effect of the plasma-generated magnetic field on relativistic electron transport.
Nicolaï, Ph; Feugeas, J-L; Regan, C; Olazabal-Loumé, M; Breil, J; Dubroca, B; Morreeuw, J-P; Tikhonchuk, V
2011-07-01
In the fast-ignition scheme, relativistic electrons transport energy from the laser deposition zone to the dense part of the target where the fusion reactions can be ignited. The magnetic fields and electron collisions play an important role in the collimation or defocusing of this electron beam. Detailed description of these effects requires large-scale kinetic calculations and is limited to short time intervals. In this paper, a reduced kinetic model of fast electron transport coupled to the radiation hydrodynamic code is presented. It opens the possibility to carry on hybrid simulations in a time scale of tens of picoseconds or more. It is shown with this code that plasma-generated magnetic fields induced by noncollinear temperature and density gradients may strongly modify electron transport in a time scale of a few picoseconds. These fields tend to defocus the electron beam, reducing the coupling efficiency to the target. This effect, that was not seen before in shorter time simulations, has to be accounted for in any ignition design using electrons as a driver.
Ultrafast Relaxation Dynamics of a High Density Electron-Hole Plasma in High Magnetic Fields
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Lee, Jinho; Reitze, Dave H.; Kono, Junichiro; Belyanin, Alexey; Solomon, Glenn; McGill, Steve
2009-03-01
We study the inter-Landau level relaxation dynamics of a dense electron-hole plasma in high magnetic fields (up to 31 T). Intense 150 fs pump pulses create carrier densities approaching 10^13/cm^2 in In0.2Ga0.8As/GaAs multiple quantum wells. Relaxation dynamics are probed as a function of Landau level (LL) and magnetic field using time-resolved transient absorption (TRTA) and time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL), which provide complementary information about the relaxation processes. Manifestly non-exponential decays of the TRTA signals are observed at high fields (above 15 T). TRPL emissions measured in the plane of the wells reveal the presence of multiple emission bursts from the LLs at high magnetic fields, suggesting a complicated relaxation process mediated by the field whereby carriers get trapped in a specific LL, emit PL though recombination, and then `reload' as the carriers relax down to the previously occupied LLs.
A hyperbolic-equation system approach for magnetized electron fluids in quasi-neutral plasmas
Kawashima, Rei; Komurasaki, Kimiya; Schönherr, Tony
2015-03-01
A new approach using a hyperbolic-equation system (HES) is proposed to solve for the electron fluids in quasi-neutral plasmas. The HES approach avoids treatments of cross-diffusion terms which cause numerical instabilities in conventional approaches using an elliptic equation (EE). A test calculation reveals that the HES approach can robustly solve problems of strong magnetic confinement by using an upwind method. The computation time of the HES approach is compared with that of the EE approach in terms of the size of the problem and the strength of magnetic confinement. The results indicate that the HES approach can be used to solve problems in a simple structured mesh without increasing computational time compared to the EE approach and that it features fast convergence in conditions of strong magnetic confinement.
Haakonsen, Christian Bernt Hutchinson, Ian H.
2015-10-15
Flow of magnetized plasma past an obstacle creates a traditional wake, but also a forewake region arising from shadowing of electrons. The electron forewakes resulting from supersonic flows past insulating and floating-potential obstacles are explored with 2D electrostatic particle-in-cell simulations, using a physical ion to electron mass ratio. Drift-energization is discovered to give rise to modifications to the electron velocity-distribution, including a slope-reversal, providing a novel drive of forewake instability. The slope-reversal is present at certain locations in all the simulations, and appears to be quite robustly generated. Wings of enhanced electron density are observed in some of the simulations, also associated with drift-energization. In the simulations with a floating-potential obstacle, the specific potential structure behind that obstacle allows fast electrons to cross the wake, giving rise to a more traditional shadowing-driven two-stream instability. Fluctuations associated with such instability are observed in the simulations, but this instability-mechanism is expected to be more sensitive to the plasma parameters than that associated with the slope-reversal.
Martin-Solis, J.R.; Sanchez, R.; Esposito, B.
1999-10-01
A test particle description of the runaway dynamics [J.R. Mart{acute i}n-Sol{acute i}s {ital et al.}, Phys. Plasmas {bold 5}, 2370 (1998)] is extended to investigate the behavior of runaway electrons in the presence of fluctuations of electric and magnetic fields. The interaction with the fluctuations is accounted for via a friction force with an effective {open_quotes}collision{close_quotes} frequency determined by the fluctuation induced radial diffusion coefficient. It is shown that both the runaway generation process and the maximum runaway energy can be noticeably affected by magnetic fluctuations. The test particle model is then used to discuss a proposed runaway control scheme via induced magnetic turbulence, with particular emphasis to situations like major disruptions, where a large number of runaway electrons and high runaway energies are expected. It is found that the efficiency of such scheme can in some cases be jeopardized by drift orbit effects as well as by the coexistence of stochastic magnetic regions with good magnetic surfaces. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}
Kumar, Ravinder; Malik, Hitendra K.; Singh, Khushvant
2012-01-15
Main concerns of the present article are to investigate the effects of dust charging and trapped electrons on the solitary structures evolved in an inhomogeneous magnetized plasma. Such a plasma is found to support two types of waves, namely, fast wave and slow wave. Slow wave propagates in the plasma only when the wave propagation angle {theta} satisfies the condition {theta}{>=}tan{sup -1}{l_brace}({radical}((1+2{sigma})-[(n{sub dlh}({gamma}{sub 1}-1))/(1+n{sub dlh}{gamma}{sub 1})])-v{sub 0}/u{sub 0}){r_brace}, where v{sub 0}(u{sub 0}) is the z- (x-) component of ion drift velocity, {sigma} = T{sub i}/T{sub eff}, n{sub dlh} = n{sub d0}/(n{sub el0} + n{sub eh0}), and {gamma}{sub 1}=-(1/{Phi}{sub i0})[(1-{Phi}{sub i0}/1+{sigma}(1-{Phi}{sub i0}))] together with T{sub i} as ion temperature, n{sub el0}(n{sub eh0}) as the density of trapped (isothermal) electrons, {Phi}{sub i0} as the dust grain (density n{sub d0}) surface potential relative to zero plasma potential, and T{sub eff}=(n{sub elo}+n{sub eho})T{sub el}T{sub eh}/(n{sub elo}T{sub eh}+n{sub eho}T{sub el}), where T{sub el}(T{sub eh}) is the temperature of trapped (isothermal) electrons. Both the waves evolve in the form of density hill type structures in the plasma, confirming that these solitary structures are compressive in nature. These structures are found to attain higher amplitude when the charge on the dust grains is fluctuated (in comparison with the case of fixed charge) and also when the dust grains and trapped electrons are more in number; the same is the case with higher temperature of ions and electrons. Slow solitary structures show weak dependence on the dust concentration. Both types of structures are found to become narrower under the application of stronger magnetic field. With regard to the charging of dust grains, it is observed that the charge gets reduced for the higher trapped electron density and temperature of ions and electrons, and dust charging shows weak dependence on the ion
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Bernstein, W.; Leinbach, H.; Kellogg, P.; Monson, S.; Hallinan, T.; Garriott, O. K.; Konradi, A.; Mccoy, J.; Daly, P.; Baker, B.
1978-01-01
The paper describes electron beam injection experiments which clarify observational results obtained in rocket flights. A column of enhanced density plasma, exceeding the density expected from ionization by primary beam electrons, was observed in a large vacuum system at low magnetic fields (1 to 1.5 G) and low ambient pressures (10 to the minus 6 to 10 to the minus 5 torr). The peak luminosity of the discharge was about 10 times that of the beam alone, and the radius increased by a factor of three. In the absence of the discharge, RF emission is observed at 1.1 to 1.2 times the cyclotron frequency, and a strong band of RF noise with upper frequency cutoff at about the cyclotron frequency is observed in the discharge mode, along with higher frequency noise at or near the plasma frequency. The onset of the plasma discharge is critically dependent on beam current. The described results agree with observations obtained at much higher densities and magnetic fields in fusion research studies.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Evstatiev, Evstati; Svidzinski, Vladimir; Spencer, Andy; Galkin, Sergei
2014-10-01
Full wave 3-D modeling of RF fields in hot magnetized nonuniform plasma requires calculation of nonlocal conductivity kernel describing the dielectric response of such plasma to the RF field. In many cases, the conductivity kernel is a localized function near the test point which significantly simplifies numerical solution of the full wave 3-D problem. Preliminary results of feasibility analysis of numerical calculation of the conductivity kernel in a 3-D hot nonuniform magnetized plasma in the electron cyclotron frequency range will be reported. This case is relevant to modeling of ECRH in ITER. The kernel is calculated by integrating the linearized Vlasov equation along the unperturbed particle's orbits. Particle's orbits in the nonuniform equilibrium magnetic field are calculated numerically by one of the Runge-Kutta methods. RF electric field is interpolated on a specified grid on which the conductivity kernel is discretized. The resulting integrals in the particle's initial velocity and time are then calculated numerically. Different optimization approaches of the integration are tested in this feasibility analysis. Work is supported by the U.S. DOE SBIR program.
Plans to observe magnetic pumping transport in a toroidal electron plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Stoneking, M. R.
2004-11-01
Electron plasmas with densities of 5× 10^6 cm-3 are trapped for 18 ms in a partially toroidal trap with a purely toroidal magnetic field (B_o=200 G, R_o=43 cm, a=4.5 cm) (M.R. Stoneking et al.,) Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 095003 (2004). The measured confinement time is more than two orders of magnitude longer than all characteristic single-particle drift timescales and unambiguously confirms theoretical expectations that toroidal equilibria exist for non-neutral plasmas. Confinement is believed to be limited by either collisions with neutrals (P ≈ 10-7 Torr) or by transport due to field asymmetries. A new experiment (R_o=15 cm, a=2 cm) is under construction with improved vacuum conditions (P ≈ 10-9 Torr), enhanced magnetic field strength (B ≈ 1 kG), and improved field symmetry. The scientific goals of the new project are 1) to observe the magnetic pumping transport mechanism of Crooks and O'Neil (S.M. Crooks and T.M. O'Neil, Phys. Plasmas 3), 2533 (1996)., and 2) to develop a strategy for controlled charge injection into a completely toroidal trap. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation.
Dust-acoustic solitary waves in a magnetized dusty plasma with nonthermal electrons and trapped ions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Misra, A. P.; Wang, Yunliang
2015-05-01
The nonlinear propagation of electrostatic dust-acoustic (DA) waves in a magnetized dusty plasma consisting of negatively charged mobile dusts, nonthermal fast electrons and trapped ions with vortex-like distribution is studied. Using the reductive perturbation technique, a Korteweg-de Vries (KdV)-like equation is derived which governs the dynamics of the small-amplitude solitary waves in a magnetized dusty nonthermal plasma. It is found that due to the dust thermal pressure, there exists a critical value (βc) of the nonthermal parameter β (>1), denoting the percentage of energetic electrons, below which the DA solitary waves cease to propagate. The soliton solution (traveling wave) of the KdV-like equation is obtained, and is shown to be only of the rarefactive type. The properties of the solitons are analyzed numerically with the system parameters. It is also seen that the effect of the static magnetic field (which only modifies the soliton width) becomes significant when the dust gyrofrequency is smaller than one-tenth of the dust plasma frequency. Furthermore, the amplitude of the soliton is found to increase (decrease) when the ratio of the free to trapped ion temperatures (σ) is positive (negative). The effects of the system parameters including the obliqueness of propagation (lz) and σ on the dynamics of the DA solitons are also discussed numerically, and it is found that the soliton structures can withstand perturbations and turbulence during a considerable time. The results should be useful for understanding the nonlinear propagation of DA solitary waves in laboratory and space plasmas (e.g., Earth's magnetosphere, auroral region, heliospheric environments, etc.).
Grassi, A; Grech, M; Amiranoff, F; Pegoraro, F; Macchi, A; Riconda, C
2017-02-01
The Weibel instability driven by two symmetric counterstreaming relativistic electron plasmas, also referred to as current-filamentation instability, is studied in a constant and uniform external magnetic field aligned with the plasma flows. Both the linear and nonlinear stages of the instability are investigated using analytical modeling and particle-in-cell simulations. While previous studies have already described the stabilizing effect of the magnetic field, we show here that the saturation stage is only weakly affected. The different mechanisms responsible for the saturation are discussed in detail in the relativistic cold fluid framework considering a single unstable mode. The application of an external field leads to a slight increase of the saturation level for large wavelengths, while it does not affect the small wavelengths. Multimode and temperature effects are then investigated. While at high temperature the saturation level is independent of the external magnetic field, at low but finite temperature the competition between different modes in the presence of an external magnetic field leads to a saturation level lower with respect to the unmagnetized case.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Grassi, A.; Grech, M.; Amiranoff, F.; Pegoraro, F.; Macchi, A.; Riconda, C.
2017-02-01
The Weibel instability driven by two symmetric counterstreaming relativistic electron plasmas, also referred to as current-filamentation instability, is studied in a constant and uniform external magnetic field aligned with the plasma flows. Both the linear and nonlinear stages of the instability are investigated using analytical modeling and particle-in-cell simulations. While previous studies have already described the stabilizing effect of the magnetic field, we show here that the saturation stage is only weakly affected. The different mechanisms responsible for the saturation are discussed in detail in the relativistic cold fluid framework considering a single unstable mode. The application of an external field leads to a slight increase of the saturation level for large wavelengths, while it does not affect the small wavelengths. Multimode and temperature effects are then investigated. While at high temperature the saturation level is independent of the external magnetic field, at low but finite temperature the competition between different modes in the presence of an external magnetic field leads to a saturation level lower with respect to the unmagnetized case.
Liang, Edison; Smith, Ian; Boettcher, Markus E-mail: iansmith@rice.edu
2013-04-01
Using particle-in-cell simulations, we study the kinetic physics of relativistic shear flow in collisionless electron-positron (e+e-) plasmas. We find efficient magnetic field generation and particle energization at the shear boundary, driven by streaming instabilities across the shear interface and sustained by the shear flow. Nonthermal, anisotropic high-energy particles are accelerated across field lines to produce a power-law tail turning over just below the shear Lorentz factor. These results have important implications for the dissipation and radiation of jets in blazars and gamma-ray bursts.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Akhtar, N.; El-Taibany, W. F.; Mahmood, S.; Behery, E. E.; Khan, S. A.; Ali, S.; Hussain, S.
2015-10-01
> . The magnetic field has no effect on the amplitude of the IASW, whereas the obliqueness angle of the wave propagation, the ion-to-electron temperature ratio and positron-to-ion density concentration ratio affect both the amplitude and the width of the solitary wave structures. The transverse instability analysis illustrates that the one soliton solution has a constant growth rate, and it suffers from instability in the transverse direction. The relevance of the present study to astrophysical space plasmas is also discussed.
Effects of electron cyclotron current drive on magnetic islands in tokamak plasmas
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Li, J. C.; Xiao, C. J.; Lin, Z. H.; Wang, K. J.
2017-08-01
The effects of the electron cyclotron current drive on magnetic islands in tokamak plasmas are studied using gyrokinetic simulations. By investigating the effects of different characteristics of the driven current, such as current density distribution and deposition location, the factors which can determine the suppression effect on the resistive tearing modes have been explored. It is found that an electron cyclotron wave (ECW) driven current with a larger peak value and more focused deposition region has a better stabilization effect. When the ECW-driven current is closer to the rational surface, it has a better stabilizing effect. These gyrokinetic toroidal code (GTC) linear simulations in the electron fluid limit of the tearing modes in the cylindrical geometry agree well with the magnetohydrodynamic codes. Furthermore, the optimal timing control of the current deposition on resistive tearing modes is demonstrated.
Experiments on viscous and asymmetry-induced transport in magnetized, pure-electron plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kriesel, Jason Michael
1999-11-01
Experiments are presented on two different types of cross-magnetic-field transport in pure-electron plasma columns: ``asymmetry-induced transport'' which is a radial expansion of the plasma column due to azimuthally asymmetric electric or magnetic fields, leading to bulk expansion and particle loss; and ``viscous transport'' which is a rearrangement of particles due to internal like-particle interactions, leading to the confined global thermal equilibrium state. Experiments on asymmetry-induced transport identify two different transport regimes, ``slightly-rigid'' and ``highly-rigid''. Here the plasma rigidity, R≡fb/fE , is the ratio of the axial bounce frequency to the azimuthal E × B rotation frequency. In the slightly-rigid regime (1 < R < 10), the transport scales as VaR-2, where Va is the applied asymmetry strength. The V- 1a scaling is a direct contradiction to most current theories, which predict either a V-1/2a or V-2a scaling. The R- 2 scaling has previously been observed for the plasma loss rate due to inherent trap asymmetries (also know as anomalous transport) on 5 different machines. This ``slightly-rigid'' mechanism appears to ``turn-off'' as the rigidity is increased into the range R = 10 to 20. In the highly-rigid regime ( R > 20), the transport scales as V2aR0 . This scaling is consistent with a previously studied transport mechanism known as ``rotational- pumping'', where the axial energy is pumped due to asymmetries in the effective plasma length. The measured viscous transport is observed to be proportional to the shear in the total (E × B + diamagnetic) fluid rotation of the plasma for both hollow and monotonic rotation profiles. I determine the local viscosity coefficient η in the plasma from measurements of the local flux of electrons. The measured viscosity is 50 - 10 4 times larger than expected from classical transport due to short-range velocity- scattering collisions, but is within a factor of 10 agreement with recent theories by O
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Huang, Kai; Huang, Can; Dong, Quanli; Lu, Quanming; Lu, San; Sheng, Zhengming; Wang, Shui; Zhang, Jie
2017-04-01
Experiments about the flow-driven magnetic reconnection in high-energy-density laser-produced plasmas have recently been conducted on different platforms of giant laser facilities. In this paper, we perform two-dimensional (2D) particle-in-cell simulations to study the interactions of two colliding laser-produced plasma bubbles with a self-generated toroidal magnetic field. Two cases are investigated: in one case, the two plasma bubbles have an anti-parallel magnetic field (AP-case) in the colliding region, and in the other case, the two interacting parts of the magnetic field are configured parallel to each other (P-case). In both cases, the quadrupole structure of the out-of-plane magnetic field is observed, as well as the Hall electric field and the electron energization in the colliding region. However, only in the AP-case, three well-collimated in-plane electron jets are observed. Two electron jets along the magnetic field at the edge of the plasma bubbles are formed because the electrons are trapped and accelerated by the out-of-plane electric field located between the two colliding bubbles and then move outward along the magnetic field. The high-speed electron jet in the middle of the outflow region is formed as the electrons are reflected and accelerated in the pileup region of the magnetic field, which is moving outward quickly. We demonstrate that besides the annihilation of the magnetic field in the colliding region between the two laser-produced plasma bubbles approaching each other, the three well-collimated electron jets can also be considered as the evidence for the magnetic reconnection.
Oblique ion-acoustic cnoidal waves in two temperature superthermal electrons magnetized plasma
Panwar, A. Ryu, C. M.; Bains, A. S.
2014-12-15
A study is presented for the oblique propagation of ion acoustic cnoidal waves in a magnetized plasma consisting of cold ions and two temperature superthermal electrons modelled by kappa-type distributions. Using the reductive perturbation method, the nonlinear Korteweg de-Vries equation is derived, which further gives the solutions with a special type of cnoidal elliptical functions. Both compressive and rarefactive structures are found for these cnoidal waves. Nonlinear periodic cnoidal waves are explained in terms of plasma parameters depicting the Sagdeev potential and the phase curves. It is found that the density ratio of hot electrons to ions μ significantly modifies compressive/refractive wave structures. Furthermore, the combined effects of superthermality of cold and hot electrons κ{sub c},κ{sub h}, cold to hot electron temperature ratio σ, angle of propagation and ion cyclotron frequency ω{sub ci} have been studied in detail to analyze the height and width of compressive/refractive cnoidal waves. The findings in the present study could have important implications in understanding the physics of electrostatic wave structures in the Saturn's magnetosphere where two temperature superthermal electrons are present.
Nonlinear plasma wave in magnetized plasmas
Bulanov, Sergei V.; Esirkepov, Timur Zh.; Kando, Masaki; Koga, James K.; Hosokai, Tomonao; Zhidkov, Alexei G.; Kodama, Ryosuke
2013-08-15
Nonlinear axisymmetric cylindrical plasma oscillations in magnetized collisionless plasmas are a model for the electron fluid collapse on the axis behind an ultrashort relativisically intense laser pulse exciting a plasma wake wave. We present an analytical description of the strongly nonlinear oscillations showing that the magnetic field prevents closing of the cavity formed behind the laser pulse. This effect is demonstrated with 3D PIC simulations of the laser-plasma interaction. An analysis of the betatron oscillations of fast electrons in the presence of the magnetic field reveals a characteristic “Four-Ray Star” pattern.
Runaway electron mitigation by applied magnetic perturbations in RFX-mod tokamak plasmas
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Gobbin, M.; Valisa, M.; White, R. B.; Cester, D.; Marrelli, L.; Nocente, M.; Piovesan, P.; Stevanato, L.; Puiatti, M. E.; Zuin, M.
2017-01-01
Thanks to its advanced system for the control of magnetohydrodynamic modes, the RFX-mod device run as a tokamak is particularly suited to the study of the possible impact on runaway electron (RE) de-confinement in response to applied magnetic perturbations. This paper shows that during the flat-top phase in RFX-mod discharges, with a plasma current of {{I}\\text{p}}˜ 150 kA and a low density ({{n}\\text{e}}<{{10}19} m-3), the amount of REs scales with the m = 2,n = 1 perturbation both in q(a) < 2 and q(a) > 2 plasmas. Similar results have also been obtained in post-disruption phases, but still with limited statistics. The mechanisms generating REs and the effect of magnetic perturbation (MP) on their confinement are interpreted by numerical simulations with the relativistic guiding center code ORBIT. The role played by different magnetic equilibria on the energy of REs and on their loss rates is investigated. ORBIT simulations indicate that RE-enhanced losses are associated with a raised level of stochasticity, the effect being more pronounced when the MP amplitude is higher and internally resonant.
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Johnston, Mark; Patel, Sonal; Kiefer, Mark; Biswas, S.; Doron, R.; Stambulchik, E.; Bernshtam, V.; Maron, Yitzhak
2016-10-01
The RITS accelerator (5-11MV, 100-200kA) at Sandia National Laboratories is being used to evaluate the Self-Magnetic Pinch (SMP) diode as a potential flash x-ray radiography source. This diode consists of a small, hollowed metal cathode and a planar, high atomic mass anode, with a small vacuum gap of approximately one centimeter. The electron beam is focused, due to its self-field, to a few millimeters at the target, generating bremsstrahlung x-rays. During this process, plasmas form on the electrode surfaces and propagate into the vacuum gap, with a velocity of a 1-10 cm's/microseconds. These plasmas are measured spectroscopically using a Czerny-Turner spectrometer with a gated, ICCD detector, and input optical fiber array. Local magnetic and electric fields of several Tesla and several MV/cm were measured through Zeeman splitting and Stark shifting of spectral lines. Specific transitions susceptible to quantum magnetic and electric field effects were utilized through the application of dopants. Data was analyzed using detailed, time-dependent, collisional-radiative (CR) and radiation transport modeling. Recent results will be presented. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.
El-Taibany, W. F. E-mail: eltaibany@hotmail.com; Selim, M. M.; Al-Abbasy, O. M.; El-Bedwehy, N. A.
2014-07-15
The propagation of both linear and nonlinear dust acoustic waves (DAWs) in an inhomogeneous magnetized collisional and warm dusty plasma (DP) consisting of Boltzmann ions, nonextensive electrons, and inertial dust particles is investigated. The number density gradients of all DP components besides the inhomogeneities of electrostatic potential and the initial dust fluid velocity are taken into account. The linear dispersion relation and a nonlinear modified Zakharov-Kusnetsov (MZK) equation governing the propagation of the three-dimensional DAWs are derived. The analytical solution of the MZK reveals the creation of both compressive and rarefactive DAW solitons in the proposed model. It is found that the inhomogeneity dimension parameter and the electron nonextensive parameter affect significantly the nonlinear DAW's amplitude, width, and Mach number. The relations of our findings with some astrophysical situations have been given.
Lopez, Rodrigo A.; Munoz, Victor; Asenjo, Felipe A.; Alejandro Valdivia, J.
2012-08-15
The nonlinear evolution of a circularly polarized electromagnetic wave in an electron-positron plasma propagating along a constant background magnetic field is considered, by studying its parametric decays. Relativistic effects, of the particle motion in the wave field and of the plasma temperature, are included to obtain the dispersion relation of the decays. The exact dispersion relation of the pump wave has been previously calculated within the context of a relativistic fluid theory and presents two branches: an electromagnetic and an Alfven one. We investigate the parametric decays for the pump wave in these two branches, including the anomalous dispersion zone of the Alfven branch where the group velocity is negative. We solve the nonlinear dispersion relation for different pump wave amplitudes and plasma temperatures, finding various resonant and nonresonant wave couplings. We are able to identify these couplings and study their behavior as we modify the plasma parameters. Some of these couplings are suppressed for larger amplitudes or temperatures. We also find two kinds of modulational instabilities, one involving two sideband daughter waves and another involving a forward-propagating electroacoustic mode and a sideband daughter wave.
Kato, Yushi; Watanabe, Takeyoshi; Matsui, Yuuki; Hirai, Yoshiaki; Kutsumi, Osamu; Sakamoto, Naoki; Sato, Fuminobu; Iida, Toshiyuki
2010-02-01
A new concept on magnetic field with all magnets on plasma production and confinement has been proposed to enhance efficiency of an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma for broad and dense ion beam source under the low pressure. The magnetic field configuration is constructed by a pair of magnets assembly, i.e., comb-shaped magnet which cylindrically surrounds the plasma chamber. The resonance zones corresponding to the fundamental ECR for 2.45 GHz and 11-13 GHz frequencies are constructed at different positions. The profiles of the plasma parameters in the ECR ion source are different from each frequency of microwave. Large bore extractor is set at the opposite side against the microwave feeds. It is found that differences of their profiles also appear at those of ion beam profiles. We conducted to launch simultaneously multiplex frequencies microwaves controlled individually, and tried to control the profiles of the plasma parameters and then those of extracted ion beam.
Lee, Min-Hyong; Choi, Seong Wook
2008-12-01
We investigated the evolution of the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) in a solenoidal inductively coupled plasma surrounded by an axial dc magnetic field. The increase in the dc magnetic field caused the EEDF to evolve from a bi-Maxwellian to a Maxwellian distribution. At the discharge center, the number of low energy electrons was significantly reduced while the high energy electron population showed little change when a weak dc magnetic field was present. However, at the discharge radial boundary, the high energy electron population decreased significantly with the magnetic field while the change in low energy population was not prominent compared to the discharge boundary. These changes in EEDFs at the boundary and center of the discharge are due to the radial confinement and the restriction of radial transport of electrons by dc magnetic field.
Ostrovskaya, G. V.; Markov, V. S.; Frank, A. G.
2016-01-15
The influence of the initial parameters of the magnetic field and plasma on the spatial structure of the electric current and electron density in current sheets formed in helium plasma in 2D and 3D magnetic configurations with X-type singular lines is studied by the methods of holographic interferometry and magnetic measurements. Significant differences in the structures of plasma and current sheets formed at close parameters of the initial plasma and similar configurations of the initial magnetic fields are revealed.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ansher, J. A.; Khurana, K. K.; Kivelson, M. G.; Gurnett, D. A.; Holland, D. L.; Martin, R. F.
2005-05-01
Electron density has been determined throughout much of Galileo's primary mission at Jupiter (December 7, 1995 to November 6, 1997) by observing plasma waves measured by the plasma wave instrument on board the spacecraft. The density data set is used here to identify spacecraft encounters with Jupiter's magnetotail plasma sheet during the primary mission by assuming that electron density is highest at the center of the plasma sheet. As Jupiter rotates, the spacecraft encounters one pair of plasma sheet crossings during each ten-hour rotation period. Electron density is usually seen to increase as Galileo enters the plasma sheet, reach a maximum value near the center of the plasma sheet, and then decrease as the spacecraft exits the plasma sheet. This signature is clearest in the data at radial distances between 20 RJ, and 50 RJ from Jupiter. Plasma sheet thickness is determined by identifying the z-coordinate of the spacecraft as it enters and exits the plasma sheet. The z-position is measured with respect to a newer magnetic field model by Khurana and Kivelson. This work seeks to determine the plasma sheet thickness in Jupiter's magnetotail, where other instruments observe a thicker plasma sheet in the midnight and dusk sectors and a thinner, more distinct sheet in Jupiter's dawn sector.
Myra, J.R.; Catto, P.J. ); Wootton, A.J.; Bengtson, R.D. ); Wang, P.W. )
1992-07-01
Recent experimental and theoretical results are combined to explore the energy dependence of runaway and suprathermal electron diffusion. It is shown that a quasilinear theory containing both magnetic and electrostatic {ital E}{times}{ital B}-driven radial transport is consistent with the available experimental data, and supports the notion that magnetic turbulence dominates runaway diffusion but electrostatic turbulence dominates thermal diffusion in the edge plasma of the Texas Experimental Tokamak (TEXT) (Nucl. Technol./Fusion {bold 1}, 479 (1981)). These observations further expand the possibilities for employing runaway or suprathermal electrons as a diagnostic of the underlying transport mechanisms in a tokamak plasma.
Andreev, V. V. Novitsky, A. A.; Vinnichenko, L. A.; Umnov, A. M.; Ndong, D. O.
2016-03-15
The parameters of the injector of an axial plasma beam injected into a plasma accelerator operating on the basis of gyroresonance acceleration of electrons in the reverse magnetic field are determined. The trapping of the beam electrons into the regime of gyroresonance acceleration is numerically simulated by the particle- in-cell method. The optimal time of axial injection of the beam into a magnetic mirror trap is determined. The beam parameters satisfying the condition of efficient particle trapping into the gyromagnetic autoresonance regime are found.
Rafat, A. Rahman, M. M.; Alam, M. S.; Mamun, A. A.
2016-08-15
Obliquely propagating electron-acoustic solitary waves (EASWs) in a magnetized electron−positron−ion plasma (containing nonextensive hot electrons and positrons, inertial cold electrons, and immobile positive ions) are precisely investigated by deriving the Zakharov–Kuznetsov equation. It is found that the basic features (viz. polarity, amplitude, width, phase speed, etc.) of the EASWs are significantly modified by the effects of the external magnetic field, obliqueness of the system, nonextensivity of hot positrons and electrons, ratio of the hot electron temperature to the hot positron temperature, and ratio of the cold electron number density to the hot positron number density. The findings of our results can be employed in understanding the localized electrostatic structures and the characteristics of EASWs in various astrophysical plasmas.
Wave dispersion in a counterstreaming, cold, magnetized, electron-positron plasma.
Verdon, M W; Melrose, D B
2008-04-01
The dispersion equation is analyzed for waves in a strongly magnetized, electron-positron plasma in which counterstreaming electrons are cold in their respective rest frames. For propagation parallel to the magnetic field the dispersion equation factorizes into equations for two longitudinal modes and four transverse modes. Instabilities occur in both longitudinal and transverse modes, with the most notable being at low wave numbers where a longitudinal branch has purely imaginary frequency. For oblique propagation at small angles, the modes reconnect at points where the parallel modes intersect, either deviating away from each another, or being separated by a pair of complex modes. In addition, intrinsically oblique branches of the dispersion equation appear. The results are applied to an oscillating model for a pulsar magnetosphere, in which the oscillations are purely temporal with a frequency well below relevant wave frequencies, and in which the counterstreaming becomes highly relativistic. We assume that the medium may be treated as time stationary in treating the wave dispersion and wave growth. The wave properties, including the wave frequency, vary periodically with the phase of the oscillations. The fastest growing instability is when the counterstreaming is nonrelativistic or mildly relativistic. A given wave can experience bursts of growth over many oscillations. Mode coupling associated with the cyclotron resonance may be effective in generating the observed orthogonally polarized modes at phases of the oscillation where the (relativistic) cyclotron and wave frequencies are comparable.
Modulation of a compressional electromagnetic wave in a magnetized electron-positron quantum plasma.
Amin, M R
2015-09-01
Amplitude modulation of a compressional electromagnetic wave in a strongly magnetized electron-positron pair plasma is considered in the quantum magnetohydrodynamic regime. The important ingredients of this study are the inclusion of the external strong magnetic field, Fermi quantum degeneracy pressure, particle exchange potential, quantum diffraction effects via the Bohm potential, and dissipative effect due to collision of the charged carriers. A modified-nonlinear Schödinger equation is developed for the compressional magnetic field of the electromagnetic wave by employing the standard reductive perturbation technique. The linear and nonlinear dispersions of the electromagnetic wave are discussed in detail. For some parameter ranges, relevant to dense astrophysical objects such as the outer layers of white dwarfs, neutron stars, and magnetars, etc., it is found that the compressional electromagnetic wave is modulationally unstable and propagates as a dissipated electromagnetic wave. It is also found that the quantum effects due to the particle exchange potential and the Bohm potential are negligibly small in comparison to the effects of the Fermi quantum degeneracy pressure. The numerical results on the growth rate of the modulation instability is also presented.
Modulation of a compressional electromagnetic wave in a magnetized electron-positron quantum plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Amin, M. R.
2015-09-01
Amplitude modulation of a compressional electromagnetic wave in a strongly magnetized electron-positron pair plasma is considered in the quantum magnetohydrodynamic regime. The important ingredients of this study are the inclusion of the external strong magnetic field, Fermi quantum degeneracy pressure, particle exchange potential, quantum diffraction effects via the Bohm potential, and dissipative effect due to collision of the charged carriers. A modified-nonlinear Schödinger equation is developed for the compressional magnetic field of the electromagnetic wave by employing the standard reductive perturbation technique. The linear and nonlinear dispersions of the electromagnetic wave are discussed in detail. For some parameter ranges, relevant to dense astrophysical objects such as the outer layers of white dwarfs, neutron stars, and magnetars, etc., it is found that the compressional electromagnetic wave is modulationally unstable and propagates as a dissipated electromagnetic wave. It is also found that the quantum effects due to the particle exchange potential and the Bohm potential are negligibly small in comparison to the effects of the Fermi quantum degeneracy pressure. The numerical results on the growth rate of the modulation instability is also presented.
Kuwahata, A.; Igami, H.; Kawamori, E.; Kogi, Y.; Inomoto, M.; Ono, Y.
2014-10-15
We report the observation of electromagnetic radiation at high harmonics of the electron cyclotron frequency that was considered to be converted from electrostatic waves called electron Bernstein waves (EBWs) during magnetic reconnection in laboratory overdense plasmas. The excitation of EBWs was attributed to the thermalization of electrons accelerated by the reconnection electric field around the X-point. The radiative process discussed here is an acceptable explanation for observed radio waves pulsation associated with major flares.
Deeba, F.; Ahmad, Zahoor; Murtaza, G.
2010-10-15
A generalized dielectric constant for the electron Bernstein waves using non-Maxwellian distribution functions is derived in a collisionless, uniform magnetized plasma. Using the Neumann series expansion for the products of Bessel functions, we can derive the dispersion relations for both kappa and the generalized (r,q) distributions in a straightforward manner. The dispersion relations now become dependent upon the spectral indices {kappa} and (r,q) for the kappa and the generalized (r,q) distribution, respectively. Our results show how the non-Maxwellian dispersion curves deviate from the Maxwellian depending upon the values of the spectral indices chosen. It may be noted that the (r,q) dispersion relation is reduced to the kappa distribution for r=0 and q={kappa}+1, which, in turn, is further reducible to the Maxwellian distribution for {kappa}{yields}{infinity}.
B. Jones; G. Taylor; P.C. Efthimion; T. Munsat
2004-01-28
Measurement of the magnetic field in a spherical torus by observation of harmonic overlap frequencies in the electron Bernstein wave (EBW) spectrum has been previously suggested [V.F. Shevchenko, Plasma Phys. Reports 26 (2000) 1000]. EBW mode conversion to X-mode radiation has been studied in the Current Drive Experiment-Upgrade spherical torus, [T. Jones, Ph.D. thesis, Princeton University, 1995] with emission measured at blackbody levels [B. Jones et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 90 (2003) article no. 165001]. Sharp transitions in the thermally emitted EBW spectrum have been observed for the first two harmonic overlaps. These transition frequencies are determined by the magnetic field and electron density at the mode conversion layer in accordance with hot-plasma wave theory. Prospects of extending this measurement to higher harmonics, necessary in order to determine the magnetic field profile, and high beta equilibria are discussed for this proposed magnetic field diagnostic.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pramanik, Sourav; Maity, Chandan
2017-08-01
Spatiotemporal evolution of nonlinear electron-positron oscillations around a homogeneous background of massive ions has been analyzed in cold electron-positron-ion (EPI) plasmas by employing a simple perturbation method, demonstrating phase-mixing and thus wave-breaking of excited oscillations at arbitrarily low amplitudes [C. Maity, Phys. Plasmas 21, 072317 (2014)]. In this work, we investigate effects of the magnetic field on the phase-mixing phenomena of electron-positron oscillations in cold EPI plasmas. A perturbative analysis of governing fluid-Maxwell's equations has been carried out up to third order to obtain a rough estimate of the phase-mixing time. It has been shown that the presence of an external ambient magnetic field may induce a delay in the process of phase-mixing of such oscillations.
High frequency electromagnetic modes in a weakly magnetized relativistic electron plasma
Abbas, Gohar; Murtaza, G.; Kingham, R. J.
2010-07-15
Using the linearized Vlasov-Maxwell model, the polarization tensor for a weakly magnetized electron plasma is derived. For isotropic relativistic Maxwellian velocity distribution function, dispersion relations are obtained for both parallel and perpendicular propagations. The integrals (called Meijer G functions) that arise due to relativistic effects are examined in various limits and dispersion relations are derived for the nonrelativistic, weakly, strongly, and ultrarelativistic Maxwellian velocity distributions. It is generally observed that the propagation domains of the modes are enlarged as one proceeds from the nonrelativistic to the highly relativistic regime. Resultantly, due to the relativistic effects, the Whistler mode is suppressed in the R-wave, the nonpropagation band of X-mode is reduced, and the X-mode itself approaches the O-mode. Further, the results derived in the ultra- and nonrelativistic limits found to be in agreement with the earlier calculations [G. Abbas et al. Phys. Scr. 76, 649 (2007); F. F. Chen, Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (Plenum, New York, 1984), Vol. 1].
High frequency electromagnetic modes in a weakly magnetized relativistic electron plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Abbas, Gohar; Murtaza, G.; Kingham, R. J.
2010-07-01
Using the linearized Vlasov-Maxwell model, the polarization tensor for a weakly magnetized electron plasma is derived. For isotropic relativistic Maxwellian velocity distribution function, dispersion relations are obtained for both parallel and perpendicular propagations. The integrals (called Meijer G functions) that arise due to relativistic effects are examined in various limits and dispersion relations are derived for the nonrelativistic, weakly, strongly, and ultrarelativistic Maxwellian velocity distributions. It is generally observed that the propagation domains of the modes are enlarged as one proceeds from the nonrelativistic to the highly relativistic regime. Resultantly, due to the relativistic effects, the Whistler mode is suppressed in the R-wave, the nonpropagation band of X-mode is reduced, and the X-mode itself approaches the O-mode. Further, the results derived in the ultra- and nonrelativistic limits found to be in agreement with the earlier calculations [G. Abbas et al. Phys. Scr. 76, 649 (2007); F. F. Chen, Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (Plenum, New York, 1984), Vol. 1].
Fast magnetic reconnection in low-density electron-positron plasmas
Bessho, Naoki; Bhattacharjee, A.
2010-10-15
Two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations have been performed to study magnetic reconnection in low-density electron-positron plasmas without a guide magnetic field. Impulsive reconnection rates become of the order of unity when the background density is much smaller than 10% of the density in the initial current layer. It is demonstrated that the outflow speed is less than the upstream Alfven speed, and that the time derivative of the density must be taken into account in the definition of the reconnection rate. The reconnection electric fields in the low-density regime become much larger than the ones in the high-density regime, and it is possible to accelerate the particles to high energies more efficiently. The inertial term in the generalized Ohm's law is the most dominant term that supports a large reconnection electric field. An effective collisionless resistivity is produced and tracks the extension of the diffusion region in the late stage of the reconnection dynamics, and significant broadening of the diffusion region is observed. Because of the broadening of the diffusion region, no secondary islands, which have been considered to play a role to limit the diffusion region, are generated during the extension of the diffusion region in the outflow direction.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Verheest, Frank; Hellberg, Manfred A.
2017-02-01
Oblique propagation of large amplitude electrostatic waves and solitary structures is investigated in magnetized plasmas, comprising cold fluid ions and Cairns nonthermally distributed electrons, by using a Sagdeev pseudopotential formalism. To perform the analysis, quasineutrality is assumed, so that in normalized variables the electrostatic potential and the occurrence of solitary structures are governed by three parameters: the Mach number M, the typical Cairns parameter β, and the angle ϑ between the directions of propagation and the static magnetic field. Below a critical β, only positive compressive solitons are possible, and their amplitudes increase with increasing β, M, and ϑ. Above the critical β, there is coexistence between negative rarefactive and positive compressive solitons, and the range of negative solitons, at increasing M, ends upon encountering a double layer or a singularity. The double layer amplitudes (in absolute value) increase with β but are independent of ϑ. Roots of the Sagdeev pseudopotential beyond the double layer are not accessible from the undisturbed conditions, because of an intervening singularity where the pseudopotential becomes infinite. Recent claims of finding supersolitons beyond a double layer appear to be based on a misinterpretation of the nature of the singularity.
Investigation of particle diffusion and suprathermal electrons in a magnetized helium plasma column
Lefevre, T.; Escarguel, A.; Stamm, R.; Godbert-Mouret, L.; Rosmej, F. B.
2014-02-15
Studying radiative properties of magnetized helium plasma via high-resolution spectroscopy identified close correlations between the particle diffusion and suprathermal electrons for different modes of operation of the MISTRAL installation. The standard diagnostic emission lines in neutral helium (1s3d {sup 3}D-1s2p {sup 3}P, 1s3s {sup 3}S-1s2p {sup 3}P, 1s3d {sup 1}D-1s2p {sup 1}P, and 1s3s {sup 1}S-1s2p {sup 1}P) show anomalous ratios that are related to enhanced particle diffusion and suprathermal electron generation. The supplementary investigation of singlet/triplet Rydberg series (transitions 1snd {sup 3}D-1s2p {sup 3}P and 1s5p {sup 1}P-1s2s {sup 1}S) as well as ionic lines (HeII, transitions n = 3–4 at 469 nm and n = 4–6 at 656 nm) allowed quantitative characterization. Simulations carried out with the atomic physics code SOPHIA demonstrate that simultaneous implementation of diffusion processes and suprathermal electrons matches all experimental findings. Single consideration, however, of either diffusion or hot electrons is in contradiction to the proposed extended set of HeI and HeII emission lines. The high precision achieved with the LSJ-split level structure of SOPHIA coupled to Langmuir probe measurements allowed to conclude to a Bohm type diffusion in MISTRAL.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hedayati, Roohollah; Jafari, Saed; Batebi, Saeed
2017-06-01
Significant progress has been made using plasma channels to guide relativistic e-beams in magnetostatic wiggler free-electron lasers (FELs). In this regard, we study the interaction of an intense laser pulse (as a laser wiggler) with a relativistic electron beam embedded in a background of magnetized plasma. The short wavelength of the laser wiggler (∼ μm) allows a higher radiation frequency to be obtained than from conventional magnetostatic wigglers. Laser-plasma interaction in a magnetized plasma channel has been studied. Numerical results reveal that the laser self-focusing and self-compression can be enhanced with increasing the external axial magnetic field strength, which leads to a decrease in the spot size of the laser beam. Hence, we employ the laser beam as a suitable laser wiggler in a FEL-device. Injection of plasma in the interaction region of a laser-wiggler-FEL suggests the possibility of producing short wavelengths (∼ x-ray) using lower energy beams (∼ O(10) MeV). Furthermore, this configuration has a higher tunability by controlling the plasma density in addition to the e-beam energy tunability of the conventional FELs. Effects of the external axial guide magnetic field and plasma medium on the gain of the FEL have been studied. It is found that by increasing the plasma frequency the FEL-gain increases. The effects of e-beam self-electric and self-magnetic fields on the laser gain have also been investigated in the presence of various plasma frequencies. The results indicate that in the presence of beam self-fields, the sensitivity of the gain increases in the vicinity of resonance regions. Besides, the normalized wiggler-induced self-magnetic field has been obtained which reveals that it is a positive parameter, i.e., it can act as a paramagnetic correction to the wiggler magnetic field, therefore, the gain enhancement can be due to the paramagnetic effect of the self-magnetic field. This concept opens a path
Andreev, Pavel A.
2015-06-15
We discuss the complete theory of spin-1/2 electron-positron quantum plasmas, when electrons and positrons move with velocities mach smaller than the speed of light. We derive a set of two fluid quantum hydrodynamic equations consisting of the continuity, Euler, spin (magnetic moment) evolution equations for each species. We explicitly include the Coulomb, spin-spin, Darwin and annihilation interactions. The annihilation interaction is the main topic of the paper. We consider the contribution of the annihilation interaction in the quantum hydrodynamic equations and in the spectrum of waves in magnetized electron-positron plasmas. We consider the propagation of waves parallel and perpendicular to an external magnetic field. We also consider the oblique propagation of longitudinal waves. We derive the set of quantum kinetic equations for electron-positron plasmas with the Darwin and annihilation interactions. We apply the kinetic theory to the linear wave behavior in absence of external fields. We calculate the contribution of the Darwin and annihilation interactions in the Landau damping of the Langmuir waves. We should mention that the annihilation interaction does not change number of particles in the system. It does not related to annihilation itself, but it exists as a result of interaction of an electron-positron pair via conversion of the pair into virtual photon. A pair of the non-linear Schrodinger equations for the electron-positron plasmas including the Darwin and annihilation interactions is derived. Existence of the conserving helicity in electron-positron quantum plasmas of spinning particles with the Darwin and annihilation interactions is demonstrated. We show that the annihilation interaction plays an important role in the quantum electron-positron plasmas giving the contribution of the same magnitude as the spin-spin interaction.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Borisov, N.; Nielsen, E.
2005-06-01
It is argued that anisotropic electron pitch angle distributions in the closed magnetic field regions of the Martian ionosphere gives rise to excitation of plasma instabilities. We discuss two types of instabilities that are excited by two different populations of electrons. First, the generation of Langmuir waves by photoelectrons with energies of the order of 10eV is investigated. It is predicted that the measured anisotropy of their pitch angle distribution at the heights z≍400km causes excitation of waves with frequencies f~30kHz and wavelengths λ~30m. Near the terminators the instability of the electrostatic waves with frequencies of the order of or less than the electron gyrofrequency exited by thermal electrons is predicted. The typical frequencies of these waves depend on the local magnitude of the magnetic field and can achieve values f~3-5kHz above strong crustal magnetic fields.
Izotov, I V; Razin, S V; Sidorov, A V; Skalyga, V A; Zorin, V G; Bagryansky, P A; Beklemishev, A D; Prikhodko, V V
2012-02-01
Influence of shear flows of the dense plasma created under conditions of the electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) gas breakdown on the plasma confinement in the axisymmetric mirror trap ("vortex" confinement) was studied experimentally and theoretically. A limiter with bias potential was set inside the mirror trap for plasma rotation. The limiter construction and the optimal value of the potential were chosen according to the results of the preliminary theoretical analysis. This method of "vortex" confinement realization in an axisymmetric mirror trap for non-equilibrium heavy-ion plasmas seems to be promising for creation of ECR multicharged ion sources with high magnetic fields, more than 1 T.
Nonthermally Dominated Electron Acceleration during Magnetic Reconnection in a Low-beta Plasma
Li, Xiaocan
2015-07-21
This work was motivated by electron acceleration during solar flares. After some introductory remarks on proposed particle acceleration mechanisms and questions needing answers, dynamic simulations and simulation results are presented including energy spectra and the formation of the power law distribution. In summary, magnetic reconnection is highly efficient at converting the free magnetic energy stored in a magnetic shear and accelerating electrons to nonthermal energies in low-β regime. The nonthermal electrons have a dominant fraction and form power-law energy spectra with spectral index p ~ 1 in low-β regime. Electrons are preferentially accelerated along the curvature drift direction along the electric field induced by the reconnection outflow. The results can be applied to explain the observations of electron acceleration during solar flares.
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Lachhvani, Lavkesh; Pahari, Sambaran; Goswami, Rajiv; Bajpai, Manu; Yeole, Yogesh; Chattopadhyay, P. K.
2016-06-01
A long confinement time of electron plasma, approaching magnetic pumping transport limit, has been observed in SMARTEX-C (a small aspect ratio partial torus with R o / a ˜ 1.59 ). Investigations of the growth rate reveal that they are governed by instabilities like resistive wall destabilization, ion driven instabilities, and electron-neutral collisions. Successful confinement of electron plasmas exceeding > 1 × 10 5 poloidal E → × B → rotations lasting for nearly 2.1 ± 0.1 s is achieved by suppressing these instabilities. The confinement time has been estimated in two ways: (a) from the frequency scaling of the linear diocotron mode launched from sections of the wall that are also used as capacitive probes and (b) by dumping the plasma onto a charge collector at different hold times.
Magnetorotational instability of weakly ionized and magnetized electron-positron-ion plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mehdian, H.; Hajisharifi, K.; Azadnia, F.; Tajik-Nezhad, S.
2016-10-01
The magnetorotational instability in a differential rotating weakly ionized and magnetized plasma consisting of electron, positron, ion, and neutral particles has been investigated by using the multi-fluid model. Satisfying the current neutrality and homogeneity of the system in the equilibrium state by assuming the same unperturbed angular velocity for charge species and neutrals, the general local dispersion relation (DR) has been derived by taking into account the collision effects. By analytical examination of the obtained DR in the arbitrary and high frequency regimes, the instability conditions have been found in which the presence of light positive species (positrons) plays an important role in the instability criteria. Moreover, numerical investigation shows the broadening of instability range as well as increasing the maximum growth rate of instability (especially for the small number density ratio of light to heavy positive species) in the presence of positrons. The obtained results of the present investigation will greatly contribute to the understanding of the particles' dynamics as well as dissipation mechanism in some astrophysical environments, such as the region of accretion disks surrounding the central of black holes and protoplanetary disks.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dutra, Eric; Presura, Radu; Covington, Aaron; Mancini, Roberto; Darling, Timothy; Angermeier, William
2016-10-01
Visible spectroscopic techniques are often used in plasma experiments to measure B-field induced Zeeman splitting, electron densities via Stark broadening, and temperatures from Doppler broadening. However, when electron densities and temperatures are sufficiently high, the broadening of the Stark and Doppler components can dominate the emission spectra and obscure the Zeeman component. In this research, we are developing a time-resolved multi-axial technique for measuring the Zeeman, Stark, and Doppler broadened line emission of dense magnetized plasmas for Z-pinch. In parallel, we are developing a line-shape modeling code that incorporates the broadening effects due to Stark, Doppler, and Zeeman effects for dense magnetized plasma. Experiments were conducted at the University of Nevada (Reno) at the Nevada Terawatt Facility (NTF) using the 1 MA Z-pinch (Zebra). The research explored the optical emission of Al III doublet, 4P 2P3/2 to 4S 2S1/2 and 4P 2P1/2 to 4s 2S1/2 transitions and used it to measure Zeeman, Stark, and Doppler broadened emission. The initial parameters for the line shape code are varied to simulate emission spectra. The simulated spectra are compared to experimental results. These results are used to infer temperature, electron density, and B-fields in the magnetized plasma.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kokrashvili, G. Z.; Pataraia, A. D.
1983-07-01
Reference is made to the studies by Melikidze et al. (1981) and Sakai and Kowata (1980), which dealt with a nonlinear transverse wave propagating in the direction of the magnetic field. It is noted that far from the surface of the pulsars, the lines of force of the magnetic field bend. For this reason, magnetoacoustic waves propagating at an angle to the magnetic field are investigated, and nonlinear equations are derived which describe the behavior of the amplitudes. The nonlinear waves in an electron-positron plasma in a magnetic field directed along the x axis are investigated with the aid of collisionless kinetic equations and the Maxwell equations. It is assumed that the nonperturbed distribution function is identical for the electrons and positrons and that it depends only on the x component of the momentum.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Vagin, E. S.; Grigoriev, V. P.
2015-11-01
Effective high current (5-20 kA) and low energy (tens of keV) electrons beam transportation is possible only with almost complete charging neutralization. It is also necessary to use quite high current neutralization for elimination beam self-pinching effect. The research is based on the self-consistent mathematical model that takes into account beam and plasma particles dynamic, current and charge neutralization of electron beam and examines the transportation of electron beam into a chamber with low-pressure plasma in magnetic field. A numerical study was conducted using particle in cell (PIC) method. The study was performed with various system parameters: rise time and magnitude of the beam current, gas pressure and plasma density and geometry of the system. Regularities of local virtual cathode field generated by the beam in the plasma channel, as well as ranges of parameters that let transportation beam with minimal losses, depending on the external magnetic field were determined through a series of numerical studies. In addition, the assessment of the impact of the plasma ion mobility during the transition period and during steady beam was performed.
Yoshida, Maiko; McKee, George R.; Murakami, Masanori; ...
2017-03-30
We demonstrated negative magnetic shear in DIII-D and JT-60U in order to mitigate the confinement degradation typically observed with increasing the electron to ion temperature ratio (T-e/T-i). In recent experiments in DIII-D negative central magnetic shear (NCS) discharges, the thermal transport in the internal transport barrier formed around the radius of the minimum safety factor (q(min)) remained almost constant and modestly increased in the region outside of q(min) compared to the positive shear (PS) case, when T-e/T-i increased from about 0.8 to 1.1 through electron cyclotron heating (ECH). The benefit of NCS extending into the region outside of qmin canmore » be explained by the lower magnetic shear in the NCS plasma over the plasma radius relative to the PS plasma. Reduced confinement degradation at high T-e/T-i with NCS plasmas was commonly observed in DIII-D and JT-60U. Furthermore, the mechanism of the different transport responses between the NCS and PS plasmas has been assessed in terms of fluctuation measurements and gyrokinetic simulations in DIII-D; NCS gave a smaller rise in the low-wavenumber broadband turbulent fluctuations with the increase in T-e/T-i compared with the PS case. This is consistent with gyrokinetic simulations, and this shows a smaller rise in the growth rates of the ion temperature gradient mode in the NCS plasmas, with increasing T-e/T-i. Gyrokinetic simulations also showed a change in the stability of the electron modes with ECH applied, consistent with higher-wavenumber fluctuation measurements, although more detailed simulations are needed to give a quantitative explanation for the experimental observations. Control of q-profile and magnetic shear will allow confinement improvement in future machines with dominant electron heating.« less
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Yoshida, M.; McKee, G. R.; Murakami, M.; Grierson, B. A.; Nakata, M.; Davis, E. M.; Marinoni, A.; Ono, M.; Rhodes, T. L.; Sung, C.; Schmitz, L.; Petty, C. C.; Ferron, J. R.; Turco, F.; Garofalo, A. M.; Holcomb, C. T.; Collins, C. M.; Solomon, W. M.
2017-05-01
Negative magnetic shear has been demonstrated in DIII-D and JT-60U to mitigate the confinement degradation typically observed with increasing the electron to ion temperature ratio (T e/T i). In recent experiments in DIII-D negative central magnetic shear (NCS) discharges, the thermal transport in the internal transport barrier formed around the radius of the minimum safety factor (q min) remained almost constant and modestly increased in the region outside of q min compared to the positive shear (PS) case, when T e/T i increased from about 0.8 to 1.1 through electron cyclotron heating (ECH). The benefit of NCS extending into the region outside of q min can be explained by the lower magnetic shear in the NCS plasma over the plasma radius relative to the PS plasma. Reduced confinement degradation at high T e/T i with NCS plasmas was commonly observed in DIII-D and JT-60U. The mechanism of the different transport responses between the NCS and PS plasmas has been assessed in terms of fluctuation measurements and gyrokinetic simulations in DIII-D; NCS gave a smaller rise in the low-wavenumber broadband turbulent fluctuations with the increase in T e/T i compared with the PS case. This is consistent with gyrokinetic simulations, which show a smaller rise in the growth rates of the ion temperature gradient mode in the NCS plasmas, with increasing T e/T i. Gyrokinetic simulations also showed a change in the stability of the electron modes with ECH applied, consistent with higher-wavenumber fluctuation measurements, although more detailed simulations are needed to give a quantitative explanation for the experimental observations. Control of q-profile and magnetic shear will allow confinement improvement in future machines with dominant electron heating.
Effects of in-plane magnetic field on the transport of 2D electron vortices in non-uniform plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Angus, Justin; Richardson, Andrew; Schumer, Joseph; Pulsed Power Team
2015-11-01
The formation of electron vortices in current-carrying plasmas is observed in 2D particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations of the plasma-opening switch. In the presence of a background density gradient in Cartesian systems, vortices drift in the direction found by crossing the magnetic field with the background density gradient as a result of the Hall effect. However, most of the 2D simulations where electron vortices are seen and studied only allow for in-plane currents and thus only an out-of-plane magnetic field. Here we present results of numerical simulations of 2D, seeded electron vortices in an inhomogeneous background using the generalized 2D electron-magneto-hydrodynamic model that additionally allows for in-plane components of the magnetic field. By seeding vortices with a varying axial component of the velocity field, so that the vortex becomes a corkscrew, it is found that a pitch angle of around 20 degrees is sufficient to completely prevent the vortex from propagating due to the Hall effect for typical plasma parameters. This work is supported by the NRL Base Program.
Beta electron fluxes inside a magnetic plasma cavern: Calculation and comparison with experiment
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Stupitskii, E. L.; Smirnov, E. V.; Kulikova, N. A.
2010-12-01
We study the possibility of electrostatic blanking of beta electrons in the expanding spherical blob of a radioactive plasma in a rarefied ionosphere. From numerical studies on the dynamics of beta electrons departing a cavern, we obtain the form of a function that determines the portion of departing electrons and calculate the flux density of beta electrons inside the cavern in relation to the Starfish Prime nuclear blast. We show that the flux density of electrons in geomagnetic flux tubes and inside the cavern depend on a correct allowance for the quantity of beta electrons returning to the cavern. On the basis of a physical analysis, we determine the approximate criterion for the return of electrons from a geomagnetic flux tube to the cavern. We compare calculation results in terms of the flux density of beta electrons inside the cavern with the recently published experimental results from operation Starfish Prime.
Rufai, O. R.; Bharuthram, R.; Singh, S. V. Lakhina, G. S.
2015-10-15
The effect of excess superthermal electrons is investigated on finite amplitude nonlinear ion-acoustic waves in a magnetized auroral plasma. The plasma model consists of a cold ion fluid, Boltzmann distribution of cool electrons, and kappa distributed hot electron species. The model predicts the evolution of negative potential solitons and supersolitons at subsonic Mach numbers region, whereas, in the case of Cairn's nonthermal distribution model for the hot electron species studied earlier, they can exist both in the subsonic and supersonic Mach number regimes. For the dayside auroral parameters, the model generates the super-acoustic electric field amplitude, speed, width, and pulse duration of about 18 mV/m, 25.4 km/s, 663 m, and 26 ms, respectively, which is in the range of the Viking spacecraft measurements.
Shahmansouri, M.; Misra, A. P. E-mail: apmisra@gmail.com
2016-07-15
The dispersion properties of elliptically polarized electromagnetic waves in a magnetized electron-positron-pair (EP-pair) plasma are studied with the effects of particle dispersion associated with the Bohm potential, the Fermi degenerate pressure, and the exchange-correlation force. Two possible modes of the extraordinary or X wave, modified by these quantum effects, are identified and their propagation characteristics are investigated numerically. It is shown that the upper-hybrid frequency and the cutoff and resonance frequencies are no longer constants but are dispersive due to these quantum effects. It is found that the particle dispersion and the exchange-correlation force can have different dominating roles on each other depending on whether the X waves are of short or long wavelengths (in comparison with the Fermi Debye length). The present investigation should be useful for understanding the collective behaviors of EP plasma oscillations and the propagation of extraordinary waves in magnetized dense EP-pair plasmas.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bacha, Mustapha; Tribeche, Mouloud
2016-08-01
The combined effects of an oblique magnetic field and electron trapping on dissipative dust-acoustic waves are examined in varying charge electronegative dusty plasmas with application to the Halley Comet plasma (˜104 km from the nucleus). A weakly nonlinear analysis is carried out to derive a modified Korteweg-de Vries-Burger-like equation. Making use of the equilibrium current balance equation, the physically admissible values of the electron trapping parameter are first constrained. We then show that the Burger dissipative term is solely due to the dust charge variation process. It is found that an increase of the magnetic field obliqueness or a decrease of its magnitude renders the shock structure more dispersive.
Bacha, Mustapha; Tribeche, Mouloud E-mail: mtribeche@usthb.dz
2016-08-15
The combined effects of an oblique magnetic field and electron trapping on dissipative dust-acoustic waves are examined in varying charge electronegative dusty plasmas with application to the Halley Comet plasma (∼10{sup 4} km from the nucleus). A weakly nonlinear analysis is carried out to derive a modified Korteweg-de Vries-Burger-like equation. Making use of the equilibrium current balance equation, the physically admissible values of the electron trapping parameter are first constrained. We then show that the Burger dissipative term is solely due to the dust charge variation process. It is found that an increase of the magnetic field obliqueness or a decrease of its magnitude renders the shock structure more dispersive.
Kato, Yushi; Sakamoto, Naoki; Kiriyama, Ryutaro; Takenaka, Tomoya; Kurisu, Yosuke; Nozaki, Dai; Sato, Fuminobu; Iida, Toshiyuki
2012-02-01
In order to contribute to various applications of plasma and beams based on an electron cyclotron resonance, a new concept on magnetic field with all magnets on plasma production and confinement has been proposed with enhanced efficiency for broad and dense ion beam. The magnetic field configuration consists of a pair of comb-shaped magnet surrounding plasma chamber cylindrically. Resonance zones corresponding for 2.45 GHz and 11-13 GHz frequencies are positioned at spatially different positions. We launch simultaneously multiplex frequencies microwaves operated individually, try to control profiles of the plasma parameters and the extracted ion beams, and to measure them in detail.
Kato, Yushi; Sakamoto, Naoki; Kiriyama, Ryutaro; Takenaka, Tomoya; Kurisu, Yosuke; Nozaki, Dai; Sato, Fuminobu; Iida, Toshiyuki
2012-02-15
In order to contribute to various applications of plasma and beams based on an electron cyclotron resonance, a new concept on magnetic field with all magnets on plasma production and confinement has been proposed with enhanced efficiency for broad and dense ion beam. The magnetic field configuration consists of a pair of comb-shaped magnet surrounding plasma chamber cylindrically. Resonance zones corresponding for 2.45 GHz and 11-13 GHz frequencies are positioned at spatially different positions. We launch simultaneously multiplex frequencies microwaves operated individually, try to control profiles of the plasma parameters and the extracted ion beams, and to measure them in detail.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rufai, O. R.; Bharuthram, R.
2016-09-01
The effect of ion temperature on nonlinear low frequency electrostatic potential structures is studied in a two component magnetized plasma with q-nonextensive hot electrons. The standard Sagdeev pseudo-potential approach is used to investigate the existence of ion acoustic solitons and double layers and their dependence on finite ion temperature. Only solitons are found to exist, with the amplitude decreasing as the ion temperature increases. For parameters typical of the auroral plasma, our model yields a soliton electric field amplitude of 22 mV/m, which is within the range measured by satellites, and as such can be helpful in understanding the electrostatic fluctuations phenomena in space environments.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dutra, E. C.; Koch, J. A.; Presura, R.; Angermeier, W. A.; Darling, T.; Haque, S.; Mancini, R. C.; Covington, A. M.
2016-11-01
Spectroscopic techniques in the visible range are often used in plasma experiments to measure B-field induced Zeeman splitting, electron densities via Stark broadening, and temperatures from Doppler broadening. However, when electron densities and temperatures are sufficiently high, the broadening of the Stark and Doppler components can dominate the emission spectra and obscure the Zeeman component. In this research, we are developing a time-resolved multi-axial technique for measuring the Zeeman, Stark, and Doppler broadened line emission of dense magnetized plasmas for Z-pinch and Dense Plasma Focus (DPF) accelerators. The line emission is used to calculate the electron densities, temperatures, and B-fields. In parallel, we are developing a line-shape modeling code that incorporates the broadening effects due to Stark, Doppler, and Zeeman effects for dense magnetized plasma. This manuscript presents the details of the experimental setup and line shape code, along with the results obtained from an Al iii doublet at the University of Nevada, Reno at Nevada Terawatt Facility. Future tests are planned to further evaluate the technique and modeling on other material wire array, gas puff, and DPF platforms.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wu, D.; Luan, S. X.; Wang, J. W.; Yu, W.; Gong, J. X.; Cao, L. H.; Zheng, C. Y.; He, X. T.
2017-06-01
The two-stage electron acceleration/heating model (Wu et al 2017 Nucl. Fusion 57 016007 and Wu et al 2016 Phys. Plasmas 23 123116) is extended to the study of laser magnetized-plasmas interactions at relativistic intensities and in the presence of large-scale preformed plasmas. It is shown that the electron-heating efficiency is a controllable value by the external magnetic fields. Detailed studies indicate that for a right-hand circularly polarized laser, the electron heating efficiency depends on both strength and directions of external magnetic fields. The electron-heating is dramatically enhanced when the external magnetic field is of B\\equiv {ω }c/{ω }0> 1. When magnetic field is of negative direction, i.e. B< 0, it trends to suppress the electron heating. The underlining physics—the dependences of electron-heating on both the strength and directions of the external magnetic fields—is uncovered. With -∞ < B< 1, the electron-heating is explained by the synergetic effects by longitudinal charge separation electric field and the reflected ‘envelop-modulated’ CP laser. It is indicated that the ‘modulation depth’ of reflected CP laser is significantly determined by the external magnetic fields, which will in turn influence the efficiency of the electron-heating. While with B> 1, a laser front sharpening mechanism is identified at relativistic laser magnetized-plasmas interactions, which is responsible for the dramatical enhancement of electron-heating.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gattamraju, Ravindra Kumar; Shaikh, Moniruzzaman; Lad, Amit; Sarkar, Deep; Jana, Kamalesh; Dey, Indranuj
2016-10-01
Intense,femtosecond laser pulses generate relativistic electron pulses,important for many applications. In this paper, we present a femtosecond time-resolved and micrometer space resolved giant magnetic fields generated by 1019 W cm-2, 800 nm, 30 fs, high intensity contrast laser pulses in using pump-probe Cotton Mouton polarimetry. The space and time resolved maps of the magnetic fields at the front and rear of targets reveal turbulence in the magnetic fields. We also present data from shadowgraphy and Cherenkov emission along with model calculations to build up a picture of the transport process. GRK thanks J C Bose Fellowship Grant JCB-37/2010 for partial support.
Gao Dongning; Wang Canglong; Yang Xue; Duan Wenshan; Yang Lei
2012-12-15
Theoretical and numerical studies are carried out for the stability of the electron acoustic waves under the transverse perturbation in a magnetized quantum plasma. The Zakharov-Kuznetsov (ZK) equation of the electron-acoustic waves (EAWs) is given by using the reductive perturbation technique. The cut-off frequency is obtained by applying a transverse sinusoidal perturbation to the plane soliton solution of the ZK equation. The propagation velocity of solitary waves, the real cut-off frequency, as well as the growth rate of the higher order perturbation to the traveling solitary wave are obtained.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ji, H.; Yoo, J.; Dorfman, S. E.; Jara-Almonte, J.; Yamada, M.; Swanson, C.; Daughton, W. S.; Roytershteyn, V.; Kuwahata, A.; Ii, T.; Inomoto, M.; Ono, Y.; von Stechow, A.; Grulke, O.; Phan, T.; Mozer, F.; Bale, S. D.
2013-12-01
Despite its disruptive influences on the large-scale structures of space and solar plasmas, the crucial topological changes and associated dissipation during magnetic reconnection take place only near an X-line within thin singular layers. In the modern collisionless models where electrons and ions are allowed to move separately, it has been predicted that ions exhaust efficiently through a thicker, ion-scale dissipative layer while mobile electrons can evacuate through a thinner, electron-scale dissipation layer, allowing for efficient release of magnetic energy. While ion dissipation layers have been frequently detected, the existence of election layers near the X-line and the associated dissipation structures and mechanisms are still an open question, and will be a main subject of the coming MMS mission. In this presentation, we will summarize our efforts in the past a few years to study electron-scale dissipation in a well-controlled and well-diagnosed reconnecting current sheet in a laboratory plasma, with close comparisons with the state-of-the-art, 2D and 3D fully kinetic simulations. Key results include: (1) positive identification of electromagnetic waves detected at the current sheet center as long wave-length, lower-hybrid drift instabilities (EM-LHDI), (2) however, there is strong evidence that this EM-LHDI cannot provide the required force to support the reconnection electric field, (3) detection of 3D flux-rope-like magnetic structures during impulsive reconnection events, and (4) electrons are heated through non-classical mechanisms near the X-line with a small but clear temperature anisotropy. These results, unfortunately, do not resolve the outstanding discrepancies on electron layer thickness between best available experiments and fully kinetic simulations. To make further progress, we are continuously pushing in the both experimental and numerical frontiers. Experimentally, we started investigations on EM-LHDI and electron heating as a function
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Malik, Hitendra K.; Kumar, Ravinder; Lonngren, Karl E.; Nishida, Yasushi
2015-12-01
The head-on collision of two ion acoustic solitary waves is investigated in a magnetized plasma containing trapped electrons and dust grains. For completeness, the fluctuations in dust grain charge are taken into account. By using the extended Poincaré-Lighthill-Kuo (PLK) perturbation method, an analytical expression is obtained for the phase shift that takes place due to the collision of the waves. How the phase shift behaves under the combined effect of trapped electrons and dust grains along with the finite temperature of ions is examined. A focus is given to uncover the situations of fluctuating charge and fixed charge on the dust grains in the plasma. Interestingly, the solitary waves acquire a larger phase shift and are delayed more in the case of dust grains having a fluctuating charge.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Robinson, A. P. L.; Key, M. H.; Tabak, M.
2012-03-01
A method for producing a self-generated magnetic focussing structure for a beam of laser-generated relativistic electrons using a complex array of resistivity gradients is proposed and demonstrated using numerical simulations. The array of resistivity gradients is created by using a target consisting of alternating layers of different Z material. This new scheme is capable of effectively focussing the fast electrons even when the source is highly divergent. The application of this technique to cone-guided fast ignition inertial confinement fusion is considered, and it is shown that it may be possible to deposit over 25% of the fast electron energy into a hot spot even when the fast electron divergence angle is very large (e.g., 70° half-angle).
Kawashima, Rei Komurasaki, Kimiya Schönherr, Tony
2016-04-01
A flux-splitting method is proposed for the hyperbolic-equation system (HES) of magnetized electron fluids in quasi-neutral plasmas. The numerical fluxes are split into four categories, which are computed by using an upwind method which incorporates a flux-vector splitting (FVS) and advection upstream splitting method (AUSM). The method is applied to a test calculation condition of uniformly distributed and angled magnetic lines of force. All of the pseudo-time advancement terms converge monotonically and the conservation laws are strictly satisfied in the steady state. The calculation results are compared with those computed by using the elliptic–parabolic-equation system (EPES) approach using a magnetic-field-aligned mesh (MFAM). Both qualitative and quantitative comparisons yield good agreements of results, indicating that the HES approach with the flux-splitting method attains a high computational accuracy.
Makarov, Sergey; Kudryashov, Sergey; Mukhin, Ivan; Mozharov, Alexey; Milichko, Valentin; Krasnok, Alexander; Belov, Pavel
2015-09-09
We propose a novel approach for efficient tuning of optical properties of a high refractive index subwavelength nanoparticle with a magnetic Mie-type resonance by means of femtosecond laser irradiation. This concept is based on ultrafast photoinjection of dense (>10(20) cm(-3)) electron-hole plasma within such nanoparticle, drastically changing its transient dielectric permittivity. This allows manipulation by both electric and magnetic nanoparticle responses, resulting in dramatic changes of its scattering diagram and scattering cross section. We experimentally demonstrate 20% tuning of reflectance of a single silicon nanoparticle by femtosecond laser pulses with wavelength in the vicinity of the magnetic dipole resonance. Such a single-particle nanodevice enables designing of fast and ultracompact optical switchers and modulators.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Iwamoto, D.; Sakuma, I.; Kitagawa, Y.; Kikuchi, Y.; Fukumoto, N.; Nagata, M.
2012-10-01
In next step of fusion devices such as ITER, lifetime of plasma-facing materials (PFMs) is strongly affected by transient heat and particle loads during type I edge localized modes (ELMs) and disruption. To clarify damage characteristics of the PFMs, transient heat and particle loads have been simulated by using a plasma gun device. We have performed simulation experiments by using a magnetized coaxial plasma gun (MCPG) device at University of Hyogo. The line-averaged electron density measured by a He-Ne interferometer is 2x10^21 m-3 in a drift tube. The plasma velocity measured by a time of flight technique and ion Doppler spectrometer was 70 km/s, corresponding to the ion energy of 100 eV for helium. Thus, the ion flux density is 1.4x10^26 m-2s-1. On the other hand, the MCPG is connected to a target chamber for material irradiation experiments. It is important to measure plasma parameters in front of target materials in the target chamber. In particular, a vapor cloud layer in front of the target material produced by the pulsed plasma irradiation has to be characterized in order to understand surface damage of PFMs under ELM-like plasma bombardment. In the conference, preliminary results of application of the He-Ne laser interferometer for the above experiment will be shown.
Egedal, Jan; Le, Ari; Daughton, William
2013-06-15
From spacecraft data, it is evident that electron pressure anisotropy develops in collisionless plasmas. This is in contrast to the results of theoretical investigations, which suggest this anisotropy should be limited. Common for such theoretical studies is that the effects of electron trapping are not included; simply speaking, electron trapping is a non-linear effect and is, therefore, eliminated when utilizing the standard methods for linearizing the underlying kinetic equations. Here, we review our recent work on the anisotropy that develops when retaining the effects of electron trapping. A general analytic model is derived for the electron guiding center distribution f(v{sub ∥},v{sub ⊥}) of an expanding flux tube. The model is consistent with anisotropic distributions observed by spacecraft, and is applied as a fluid closure yielding anisotropic equations of state for the parallel and perpendicular components (relative to the local magnetic field direction) of the electron pressure. In the context of reconnection, the new closure accounts for the strong pressure anisotropy that develops in the reconnection regions. It is shown that for generic reconnection in a collisionless plasma nearly all thermal electrons are trapped, and dominate the properties of the electron fluid. A new numerical code is developed implementing the anisotropic closure within the standard two-fluid framework. The code accurately reproduces the detailed structure of the reconnection region observed in fully kinetic simulations. These results emphasize the important role of pressure anisotropy for the reconnection process. In particular, for reconnection geometries characterized by small values of the normalized upstream electron pressure, β{sub e∞}, the pressure anisotropy becomes large with p{sub ∥}≫p{sub ⊥} and strong parallel electric fields develop in conjunction with this anisotropy. The parallel electric fields can be sustained over large spatial scales and
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Egedal, Jan; Le, Ari; Daughton, William
2013-06-01
From spacecraft data, it is evident that electron pressure anisotropy develops in collisionless plasmas. This is in contrast to the results of theoretical investigations, which suggest this anisotropy should be limited. Common for such theoretical studies is that the effects of electron trapping are not included; simply speaking, electron trapping is a non-linear effect and is, therefore, eliminated when utilizing the standard methods for linearizing the underlying kinetic equations. Here, we review our recent work on the anisotropy that develops when retaining the effects of electron trapping. A general analytic model is derived for the electron guiding center distribution f¯(v∥,v⊥) of an expanding flux tube. The model is consistent with anisotropic distributions observed by spacecraft, and is applied as a fluid closure yielding anisotropic equations of state for the parallel and perpendicular components (relative to the local magnetic field direction) of the electron pressure. In the context of reconnection, the new closure accounts for the strong pressure anisotropy that develops in the reconnection regions. It is shown that for generic reconnection in a collisionless plasma nearly all thermal electrons are trapped, and dominate the properties of the electron fluid. A new numerical code is developed implementing the anisotropic closure within the standard two-fluid framework. The code accurately reproduces the detailed structure of the reconnection region observed in fully kinetic simulations. These results emphasize the important role of pressure anisotropy for the reconnection process. In particular, for reconnection geometries characterized by small values of the normalized upstream electron pressure, βe∞, the pressure anisotropy becomes large with p∥≫p⊥ and strong parallel electric fields develop in conjunction with this anisotropy. The parallel electric fields can be sustained over large spatial scales and, therefore, become important for
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Sauter, O.; Henderson, M. A.; Hofmann, F.; Goodman, T.; Alberti, S.; Angioni, C.; Appert, K.; Behn, R.; Blanchard, P.; Bosshard, P.; Chavan, R.; Coda, S.; Duval, B. P.; Fasel, D.; Favre, A.; Furno, I.; Gorgerat, P.; Hogge, J.-P.; Isoz, P.-F.; Joye, B.; Lavanchy, P.; Lister, J. B.; Llobet, X.; Magnin, J.-C.; Mandrin, P.; Manini, A.; Marlétaz, B.; Marmillod, P.; Martin, Y.; Mayor, J.-M.; Martynov, A. A.; Mlynar, J.; Moret, J.-M.; Nieswand, C.; Nikkola, P.; Paris, P.; Perez, A.; Pietrzyk, Z. A.; Pitts, R. A.; Pochelon, A.; Pochon, G.; Refke, A.; Reimerdes, H.; Rommers, J.; Scavino, E.; Tonetti, G.; Tran, M. Q.; Troyon, F.; Weisen, H.
2000-04-01
A steady-state, fully noninductive plasma current has been sustained for the first time in a tokamak using electron cyclotron current drive only. In this discharge, 123 kA of current have been sustained for the entire gyrotron pulse duration of 2 s. Careful distribution across the plasma minor radius of the power deposited from three 0.5-MW gyrotrons was essential for reaching steady-state conditions. With central current drive, up to 153 kA of current have been fully replaced transiently for 100 ms. The noninductive scenario is confirmed by the ability to recharge the Ohmic transformer. The dependence of the current drive efficiency on the minor radius is also demonstrated.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bessho, Naoki; Bhattacharjee, A.
2012-05-01
Magnetic reconnection and particle acceleration in relativistic Harris sheets in low-density electron-positron plasmas with no guide field have been studied by means of two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. Reconnection rates are of the order of one when the background density in a Harris sheet is of the order of 1% of the density in the current sheet, which is consistent with previous results in the non-relativistic regime. It has been demonstrated that the increase of the Lorentz factors of accelerated particles significantly enhances the collisionless resistivity needed to sustain a large reconnection electric field. It is shown analytically and numerically that the energy spectrum of accelerated particles near the X-line is the product of a power law and an exponential function of energy, γ-1/4exp (- aγ1/2), where γ is the Lorentz factor and a is a constant. However, in the low-density regime, while the most energetic particles are produced near X-lines, many more particles are energized within magnetic islands. Particles are energized in contracting islands by multiple reflection, but the mechanism is different from Fermi acceleration in magnetic islands for magnetized particles in the presence of a guide field. In magnetic islands, strong core fields are generated and plasma beta values are reduced. As a consequence, the fire-hose instability condition is not satisfied in most of the island region, and island contraction and particle acceleration can continue. In island coalescence, reconnection between two islands can accelerate some particles, however, many particles are decelerated and cooled, which is contrary to what has been discussed in the literature on particle acceleration due to reconnection in non-relativistic hydrogen plasmas.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sawlani, Kapil; Herzog, Joshua M.; Kwak, Joowon; Foster, John
2012-10-01
The electron energy distribution function (EEDF) plays a very important role in determining thruster efficiency as it determines various gas phase reaction rates. In Hall thrusters, secondary electron emission derived from the interaction of energetic electrons with ceramic channel surfaces influence the overall shape of the EEDF as well as determine the potential difference between the plasma and wall. The role of secondary electrons on the discharge operation of Hall thrusters is poorly understood. Experimentally, determining this effect is even more taxing as the secondary electron yield (SEY) varies drastically based on many parameters such as incident electron energies, flux and impact angle, and also on the surface properties such as temperature and roughness. The electron transport is also affected by the profile of the magnetic field, which is not uniform across the length of the accelerating channel. The goal of this work is to map out the variation of the EEDF and potential profile in response to the controlled introduction of secondary electrons. This data is expected to serve as a tool to validate and improve existing numerical models by providing boundary conditions and SEY for various situations that are encountered in Hall thrusters.
Froula, D H; Davis, P; Pollock, B B; Divol, L; Ross, J S; Edwards, J; Town, R; Price, D; Glenzer, S H; Offenberger, A A; Tynan, G R; James, A N
2006-04-14
We present a direct measurement of the quenching of nonlocal heat transport in a laser produced plasma by high external magnetic fields. Temporally resolved measurements of the electron temperature profile transverse to a high power laser beam were obtained using imaging Thomson scattering. The results are simulated with the 2D hydrodynamic code LASNEX with a recently included magnetic field model that self-consistently evolves the fields in the plasma.
Pulsed plasma electron sources
Krasik, Ya. E.; Yarmolich, D.; Gleizer, J. Z.; Vekselman, V.; Hadas, Y.; Gurovich, V. Tz.; Felsteiner, J.
2009-05-15
There is a continuous interest in research of electron sources which can be used for generation of uniform electron beams produced at E{<=}10{sup 5} V/cm and duration {<=}10{sup -5} s. In this review, several types of plasma electron sources will be considered, namely, passive (metal ceramic, velvet and carbon fiber with and without CsI coating, and multicapillary and multislot cathodes) and active (ferroelectric and hollow anodes) plasma sources. The operation of passive sources is governed by the formation of flashover plasma whose parameters depend on the amplitude and rise time of the accelerating electric field. In the case of ferroelectric and hollow-anode plasma sources the plasma parameters are controlled by the driving pulse and discharge current, respectively. Using different time- and space-resolved electrical, optical, spectroscopical, Thomson scattering and x-ray diagnostics, the parameters of the plasma and generated electron beam were characterized.
López, Rodrigo A.; Muñoz, Víctor; Viñas, Adolfo F.; Valdivia, Juan A.
2015-09-15
We use a particle-in-cell simulation to study the propagation of localized structures in a magnetized electron-positron plasma with relativistic finite temperature. We use as initial condition for the simulation an envelope soliton solution of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation, derived from the relativistic two fluid equations in the strongly magnetized limit. This envelope soliton turns out not to be a stable solution for the simulation and splits in two localized structures propagating in opposite directions. However, these two localized structures exhibit a soliton-like behavior, as they keep their profile after they collide with each other due to the periodic boundary conditions. We also observe the formation of localized structures in the evolution of a spatially uniform circularly polarized Alfvén wave. In both cases, the localized structures propagate with an amplitude independent velocity.
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Mobarak Hossen, M.; Alam, M. S.; Sultana, S.; Mamun, A. A.
2016-02-01
A rigorous theoretical investigation has been carried out to study the properties of obliquely propagating dust-acoustic (DA) waves in an electron depleted magnetized dusty plasma system containing nonextensive q-distributed ions and mobile positively charged, as well as negatively charged dust particles. The reductive perturbation technique is employed to derive the modified Korteweg-de Vries (mK-dV) equation to analyze solitary waves (SWs) and the standard Gardner (SG) equation to analyze SWs and double layers (DLs) solution. The basic features (viz., amplitude, polarity, speed, width, etc.) of the DA mK-dV SWs, SG SWs, and DLs are examined. The comparison between mK-dV SWs and SG SWs is also made. It is seen that the amplitude, polarity, speed, width of such DA SWs, and DLs are significantly modified by the presence of nonextensive ions, external magnetic field, and obliquity angle (the angle between the external magnetic field and wave propagation). The results of our present investigation may be useful for understanding the nonlinear wave propagation in various interstellar space plasma environments where positive and negative dust particles are available.
Gupta, Ruby; Sharma, Suresh C.; Prakash, Ved
2010-12-15
A density-modulated electron beam propagating through a plasma cylinder excites surface plasma waves (SPWs) via Cerenkov and fast cyclotron interaction. A nonlocal theory of this process has been developed. Numerical calculations of the growth rate and unstable mode frequencies have been carried out for the typical parameters of the SPWs. The growth rate {gamma} (in rad/s) of the unstable wave instability increases with the modulation index {Delta} and has the largest value for {Delta}{approx}1 in addition to when the frequency and wave number of the modulation are comparable to that of the unstable wave. For {Delta}=0, {gamma} turns out to be {approx}6.06x10{sup 9} rad/s for Cerenkov interaction and {approx}5.47x10{sup 9} rad/s for fast cyclotron interaction. The growth rate of the instability increases with the beam density and scales as one-third power of the beam density in Cerenkov interaction and is proportional to the square root of beam density in fast cyclotron interaction. The real part of the frequency of the unstable wave increases as almost the square root of the beam voltage. The results of the theory are applied to explain some of the experimental observations.
Electron cyclotron resonance plasma photosa)
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Rácz, R.; Biri, S.; Pálinkás, J.
2010-02-01
In order to observe and study systematically the plasma of electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion sources (ECRIS) we made a high number of high-resolution visible light plasma photos and movies in the ATOMKI ECRIS Laboratory. This required building the ECR ion source into an open ECR plasma device, temporarily. An 8MP digital camera was used to record photos of plasmas made from Ne, Ar, and Kr gases and from their mixtures. We studied and recorded the effect of ion source setting parameters (gas pressure, gas composition, magnetic field, and microwave power) to the shape, color, and structure of the plasma. The analysis of the photo series gave us many qualitative and numerous valuable physical information on the nature of ECR plasmas.
Electron cyclotron resonance plasma photos.
Rácz, R; Biri, S; Pálinkás, J
2010-02-01
In order to observe and study systematically the plasma of electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion sources (ECRIS) we made a high number of high-resolution visible light plasma photos and movies in the ATOMKI ECRIS Laboratory. This required building the ECR ion source into an open ECR plasma device, temporarily. An 8MP digital camera was used to record photos of plasmas made from Ne, Ar, and Kr gases and from their mixtures. We studied and recorded the effect of ion source setting parameters (gas pressure, gas composition, magnetic field, and microwave power) to the shape, color, and structure of the plasma. The analysis of the photo series gave us many qualitative and numerous valuable physical information on the nature of ECR plasmas.
Electron cyclotron resonance plasma photos
Racz, R.; Palinkas, J.; Biri, S.
2010-02-15
In order to observe and study systematically the plasma of electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion sources (ECRIS) we made a high number of high-resolution visible light plasma photos and movies in the ATOMKI ECRIS Laboratory. This required building the ECR ion source into an open ECR plasma device, temporarily. An 8MP digital camera was used to record photos of plasmas made from Ne, Ar, and Kr gases and from their mixtures. We studied and recorded the effect of ion source setting parameters (gas pressure, gas composition, magnetic field, and microwave power) to the shape, color, and structure of the plasma. The analysis of the photo series gave us many qualitative and numerous valuable physical information on the nature of ECR plasmas.
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Murphy, G. C.; Dieckmann, M. E.; Bret, A.; Drury, L. O'c.
2010-12-01
Context. The prompt emissions of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are seeded by radiating ultrarelativistic electrons. Kinetic energy dominated internal shocks propagating through a jet launched by a stellar implosion, are expected to dually amplify the magnetic field and accelerate electrons. Aims: We explore the effects of density asymmetry and of a quasi-parallel magnetic field on the collision of two plasma clouds. Methods: A two-dimensional relativistic particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation models the collision with 0.9c of two plasma clouds, in the presence of a quasi-parallel magnetic field. The cloud density ratio is 10. The densities of ions and electrons and the temperature of 131 keV are equal in each cloud, and the mass ratio is 250. The peak Lorentz factor of the electrons is determined, along with the orientation and the strength of the magnetic field at the cloud collision boundary. Results: The magnetic field component orthogonal to the initial plasma flow direction is amplified to values that exceed those expected from the shock compression by over an order of magnitude. The forming shock is quasi-perpendicular due to this amplification, caused by a current sheet which develops in response to the differing deflection of the upstream electrons and ions incident on the magnetised shock transition layer. The electron deflection implies a charge separation of the upstream electrons and ions; the resulting electric field drags the electrons through the magnetic field, whereupon they acquire a relativistic mass comparable to that of the ions. We demonstrate how a magnetic field structure resembling the cross section of a flux tube grows self-consistently in the current sheet of the shock transition layer. Plasma filamentation develops behind the shock front, as well as signatures of orthogonal magnetic field striping, indicative of the filamentation instability. These magnetic fields convect away from the shock boundary and their energy density exceeds by far the
Andreev, Pavel A. Kuz’menkov, L.S.
2015-10-15
We consider quantum plasmas of electrons and motionless ions. We describe separate evolution of spin-up and spin-down electrons. We present corresponding set of quantum hydrodynamic equations. We assume that plasmas are placed in an uniform external magnetic field. We account different occupation of spin-up and spin-down quantum states in equilibrium degenerate plasmas. This effect is included via equations of state for pressure of each species of electrons. We study oblique propagation of longitudinal waves. We show that instead of two well-known waves (the Langmuir wave and the Trivelpiece–Gould wave), plasmas reveal four wave solutions. New solutions exist due to both the separate consideration of spin-up and spin-down electrons and different occupation of spin-up and spin-down quantum states in equilibrium state of degenerate plasmas.
López, Rodrigo A.; Moya, Pablo S.; Muñoz, Víctor; Viñas, Adolfo F.; Valdivia, J. Alejandro
2014-09-15
We use a kinetic treatment to study the linear transverse dispersion relation for a magnetized isotropic relativistic electron-positron plasma with finite relativistic temperature. The explicit linear dispersion relation for electromagnetic waves propagating along a constant background magnetic field is presented, including an analytical continuation to the whole complex frequency plane for the case of Maxwell-Jüttner velocity distribution functions. This dispersion relation is studied numerically for various temperatures. For left-handed solutions, the system presents two branches, the electromagnetic ordinary mode and the Alfvén mode. In the low frequency regime, the Alfvén branch has two dispersive zones, the normal zone (where ∂ω/∂k > 0) and an anomalous zone (where ∂ω/∂k < 0). We find that in the anomalous zone of the Alfvén branch, the electromagnetic waves are damped, and there is a maximum wave number for which the Alfvén branch is suppressed. We also study the dependence of the Alfvén velocity and effective plasma frequency with the temperature. We complemented the analytical and numerical approaches with relativistic full particle simulations, which consistently agree with the analytical results.
Macroscopic magnetic islands and plasma energy transport
Cima, G; Porcelli, F; Rossi, E; Wootton, A J
1998-12-03
A model is presented, based on the combined effects of m=n=l magnetic island dynamics, localized heat sources, large heat diffusivity along magnetic field lines and plasma rotation, which may explain the multipeaked temperature profiles and transport barriers observed in tokamak plasmas heated by electron cyclotron resonant waves.
Etemadpour, R.; Dorranian, D.; Sepehri Javan, N.
2016-05-15
The nonlinear dynamics of a circularly polarized laser pulse propagating in the magnetized plasmas whose constituents are superthermal ions and mixed nonthermal high-energy tail electrons is studied theoretically. A nonlinear equation which describes the dynamics of the slowly varying amplitude is obtained using a relativistic two-fluid model. Based on this nonlinear equation and taking into account some nonlinear phenomena such as modulational instability, self-focusing and soliton formation are investigated. Effect of the magnetized plasma with superthermal ions and mixed nonthermal high-energy tail electrons on these phenomena is considered. It is shown that the nonthermality and superthermality of particles can substantially change the nonlinearity of medium.
Parametric analysis of a magnetized cylindrical plasma
Ahedo, Eduardo
2009-11-15
The relevant macroscopic model, the spatial structure, and the parametric regimes of a low-pressure plasma confined by a cylinder and an axial magnetic field is discussed for the small-Debye length limit, making use of asymptotic techniques. The plasma response is fully characterized by three-dimensionless parameters, related to the electron gyroradius, and the electron and ion collision mean-free-paths. There are the unmagnetized regime, the main magnetized regime, and, for a low electron-collisionality plasma, an intermediate-magnetization regime. In the magnetized regimes, electron azimuthal inertia is shown to be a dominant phenomenon in part of the quasineutral plasma region and to set up before ion radial inertia. In the main magnetized regime, the plasma structure consists of a bulk diffusive region, a thin layer governed by electron inertia, a thinner sublayer controlled by ion inertia, and the non-neutral Debye sheath. The solution of the main inertial layer yields that the electron azimuthal energy near the wall is larger than the electron thermal energy, making electron resistivity effects non-negligible. The electron Boltzmann relation is satisfied only in the very vicinity of the Debye sheath edge. Ion collisionality effects are irrelevant in the magnetized regime. Simple scaling laws for plasma production and particle and energy fluxes to the wall are derived.
Plasma-based accelerator with magnetic compression.
Schmit, P F; Fisch, N J
2012-12-21
Electron dephasing is a major gain-inhibiting effect in plasma-based accelerators. A novel method is proposed to overcome dephasing, in which the modulation of a modest [~O(10 kG)], axial, uniform magnetic field in the acceleration channel leads to densification of the plasma through magnetic compression, enabling direct, time-resolved control of the plasma wave properties. The methodology is broadly applicable and can be optimized to improve the leading acceleration approaches, including plasma beat wave, plasma wakefield, and laser wakefield acceleration. The advantages of magnetic compression are compared to other proposed techniques to overcome dephasing.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ghosh, Suktisama
In situ measurements of particles and fields of the Earth’s auroral zone have revealed a reach variety of plasma phenomena on different spatial and temporal scales. One major aspects of them is the bursts of broadband electrostatic noise emissions (BEN) with frequencies from below the lower hybrid frequency (typically tens of Hertz) up to and higher than electron plasma and cyclotron frequencies (typically, a few kilohertz). Many detailed analysis of BEN have been performed using space-borne data from POLAR, FAST, GEOTAIL, and CLUSTER multi-spacecraft missions. It is well understood that the time scale of the high frequency part indicates the involvement of electron dynamics and may be interpreted as a nonlinear evolution electron acoustic instabilities leading to solitary waves and double layers. The study of the generation and propagation of such microstructures is important for understanding the Sun-Earth coupling and the energy dissipation and particle transports across the magnetospheric boundary layers. In the present work, we have delineated the parameter regime for the fully nonlinear solutions of electron acoustic solitary waves adopting the Sagdeev pseudopontial technique. The plasma is assumed to be magnetized and traversed by an electron beam. The ions are assumed to be hotter than electrons (viz., Ti > Te) and obey Boltzmann distribution. It has been observed that both positive and negative amplitude solitary waves may exist. The width-amplitude variation profile for a positive amplitude solution shows increase in the width with increasing amplitude, and the solution eventually terminates to a double layer. The width - amplitude variation profile has been found to agree qualitatively with the Fast satellite observations. On the other hand, the negative amplitude solutions reveal two distinct branches. For the fast moving one (with larger Mach numbers), the width decreases with increasing amplitude and no double layer solutions have been observed for
Plasma separation from magnetic field lines in a magnetic nozzle
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Kaufman, D. A.; Goodwin, D. G.; Sercel, J. C.
1993-01-01
This paper discusses conditions for separation of a plasma from the magnetic field of a magnetic nozzle. The analysis assumes a collisionless, quasineutral plasma, and therefore the results represent a lower bound on the amount of detachment possible for a given set of plasma conditions. We show that collisionless separation can occur because finite electron mass inhibits the flow of azimuthal currents in the nozzle. Separation conditions are governed by a parameter G which depends on plasma and nozzle conditions. Several methods of improving plasma detachment are presented, including moving the plasma generation zone downstream from the region of strongest magnetic field and using dual magnets to focus the plasma beam. Plasma detachment can be enhanced by manipulation of the nozzle configuration.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Scudder, J. D.; Mozer, F. S.
2005-05-01
sites where the electron pressure tensor could become deformed from cylindrical symmetry by electric field enhancement in layers with scale sizes up to the local thermal electron's gyroradius. Such a deformation is critical for a viable mechanism that supports collisionless reconnection. After selecting events as demagnetizing based on the size of the relevant forces and work done, the geophysical locale of their detection has been investigated. Previously, all E spikes in this survey were found near the invariant latitudes Λ of the earth's magnetic cusps but at all magnetic local times. The demagnetizing events identified here via E* are strongly organized at magnetic local noon (with a secondary, much shallower maximum at local magnetic midnight), occur preferentially at orbit apogee, and without significant preference for the magnetic latitude of the spacecraft. These geophysical organizations are consistent with the demagnetizing E spikes as indices of ongoing, collisionless reconnection in low βe regimes at the earth's subsolar magnetopause. The identification of this sub-class of electric spikes at low βe with E>E* widens the observed venues in the E and B fields where topology changing departures from ideal MHD should be anticipated in collisionless astrophysical plasmas.
Lithium plasma emitter for collisionless magnetized plasma experiment.
Kawamori, Eiichirou; Lee, Jyun-Yi; Huang, Yi-Jue; Syugu, Wun-Jheng; Song, Sung-Xuang; Hsieh, Tung-Yuan; Cheng, C Z
2011-09-01
This paper presents a newly developed lithium plasma emitter, which can provide quiescent and low-temperature collisionless conditions for magnetized plasma experiments. This plasma emitter generates thermal emissions of lithium ions and electrons to produce a lithium plasma. Lithium type beta-eucryptite and lanthanum-hexaboride (LaB(6)) powders were mixed and directly heated with a tungsten heater to synthesize ion and electron emissions. As a result, a plasma with a diameter of ~15 cm was obtained in a magnetic mirror configuration. The typical range of electron density was 10(12)-10(13) m(-3) and that of electron temperature was 0.1-0.8 eV with the emitter operation temperature of about 1500 K. The amplitude fluctuations for the plasma density were lower than 1%. © 2011 American Institute of Physics
On plasma detachment in propulsive magnetic nozzles
Ahedo, Eduardo; Merino, Mario
2011-05-15
Three detachment mechanisms proposed in the literature (via resistivity, via electron inertia, and via induced magnetic field) are analyzed with an axisymmetric model of the expansion of a small-beta, weakly collisional, near-sonic plasma in a diverging magnetic nozzle. The model assumes cold, partially magnetized ions and hot, isothermal, fully magnetized electrons. Different conditions of the plasma beam at the nozzle throat are considered. A central feature is that a positive thrust gain in the nozzle of a plasma thruster is intimately related to the azimuthal current in the plasma being diamagnetic. Then, and contrary to existing expectations, the three aforementioned detachment mechanisms are divergent, that is, the plasma beam diverges outwards of the guide nozzle, further hindering its axial expansion and the thrust efficiency. The rate of divergent detachment is quantified for the small-parameter range of the three mechanisms. Alternative mechanisms for a convergent detachment of the plasma beam are suggested.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gruenwald, J.
2016-02-01
This comment aims at clarifying some points in the very recent work of Chauhan et al. who presented an experimental study of a fireball (FB) configuration in a magnetized plasma, similar to R. L. Stenzel et al., Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 21, 015012 (2012).
Magnetic field penetration of erosion switch plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mason, Rodney J.; Jones, Michael E.; Grossmann, John M.; Ottinger, Paul F.
1988-10-01
Computer simulations demonstrate that the entrainment (or advection) of magnetic field with the flow of cathode-emitted electrons can constitute a dominant mechanism for the magnetic field penetration of erosion switch plasmas. Cross-field drift in the accelerating electric field near the cathode starts the penetration process. Plasma erosion propagates the point for emission and magnetic field injection along the cathode toward the load-for the possibility of rapid switch opening.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Willensdorfer, M.; Denk, S. S.; Strumberger, E.; Suttrop, W.; Vanovac, B.; Brida, D.; Cavedon, M.; Classen, I.; Dunne, M.; Fietz, S.; Fischer, R.; Kirk, A.; Laggner, F. M.; Liu, Y. Q.; Odstrčil, T.; Ryan, D. A.; Viezzer, E.; Zohm, H.; Luhmann, I. C.; The ASDEX Upgrade Team; The EUROfusion MST1 Team
2016-11-01
The plasma response from an external n = 2 magnetic perturbation field in ASDEX Upgrade has been measured using mainly electron cyclotron emission (ECE) diagnostics and a rigid rotating field. To interpret ECE and ECE-imaging (ECE-I) measurements accurately, forward modeling of the radiation transport has been combined with ray tracing. The measured data is compared to synthetic ECE data generated from a 3D ideal magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) equilibrium calculated by VMEC. The measured amplitudes of the helical displacement around the outboard midplane are in reasonable agreement with the one from the synthetic VMEC diagnostics. Both exceed the predictions from the vacuum field calculations and indicate the presence of a kink response at the edge, which amplifies the perturbation. VMEC and MARS-F have been used to calculate the properties of this kink mode. The poloidal mode structure of the magnetic perturbation of this kink mode at the edge peaks at poloidal mode numbers larger than the resonant components |m|>|nq| , whereas the poloidal mode structure of its displacement is almost resonant |m|≈ |nq| . This is expected from ideal MHD in the proximity of rational surfaces. The displacement measured by ECE-I confirms this resonant response.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Doron, R.; Rubinstein, B.; Citrin, J.; Arad, R.; Maron, Y.; Fruchtman, A.; Strauss, H. R.; Mehlhorn, T. A.
2016-12-01
We present spectroscopic measurements of the electron density evolution during the propagation of a magnetic-field front (peak magnitude ˜8 kG ) through low-resistivity, multi-ion species plasma. In the configuration studied, a pulsed current, generating the magnetic field, is driven through a plasma that pre-fills the volume between two electrodes. 3D spatial resolution is achieved by local injection of dopants via an optimized laser blow-off technique. The electron density evolution is inferred from the intensity evolution of Mg II and B II-III dopant line-emission. The Doppler-shifted line-emission of the light boron, accelerated by the magnetic field is also used to determine the electric-potential-hill associated with the propagating magnetic field. Utilizing the same spectral line for the determination of both the density and the electric potential allowed for exploring the precise correlation between these two key parameters. For these measurements, achieving a high spatial resolution (a small fraction of the magnetic-field front) was necessary. The density evolution is found to be consistent with a scenario in which ions with relatively high charge-to-mass ratios are reflected by different potential heights, namely, reflected off the magnetic-field front at different field magnitudes, whereas the plasma of ions with low charge-to-mass ratios is penetrated by the magnetic field.
Simulation of Magnetic Field Guided Plasma Expansion
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ebersohn, Frans; Sheehan, J. P.; Gallimore, Alec; Shebalin, John
2015-09-01
Magnetic field guided expansion of a radio-frequency plasma was simulated with a quasi-one-dimensional particle-in-cell code. Two-dimensional effects were included in a one-dimensional particle-in-cell code by varying the cross-sectional area of the one dimensional domain and including forces due to the magnetic field. Acceleration of electrons by the magnetic field forces leads to the formation of potential structures which then accelerate the ions into a beam. Density changes due to the plasma expansion only weakly affect the ion acceleration. Rapidly diverging magnetic fields lead to more rapid acceleration and the electrons cool as they expand.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hussain, S.; Mahmood, S.
2017-10-01
Ion-acoustic shock wave propagation in dense magnetized plasmas with relative density effects of spin-up and spin-down degenerate electrons is studied. The ions are classical, and their dissipative effects on plasma dynamics are included via kinematic viscosity. The electrons with spin-up and spin-down states are taken as separate species. The quantum tunneling effects of electrons are also considered in equations of motions of electrons. The Korteweg de Vries Burgers (KdVB) equation is derived, which admits the shock solution. The KdVB equation is solved numerically to study the transition from shock with oscillatory trails at its wave fronts to the monotonic shock structure with respect to variations in different plasma parameters. The parametric role of the spin density polarization ratio in the propagation characteristics of the shock wave structure is discussed.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nayak, Chittaranjan; Aghajamali, Alireza; Scotognella, Francesco; Saha, Ardhendu
2017-10-01
Transmission properties of electromagnetic waves within microwave region of the one-dimensional random extrinsic plasma photonic crystals were computed using the transfer matrix method. The layers thicknesses of the extrinsic random photonic structure follow a Gaussian distribution. Compared with the periodic extrinsic photonic crystal, wider photonic band gaps (PBGs) were found in case of random extrinsic plasma photonic crystals with few resonant peaks. The PBGs are much wider while the randomness was increased and the number and the strength of resonant peaks were enhanced. The above observations were confirmed through analysis of histogram of normalized average transmissions for four different values of standard deviation with one thousand random samples for each group. The normalized average transmission was controlled by changing the strength of external magnetic field and the electron density of magnetized cold plasma. These features of disordered extrinsic plasma photonic structures would have potential applications such as omnidirectional reflectors and random multichannel filters with lower and higher rate of disorder.
Yano, Keisuke; Kurisu, Yosuke; Nozaki, Dai; Kimura, Daiju; Imai, Youta; Kumakura, Sho; Sato, Fuminobu; Kato, Yushi; Iida, Toshiyuki
2014-02-01
Multi-charged ion source which has wide operating conditions is required in various application fields. We have constructed tandem type ECR ion source (ECRIS); one of the features of its main stage is an additional coil for controlling magnetic field distribution around the mirror bottom precisely. Here the effect of magnetic field variation caused by the additional coil is experimentally considered in terms of plasma parameters and beam current as the first investigation of the main stage plasma. Furthermore, behavior of magnetic lines of force flowing from the ECR zone is calculated, and is compared with measurement results aiming for better understanding of interrelationship between plasma production and ion beam generation on the ECRIS.
Enhanced betatron radiation in strongly magnetized plasma
Pan, K. Q.; Zheng, C. Y. He, X. T.; Cao, L. H.; Liu, Z. J.
2016-04-15
Betatron radiation in strongly magnetized plasma is investigated by two dimensional (2D) particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations. The results show that the betatron radiation in magnetized plasmas is strongly enhanced and is more collimated compared to that in unmagnetized plasma. Single particle model analysis shows that the frequency and the amplitude of the electrons's betatron oscillation are strongly influenced by the axial external magnetic field and the axial self-generated magnetic field. And the 2D PIC simulation shows that the axial magnetic field is actually induced by the external magnetic field and tends to increase the betatron frequency. By disturbing the perturbation of the plasma density in the laser-produced channel, the hosing instability is also suppressed, which results in a better angular distribution and a better symmetry of the betatron radiation.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mishra, M. K.; Jain, S. K.; Jain
2013-10-01
Ion-acoustic solitons in magnetized low-β plasma consisting of warm adiabatic positive and negative ions and non-thermal electrons have been studied. The reductive perturbation method is used to derive the Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation for the system, which admits an obliquely propagating soliton solution. It is found that due to the presence of finite ion temperature there exist two modes of propagation, namely fast and slow ion-acoustic modes. In the case of slow-mode if the ratio of temperature to mass of positive ion species is lower (higher) than the negative ion species, then there exist compressive (rarefactive) ion-acoustic solitons. It is also found that in the case of slow mode, on increasing the non-thermal parameter (γ) the amplitude of the compressive (rarefactive) soliton decreases (increases). In fast ion-acoustic mode the nature and characteristics of solitons depend on negative ion concentration. Numerical investigation in case of fast mode reveals that on increasing γ, the amplitude of compressive (rarefactive) soliton increases (decreases). The width of solitons increases with an increase in non-thermal parameters in both the modes for compressive as well as rarefactive solitons. There exists a value of critical negative ion concentration (α c ), at which both compressive and rarefactive ion-acoustic solitons appear as described by modified KdV soliton. The value of α c decreases with increase in γ.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shalaby, M.; EL-Labany, S. K.; EL-Shamy, E. F.; Khaled, M. A.
2010-11-01
The nonlinear propagation of dust ion-acoustic solitary waves (DIASWs) in a magnetized dusty plasma which consists of two different types of nonisothermal electrons, hot adiabatic inertial ions fluid and immobile negatively charged dust particles is studied. The modified Zakharov-Kuznetsov (MZK) equation, describing the small but finite amplitude DIASWs, is derived using a reductive perturbation method. The combined effects of the external magnetic field, obliqueness (i.e., the propagation angle), and the two-temperature nonisothermal electrons, which are found to significantly modify the basic properties of DIASWs, are explicitly examined. The three-dimensional instability of DIASWs is also analyzed using the small-k (long wavelength plane wave) perturbation expansion technique. The results show that the external magnetic field, the propagation angle, and the two-temperature nonisothermal electrons have strong effects on the instability criterion as well as the growth rate.
Permanent Magnet Ecr Plasma Source With Magnetic Field Optimization
Doughty, Frank C.; Spencer, John E.
2000-12-19
In a plasma-producing device, an optimized magnet field for electron cyclotron resonance plasma generation is provided by a shaped pole piece. The shaped pole piece adjusts spacing between the magnet and the resonance zone, creates a convex or concave resonance zone, and decreases stray fields between the resonance zone and the workpiece. For a cylindrical permanent magnet, the pole piece includes a disk adjacent the magnet together with an annular cylindrical sidewall structure axially aligned with the magnet and extending from the base around the permanent magnet. The pole piece directs magnetic field lines into the resonance zone, moving the resonance zone further from the face of the magnet. Additional permanent magnets or magnet arrays may be utilized to control field contours on a local scale. Rather than a permeable material, the sidewall structure may be composed of an annular cylindrical magnetic material having a polarity opposite that of the permanent magnet, creating convex regions in the resonance zone. An annular disk-shaped recurve section at the end of the sidewall structure forms magnetic mirrors keeping the plasma off the pole piece. A recurve section composed of magnetic material having a radial polarity forms convex regions and/or magnetic mirrors within the resonance zone.
Three-dimensional model of electron beam generated plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rauf, Shahid; Balakrishna, Ajit; Agarwal, Ankur; Dorf, Leonid; Collins, Kenneth; Boris, David R.; Walton, Scott G.
2017-06-01
A three-dimensional model for magnetized electron beam generated plasma is described, which includes a coupled fluid simulation of the bulk plasma and a Monte Carlo model for beam electrons. A modified form of the classical expressions for magnetized-plasma electron transport coefficients is used in the fluid plasma model. The plasma model is calibrated and validated using Langmuir probe measurements in a cylindrical electron beam generated plasma, where the beam is launched parallel to the magnetic field. The electron density (n e ) and temperature (T e ) are measured along and across the beam for several gas pressures and magnetic fields in Ar. The validated plasma model is then used to examine a three-dimensional electron beam generated plasma system. Generally, plasma densities are on the order of 1016 m-3 and, since there is no externally applied electric field in the plasma region, T e is below 1.25 eV in Ar. The chamber in the simulation is slightly asymmetric perpendicular to the axis of the electron beam and the magnetic field. This asymmetry combined with the E × B drift produce non-uniformities in the plasma even if the magnetic field is spatially uniform in the chamber. However, the cross-field plasma uniformity can be controlled by tailoring the magnetic field profile to enhance or reduce plasma production near the periphery of the chamber.
Magnetic insulation for plasma propulsion
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Gonzalez, Dora E.
1990-01-01
The design parameters of effective magnetic insulation for plasma engines are discussed. An experimental model used to demonstrate the process of plasma acceleration and magnetic insulation is considered which consists of a copper strap that is wound around a glass tube and connected to a capacitor. In order to adequately model the magnetic insulation mechanisms, a computer algorithm is developed. Plasma engines, with their efficient utilization of the propellant mass, are expected to provide the next-generation advanced propulsion systems.
Plasma lenses for focusing relativistic electron beams
Govil, R.; Wheeler, S.; Leemans, W.
1997-04-01
The next generation of colliders require tightly focused beams with high luminosity. To focus charged particle beams for such applications, a plasma focusing scheme has been proposed. Plasma lenses can be overdense (plasma density, n{sub p} much greater than electron beam density, n{sub b}) or underdense (n{sub p} less than 2 n{sub b}). In overdense lenses the space-charge force of the electron beam is canceled by the plasma and the remaining magnetic force causes the electron beam to self-pinch. The focusing gradient is nonlinear, resulting in spherical aberrations. In underdense lenses, the self-forces of the electron beam cancel, allowing the plasma ions to focus the beam. Although for a given beam density, a uniform underdense lens produces smaller focusing gradients than an overdense lens, it produces better beam quality since the focusing is done by plasma ions. The underdense lens can be improved by tapering the density of the plasma for optimal focusing. The underdense lens performance can be enhanced further by producing adiabatic plasma lenses to avoid the Oide limit on spot size due to synchrotron radiation by the electron beam. The plasma lens experiment at the Beam Test Facility (BTF) is designed to study the properties of plasma lenses in both overdense and underdense regimes. In particular, important issues such as electron beam matching, time response of the lens, lens aberrations and shot-to-shot reproducibility are being investigated.
Sharifi, M. Parvazian, A.
2015-02-15
In a recent paper [Deeba et al., Phys. Plasmas 17, 102114 (2010)], a generalized dielectric constant for the electron Bernstein waves using non-Maxwellian distribution functions was derived in a collisionless, uniform magnetized plasma. Using the Neumann series expansion for the products of Bessel functions, Deeba, Ahmad, and Murtaza derived the dispersion relations for both kappa and the generalized (r, q) distributions in a straightforward manner. However, their results are questionable, since the Neumann series expansion for the products of Bessel functions is valid for small argument, while for perpendicular propagation, it is necessary to evaluate special integrands for small as well as large arguments.
Runaway tails in magnetized plasmas
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Moghaddam-Taaheri, E.; Vlahos, L.; Rowland, H. L.; Papadopoulos, K.
1985-01-01
The evolution of a runaway tail driven by a dc electric field in a magnetized plasma is analyzed. Depending on the strength of the electric field and the ratio of plasma to gyrofrequency, there are three different regimes in the evolution of the tail. The tail can be (1) stable with electrons accelerated to large parallel velocities, (2) unstable to Cerenkov resonance because of the depletion of the bulk and the formation of a positive slope, (3) unstable to the anomalous Doppler resonance instability driven by the large velocity anisotropy in the tail. Once an instability is triggered (Cerenkov or anomalous Doppler resonance) the tail relaxes into an isotropic distribution. The role of a convection type loss term is also discussed.
Filamentation instability in a quantum magnetized plasma
Bret, A.
2008-02-15
The filamentation instability occurring when a nonrelativistic electron beam passes through a quantum magnetized plasma is investigated by means of a cold quantum magnetohydrodynamic model. It is proved that the instability can be completely suppressed by quantum effects if and only if a finite magnetic field is present. A dimensionless parameter is identified that measures the strength of quantum effects. Strong quantum effects allow for a much smaller magnetic field to suppress the instability than in the classical regime.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Toncian, Toma; Hegelich, Bjorn Manuel; Willi, Oswald; Lehmann, Goetz
2014-10-01
First direct measurements of the electron transport along extended wire targets by Quinn et al. [PRL 102 (2009)] revealed a charging current and associated magnetic field moving close to the speed of light away from focal volume of the employed heating laser. The motion of the electrons is bound electrostatic to the proximity of the solid. A return current compensating the escaping charge is formed at the surface of the solid, the overall current loop sustaining kT magnetic fields, with traversal decay lengths of μm. In our study we show by means of numerical 2 dimensional particle in cell simulations that the motion of the hot electrons and dynamic of the charge compensating return current can be dramatically affected by a preformed μm scale length plasma gradient on the solid surface. In particularly the two velocities distribution and two antiparallel currents developing in the near critical plasma are unstable in respect of two stream and Kevin Helmholtz instability. The particle motion becomes locally magnetized resulting in current eddies trapping particles and localized magnetic and electric fields with values of tens of kT and TV/m sustained on μm scales and with characteristic decay times of ps.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pramanik, Sourav; Kuznetsov, V. I.; Gerasimenko, A. B.; Chakrabarti, Nikhil
2016-10-01
An analytical study is presented on the steady states of a plasma diode that is uniformly occupied by infinitely massive ions of constant density and driven by a cold electron beam in the presence of an external transverse magnetic field. In contrast to our previous work [Pramanik et al., Phys. Plasmas 23, 062118 (2016)], here, we investigate the case when electrons are reflected back to the emitter by the magnetic field for arbitrary values of the neutralization parameter. Using the emitter electric field as a characteristic parameter, the steady-state solutions have been evaluated for the specific values of the diode gap, applied voltage, neutralization parameter, and magnetic field strength. It was found that unlike vacuum diodes (e.g., the Bursian diode), steady state solutions also exist for negative values of the emitter field strength. In case of the Bursian diode, only a single type of solutions (Bursian branches) was observed. However, for the Pierce diode, the new family of solutions appeared along with the Bursian ones. In the absence of the external magnetic field as well as when it is weak, the potential distribution shows a wavy nature. However, when the Larmor radius was ten times the beam Debye length, the wavy potential profile and non-Bursian branches disappeared. Based on this phenomenon, a non-neutral diode can be used to operate fast electronic switches.
Forced Magnetic Reconnection In A Tokamak Plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Callen, J. D.; Hegna, C. C.
2015-11-01
The theory of forced magnetic field reconnection induced by an externally imposed resonant magnetic perturbation usually uses a sheared slab or cylindrical magnetic field model and often focuses on the potential time-asymptotic induced magnetic island state. However, tokamak plasmas have significant magnetic geometry and dynamical plasma toroidal rotation screening effects. Also, finite ion Larmor radius (FLR) and banana width (FBW) effects can damp and thus limit the width of a nascent magnetic island. A theory that is more applicable for tokamak plasmas is being developed. This new model of the dynamics of forced magnetic reconnection considers a single helicity magnetic perturbation in the tokamak magnetic field geometry, uses a kinetically-derived collisional parallel electron flow response, and employs a comprehensive dynamical equation for the plasma toroidal rotation frequency. It is being used to explore the dynamics of bifurcation into a magnetically reconnected state in the thin singular layer around the rational surface, evolution into a generalized Rutherford regime where the island width exceeds the singular layer width, and assess the island width limiting effects of FLR and FBW polarization currents. Support by DoE grants DE-FG02-86ER53218, DE-FG02-92ER54139.
Characterization of Plasma Flow through Magnetic Nozzles
1990-02-01
B = magnetic field strength n = p~article number density J = current dlensit~y E = electric field P,= electron p~ressuire il=resistivit~y of plasma...1, is in the azimnuthal direction as dictated by .10 X B. Thus, if all meridional magnetic field lines are held at the Salle electric p~otential, the...velocity (which can also be regarded as the velocity of the magnetic field liues), *B :- cE x B 2 with E being the electric field in the plasma. Moreover
Theoretical determination of electron temperature in electron-cyclotron plasmas
Uhm, H.S.; Lee, P.H.; Kim, Y.I.; Kim, J.H.; Chang, H.Y.
1995-12-31
A basic theory of the plasma electron temperature in ECR plasmas has been reported in recent studies in connection with application to the plasma etching technologies. However, the previous theoretical study of the ECR plasmas is primitive and ad hoc. The authors therefore develop a theory for plasmas generated by the electron-cyclotron-resonance (ECR) mechanism and an experiment is conducted to compare the theoretical prediction and experimental measurements. Due to a large electron mobility along the magnetic field, electrons move quickly out of the system, leaving ions behind and building a space charge potential, which leads to the ambipolar diffusion of ions. In a steady-state condition, the plasma generation by ionization of neutral molecules is in balance with plasma loss due to the diffusion, leading to the electron temperature equation, which is expressed in terms of the plasma size, chamber pressure, and the ionization energy and cross section of neutrals. The electron temperature decreases as the chamber pressure increases. Based on the ambipolar diffusion of ions, a self-consistent theory of the plasma density profile is developed. The power balance condition leads to the plasma density equation, which is also expressed in terms of the electron temperature, the input microwave power and the chamber pressure. It is shown that the plasma density increases, reaches its peak and decreases, as the chamber pressure increases from a small value (0.1 mTorr). After carrying out an experimental observation, it is concluded that the theoretical predictions of the electron temperature and plasma density agree remarkably well with experimental data.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Saha, Asit; Chatterjee, Prasanta
2014-02-01
For the critical values of the parameters q and V, the work (Samanta et al. in Phys. Plasma 20:022111, 2013b) is unable to describe the nonlinear wave features in magnetized dusty plasma with superthermal electrons. To describe the nonlinear wave features for critical values of the parameters q and V, we extend the work (Samanta et al. in Phys. Plasma 20:022111, 2013b). To extend the work, we derive the modified Kadomtsev-Petviashvili (MKP) equation for dust ion acoustic waves in a magnetized dusty plasma with q-nonextensive velocity distributed electrons by considering higher order coefficients of ɛ. By applying the bifurcation theory of planar dynamical systems to this MKP equation, the existence of solitary wave solutions of both types rarefactive and compressive, periodic travelling wave solutions and kink and anti-kink wave solutions is proved. Three exact solutions of these above waves are determined. The present study could be helpful for understanding the nonlinear travelling waves propagating in mercury, solar wind, Saturn and in magnetosphere of the Earth.
30-cm electron cyclotron plasma generator
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Goede, Hank
1987-01-01
Experimental results on the development of a 30-cm-diam electron cyclotron resonance plasma generator are presented. This plasma source utilizes samarium-cobalt magnets and microwave power at a frequency of 4.9 GHz to produce a uniform plasma with densities of up to 3 x 10 to the 11th/cu cm in a continuous fashion. The plasma generator contains no internal structures, and is thus inherently simple in construction and operation and inherently durable. The generator was operated with two different magnetic geometries. One used the rare-earth magnets arranged in an axial line cusp configuration, which directly showed plasma production taking place near the walls of the generator where the electron temperature was highest but with the plasma density peaking in the central low B-field regions. The second configuration had magnets arranged to form azimuthal line cusps with approximately closed electron drift surfaces; this configuration showed an improved electrical efficiency of about 135 eV/ion.
Vortices, Reconnection and Turbulence in High Electron-Beta Plasmas
Stenzel, R. L.
2004-08-31
Plasmas in which the kinetic energy exceeds the magnetic energy by a significant factor are common in space and in the laboratory. Such plasmas can convect magnetic fields and create null points in whose vicinity first the ions become unmagnetized, then the electrons. This project focuses on the detailed study of the transition regime of these plasmas.
Ramos, J. J.
2010-08-15
A closed theoretical model to describe slow, macroscopic plasma processes in a fusion-relevant collisionality regime is set forward. This formulation is a hybrid one, with fluid conservation equations for particle number, momentum and energy, and drift-kinetic closures. Intended for realistic application to the core of a high-temperature tokamak plasma, the proposed approach is unconventional in that the ion collisionality is ordered lower than in the ion banana regime of neoclassical theory. The present first part of a two-article series concerns the electron system, which is still equivalent to one based on neoclassical electron banana orderings. This system is derived such that it ensures the precise compatibility among the complementary fluid and drift-kinetic equations, and the rigorous treatment of the electric field and the Fokker-Planck-Landau collision operators. As an illustrative application, the special limit of an axisymmetric equilibrium is worked out in detail.
Hershcovitch, A.
1997-07-01
Nowadays most magnetic lenses used to capture and to focus pions and muons utilize azimuthal magnetic fields generated by large axial currents, like horns or lithium rods (or even a Z-pinch at GSI). Capture and focusing angle is proportional to the product of the current and length of the lens. State-of-the-art for these lenses is no more than 750 kA and 70 cm. A meter long, multi-MA, magnetized axial discharges were generated by the early days of fusion. Lenses based of such devices can increase the capture angle of pions, e.g., by more than a factor of 2. Electron beam cooling is presently achieved in storage rings by having charged particles interact with a co-moving electron beam. In these devices, typical parameters are electron beam currents of about 1 A, an interaction length of about 1 meter, and interaction time of about 30 msec. Multi-MA electron beams can be used for single-pass final stage cooling in a number of machines. Calculations for some applications, as well as other advantages indicate that these schemes deserve further more serious consideration.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Scoggins, James B.; Knisely, Carleton P.; Magin, Thierry E.
2016-11-01
We propose a unified fluid model for multicomponent plasmas in thermal nonequilibrium accounting for the influence of the electromagnetic field. In a previous work, this model was derived from kinetic theory based on a generalized Chapman-Enskog perturbative solution of the Boltzmann equation, scaled using the ratio of electron to heavy-particle masses. Anisotropic transport properties were derived in terms of bracket integrals. In this work, explicit expressions for asymptotic solutions of the transport properties are derived using a spectral Galerkin projection supplied with Laguerre-Sonine polynomial basis functions, and we analyze the crossed contributions to electron and heavy particle mass and energy fluxes, known as the Kolesnikov effect.
Runaway electrons and magnetic island confinement
Boozer, Allen H.
2016-08-19
The breakup of magnetic surfaces is a central feature of ITER planning for the avoidance of damage due to runaway electrons. Rapid thermal quenches, which lead to large accelerating voltages, are thought to be due to magnetic surface breakup. Impurity injection to avoid and to mitigate both halo and runaway electron currents utilizes massive gas injection or shattered pellets. The actual deposition is away from the plasma center, and the breakup of magnetic surfaces is thought to spread the effects of the impurities across the plasma cross section. The breakup of magnetic surfaces would prevent runaway electrons from reaching relativisticmore » energies were it not for the persistence of non-intercepting flux tubes. These are tubes of magnetic field lines that do not intercept the walls. In simulations and in magnetic field models, non-intercepting flux tubes are found to persist near the magnetic axis and in the cores of magnetic islands even when a large scale magnetic surface breakup occurs. As long as a few magnetic surfaces reform before all of the non-intercepting flux tubes dissipate, energetic electrons confined and accelerated in these flux tubes can serve as the seed electrons for a transfer of the overall plasma current from thermal to relativistic carriers. The acceleration of electrons is particularly strong because of the sudden changes in the poloidal flux that naturally occur in a rapid magnetic relaxation. Furthermore, the physics of magnetic islands as non-intercepting flux tubes is studied. Expressions are derived for (1) the size of islands required to confine energetic runaway electrons, (2) the accelerating electric field in an island, (3) the increase or reduction in the size of an island by the runaway electron current, (4) the approximate magnitude of the runaway current in an island, and (5) the time scale for the evolution of an island.« less
Runaway electrons and magnetic island confinement
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Boozer, Allen H.
2016-08-01
The breakup of magnetic surfaces is a central feature of ITER planning for the avoidance of damage due to runaway electrons. Rapid thermal quenches, which lead to large accelerating voltages, are thought to be due to magnetic surface breakup. Impurity injection to avoid and to mitigate both halo and runaway electron currents utilizes massive gas injection or shattered pellets. The actual deposition is away from the plasma center, and the breakup of magnetic surfaces is thought to spread the effects of the impurities across the plasma cross section. The breakup of magnetic surfaces would prevent runaway electrons from reaching relativistic energies were it not for the persistence of non-intercepting flux tubes. These are tubes of magnetic field lines that do not intercept the walls. In simulations and in magnetic field models, non-intercepting flux tubes are found to persist near the magnetic axis and in the cores of magnetic islands even when a large scale magnetic surface breakup occurs. As long as a few magnetic surfaces reform before all of the non-intercepting flux tubes dissipate, energetic electrons confined and accelerated in these flux tubes can serve as the seed electrons for a transfer of the overall plasma current from thermal to relativistic carriers. The acceleration of electrons is particularly strong because of the sudden changes in the poloidal flux that naturally occur in a rapid magnetic relaxation. The physics of magnetic islands as non-intercepting flux tubes is studied. Expressions are derived for (1) the size of islands required to confine energetic runaway electrons, (2) the accelerating electric field in an island, (3) the increase or reduction in the size of an island by the runaway electron current, (4) the approximate magnitude of the runaway current in an island, and (5) the time scale for the evolution of an island.
Runaway electrons and magnetic island confinement
Boozer, Allen H.
2016-08-19
The breakup of magnetic surfaces is a central feature of ITER planning for the avoidance of damage due to runaway electrons. Rapid thermal quenches, which lead to large accelerating voltages, are thought to be due to magnetic surface breakup. Impurity injection to avoid and to mitigate both halo and runaway electron currents utilizes massive gas injection or shattered pellets. The actual deposition is away from the plasma center, and the breakup of magnetic surfaces is thought to spread the effects of the impurities across the plasma cross section. The breakup of magnetic surfaces would prevent runaway electrons from reaching relativistic energies were it not for the persistence of non-intercepting flux tubes. These are tubes of magnetic field lines that do not intercept the walls. In simulations and in magnetic field models, non-intercepting flux tubes are found to persist near the magnetic axis and in the cores of magnetic islands even when a large scale magnetic surface breakup occurs. As long as a few magnetic surfaces reform before all of the non-intercepting flux tubes dissipate, energetic electrons confined and accelerated in these flux tubes can serve as the seed electrons for a transfer of the overall plasma current from thermal to relativistic carriers. The acceleration of electrons is particularly strong because of the sudden changes in the poloidal flux that naturally occur in a rapid magnetic relaxation. Furthermore, the physics of magnetic islands as non-intercepting flux tubes is studied. Expressions are derived for (1) the size of islands required to confine energetic runaway electrons, (2) the accelerating electric field in an island, (3) the increase or reduction in the size of an island by the runaway electron current, (4) the approximate magnitude of the runaway current in an island, and (5) the time scale for the evolution of an island.
Runaway electrons and magnetic island confinement
Boozer, Allen H.
2016-08-19
The breakup of magnetic surfaces is a central feature of ITER planning for the avoidance of damage due to runaway electrons. Rapid thermal quenches, which lead to large accelerating voltages, are thought to be due to magnetic surface breakup. Impurity injection to avoid and to mitigate both halo and runaway electron currents utilizes massive gas injection or shattered pellets. The actual deposition is away from the plasma center, and the breakup of magnetic surfaces is thought to spread the effects of the impurities across the plasma cross section. The breakup of magnetic surfaces would prevent runaway electrons from reaching relativistic energies were it not for the persistence of non-intercepting flux tubes. These are tubes of magnetic field lines that do not intercept the walls. In simulations and in magnetic field models, non-intercepting flux tubes are found to persist near the magnetic axis and in the cores of magnetic islands even when a large scale magnetic surface breakup occurs. As long as a few magnetic surfaces reform before all of the non-intercepting flux tubes dissipate, energetic electrons confined and accelerated in these flux tubes can serve as the seed electrons for a transfer of the overall plasma current from thermal to relativistic carriers. The acceleration of electrons is particularly strong because of the sudden changes in the poloidal flux that naturally occur in a rapid magnetic relaxation. Furthermore, the physics of magnetic islands as non-intercepting flux tubes is studied. Expressions are derived for (1) the size of islands required to confine energetic runaway electrons, (2) the accelerating electric field in an island, (3) the increase or reduction in the size of an island by the runaway electron current, (4) the approximate magnitude of the runaway current in an island, and (5) the time scale for the evolution of an island.
Runaway electrons and magnetic island confinement
Boozer, Allen H.
2016-08-15
The breakup of magnetic surfaces is a central feature of ITER planning for the avoidance of damage due to runaway electrons. Rapid thermal quenches, which lead to large accelerating voltages, are thought to be due to magnetic surface breakup. Impurity injection to avoid and to mitigate both halo and runaway electron currents utilizes massive gas injection or shattered pellets. The actual deposition is away from the plasma center, and the breakup of magnetic surfaces is thought to spread the effects of the impurities across the plasma cross section. The breakup of magnetic surfaces would prevent runaway electrons from reaching relativistic energies were it not for the persistence of non-intercepting flux tubes. These are tubes of magnetic field lines that do not intercept the walls. In simulations and in magnetic field models, non-intercepting flux tubes are found to persist near the magnetic axis and in the cores of magnetic islands even when a large scale magnetic surface breakup occurs. As long as a few magnetic surfaces reform before all of the non-intercepting flux tubes dissipate, energetic electrons confined and accelerated in these flux tubes can serve as the seed electrons for a transfer of the overall plasma current from thermal to relativistic carriers. The acceleration of electrons is particularly strong because of the sudden changes in the poloidal flux that naturally occur in a rapid magnetic relaxation. The physics of magnetic islands as non-intercepting flux tubes is studied. Expressions are derived for (1) the size of islands required to confine energetic runaway electrons, (2) the accelerating electric field in an island, (3) the increase or reduction in the size of an island by the runaway electron current, (4) the approximate magnitude of the runaway current in an island, and (5) the time scale for the evolution of an island.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Viktorov, M. E.; Mansfeld, D. A.; Vodopyanov, A. V.; Kiryuhin, N. D.; Golubev, S. V.; Yushkov, G. Yu.
2017-05-01
The process of plasma deceleration during the injection of supersonic plasma flow across the magnetic field of an arched configuration is experimentally demonstrated. Pulsed plasma microwave emission in the electron cyclotron frequency range is observed. It is shown that the frequency spectrum of plasma emission is determined by the position of the deceleration region in the magnetic field of the magnetic arc, and its bandwidth is defined by the magnetic field inhomogeneity in the deceleration region. The observed emission can be related to the cyclotron mechanism of wave generation by non-equilibrium energetic electrons in the dense plasma.
Araghi, F.; Dorranian, D.
2016-02-15
Effect of dust electrical charge fluctuations on the nature of dust acoustic solitary waves (DASWs) in a four-species magnetized dusty plasma containing nonextensive electrons and two-temperature isothermal ions has been investigated. In this model, the negative dust electric charge is considered to be proportional to the plasma space potential. The nonlinear Zakharov–Kuznetsov (ZK) and modified Zakharov–Kuznetsov (mZK) equations are derived for DASWs by using the standard reductive perturbation method. The combined effects of electron nonextensivity and dust charge fluctuations on the DASW profile are analyzed. The different ranges of the nonextensive q-parameter are considered. The results show that solitary waves the amplitude and width of which depend sensitively on the nonextensive q-parameter can exist. Due to the electron nonextensivity and dust charge fluctuation rate, our dusty plasma model can admit both positive and negative potential solitons. The results show that the amplitude of the soliton increases with increasing electron nonextensivity, but its width decreases. Increasing the electrical charge fluctuations leads to a decrease in both the amplitude and width of DASWs.
Launched electrons in plasma opening switches
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mendel, C. W., Jr.; Rochau, G. E.; Sweeney, M. A.; McDaniel, D. H.; Quintenz, J. P.; Savage, M. E.; Lindman, E. L.; Kindel, J. M.
Plasma opening switches have provided a means to improve the characteristics of super-power pulse generators. Recent advances involving plasma control with fast and slow magnetic fields have made these switches more versatile, allowing for improved switch uniformity, triggering, and opening current levels that are set by the level of auxiliary fields. Such switches necessarily involve breaks in the translational symmetry of the transmission line geometry and therefore affect the electron flow characteristics of the line. These symmetry breaks are the result of high electric field regions caused by plasma conductors remaining in the transmission line, ion beams crossing the line, or auxilliary magnetic field regions. Symmetry breaks cause the canonical momentum of the electrons to change, thereby moving them away from the cathode. Additional electrons are pulled from the cathode into the magnetically insulated flow, resulting in an excess of electron flow over that expected for the voltage and line current downstream of the switch. These electrons are called launched electrons. Unless they are recaptured at the cathode or else are fed into the load and used beneficially, they cause a large power loss downstream. Examples are shown of SuperMite and PBFA II data showing these losses, the tools used to study them are explained, and the mechanisms employed to mitigate the problem are discussed. The losses will be reduced primarily by reducing the amount of launched electron flow.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Biswas, Subir; Iyengar, A. N. S.; Pal, Rabindranath
2012-03-01
Long range temporal correlation of the low frequency fluctuations is investigated in a linear electron cyclotron resonance produced magnetized plasma at different radial positions and filling gas pressures. These fluctuations turn from chaotic to coherent and again chaotic as one moves radially outwards from the center towards the edge region. The power spectrum of these fluctuations shows three distinct frequency regions characterized by their power exponents. Long range temporal correlation of these fluctuations is investigated by estimating the self similarity parameter (Hurst exponents) using rescaled range (R/S) statistics as well as from power spectrum analysis. Dependence of this long range temporal correlation on filling gas pressure has also been investigated.
Strongly magnetized classical plasma models
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Montgomery, D. C.
1972-01-01
The class of plasma processes for which the so-called Vlasov approximation is inadequate is investigated. Results from the equilibrium statistical mechanics of two-dimensional plasmas are derived. These results are independent of the presence of an external dc magnetic field. The nonequilibrium statistical mechanics of the electrostatic guiding-center plasma, a two-dimensional plasma model, is discussed. This model is then generalized to three dimensions. The guiding-center model is relaxed to include finite Larmor radius effects for a two-dimensional plasma.
Dynamics of exploding plasmas in a large magnetized plasma
Niemann, C.; Gekelman, W.; Constantin, C. G.; Everson, E. T.; Schaeffer, D. B.; Clark, S. E.; Zylstra, A. B.; Pribyl, P.; Tripathi, S. K. P.; Bondarenko, A. S.; Winske, D.; Larson, D.; Glenzer, S. H.
2013-01-15
The dynamics of an exploding laser-produced plasma in a large ambient magneto-plasma was investigated with magnetic flux probes and Langmuir probes. Debris-ions expanding at super-Alfvenic velocity (up to M{sub A}=1.5) expel the ambient magnetic field, creating a large (>20 cm) diamagnetic cavity. We observe a field compression of up to B/B{sub 0}=1.5 as well as localized electron heating at the edge of the bubble. Two-dimensional hybrid simulations reproduce these measurements well and show that the majority of the ambient ions are energized by the magnetic piston and swept outside the bubble volume. Nonlinear shear-Alfven waves ({delta}B/B{sub 0}>25%) are radiated from the cavity with a coupling efficiency of 70% from magnetic energy in the bubble to the wave.
Plasma electron analysis: Voyager plasma science experiment
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Sittler, E. C., Jr.
1983-01-01
The Plasma Science Experiment (PLS) on the Voyager spacecraft provide data on the plasma ions and electrons in the interplanetary medium and the magnetospheres of the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn. A description of the analysis used to obtain electron parameters (density, temperature, etc.) from the plasma science experiment PLS electron measurements which cover the energy range from 10 eV to 5950 eV is presented. The electron sensor (D cup) and its transmission characteristics are described. A derivation of the fundamental analytical expression of the reduced distribution function F(e) is given. The electron distribution function F(e), used in the moment integrations, can be derived from F(e). Positive ions produce a correction current (ion feedthrough) to the measured electron current, which can be important to the measurements of the suprathermal electron component. In the case of Saturn, this correction current, which can either add to or subtract from the measured electron current, is less than 20% of the measured signal at all times. Comments about the corrections introduced by spacecraft charging to the Saturn encounter data, which can be important in regions of high density and shadow when the spacecraft can become negatively charged are introduced.
Strongly magnetized classical plasma models
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Montgomery, D.; Peyraud, J.; Dewitt, C.
1974-01-01
Discrete particle processes in the presence of a strong external magnetic field were investigated. These processes include equations of state and other equilibrium thermodynamic relations, thermal relaxation phenomena, transport properties, and microscopic statistical fluctuations in such quantities as the electric field and the charge density. Results from the equilibrium statistical mechanics of two-dimensional plasmas are discussed, along with nonequilibrium statistical mechanics of the electrostatic guiding-center plasma (a two-dimensional plasma model).
Electron Bernstein Wave Emission from RFP Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nornberg, M. D.; Thomas, M.; Anderson, J.; Forest, C. B.
1998-11-01
Electron cyclotron emission (ECE) has proven to be a powerfull diagnostic tool in tokamak plasmas for determining the time evolution of the electron temperature profile. The standard technique of observing O-mode or X-mode electromagnetic waves normal to the magnetic field is not applicable to reversed field pinch (RFP) plasmas since the plasma frequency is much larger than the electron cyclotron frequency. We are investigating the use of electron Bernstein waves (presumed to be in thermal equilibrium with the electrons) through the O-X-B mode conversion process. At oblique incidence, the evanescent layer separating the plamsa cutoff from the cyclotron cutoff vanishes, allowing conversion of the Bernstein mode waves to the extraordinary mode and finally to the ordinary mode. The O-mode radiation is received by a phased array antenna consisting of two waveguides on the edge of the plasma, and the spectrum of emitted radiation is measured using a radiometer spanning 4-8 GHz. In addition to providing information about the electron temperature profile, the spectrum can provide a novel method of measuring the central magnetic field strength for current profile reconstructions.
Collisionless Coupling between Explosive Debris Plasma and Magnetized Ambient Plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bondarenko, Anton
2016-10-01
The explosive expansion of a dense debris plasma cloud into relatively tenuous, magnetized, ambient plasma characterizes a wide variety of astrophysical and space phenomena, including supernova remnants, interplanetary coronal mass ejections, and ionospheric explosions. In these rarified environments, collective electromagnetic processes rather than Coulomb collisions typically mediate the transfer of momentum and energy from the debris plasma to the ambient plasma. In an effort to better understand the detailed physics of collisionless coupling mechanisms in a reproducible laboratory setting, the present research jointly utilizes the Large Plasma Device (LAPD) and the Phoenix laser facility at UCLA to study the super-Alfvénic, quasi-perpendicular expansion of laser-produced carbon (C) and hydrogen (H) debris plasma through preformed, magnetized helium (He) ambient plasma via a variety of diagnostics, including emission spectroscopy, wavelength-filtered imaging, and magnetic field induction probes. Large Doppler shifts detected in a He II ion spectral line directly indicate initial ambient ion acceleration transverse to both the debris plasma flow and the background magnetic field, indicative of a fundamental process known as Larmor coupling. Characterization of the laser-produced debris plasma via a radiation-hydrodynamics code permits an explicit calculation of the laminar electric field in the framework of a ``hybrid'' model (kinetic ions, charge-neutralizing massless fluid electrons), thus allowing for a simulation of the initial response of a distribution of He II test ions. A synthetic Doppler-shifted spectrum constructed from the simulated velocity distribution of the accelerated test ions excellently reproduces the spectroscopic measurements, confirming the role of Larmor coupling in the debris-ambient interaction.
Kuppel, S.; Matsushita, D.; Hatayama, A.; Bacal, M.
2010-02-15
The physical mechanisms involved in the extraction of H{sup -} ions from the negative ion source are studied with a PIC 2D3V code. The effect of a weak magnetic field transverse to the extraction direction is taken into account, along with a variable bias voltage applied on the plasma electrode (PE). In addition to previous modeling works, the electron diffusion across the magnetic field is taken into account as a simple one-dimensional random-walk process. The results show that without PE bias, the value of the diffusion coefficient has a significant influence upon the value of the extracted H{sup -} current. However, the value of this coefficient does not affect qualitatively the mechanism leading to the peak of extracted H{sup -} ion current observed for an optimum value of the PE bias.
Temperature relaxation in a magnetized plasma
Dong, Chao; Ren, Haijun; Cai, Huishan; Li, Ding
2013-10-15
A magnetic field greatly affects the relaxation phenomena in a plasma when the particles’ thermal gyro-radii are smaller than the Debye length. Its influence on the temperature relaxation (TR) is investigated through consideration of binary collisions between charged particles in the presence of a uniform magnetic field within a perturbation theory. The relaxation times are calculated. It is shown that the electron-electron (e-e) and ion-ion (i-i) TR rates first increase and then decrease as the magnetic field grows, and the doubly logarithmic term contained in the electron-ion (e-i) TR rate results from the exchange between the electron parallel and the ion perpendicular kinetic energies.
Magnetic field dependence of plasma relaxation times
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Montgomery, D.; Joyce, G.; Turner, L.
1974-01-01
A previously derived Fokker-Planck collision integral for an electron plasma in a dc magnetic field is examined in the limit in which the Debye length is greater than the thermal gyroradius, which is in turn greater than the mean distance of closest approach. It is demonstrated that the collision integral can be satisfactorily approximated by the classical Landau value (which ignores the presence of a dc magnetic field) if the following replacement is made: In the Coulomb logarithm, the Debye length is replaced by the gyroradius. This induces a fundamental logarithmic dependence on magnetic field in the relaxation times. Numerical comparison of the asymptotic approximations with the previously derived exact results is made, and good agreement is found. The simplification this introduces into the description of collision processes in magnetized plasma is considerable.
Magnetic stochasticity in gyrokinetic simulations of plasma microturbulence
Nevins, W M; Wang, E; Candy, J
2010-02-12
Analysis of the magnetic field structure from electromagnetic simulations of tokamak ion temperature gradient turbulence demonstrates that the magnetic field can be stochastic even at very low plasma pressure. The degree of magnetic stochasticity is quantified by evaluating the magnetic diffusion coefficient. We find that the magnetic stochasticity fails to produce a dramatic increase in the electron heat conductivity because the magnetic diffusion coefficient remains small.
Guo, Shimin Mei, Liquan
2014-08-15
Dust-ion-acoustic (DIA) rogue waves are investigated in a three-dimensional magnetized plasma containing nonthermal electrons featuring Tsallis distribution, both positive and negative ions, and immobile dust grains having both positive and negative charges. Via the reductive perturbation method, a (3 + 1)-dimensional nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) equation is derived to govern the dynamics of the DIA wave packets. The modulation instability of DIA waves described by the (3 + 1)-dimensional NLS equation is investigated. By means of the similarity transformation and symbolic computation, both the first- and second-order rogue wave solutions of the (3 + 1)-dimensional NLS equation are constructed in terms of rational functions. Moreover, the dynamics properties and the effects of plasma parameters on the nonlinear structures of rogue waves are discussed in detail. The results could be useful for understanding the physical mechanism of rogue waves in laboratory experiments where pair-ion plasmas with electrons and dust grains can be found.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Suvorova, A. V.; Huang, C.-M.; Dmitriev, A. V.; Kunitsyn, V. E.; Andreeva, E. S.; Nesterov, I. A.; Klimenko, M. V.; Klimenko, V. V.; Tumanova, Yu. S.
2016-06-01
The initial phase of a major geomagnetic storm on 14 December 2006 was selected in order to investigate the ionizing effect of energetic electrons in the ionosphere. The global network of GPS receivers was used to analyze the total electron content (TEC). A strong positive ionospheric storm of ~20 TEC units (TECU) with ~6 h duration was observed on the dayside during the interval of northward interplanetary magnetic field. At the same time, the NOAA/POES satellites observed long-lasting intense fluxes of >30 keV electrons in the topside ionosphere at middle and low latitudes, including a near-equatorial forbidden zone outside of the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA). We found that the TEC increases overlapped well with the enhancements of energetic electrons. Modeling of the ionospheric response by using a Global Self-consistent Model of the Thermosphere, Ionosphere, and Protonosphere, based on the standard mechanisms of plasma transport, could only partially explain the ionospheric response and was unable to predict the long-duration increase of TEC. For the energetic electrons, we estimated the ionizing effect of ~45 TECU and ~23 TECU in the topside ionosphere, respectively, inside and outside of SAA. The ionizing effect contributed from 50% to 100% of TEC increases and provided the long duration and wide latitudinal extension of the positive ionospheric storm. This finding is a very important argument in supporting significant ionizing effect of energetic electrons in the storm time ionosphere both at middle and low latitudes.
Particle Transport in Pure Electron Plasmas.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kriesel, J. M.; Driscoll, C. F.
1998-10-01
At UCSD we confine pure-electron plasmas in Penning-Malmberg traps, which consist of cylindrical electrodes in an axial magnetic field (B ~ 100G). The trap is under ultra-high vacuum (10-10 Torr) so that transport due to electron-neutral collisions is negligible. Instead, cross-field particle transport is due to electron-electron collsions or from interactions with external fields. A plasma in one of our traps is roughly cylindrical in shape and rotates about its own axis due to the E x B drift from the space-charge field. Electron-electron collisions bring the plasma to a thermal equilibrium state of rigid rotation and uniform temperature. We find that the transport is driven by shears in the rotation velocity, and measure a coefficient of viscosity which is as much as 10,000 times larger than classical theory. This transport is driven by long-range ``E × B drift Coulomb collisions'' with impact parameters on the order of a Debye length rather than a cyclotron radius, as in classical theory. In our plasmas λD >> r_c, and O'Neil and Dubin have developed theories(Daniel H.E. Dubin, Phys. Plasmas 5), 1688 (1998) of transport in this regime. In addition to this work, I will also present measurements on the transport due to externally applied fields. The scalings provide insight into the overall confinement properties of our traps.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Carpenter, Kyle; Mancini, Roberto
2016-10-01
We are testing polychromatic tomography to extract the spatial distribution of electron temperatures and densities in the cylindrical implosion plasmas created during MagLIF. Motivation for this technique stems from its successful application to spherical implosion core plasmas on Omega through the analysis of spatially resolved spectra (SRS) collected via pinhole imaging. In MagLIF, collections of SRS can be extracted from the images created by the slit imaging CRITR spectrometers. These spectra can be complemented with pinhole monochromatic images and spectra recorded with a spherical crystal spectrometer. One axially resolved and one radially resolved CRITR are field during MagLIF and information extracted from one of these SRS would be spatially integrated over a plane of finite thickness given by the spatial resolution of the instrument. In our method, we couple a model that creates synthetic sets of spectra, like those obtained from an experiment, with a Pareto genetic algorithm which searches in parameter space for the spatial distribution which best simultaneously and self-consistently fits the set of SRS/ Solutions obtained are used as the initial solution for a Levenberg-Marquadt minimization algorithm to provide a final ``fine-tuned'' solution. We are testing this method by creating synthetic ``experimental'' data and using the technique to search for the spatial distribution. The results of these feasibility studies will be discussed. The work is supported by a contract from Sandia National Laboratories.
Magnetic reconnection in space plasmas
Gosling, J.; Feldman, W.; Walthour, D.
1996-04-01
This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Magnetic reconnection produces fundamental changes in the magnetic field topology of plasmas and leads ultimately to substantial plasma heating and acceleration. The transfer of stored magnetic field energy to the plasma occurs primarily at thin conversion layers that extend outward from the reconnection site. We performed a comparative study of the structure and nature of these conversion layers as observed during reconnection at Earth`s magnetopause and in the geomagnetic tail. Our research utilized plasma and magnetic field data from the Earth-orbiting ISEE satellites during crossings of the conversion layers at the magnetopause and in the geomagnetic tail, as well as data obtained during a long-duration balloon flight in Antarctica and simultaneously from satellites in geosynchronous orbit. We have found that the reconnection layer at the magnetopause usually does not contain a slow mode shock, contrary to earlier theoretical expectations. Through a coordinated analysis of data obtained from balloon altitudes and at geosynchronous orbit, we obtained evidence that reconnection can occur simultaneously in both hemispheres at the magnetopause above the polar caps. The final year of our study was oriented primarily towards the question of determining the magnetic topology of disturbances in the solar wind associated with coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and understanding how that topology is affected by magnetic reconnection occurring near the Sun.
Localized whistlers in magnetized spin quantum plasmas
Misra, A. P.; Brodin, G.; Marklund, M.; Shukla, P. K.
2010-11-15
The nonlinear propagation of electromagnetic (EM) electron-cyclotron waves (whistlers) along an external magnetic field, and their modulation by electrostatic small but finite amplitude ion-acoustic density perturbations are investigated in a uniform quantum plasma with intrinsic spin of electrons. The effects of the quantum force associated with the Bohm potential and the combined effects of the classical as well as the spin-induced ponderomotive forces (CPF and SPF, respectively) are taken into consideration. The latter modify the local plasma density in a self-consistent manner. The coupled modes of wave propagation is shown to be governed by a modified set of nonlinear Schroedinger-Boussinesq-like equations which admit exact solutions in form of stationary localized envelopes. Numerical simulation reveals the existence of large-scale density fluctuations that are self-consistently created by the localized whistlers in a strongly magnetized high density plasma. The conditions for the modulational instability (MI) and the value of its growth rate are obtained. Possible applications of our results, e.g., in strongly magnetized dense plasmas and in the next generation laser-solid density plasma interaction experiments are discussed.
Magnetic Flux Compression in Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Velikovich, A. L.
2012-10-01
Magnetic flux compression (MFC) as a method for producing ultra-high pulsed magnetic fields had been originated in the 1950s by Sakharov et al. at Arzamas in the USSR (now VNIIEF, Russia) and by Fowler et al. at Los Alamos in the US. The highest magnetic field produced by explosively driven MFC generator, 28 MG, was reported by Boyko et al. of VNIIEF. The idea of using MFC to increase the magnetic field in a magnetically confined plasma to 3-10 MG, relaxing the strict requirements on the plasma density and Lawson time, gave rise to the research area known as MTF in the US and MAGO in Russia. To make a difference in ICF, a magnetic field of ˜100 MG should be generated via MFC by a plasma liner as a part of the capsule compression scenario on a laser or pulsed power facility. This approach was first suggested in mid-1980s by Liberman and Velikovich in the USSR and Felber in the US. It has not been obvious from the start that it could work at all, given that so many mechanisms exist for anomalously fast penetration of magnetic field through plasma. And yet, many experiments stimulated by this proposal since 1986, mostly using pulsed-power drivers, demonstrated reasonably good flux compression up to ˜42 MG, although diagnostics of magnetic fields of such magnitude in HED plasmas is still problematic. The new interest of MFC in plasmas emerged with the advancement of new drivers, diagnostic methods and simulation tools. Experiments on MFC in a deuterium plasma filling a cylindrical plastic liner imploded by OMEGA laser beam led by Knauer, Betti et al. at LLE produced peak fields of 36 MG. The novel MagLIF approach to low-cost, high-efficiency ICF pursued by Herrmann, Slutz, Vesey et al. at Sandia involves pulsed-power-driven MFC to a peak field of ˜130 MG in a DT plasma. A review of the progress, current status and future prospects of MFC in plasmas is presented.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dutra, Eric C.; Covington, Aaron M.; Darling, Timothy; Mancini, Roberto C.; Haque, Showera; Angermeier, William A.
2016-09-01
Visible spectroscopic techniques are often used in plasma experiments to measure B-field induced Zeeman splitting, electron densities via Stark broadening and temperatures from Doppler broadening. However, when electron densities and temperatures are sufficiently high, the broadening of the Stark and Doppler components can dominate the emission spectra and obscure the Zeeman component. In this research, we are developing a time-resolved multi-axial technique for measuring the Zeeman, Stark, and Doppler broadened line emission of dense magnetized plasmas for Z-pinch and Dense Plasma Focus (DPF) accelerators. The line emission is used to calculate the electron densities, temperatures, and B-fields. In parallel, we are developing a line-shape modeling code that incorporates the broadening effects due to Stark, Doppler, and Zeeman effects for dense magnetized plasma. Experiments conducted at the University of Nevada (Reno) at the Nevada Terawatt Facility (NTF) using the 1 MA Z-pinch (Zebra). The research explored the response of Al III doublet, 4p 2P3/2 to 4s 2S1/2 and 4p 2P1/2 to 4s 2S1/2 transitions. Optical light emitted from the pinch is fiber coupled to high-resolution spectrometers. The dual spectrometers are coupled to two high-speed visible streak cameras to capture time-resolved emission spectra from the experiment. The data reflects emission spectra from 100 ns before the current peak to 100 ns after the current peak, where the current peak is approximately the time at which the pinch occurs. The Al III doublet is used to measure Zeeman, Stark, and Doppler broadened emission. The line emission is then used to calculate the temperature, electron density, and B-fields. The measured quantities are used as initial parameters for the line shape code to simulate emission spectra and compare to experimental results. Future tests are planned to evaluate technique and modeling on other material wire array, gas puff, and DPF platforms. This work was done by National
A study of density in electron-cyclotron-resonance plasma
Uhm, H.S.; Lee, P.H.; Kim, Y.I.; Kim, J.H.; Chang, H.Y.
1995-08-01
A theory is developed for the density profile of low-temperature plasmas confined by applied magnetic field and an experiment of the electron-cyclotron-resonance (ECR) plasma is conducted to compare the theoretical prediction and experimental measurements. Due to a large electron mobility along the magnetic field, electrons move quickly out of the system, leaving ions behind and building a space charge potential, which leads to the ambipolar diffusion of ions. In a steady-state condition, the plasma generation by ionization of neutral molecules is in balance with plasma loss due to the diffusion, leading to the electron temperature equation, which is expressed in terms of the plasma size, chamber pressure, and the ionization energy and cross section of neutrals. The power balance condition leads to the plasma density equation, which is also expressed in terms of the electron temperature, the input microwave power and the chamber pressure. It is shown that the plasma density increases, reaches its peak and decreases, as the chamber pressure increases from a small value (0.1 mTorr). These simple expressions of electron temperature and density provide a scaling law of ECR plasma in terms of system parameters. After carrying out an experimental observation, it is concluded that the theoretical predictions of the electron temperature and plasma density agree remarkably well with experimental data. A large-volume plasma generated by the electron-cyclotron-resonance (ECR) mechanism plays a pivotal role in the plasma processing, including thin-film depositions and plasma etching technologies.
Simple model of plasma acceleration in a magnetic nozzle
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Sercel, Joel C.
1990-01-01
A collisionless, steady-state, cold-plasma model is used to calculate the three-dimensional trajectory of a plasma as it is accelerated through a diverging magnetic field. The magnetic field is assumed to be axisymmetric with nonzero radial and axial components and zero azimuthal component. Although random thermal motion of plasma species is neglected in the cold plasma approximation, an important effect of plasma thermal energy is accounted for in the model as the kinetic energy of electrons in their Larmor motion about magnetic field lines. Calculations based on this model confirm previous studies which suggested that plasma separation from the field of a magnetic nozzle can take place even in the absence of collisional diffusion. It is shown that plasma divergence in a magnetic nozzle can be controlled by tailoring the field geometry.
Collisionless Magnetic Reconnection in Space Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Treumann, Rudolf A.; Baumjohann, Wolfgang
2013-12-01
Magnetic reconnection, the merging of oppositely directed magnetic fields that leads to field reconfiguration, plasma heating, jetting and acceleration, is one of the most celebrated processes in collisionless plasmas. It requires the violation of the frozen-in condition which ties gyrating charged particles to the magnetic field inhibiting diffusion. Ongoing reconnection has been identified in near-Earth space as being responsible for the excitation of substorms, magnetic storms, generation of field aligned currents and their consequences, the wealth of auroral phenomena. Its theoretical understanding is now on the verge of being completed. Reconnection takes place in thin current sheets. Analytical concepts proceeded gradually down to the microscopic scale, the scale of the electron skin depth or inertial length, recognizing that current layers that thin do preferentially undergo spontaneous reconnection. Thick current layers start reconnecting when being forced by plasma inflow to thin. For almost half a century the physical mechanism of reconnection has remained a mystery. Spacecraft in situ observations in combination with sophisticated numerical simulations in two and three dimensions recently clarified the mist, finding that reconnection produces a specific structure of the current layer inside the electron inertial (also called electron diffusion) region around the reconnection site, the X line. Onset of reconnection is attributed to pseudo-viscous contributions of the electron pressure tensor aided by electron inertia and drag, creating a complicated structured electron current sheet, electric fields, and an electron exhaust extended along the current layer. We review the general background theory and recent developments in numerical simulation on collisionless reconnection. It is impossible to cover the entire field of reconnection in a short space-limited review. The presentation necessarily remains cursory, determined by our taste, preferences, and kn
Transparency of Magnetized Plasma at Cyclotron Frequency
G. Shvets; J.S. Wurtele
2002-03-14
Electromagnetic radiation is strongly absorbed by a magnetized plasma if the radiation frequency equals the cyclotron frequency of plasma electrons. It is demonstrated that absorption can be completely canceled in the presence of a magnetostatic field of an undulator or a second radiation beam, resulting in plasma transparency at the cyclotron frequency. This effect is reminiscent of the electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) of the three-level atomic systems, except that it occurs in a completely classical plasma. Unlike the atomic systems, where all the excited levels required for EIT exist in each atom, this classical EIT requires the excitation of the nonlocal plasma oscillation. The complexity of the plasma system results in an index of refraction at the cyclotron frequency that differs from unity. Lagrangian description was used to elucidate the physics and enable numerical simulation of the plasma transparency and control of group and phase velocity. This control naturally leads to applications for electromagnetic pulse compression in the plasma and electron/ion acceleration.
Nonquasineutral electron vortices in nonuniform plasmas
Angus, J. R.; Richardson, A. S.; Swanekamp, S. B.; Schumer, J. W.; Ottinger, P. F.
2014-11-15
Electron vortices are observed in the numerical simulation of current carrying plasmas on fast time scales where the ion motion can be ignored. In plasmas with nonuniform density n, vortices drift in the B × ∇n direction with a speed that is on the order of the Hall speed. This provides a mechanism for magnetic field penetration into a plasma. Here, we consider strong vortices with rotation speeds V{sub ϕ} close to the speed of light c where the vortex size δ is on the order of the magnetic Debye length λ{sub B}=|B|/4πen and the vortex is thus nonquasineutral. Drifting vortices are typically studied using the electron magnetohydrodynamic model (EMHD), which ignores the displacement current and assumes quasineutrality. However, these assumptions are not strictly valid for drifting vortices when δ ≈ λ{sub B}. In this paper, 2D electron vortices in nonuniform plasmas are studied for the first time using a fully electromagnetic, collisionless fluid code. Relatively large amplitude oscillations with periods that correspond to high frequency extraordinary modes are observed in the average drift speed. The drift speed W is calculated by averaging the electron velocity field over the vorticity. Interestingly, the time-averaged W from these simulations matches very well with W from the much simpler EMHD simulations even for strong vortices with order unity charge density separation.
Nonquasineutral electron vortices in nonuniform plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Angus, J. R.; Richardson, A. S.; Ottinger, P. F.; Swanekamp, S. B.; Schumer, J. W.
2014-11-01
Electron vortices are observed in the numerical simulation of current carrying plasmas on fast time scales where the ion motion can be ignored. In plasmas with nonuniform density n, vortices drift in the B × ∇n direction with a speed that is on the order of the Hall speed. This provides a mechanism for magnetic field penetration into a plasma. Here, we consider strong vortices with rotation speeds Vϕ close to the speed of light c where the vortex size δ is on the order of the magnetic Debye length λB=|B |/4 πe n and the vortex is thus nonquasineutral. Drifting vortices are typically studied using the electron magnetohydrodynamic model (EMHD), which ignores the displacement current and assumes quasineutrality. However, these assumptions are not strictly valid for drifting vortices when δ ≈ λB. In this paper, 2D electron vortices in nonuniform plasmas are studied for the first time using a fully electromagnetic, collisionless fluid code. Relatively large amplitude oscillations with periods that correspond to high frequency extraordinary modes are observed in the average drift speed. The drift speed W is calculated by averaging the electron velocity field over the vorticity. Interestingly, the time-averaged W from these simulations matches very well with W from the much simpler EMHD simulations even for strong vortices with order unity charge density separation.
Charge shielding in magnetized plasmas
Wang Shaojie; Stroth, Ulrich; Van Oost, Guido
2010-11-15
The shielding of a charge sheet in a magnetized plasma is investigated by taking account of the diamagnetic drift start-up current in addition to the polarization current. For a charge sheet with an infinitesimal width, the shielding is the same as the conventional Debye shielding if the charge sheet is perpendicular to the magnetic field; the shielding length is {radical}(2) times larger than the conventional one if the charge sheet is parallel to the magnetic field. When the scale length of the charge sheet is comparable or smaller than the ion Larmor radius, the electric field is significantly enhanced within the charge sheet, while far away from the charge sheet, the electric field is shielded to the usual 1/{epsilon}{sub r} level (where {epsilon}{sub r} is the diamagnetic coefficient of the magnetized plasma).
Low-frequency fluctuations in plasma magnetic fields
Cable, S.; Tajima, T.
1992-02-01
It is shown that even a non-magnetized plasma with temperature T sustains zero-frequency magnetic fluctuations in thermal equilibrium. Fluctuations in electric and magnetic fields, as well as in densities, are computed. Four cases are studied: a cold, gaseous, isotropic, non-magnetized plasma; a cold, gaseous plasma in a uniform magnetic field; a warm, gaseous plasma described by kinetic theory; and a degenerate electron plasma. For the simple gaseous plasma, the fluctuation strength of the magnetic field as a function of frequency and wavenumber is calculated with the aid of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. This calculation is done for both collisional and collisionless plasmas. The magnetic field fluctuation spectrum of each plasma has a large zero-frequency peak. The peak is a Dirac {delta}-function in the collisionless plasma; it is broadened into a Lorentzian curve in the collisional plasma. The plasma causes a low frequency cutoff in the typical black-body radiation spectrum, and the energy under the discovered peak approximates the energy lost in this cutoff. When the imposed magnetic field is weak, the magnetic field were vector fluctuation spectra of the two lowest modes are independent of the strength of the imposed field. Further, these modes contain finite energy even when the imposed field is zero. It is the energy of these modes which forms the non-magnetized zero-frequency peak of the isotropic plasma. In deriving these results, a simple relationship between the dispersion relation and the fluctuation power spectrum of electromagnetic waves if found. The warm plasma is shown, by kinetic theory, to exhibit a zero-frequency peak in its magnetic field fluctuation spectrum as well. For the degenerate plasma, we find that electric field fluctuations and number density fluctuations vanish at zero frequency; however, the magnetic field power spectrum diverges at zero frequency.
Low-frequency fluctuations in plasma magnetic fields
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cable, S.; Tajima, T.
1992-02-01
It is shown that even a non-magnetized plasma with temperature T sustains zero-frequency magnetic fluctuations in thermal equilibrium. Fluctuations in electric and magnetic fields, as well as in densities, are computed. Four cases are studied: a cold, gaseous, isotropic, non-magnetized plasma; a cold, gaseous plasma in a uniform magnetic field; a warm, gaseous plasma described by kinetic theory; and a degenerate electron plasma. For the simple gaseous plasma, the fluctuation strength of the magnetic field as a function of frequency and wavenumber is calculated with the aid of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. This calculation is done for both collisional and collisionless plasmas. The magnetic field fluctuation spectrum of each plasma has a large zero-frequency peak. The peak is a Dirac delta function in the collisionless plasma and is broadened into a Lorentzian curve in the collisional plasma. The plasma causes a low frequency cutoff in the typical black-body radiation spectrum, and the energy under the discovered peak approximates the energy lost in this cutoff. When the imposed magnetic field is weak, the magnetic field wave vector fluctuation spectra of the two lowest modes are independent of the strength of the imposed field. Further, these modes contain finite energy even when the imposed field is zero. It is the energy of these modes which forms the non-magnetized zero-frequency peak of the isotropic plasma. In deriving these results, a simple relationship between the dispersion relation and the fluctuation power spectrum of electromagnetic waves if found. The warm plasma is shown, by kinetic theory, to exhibit a zero-frequency peak in its magnetic field fluctuation spectrum as well. For the degenerate plasma, we find that electric field fluctuations and number density fluctuations vanish at zero frequency; however, the magnetic field power spectrum diverges at zero frequency.
Electron holes in inhomogeneous magnetic field: Electron heating and electron hole evolution
Vasko, I. Y.; Agapitov, O. V.; Mozer, F. S.; Artemyev, A. V.; Drake, J. F.
2016-05-15
Electron holes are electrostatic non-linear structures widely observed in the space plasma. In the present paper, we analyze the process of energy exchange between electrons trapped within electron hole, untrapped electrons, and an electron hole propagating in a weakly inhomogeneous magnetic field. We show that as the electron hole propagates into the region with stronger magnetic field, trapped electrons are heated due to the conservation of the first adiabatic invariant. At the same time, the electron hole amplitude may increase or decrease in dependence on properties of distribution functions of trapped and untrapped resonant electrons. The energy gain of trapped electrons is due to the energy losses of untrapped electrons and/or decrease of the electron hole energy. We stress that taking into account the energy exchange with untrapped electrons increases the lifetime of electron holes in inhomogeneous magnetic field. We illustrate the suggested mechanism for small-amplitude Schamel's [Phys. Scr. T2, 228–237 (1982)] electron holes and show that during propagation along a positive magnetic field gradient their amplitude should grow. Neglect of the energy exchange with untrapped electrons would result in the electron hole dissipation with only modest heating factor of trapped electrons. The suggested mechanism may contribute to generation of suprathermal electron fluxes in the space plasma.
High density plasma etching of magnetic devices
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jung, Kee Bum
Magnetic materials such as NiFe (permalloy) or NiFeCo are widely used in the data storage industry. Techniques for submicron patterning are required to develop next generation magnetic devices. The relative chemical inertness of most magnetic materials means they are hard to etch using conventional RIE (Reactive Ion Etching). Therefore ion milling has generally been used across the industry, but this has limitations for magnetic structures with submicron dimensions. In this dissertation, we suggest high density plasmas such as ECR (Electron Cyclotron Resonance) and ICP (Inductively Coupled Plasma) for the etching of magnetic materials (NiFe, NiFeCo, CoFeB, CoSm, CoZr) and other related materials (TaN, CrSi, FeMn), which are employed for magnetic devices like magnetoresistive random access memories (MRAM), magnetic read/write heads, magnetic sensors and microactuators. This research examined the fundamental etch mechanisms occurring in high density plasma processing of magnetic materials by measuring etch rate, surface morphology and surface stoichiometry. However, one concern with using Cl2-based plasma chemistry is the effect of residual chlorine or chlorinated etch residues remaining on the sidewalls of etched features, leading to a degradation of the magnetic properties. To avoid this problem, we employed two different processing methods. The first one is applying several different cleaning procedures, including de-ionized water rinsing or in-situ exposure to H2, O2 or SF6 plasmas. Very stable magnetic properties were achieved over a period of ˜6 months except O2 plasma treated structures, with no evidence of corrosion, provided chlorinated etch residues were removed by post-etch cleaning. The second method is using non-corrosive gas chemistries such as CO/NH3 or CO2/NH3. There is a small chemical contribution to the etch mechanism (i.e. formation of metal carbonyls) as determined by a comparison with Ar and N2 physical sputtering. The discharge should be NH3
On the generation of magnetic field enhanced microwave plasma line
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chen, Longwei; Zhao, Ying; Wu, Kenan; Wang, Qi; Meng, Yuedong; Ren, Zhaoxing
2016-12-01
Microwave linear plasmas sustained by surface waves have attracted much attention due to the potential abilities to generate large-scale and uniform non-equilibrium plasmas. An external magnetic field was generally applied to enhance and stabilize plasma sources because the magnetic field decreased the electron losses on the wall. The effects of magnetic field on the generation and propagation mechanisms of the microwave plasma were tentatively investigated based on a 2-D numerical model combining a coupled system of Maxwell's equations and continuity equations. The mobility of electrons and effective electric conductivity of the plasma were considered as a full tensor in the presence of magnetic field. Numerical results indicate that both cases of magnetic field in the axial-direction and radial-direction benefit the generation of a high-density plasma; the former one allows the microwave to propagate longer in the axis direction compared to the latter one. The time-averaged power flow density and the amplitude of the electric field on the inner rod of coaxial waveguide attenuate with the propagation of the microwave for both cases of with and without external magnetic field. The attenuation becomes smaller in the presence of appropriately higher axial-direction magnetic field, which allows more microwave energies to transmit along the axial direction. Meanwhile, the anisotropic properties of the plasma, like electron mobility, in the presence of the magnetic field confine more charged particles in the direction of the magnetic field line.
Characterization of electron cyclotron resonance hydrogen plasmas
Outten, C.A. . Dept. of Nuclear Engineering); Barbour, J.C.; Wampler, W.R. )
1990-01-01
Electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasmas yield low energy and high ion density plasmas. The characteristics downstream of an ECR hydrogen plasma were investigated as a function of microwave power and magnetic field. A fast-injection Langmuir probe and a carbon resistance probe were used to determine plasma potential (V{sub p}), electron density (N{sub e}), electron temperature (T{sub e}), ion energy (T{sub i}), and ion fluence. Langmuir probe results showed that at 17 cm downstream from the ECR chamber the plasma characteristics are approximately constant across the center 7 cm of the plasma for 50 Watts of absorbed power. These results gave V{sub p} = 30 {plus minus} 5 eV, N{sub e} = 1 {times} 10{sup 8} cm{sup {minus}3}, and T{sub e} = 10--13 eV. In good agreement with the Langmuir probe results, carbon resistance probes have shown that T{sub i} {le} 50 eV. Also, based on hydrogen chemical sputtering of carbon, the hydrogen (ion and energetic neutrals) fluence rate was determined to be 1 {times} 10{sup 16}/cm{sup 2}-sec. at a pressure of 1 {times} 10{sup {minus}4} Torr and for 50 Watts of absorbed power. 19 refs.
Interaction of Electromagnetic Fields with Magnetized Plasmas
1994-03-31
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Harmonic generation in magnetized quantum plasma
Kumar, Punit; Singh, Abhisek Kumar; Singh, Shiv
2016-05-06
A study of second harmonic generation by propagation of a linearly polarized electromagnetic wave through homogeneous high density quantum plasma in the presence of transverse magnetic field. The nonlinear current density and dispersion relations for the fundamental and second harmonic frequencies have been obtained using the recently developed quantum hydrodynamic (QHD) model. The effect of quantum Bohm potential, Fermi pressure and the electron spin have been taken into account. The second harmonic is found to be less dispersed than the first.
Analysis of magnetic field plasma interactions using microparticles as probes
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dropmann, Michael; Laufer, Rene; Herdrich, Georg; Matthews, Lorin S.; Hyde, Truell W.
2015-08-01
The interaction between a magnetic field and plasma close to a nonconductive surface is of interest for both science and technology. In space, crustal magnetic fields on celestial bodies without atmosphere can interact with the solar wind. In advanced technologies such as those used in fusion or spaceflight, magnetic fields can be used to either control a plasma or protect surfaces exposed to the high heat loads produced by plasma. In this paper, a method will be discussed for investigating magnetic field plasma interactions close to a nonconductive surface inside a Gaseous Electronics Conference reference cell employing dust particles as probes. To accomplish this, a magnet covered by a glass plate was exposed to a low power argon plasma. The magnetic field was strong enough to magnetize the electrons, while not directly impacting the dynamics of the ions or the dust particles used for diagnostics. In order to investigate the interaction of the plasma with the magnetic field and the nonconductive surface, micron-sized dust particles were introduced into the plasma and their trajectories were recorded with a high-speed camera. Based on the resulting particle trajectories, the accelerations of the dust particles were determined and acceleration maps over the field of view were generated which are representative of the forces acting on the particles. The results show that the magnetic field is responsible for the development of strong electric fields in the plasma, in both horizontal and vertical directions, leading to complex motion of the dust particles.
Three-dimensional model of magnetized capacitively coupled plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rauf, Shahid; Kenney, Jason; Collins, Ken
2009-05-01
A three-dimensional plasma model is used to understand the characteristics of magnetized capacitively coupled plasma discharges. The simulations consider plasmas generated using high frequency (13.5 MHz) and very high frequency (162 MHz) sources, electropositive (Ar) and electronegative (O2) gases, and spatially uniform and nonuniform magnetic fields. Application of a magnetic field parallel to the electrodes is found to enhance the plasma density due to improved electron confinement and shift the plasma due to the E ×B drift. The plasma is electrically symmetric at 162 MHz so it drifts in opposite directions adjacent to the two electrodes due to the E ×B drift. On the other hand, the 13.5 MHz plasma is electrically asymmetric and it predominantly moves in one direction under the influence of the E ×B drift. The E ×B drift focuses the plasma into a smaller volume in regions with convex magnetic field lines. Conversely, the E ×B drift spreads out the plasma in regions with concave magnetic field lines. In a magnetized O2 plasma, the overall plasma is found to move in one direction due to the E ×B drift while the plasma interior moves in the opposite direction. This behavior is linked to the propensity of negative ions to reside in regions of peak plasma potential, which moves closer to the chamber center opposite to the E ×B drift direction.
Three-dimensional model of magnetized capacitively coupled plasmas
Rauf, Shahid; Kenney, Jason; Collins, Ken
2009-05-15
A three-dimensional plasma model is used to understand the characteristics of magnetized capacitively coupled plasma discharges. The simulations consider plasmas generated using high frequency (13.5 MHz) and very high frequency (162 MHz) sources, electropositive (Ar) and electronegative (O{sub 2}) gases, and spatially uniform and nonuniform magnetic fields. Application of a magnetic field parallel to the electrodes is found to enhance the plasma density due to improved electron confinement and shift the plasma due to the ExB drift. The plasma is electrically symmetric at 162 MHz so it drifts in opposite directions adjacent to the two electrodes due to the ExB drift. On the other hand, the 13.5 MHz plasma is electrically asymmetric and it predominantly moves in one direction under the influence of the ExB drift. The ExB drift focuses the plasma into a smaller volume in regions with convex magnetic field lines. Conversely, the ExB drift spreads out the plasma in regions with concave magnetic field lines. In a magnetized O{sub 2} plasma, the overall plasma is found to move in one direction due to the ExB drift while the plasma interior moves in the opposite direction. This behavior is linked to the propensity of negative ions to reside in regions of peak plasma potential, which moves closer to the chamber center opposite to the ExB drift direction.
Relativistic thermal plasmas - Effects of magnetic fields
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Araki, S.; Lightman, A. P.
1983-01-01
Processes and equilibria in finite, relativistic, thermal plasmas are investigated, taking into account electron-positron creation and annihilation, photon production by internal processes, and photon production by a magnetic field. Inclusion of the latter extends previous work on such plasmas. The basic relations for thermal, Comptonized synchrotron emission are analyzed, including emission and absorption without Comptonization, Comptonized thermal synchrotron emission, and the Comptonized synchrotron and bremsstrahlung luminosities. Pair equilibria are calculated, including approximations and dimensionless parameters, the pair balance equation, maximum temperatures and field strengths, and individual models and cooling curves.
Kalita, B. C.; Barman, S. N.
2009-05-15
The propagation of ion-acoustic solitary waves in magnetized plasma with cold ions and ion-beams together with electron inertia has been investigated theoretically through the Korteweg-de Vries equation. Subject to the drift velocity of the ion beam, the existence of compressive solitons is found to become extinct as {alpha} (=cold ion mass/ion-beam mass) tends to 0.01 when {gamma}=0.985 ({gamma} is the beam velocity/phase velocity). Interestingly, a transitional direction of propagation of solitary waves has been unearthed for change over, from compressive solitons to rarefactive solitons based on {alpha} and {sigma}{sub {upsilon}}(=cosine of the angle {theta} made by the wave propagation direction {xi} with the direction of the magnetic field) for fixed Q(=electron mass/ion mass). Further, the direction of propagation of ion-acoustic waves is found to be the deterministic factor to admit compressive or rarefactive solitons subject to beam outsource.
Plasma confinement in a spindle cusp magnetic field
Bosch, R.A.
1986-01-01
An experimental study of the confinement properties of a low (average) beta plasma in a spindle cusp magnetic field is described. An argon discharge plasma and a plasma produced by contact ionization of potassium were investigated. Electron and ion densities, space potentials, and plasma flow velocities were measured in the ring and point cusps. The leak width of the escaping plasma was measured over a wide range of magnetic field strengths and neutral gas pressures. The dependence of the leak width on neutral pressure and magnetic field strength is accounted for by a simple model is which plasma streams out of the cusps along the magnetic field lines while diffusing across the magnetic field due to the combined effects of neutral particle collisions and Bohm diffusion.
Relativistic nonlinear plasma waves in a magnetic field
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Kennel, C. F.; Pellat, R.
1975-01-01
Five relativistic plane nonlinear waves were investigated: circularly polarized waves and electrostatic plasma oscillations propagating parallel to the magnetic field, relativistic Alfven waves, linearly polarized transverse waves propagating in zero magnetic field, and the relativistic analog of the extraordinary mode propagating at an arbitrary angle to the magnetic field. When the ions are driven relativistic, they behave like electrons, and the assumption of an 'electron-positron' plasma leads to equations which have the form of a one-dimensional potential well. The solutions indicate that a large-amplitude superluminous wave determines the average plasma properties.
Plasma acceleration above martian magnetic anomalies.
Lundin, R; Winningham, D; Barabash, S; Frahm, R; Holmström, M; Sauvaud, J-A; Fedorov, A; Asamura, K; Coates, A J; Soobiah, Y; Hsieh, K C; Grande, M; Koskinen, H; Kallio, E; Kozyra, J; Woch, J; Fraenz, M; Brain, D; Luhmann, J; McKenna-Lawler, S; Orsini, R S; Brandt, P; Wurz, P
2006-02-17
Auroras are caused by accelerated charged particles precipitating along magnetic field lines into a planetary atmosphere, the auroral brightness being roughly proportional to the precipitating particle energy flux. The Analyzer of Space Plasma and Energetic Atoms experiment on the Mars Express spacecraft has made a detailed study of acceleration processes on the nightside of Mars. We observed accelerated electrons and ions in the deep nightside high-altitude region of Mars that map geographically to interface/cleft regions associated with martian crustal magnetization regions. By integrating electron and ion acceleration energy down to the upper atmosphere, we saw energy fluxes in the range of 1 to 50 milliwatts per square meter per second. These conditions are similar to those producing bright discrete auroras above Earth. Discrete auroras at Mars are therefore expected to be associated with plasma acceleration in diverging magnetic flux tubes above crustal magnetization regions, the auroras being distributed geographically in a complex pattern by the many multipole magnetic field lines extending into space.
Magnetic Energy Release from Electron Scale Reconnection
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Horton, Wendell; Kim, Juhyung; Militello, Fulvio; Ottaviani, Maurizio
2006-10-01
Magnetic reconnection may occur as bursts of nonlinear plasma dynamics on the electron collisionless skin length scale de= c/φpe during which a large fraction of the magnetic energy is converted to electron thermal energy and plasma flow energy. The energization mechanism is the crossfield compression of the electron gas between interacting magnetic islands and the parallel electric fields accelerating the small pitch angle electrons. Solutions of the reduced Hall-MHD equations show the heating pulses in nearly collisionless, energy conserving simulations. The electron energization appears to be measured in the 4s, 200km resolution data from Cluster crossing thin, multipeaked current sheets in the geotail at -17 RE (JGR, Nakamura et al (2006)). The electron PAD and energy fluxes change rapidly consistent with the magnetic fluctuations. In short time (10 ion cyclotron periods or 30s) from 0.5-0.8 keV up to 5 keV in ninety degree pitch angle flux and weak parallel electron beams formed at small pitch angles. Work partially supported by US Dept of Energy, NSF 0539099, and CEA Cadarache.
Electron Dynamics in a Subproton-Gyroscale Magnetic Hole
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Gershman, Daniel J.; Dorelli, John C.; Vinas, Adolfo F.; Avanov, Levon A.; Gliese, Ulrik B.; Barrie, Alexander C.; Coffey, Victoria; Chandler, Michael; Dickson, Charles; MacDonald, Elizabeth A.;
2016-01-01
Magnetic holes are ubiquitous in space plasmas, occurring in the solar wind, downstream of planetary bow shocks, and inside the magnetosphere. Recently, kinetic-scale magnetic holes have been observed near Earth's central plasma sheet. The Fast Plasma Investigation on NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission enables measurement of both ions and electrons with 2 orders of magnitude increased temporal resolution over previous magnetospheric instruments. Here we present data from MMS taken in Earth's nightside plasma sheet and use high-resolution particle and magnetometer data to characterize the structure of a subproton-scale magnetic hole. Electrons with gyroradii above the thermal gyroradius but below the current layer thickness carry a current sufficient to account for a 10-20 depression in magnetic field magnitude. These observations suggest that the size and magnetic depth of kinetic-scale magnetic holes is strongly dependent on the background plasma conditions.
Electron dynamics in a subproton-gyroscale magnetic hole
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gershman, Daniel J.; Dorelli, John C.; Viñas, Adolfo F.; Avanov, Levon A.; Gliese, Ulrik; Barrie, Alexander C.; Coffey, Victoria; Chandler, Michael; Dickson, Charles; MacDonald, Elizabeth A.; Salo, Chad; Holland, Matthew; Saito, Yoshifumi; Sauvaud, Jean-Andre; Lavraud, Benoit; Paterson, William R.; Torbert, Roy; Chen, Li-Jen; Goodrich, Katherine; Russell, Christopher T.; Strangeway, Robert J.; Giles, Barbara L.; Pollock, Craig J.; Moore, Thomas E.; Burch, James L.
2016-05-01
Magnetic holes are ubiquitous in space plasmas, occurring in the solar wind, downstream of planetary bow shocks, and inside the magnetosphere. Recently, kinetic-scale magnetic holes have been observed near Earth's central plasma sheet. The Fast Plasma Investigation on NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission enables measurement of both ions and electrons with 2 orders of magnitude increased temporal resolution over previous magnetospheric instruments. Here we present data from MMS taken in Earth's nightside plasma sheet and use high-resolution particle and magnetometer data to characterize the structure of a subproton-scale magnetic hole. Electrons with gyroradii above the thermal gyroradius but below the current layer thickness carry a current sufficient to account for a ~10-20% depression in magnetic field magnitude. These observations suggest that the size and magnetic depth of kinetic-scale magnetic holes is strongly dependent on the background plasma conditions.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Brodin, G.; Stenflo, L.
2017-03-01
Considering a class of solutions where the density perturbations are functions of time, but not of space, we derive a new exact large amplitude wave solution for a cold uniform electron plasma. This result illustrates that most simple analytical solutions can appear even if the density perturbations are large.
Electrons Confined with an Axially Symmetric Magnetic Mirror Field
Higaki, H.; Ito, K.; Kira, K.; Okamoto, H.
2008-08-08
Low energy non-neutral electron plasmas were confined with an axially symmetric magnetic mirror field and an electrostatic potential to investigate the basic confinement properties of a simple magnetic mirror trap. As expected the confinement time became longer as a function of the mirror ratio. The axial electrostatic oscillations of a confined electron plasma were also observed. Obtained results suggested an improved scheme to accumulate low energy charged particles with the use of a magnetic mirror field, which would enable the investigation of electron-positron plasmas.
Apparatus for magnetic and electrostatic confinement of plasma
Rostoker, Norman; Binderbauer, Michl
2016-07-05
An apparatus and method for containing plasma and forming a Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) magnetic topology are described in which plasma ions are contained magnetically in stable, non-adiabatic orbits in the FRC. Further, the electrons are contained electrostatically in a deep energy well, created by tuning an externally applied magnetic field. The simultaneous electrostatic confinement of electrons and magnetic confinement of ions avoids anomalous transport and facilitates classical containment of both electrons and ions. In this configuration, ions and electrons may have adequate density and temperature so that upon collisions ions are fused together by nuclear force, thus releasing fusion energy. Moreover, the fusion fuel plasmas that can be used with the present confinement system and method are not limited to neutronic fuels only, but also advantageously include advanced fuels.
Apparatus for magnetic and electrostatic confinement of plasma
Rostoker, Norman; Binderbauer, Michl
2006-04-11
An apparatus and method for containing plasma and forming a Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) magnetic topology are described in which plasma ions are contained magnetically in stable, non-adiabatic orbits in the FRC. Further, the electrons are contained electrostatically in a deep energy well, created by tuning an externally applied magnetic field. The simultaneous electrostatic confinement of electrons and magnetic confinement of ions avoids anomalous transport and facilitates classical containment of both electrons and ions. In this configuration, ions and electrons may have adequate density and temperature so that upon collisions they are fused together by nuclear force, thus releasing fusion energy. Moreover, the fusion fuel plasmas that can be used with the present confinement system and method are not limited to neutronic fuels only, but also advantageously include advanced fuels.
Apparatus for magnetic and electrostatic confinement of plasma
Rostoker, Norman; Binderbauer, Michl
2006-10-31
An apparatus and method for containing plasma and forming a Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) magnetic topology are described in which plasma ions are contained magnetically in stable, non-adiabatic orbits in the FRC. Further, the electrons are contained electrostatically in a deep energy well, created by tuning an externally applied magnetic field. The simultaneous electrostatic confinement of electrons and magnetic confinement of ions avoids anomalous transport and facilitates classical containment of both electrons and ions. In this configuration, ions and electrons may have adequate density and temperature so that upon collisions they are fused together by nuclear force, thus releasing fusion energy. Moreover, the fusion fuel plasmas that can be used with the present confinement system and method are not limited to neutronic fuels only, but also advantageously include advanced fuels.
Apparatus for magnetic and electrostatic confinement of plasma
Rostoker, Norman; Binderbauer, Michl
2013-06-11
An apparatus and method for containing plasma and forming a Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) magnetic topology are described in which plasma ions are contained magnetically in stable, non-adiabatic orbits in the FRC. Further, the electrons are contained electrostatically in a deep energy well, created by tuning an externally applied magnetic field. The simultaneous electrostatic confinement of electrons and magnetic confinement of ions avoids anomalous transport and facilitates classical containment of both electrons and ions. In this configuration, ions and electrons may have adequate density and temperature so that upon collisions ions are fused together by nuclear force, thus releasing fusion energy. Moreover, the fusion fuel plasmas that can be used with the present confinement system and method are not limited to neutronic fuels only, but also advantageously include advanced fuels.
Fully magnetized plasma flow in a magnetic nozzle
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Merino, Mario; Ahedo, Eduardo
2016-02-01
A model of the expansion of a plasma in a magnetic nozzle in the full magnetization limit is presented. The fully magnetized and the unmagnetized-ions limits are compared, recovering the whole range of variability in plasma properties, thrust, and plume efficiency, and revealing the differences in the physics of the two cases. The fully magnetized model is the natural limit of the general, 2D, two-fluid model of Ahedo and Merino [Phys. Plasmas 17, 073501 (2010)], and it is proposed as an analytical, conservative estimator of the propulsive figures of merit of partially magnetized plasma expansions in the near region of the magnetic nozzle.
Improved Magnetic Field Generation Efficiency and Higher Temperature Spheromak Plasmas
Wood, R D; Hill, D N; McLean, H S; Hooper, E B; Hudson, B F; Moller, J M; Romero-Talamas, C A
2008-09-15
New understanding of the mechanisms governing the observed magnetic field generation limits on the sustained spheromak physics experiment has been obtained. Extending the duration of magnetic helicity injection during the formation of a spheromak and optimizing the ratio of injected current to bias flux produce higher magnetic field plasmas with record spheromak electron temperatures. To explore magnetic field buildup efficiency limits, the confinement region geometry was varied resulting in improved field buildup efficiencies.
High Magnetic field generation for laser-plasma experiments
Pollock, B B; Froula, D H; Davis, P F; Ross, J S; Fulkerson, S; Bower, J; Satariano, J; Price, D; Glenzer, S H
2006-05-01
An electromagnetic solenoid was developed to study the effect of magnetic fields on electron thermal transport in laser plasmas. The solenoid, which is driven by a pulsed power system suppling 30 kJ, achieves magnetic fields of 13 T. The field strength was measured on the solenoid axis with a magnetic probe and optical Zeeman splitting. The measurements agree well with analytical estimates. A method for optimizing the solenoid design to achieve magnetic fields exceeding 20 T is presented.
A simple model for electron temperature in dilute plasma flows
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cai, Chunpei; Cooke, David L.
2016-10-01
In this short note, we present some work on investigating electron temperatures and potentials in steady dilute plasma flows. The analysis is based on the detailed fluid model for electrons. Ionizations, normalized electron number density gradients, and magnetic fields are neglected. The transport properties are assumed as local constants. With these treatments, the partial differential equation for electron temperature degenerates as an ordinary differential equation. Along an electron streamline, two simple formulas for electron temperature and plasma potential are obtained. These formulas offer some insights, e.g., the electron temperature and plasma potential distributions along an electron streamline include two exponential functions, and the one for plasma potential includes an extra linear distribution function.
Plasma Electron Depletion via Cathode Spot Injection of Dielectric Particles
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gillman, Eric; Foster, John
2012-10-01
A method for addressing communication blackout associated with the formation of a dense plasma around reentry vehicles is reported upon. Quenchant particles launched into a background plasma via cathode spots is investigated as a means for free electron depletion. Time resolved measurement of electron density evolution during cathode spot ``on times'' is inferred by monitoring variations in the electron saturation current. Corrections for magnetic effects are also taken into account in the interpretation of temporal variations in the electron saturation current. Measurements indicated depletion levels of over 95% for model plasmas investigated.
On the ion acoustic obliquely propagation in magnetized inhomogeneous plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mowafy, A. E.; El-Shewy, E. K.; Abdelwahed, H. G.
2017-02-01
Inhomogeneous multi-component magnetized plasmas containing inertial ions, nonthermal electrons, and Boltzmannian positrons have been investigated theoretically. Variable coefficients Zakharov Kuznetsov (VZK) equation has been derived in a small amplitude limit. It is found that the propagation directions, positron parameters and magnetic field affected the properties of propagation of positive-negative solitary waves.
Dust-Plasma Sheath in an Oblique Magnetic Field
Foroutan, G.; Mehdipour, H.
2008-09-07
Using numerical simulations of the multi fluid equations the structure of the magnetized sheath near a plasma boundary is studied in the presence of charged dust particles. The dependence of the electron, ion, and dust densities as well as the electrostatic potential, dust charge, and ion normal velocity, on the magnetic field strength and the edge dust number density is investigated.
Two-Dimensional Turbulence in Magnetized Plasmas
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center
Kendl, A.
2008-01-01
In an inhomogeneous magnetized plasma the transport of energy and particles perpendicular to the magnetic field is in general mainly caused by quasi two-dimensional turbulent fluid mixing. The physics of turbulence and structure formation is of ubiquitous importance to every magnetically confined laboratory plasma for experimental or industrial…
Magnetic multipole redirector of moving plasmas
Crow, James T.; Mowrer, Gary R.
1999-01-01
A method and apparatus for redirecting moving plasma streams using a multiple array of magnetic field generators (e.g., permanent magnets or current bearing wires). Alternate rows of the array have opposite magnetic field directions. A fine wire mesh may be employed to focus as well as redirect the plasma.
Two-Dimensional Turbulence in Magnetized Plasmas
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center
Kendl, A.
2008-01-01
In an inhomogeneous magnetized plasma the transport of energy and particles perpendicular to the magnetic field is in general mainly caused by quasi two-dimensional turbulent fluid mixing. The physics of turbulence and structure formation is of ubiquitous importance to every magnetically confined laboratory plasma for experimental or industrial…
Magnetic Detachment and Plume Control in Escaping Magnetized Plasma
P. F. Schmit and N. J. Fisch
2008-11-05
The model of two-fluid, axisymmetric, ambipolar magnetized plasma detachment from thruster guide fields is extended to include plasmas with non-zero injection angular velocity profiles. Certain plasma injection angular velocity profiles are shown to narrow the plasma plume, thereby increasing exhaust efficiency. As an example, we consider a magnetic guide field arising from a simple current ring and demonstrate plasma injection schemes that more than double the fraction of useful exhaust aperture area, more than halve the exhaust plume angle, and enhance magnetized plasma detachment.
Magnetic Detachment and Plume Control in Escaping Magnetized Plasma
P. F. Schmit and N. J. Fisch
2008-11-05
The model of two-fluid, axisymmetric, ambipolar magnetized plasma detachment from thruster guide fields is extended to include plasmas with non-zero injection angular velocity profiles. Certain plasma injection angular velocity profiles are shown to narrow the plasma plume, thereby increasing exhaust efficiency. As an example, we consider a magnetic guide field arising from a simple current ring and demonstrate plasma injection schemes that more than double the fraction of useful exhaust aperture area, more than halve the exhaust plume angle, and enhance magnetized plasma detachment.
Nonlinear magnetic field transport in opening switch plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mason, R. J.; Auer, P. L.; Sudan, R. N.; Oliver, B. V.; Seyler, C. E.; Greenly, J. B.
1993-04-01
The nonlinear transport of magnetic field in collisionless plasmas, as present in the plasma opening switch (POS), using the implicit multifluid simulation code anthem [J. Comput. Phys. 71, 429 (1987)] is studied. The focus is on early time behavior in the electron-magnetohydrodynamic (EMHD) limit, with the ions fixed, and the electrons streaming as a fluid under the influence of ve×B Hall forces. Through simulation, magnetic penetration and magnetic exclusion waves are characterized, due to the Hall effect in the presence of transverse density gradients, and the interaction of these Hall waves with nonlinear diffusive disturbances from electron velocity advection, (veṡ∇)ve, is studied. It is shown how these mechanisms give rise to the anode magnetic insulation layer, central diffusion, and cathode potential hill structures seen in earlier opening switch plasmas studies.
Auroral electron beams near the magnetic equator
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Mcilwain, C. E.
1975-01-01
Intense beams of electrons traveling parallel to the local magnetic field have been observed at a magnetic latitude of 11 deg and a radial distance of 6.6 earth radii. The distribution function for electrons traveling within 8 deg of the field line direction is typically flat or slightly rising up to a break point beyond which it decreases as inversely as the 5-10th power of v. The energy corresponding to the break point velocity is usually between 0.1 and 10 keV. These beams are found to occur on closed field lines at the inner edge of the plasma sheet and thus at the root of the earth's magnetotail. Beams with break point energies greater than 2 keV seem to occur only within the first 10 minutes after the onset of hot plasma injection associated with a magnetospheric substorm.
Magnetic reconnection in a weakly ionized plasma
Leake, James E.; Lukin, Vyacheslav S.; Linton, Mark G.
2013-06-15
Magnetic reconnection in partially ionized plasmas is a ubiquitous phenomenon spanning the range from laboratory to intergalactic scales, yet it remains poorly understood and relatively little studied. Here, we present results from a self-consistent multi-fluid simulation of magnetic reconnection in a weakly ionized reacting plasma with a particular focus on the parameter regime of the solar chromosphere. The numerical model includes collisional transport, interaction and reactions between the species, and optically thin radiative losses. This model improves upon our previous work in Leake et al.[“Multi-fluid simulations of chromospheric magnetic reconnection in a weakly ionized reacting plasma,” Astrophys. J. 760, 109 (2012)] by considering realistic chromospheric transport coefficients, and by solving a generalized Ohm's law that accounts for finite ion-inertia and electron-neutral drag. We find that during the two dimensional reconnection of a Harris current sheet with an initial width larger than the neutral-ion collisional coupling scale, the current sheet thins until its width becomes less than this coupling scale, and the neutral and ion fluids decouple upstream from the reconnection site. During this process of decoupling, we observe reconnection faster than the single-fluid Sweet-Parker prediction, with recombination and plasma outflow both playing a role in determining the reconnection rate. As the current sheet thins further and elongates, it becomes unstable to the secondary tearing instability, and plasmoids are seen. The reconnection rate, outflows, and plasmoids observed in this simulation provide evidence that magnetic reconnection in the chromosphere could be responsible for jet-like transient phenomena such as spicules and chromospheric jets.
A plasma generator utilizing the high intensity ASTROMAG magnets
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Sullivan, James D.; Post, R. S.; Lane, B. G.; Tarrh, J. M.
1986-01-01
The magnet configuration for the proposed particle astrophysics magnet facility (ASTROMAG) on the space station includes a cusp magnetic field with an intensity of a few tesla. With these large magnets (or others) located in the outer ionosphere, many quite interesting and unique plasma physics experiments become possible. First there are studies utilizing the magnet alone to examine the supersonic, sub-Alfvenic interaction with the ambient medium; the scale length for the magnet perturbation is approx. 20 m. The magnetic field geometry when combined with the Earth's and their relative motion will give rise to a host of plasma phenomena: ring nulls, x-points, ion-acoustic and lower-hybrid shocks, electron heating (possible shuttle glow without a surface) launching of Alfvenwaves, etc. Second, active experiments are possible for a controlled study of fundamental plasma phenomena. A controlled variable species plasma can be made by using an RF ion source; use of two soft iron rings placed about the line cusp would give an adequate resonance zone (ECH or ICH) and a confining volume suitable for gas efficiency. The emanating plasma can be used to study free expansion of plasma along and across field lines (polar wind), plasma flows around the space platform, turbulent mixing in the wake region, long wavelength spectrum of convecting modes, plasma-dust interactions, etc.
Dust particle dynamics in magnetized plasma sheath
Davoudabadi, M.; Mashayek, F.
2005-07-15
In this paper, the structure of a plasma sheath in the presence of an oblique magnetic field is investigated, and dynamics of a dust particle embedded in the sheath is elaborated. To simulate the sheath, a weakly collisional two-fluid model is implemented. For various magnitudes and directions of the magnetic field and chamber pressures, different plasma parameters including the electron and ion densities, ion flow velocity, and electric potential are calculated. A complete set of forces acting on the dust particle originating from the electric field in the sheath, the static magnetic field, gravity, and ion and neutral drags is taken into account. Through the trapping potential energy, the particle stable and unstable equilibria are studied while the particle is stationary inside the sheath. Other features such as the possibility of the dust levitation and trapping in the sheath, and the effect of the Lorentz force on the charged dust particle motion are also examined. An interesting feature is captured for the variation of the particle charge as a function of the magnetic field magnitude.
Proton acceleration from magnetized overdense plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kuri, Deep Kumar; Das, Nilakshi; Patel, Kartik
2017-01-01
Proton acceleration by an ultraintense short pulse circularly polarized laser from an overdense three dimensional (3D) particle-in-cell (PIC) 3D-PIC simulations. The axial magnetic field modifies the dielectric constant of the plasma, which causes a difference in the behaviour of ponderomotive force in case of left and right circularly polarized laser pulse. When the laser is right circularly polarized, the ponderomotive force gets enhanced due to cyclotron effects generating high energetic electrons, which, on reaching the target rear side accelerates the protons via target normal sheath acceleration process. On the other hand, in case of left circular polarization, the effects get reversed causing a suppression of the ponderomotive force at a short distance and lead towards a rise in the radiation pressure, which results in the effective formation of laser piston. Thus, the axial magnetic field enhances the effect of radiation pressure in case of left circularly polarized laser resulting in the generation of high energetic protons at the target front side. The transverse motion of protons get reduced as they gyrate around the axial magnetic field which increases the beam collimation to some extent. The optimum thickness of the overdense plasma target is found to be increased in the presence of an axial magnetic field.
Influence of Strongly Magnetized Plasma on Photon Splitting
Rumyantsev, D.A.; Chistyakov, M.V.
2005-10-01
The photon splitting {gamma} {yields} {gamma}{gamma} in a strongly magnetized medium of arbitrary temperature and chemical potential is considered. In comparison with the case of a pure magnetic field, a new photon splitting channel is shown to be possible below the electron-positron pair production threshold. The partial splitting amplitudes and probabilities are calculated by taking into account the photon dispersion in a strong magnetic field and a charge-symmetric plasma. An enhancement of the photon splitting probability compared to the case of a magnetic field without plasma has been found to be possible under certain conditions.
Evolution of electron phase space holes in inhomogeneous magnetic fields
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kuzichev, I. V.; Vasko, I. Y.; Agapitov, O. V.; Mozer, F. S.; Artemyev, A. V.
2017-03-01
Electron phase space holes (EHs) are electrostatic solitary waves that are widely observed in the space plasma often permeated by inhomogeneous magnetic fields. Understanding of the EH evolution in inhomogeneous magnetic fields is critical for accurate interpretations of spacecraft data. To study this evolution, we use 1.5-D gyrokinetic electrostatic Vlasov code (magnetized electrons and immobile ions) with periodic boundary conditions. We find that EHs propagating into stronger (weaker) magnetic field are decelerated (accelerated) with deceleration (acceleration) rate dependent on the magnetic field gradient. Remarkably, decelerating EHs are reflected at the magnetic field dependent only on EH parameters (independent of the magnetic field gradient). A magnetic field inhomogeneity results in development of a net potential drop along EHs. Our simulations suggest that slow EHs recently observed in the plasma sheet boundary layer can appear due to braking of initially fast EHs by magnetic field gradients and that a large number of even fast EHs can contribute to macroscopic parallel potential drops.
Extraction characteristics of ? ions in a magnetized sheet plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sanchez, Jose Karl Charles D.; Ramos, Henry J.
1996-08-01
A sheet plasma of thickness several millimetres was produced by a combination of a pair of strong dipole magnets with opposing fields and a pair of Helmholtz coils producing a magnetic mirror field. A ferrite magnet and a coreless magnetic coil encased within the limiters add to the mirror field, enhancing quiescence in the plasma. The negative hydrogen ions produced in the peripheral region of the sheet plasma were extracted with a 0963-0252/5/3/009/img2 deflection mass spectrometer. Maximum negative ion current of about 0.9 0963-0252/5/3/009/img3A for an initial gas filling pressure of 3 mTorr was observed when the plasma electrode was negatively biased near the value of the plasma potential and when the mass spectrometer coil current generated a B field intensity equal to 691 G. The ratio of the negative ion density and the electron density near the extraction electrode was relatively high at 0.276. The measured electron temperature showed the existence of high-energy electrons in the sheet plasma. The extracted negative hydrogen current density of 0963-0252/5/3/009/img4 is higher than what has been obtained from similar sources. The bulk electron temperature and density at the centre of the sheet plasma were measured to be 11.06 eV and 0963-0252/5/3/009/img5, respectively.
Annular vortex merging processes in non-neutral electron plasmas
Kaga, Chikato Ito, Kiyokazu; Higaki, Hiroyuki; Okamoto, Hiromi
2015-06-29
Non-neutral electron plasmas in a uniform magnetic field are investigated experimentally as a two dimensional (2D) fluid. Previously, it was reported that 2D phase space volume increases during a vortex merging process with viscosity. However, the measurement was restricted to a plasma with a high density. Here, an alternative method is introduced to evaluate a similar process for a plasma with a low density.
Plasma actuator electron density measurement using microwave perturbation method
Mirhosseini, Farid; Colpitts, Bruce
2014-07-21
A cylindrical dielectric barrier discharge plasma under five different pressures is generated in an evacuated glass tube. This plasma volume is located at the center of a rectangular copper waveguide cavity, where the electric field is maximum for the first mode and the magnetic field is very close to zero. The microwave perturbation method is used to measure electron density and plasma frequency for these five pressures. Simulations by a commercial microwave simulator are comparable to the experimental results.
Magnetized Fast ignition (MFI) and Laser Plasma Interactions in Strong Magnetic Field
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mima, Kunioki; Johzaki, T.; Honrubia, J.; Nagatomo, H.; Taguchi, T.; Sunahara, A.; Sakagami, H.; Fujioka, S.; Logan, G.
2016-03-01
In this paper, magnetized fast ignition (MFI) is proposed for improving the coupling efficiency of a heating laser to a core plasma. In the MFI, the external magnetic field is applied to reduce the hot electron energy and focus the dense hot electron flux to the core. The external magnetic field higher than 100T is generated by the laser driven coil and it is amplified by the implosion. The magnetic field at the tip of the cone is expected to reach higher than 10kT and the laser plasma interaction and the hot electron transport are modified. As the results of applying the external magnetic field, hot electron energy is reduced to less than 5MeV for the laser intensity of 1020W/ cm2 and the Weibel instability is suppressed to collimate the hot electron beam to the core.
Plasma scale-length effects on electron energy spectra in high-irradiance laser plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Culfa, O.; Tallents, G. J.; Rossall, A. K.; Wagenaars, E.; Ridgers, C. P.; Murphy, C. D.; Dance, R. J.; Gray, R. J.; McKenna, P.; Brown, C. D. R.; James, S. F.; Hoarty, D. J.; Booth, N.; Robinson, A. P. L.; Lancaster, K. L.; Pikuz, S. A.; Faenov, A. Ya.; Kampfer, T.; Schulze, K. S.; Uschmann, I.; Woolsey, N. C.
2016-04-01
An analysis of an electron spectrometer used to characterize fast electrons generated by ultraintense (1020W cm-2 ) laser interaction with a preformed plasma of scale length measured by shadowgraphy is presented. The effects of fringing magnetic fields on the electron spectral measurements and the accuracy of density scale-length measurements are evaluated. 2D EPOCH PIC code simulations are found to be in agreement with measurements of the electron energy spectra showing that laser filamentation in plasma preformed by a prepulse is important with longer plasma scale lengths (>8 μ m ).
Nonlinear magnetic field transport in opening switch plasmas
Mason, R.J. ); Auer, P.L.; Sudan, R.N.; Oliver, B.V.; Seyler, C.E.; Greenly, J.B. )
1993-04-01
The nonlinear transport of magnetic field in collisionless plasmas, as present in the plasma opening switch (POS), using the implicit multifluid simulation code ANTHEM [J. Comput. Phys. [bold 71], 429 (1987)] is studied. The focus is on early time behavior in the electron--magnetohydrodynamic (EMHD) limit, with the ions fixed, and the electrons streaming as a fluid under the influence of [bold v][sub [ital e
Simulation study of the magnetized sheath of a dusty plasma
Foroutan, G.; Mehdipour, H.; Zahed, H.
2009-10-15
Numerical solutions of stationary multifluid equations are used to study the formation and properties of the magnetized sheath near the boundary of a dusty plasma. The impacts of the strength of the magnetic field, the dust and plasma number densities, and the electron temperature on the sheath structure and spatial distributions of various quantities are investigated. It is shown that for a given angle of incidence of the magnetic field, there is a threshold magnetic field intensity above which some kind of large regular inhomogeneities develop on the spatial profile of the dust particles. The sheath thickness, the electron and ion number densities, and the absolute dust charge are strongly affected by the variation in the dust number density. The sheath demonstrates a nonlinear dependence on the electron temperature; as the electron temperature rises, the sheath first is broadened and the absolute wall potential decreases but then at higher temperatures the sheath becomes narrower and the absolute wall potential increases.
Anisotropic Electron Tail Generation during Tearing Mode Magnetic Reconnection
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
DuBois, Ami M.; Almagri, Abdulgader F.; Anderson, Jay K.; Den Hartog, Daniel J.; Lee, John David; Sarff, John S.
2017-02-01
The first experimental evidence of anisotropic electron energization during magnetic reconnection that favors a direction perpendicular to the guide magnetic field in a toroidal, magnetically confined plasma is reported in this Letter. Magnetic reconnection plays an important role in particle heating, energization, and transport in space and laboratory plasmas. In toroidal devices like the Madison Symmetric Torus, discrete magnetic reconnection events release large amounts of energy from the equilibrium magnetic field. Fast x-ray measurements imply a non-Maxwellian, anisotropic energetic electron tail is formed at the time of reconnection. The tail is well described by a power-law energy dependence. The expected bremsstrahlung from an electron distribution with an anisotropic energetic tail (v⊥>v∥ ) spatially localized in the core region is consistent with x-ray emission measurements. A turbulent process related to tearing fluctuations is the most likely cause for the energetic electron tail formation.
Energy efficiency of electron plasma emitters
Zalesski, V. G.
2011-12-15
Electron emission influence from gas-discharge plasma on plasma emitter energy parameters is considered. It is shown, that electron emission from plasma is accompanied by energy contribution redistribution in the gas-discharge from plasma emitter supplies sources-the gas-discharge power supply and the accelerating voltage power supply. Some modes of electron emission as a result can be realized: 'a probe measurements mode,' 'a transitive mode,' and 'a full switching mode.'.
Hershkowitz, Noah; Longmier, Benjamin; Baalrud, Scott
2009-03-03
An electron generating device extracts electrons, through an electron sheath, from plasma produced using RF fields. The electron sheath is located near a grounded ring at one end of a negatively biased conducting surface, which is normally a cylinder. Extracted electrons pass through the grounded ring in the presence of a steady state axial magnetic field. Sufficiently large magnetic fields and/or RF power into the plasma allow for helicon plasma generation. The ion loss area is sufficiently large compared to the electron loss area to allow for total non-ambipolar extraction of all electrons leaving the plasma. Voids in the negatively-biased conducting surface allow the time-varying magnetic fields provided by the antenna to inductively couple to the plasma within the conducting surface. The conducting surface acts as a Faraday shield, which reduces any time-varying electric fields from entering the conductive surface, i.e. blocks capacitive coupling between the antenna and the plasma.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Hershkowitz, Noah (Inventor); Longmier, Benjamin (Inventor); Baalrud, Scott (Inventor)
2009-01-01
An electron generating device extracts electrons, through an electron sheath, from plasma produced using RF fields. The electron sheath is located near a grounded ring at one end of a negatively biased conducting surface, which is normally a cylinder. Extracted electrons pass through the grounded ring in the presence of a steady state axial magnetic field. Sufficiently large magnetic fields and/or RF power into the plasma allow for helicon plasma generation. The ion loss area is sufficiently large compared to the electron loss area to allow for total non-ambipolar extraction of all electrons leaving the plasma. Voids in the negatively-biased conducting surface allow the time-varying magnetic fields provided by the antenna to inductively couple to the plasma within the conducting surface. The conducting surface acts as a Faraday shield, which reduces any time-varying electric fields from entering the conductive surface, i.e. blocks capacitive coupling between the antenna and the plasma.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Hershkowitz, Noah (Inventor); Longmier, Benjamin (Inventor); Baalrud, Scott (Inventor)
2011-01-01
An electron generating device extracts electrons, through an electron sheath, from plasma produced using RF fields. The electron sheath is located near a grounded ring at one end of a negatively biased conducting surface, which is normally a cylinder. Extracted electrons pass through the grounded ring in the presence of a steady state axial magnetic field. Sufficiently large magnetic fields and/or RF power into the plasma allow for helicon plasma generation. The ion loss area is sufficiently large compared to the electron loss area to allow for total non-ambipolar extraction of all electrons leaving the plasma. Voids in the negatively-biased conducting surface allow the time-varying magnetic fields provided by the antenna to inductively couple to the plasma within the conducting surface. The conducting surface acts as a Faraday shield, which reduces any time-varying electric fields from entering the conductive surface, i.e. blocks capacitive coupling between the antenna and the plasma.
Enhanced magnetic ionization in hydrogen reflex discharge plasma source
Toader, E.I.; Covlea, V.N.
2005-03-01
The effect of enhanced magnetic ionization on the external and internal parameters of a high-density, low pressure reflex plasma source operating in hydrogen is studied. The Langmuir probe method and Druyvesteyn procedure coupled with suitable software are used to measure the internal parameters. The bulk plasma region is free of an electric field and presents a high degree of uniformity. The electron energy distribution function is bi-Maxwellian with a dip/shoulder structure around 5.5 eV, independent of external parameters and radial position. Due to the enhanced hollow cathode effect by the magnetic trapping of electrons, the electron density n{sub e} is as high as 10{sup 18} m{sup -3}, and the electron temperature T{sub e} is as low as a few tens of an electron volt, for dissipated energy of tens of Watts. The bulk plasma density scales with the dissipated power.
Nongyrotropic electron orbits in collisionless magnetic reconnection
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zenitani, S.
2016-12-01
In order to study inner workings of magnetic reconnection, NASA has recently launched Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) spacecraft. It is expected to observe electron velocity distribution functions (VDFs) at high resolution in magnetotail reconnection sites in 2017. Since VDFs are outcomes of many particle orbits, it is important to understand the relation between electron orbits and VDFs. In this work, we study electron orbits and associated VDFs in the electron current layer in magnetic reconnection, by using a two-dimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation. By analyzing millions of electron orbits, we discover several new orbits: (1) Figure-eight-shaped regular orbits inside the super-Alfvenic electron jet, (2) noncrossing Speiser orbits that do not cross the midplane, (3) noncrossing regular orbits on the jet flanks, and (4) nongyrotropic electrons in the downstream of the jet termination region. Properties of these orbits are organized by a theory on particle orbits (Buchner & Zelenyi 1989 JGR). The noncrossing orbits are mediated by the polarization electric field (Hall electric field E_z) near the midplane. These orbits can be understood as electrostatic extensions of the conventional theory. Properties of the super-Alfvenic electron jet are attributed to the traditional Speiser-orbit electrons. On the other hand, the noncrossing electrons are the majority in number density in the jet flanks. This raise a serious question to our present understanding of physics of collisionless magnetic reconnection, which only assumes crossing populations. We will also discuss spatial distribution of energetic electrons and observational signatures of noncrossing electrons. Reference: Zenitani & Nagai (2016), submitted to Phys. Plasmas.
Plasma response to electron energy filter in large volume plasma device
Sanyasi, A. K.; Awasthi, L. M.; Mattoo, S. K.; Srivastava, P. K.; Singh, S. K.; Singh, R.; Kaw, P. K.
2013-12-15
An electron energy filter (EEF) is embedded in the Large Volume Plasma Device plasma for carrying out studies on excitation of plasma turbulence by a gradient in electron temperature (ETG) described in the paper of Mattoo et al. [S. K. Mattoo et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 255007 (2012)]. In this paper, we report results on the response of the plasma to the EEF. It is shown that inhomogeneity in the magnetic field of the EEF switches on several physical phenomena resulting in plasma regions with different characteristics, including a plasma region free from energetic electrons, suitable for the study of ETG turbulence. Specifically, we report that localized structures of plasma density, potential, electron temperature, and plasma turbulence are excited in the EEF plasma. It is shown that structures of electron temperature and potential are created due to energy dependence of the electron transport in the filter region. On the other hand, although structure of plasma density has origin in the particle transport but two distinct steps of the density structure emerge from dominance of collisionality in the source-EEF region and of the Bohm diffusion in the EEF-target region. It is argued and experimental evidence is provided for existence of drift like flute Rayleigh-Taylor in the EEF plasma.
Two-dimensional supersonic plasma acceleration in a magnetic nozzle
Ahedo, E.; Merino, M.
2010-07-15
A two-dimensional model of the expansion of a collisionless, electron-magnetized, low-beta, current-free plasma in a divergent magnetic nozzle is presented. The plasma response is investigated in terms of the nozzle/plasma divergence rate, the magnetic strength on ions, and the Hall current at the nozzle throat. Axial acceleration profiles agree well with those estimated from simple one-dimensional models. A strong radial nonuniformity develops downstream. There is a separation between ion and electron/magnetic streamtubes which leads to the formation of, first, a longitudinal electric current density, which indicates that current ambipolarity is not fulfilled, and, second, a small ion azimuthal current that competes negatively with the electron azimuthal (Hall) current. The analysis of the mechanisms driving thrust, ion momentum, and ion energy unveils the dual electrothermal/electromagnetic character of the magnetic nozzle. In general, the thrust includes the contributions of volumetric and surface Hall currents, this last one formed at the plasma-vacuum interface. Plume efficiency, based on radial expansion losses, is computed. Plasma detachment and the transonic matching with the upstream plasma are not addressed.
Plasma Rotation Control Experiment in a Strongly Diverging Magnetic Field
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Terasaka, Kenichiro; Furuta, Kanshi; Yoshimura, Shinji; Aramaki, Mitsutoshi; Tanaka, Masayoshi Y.
2016-10-01
It has been recognized that the plasma rotation affects the plasma flow structure along the magnetic field line. However, the effect of plasma rotation on structure formation in a strongly diverging magnetic field with magnetized electrons and unmagnetized ions has not been fully understood, so far. Understanding the flow structure formation in an ion-unmagnetized plasma is essential to control ion streamline detachment from the magnetic field line and also necessary to study the astrophysical phenomena in laboratory. In order to clarify the effect of plasma rotation in a diverging magnetic field, we have performed the plasma rotation control experiment in the HYPER-II device at Kyushu Univ., Japan. A set of cylindrical electrode was utilized to control the radial electric field, and the profile of azimuthal E × B rotation has been changed. We present the experimental results on the electron density pileup and the flow reversal appeared in the rotating plasma. This study was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 16K05633.
Confinement Time Exceeding One Second for a Toroidal Electron Plasma
Marler, J. P.; Stoneking, M. R.
2008-04-18
Nearly steady-state electron plasmas are trapped in a toroidal magnetic field for the first time. We report the first results from a new toroidal electron plasma experiment, the Lawrence Non-neutral Torus II, in which electron densities on the order of 10{sup 7} cm{sup -3} are trapped in a 270 deg. toroidal arc (670 G toroidal magnetic field) by application of trapping potentials to segments of a conducting shell. The total charge inferred from measurements of the frequency of the m=1 diocotron mode is observed to decay on a 3 s time scale, a time scale that approaches the predicted limit due to magnetic pumping transport. Three seconds represents {approx_equal}10{sup 5} periods of the lowest frequency plasma mode, indicating that nearly steady-state conditions are achieved.
Interaction of a neutral cloud moving through a magnetized plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Goertz, C. K.; Lu, G.
1990-12-01
Current collection by outgassing probes in motion relative to a magnetized plasma may be significantly affected by plasma processes that cause electron heating and cross field transport. Simulations of a neutral gas cloud moving across a static magnetic field are discussed. The authors treat a low-Beta plasma and use a 2-1/2 D electrostatic code linked with the authors' Plasma and Neutral Interaction Code (PANIC). This study emphasizes the understanding of the interface between the neutral gas cloud and the surrounding plasma where electrons are heated and can diffuse across field lines. When ionization or charge exchange collisions occur a sheath-like structure is formed at the surface of the neutral gas. In that region the crossfield component of the electric field causes the electron to E times B drift with a velocity of the order of the neutral gas velocity times the square root of the ion to electron mass ratio. In addition a diamagnetic drift of the electron occurs due to the number density and temperature inhomogeneity in the front. These drift currents excite the lower-hybrid waves with the wave k-vectors almost perpendicular to the neutral flow and magnetic field again resulting in electron heating. The thermal electron current is significantly enhanced due to this heating.
Interaction of a neutral cloud moving through a magnetized plasma
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Goertz, C. K.; Lu, G.
1990-01-01
Current collection by outgassing probes in motion relative to a magnetized plasma may be significantly affected by plasma processes that cause electron heating and cross field transport. Simulations of a neutral gas cloud moving across a static magnetic field are discussed. The authors treat a low-Beta plasma and use a 2-1/2 D electrostatic code linked with the authors' Plasma and Neutral Interaction Code (PANIC). This study emphasizes the understanding of the interface between the neutral gas cloud and the surrounding plasma where electrons are heated and can diffuse across field lines. When ionization or charge exchange collisions occur a sheath-like structure is formed at the surface of the neutral gas. In that region the crossfield component of the electric field causes the electron to E times B drift with a velocity of the order of the neutral gas velocity times the square root of the ion to electron mass ratio. In addition a diamagnetic drift of the electron occurs due to the number density and temperature inhomogeneity in the front. These drift currents excite the lower-hybrid waves with the wave k-vectors almost perpendicular to the neutral flow and magnetic field again resulting in electron heating. The thermal electron current is significantly enhanced due to this heating.
Effect of bias application to plasma density in weakly magnetized inductively coupled plasma
Kim, Hyuk; Lee, Woohyun; Park, Wanjae; Whang, Ki-Woong
2013-07-15
Independent control of the ion flux and energy can be achieved in a dual frequency inductively coupled plasma (ICP) system. Typically, the plasma density is controlled by the high-frequency antenna radio-frequency (RF) power and the ion energy is controlled by the low-frequency bias RF power. Increasing the bias power has been known to cause a decrease in the plasma density in capacitively coupled discharge systems as well as in ICP systems. However, an applied axial magnetic field was found to sustain or increase the plasma density as bias power is increased. Measurements show higher electron temperatures but lower plasma densities are obtained in ordinary ICP systems than in magnetized ICP systems under the same neutral gas pressure and RF power levels. Explanations for the difference in the behavior of plasma density with increasing bias power are given in terms of the difference in the heating mechanism in ordinary unmagnetized and magnetized ICP systems.
Electron-scale measurements of magnetic reconnection in space
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Burch, J. L.; Torbert, R. B.; Phan, T. D.; Chen, L.-J.; Moore, T. E.; Ergun, R. E.; Eastwood, J. P.; Gershman, D. J.; Cassak, P. A.; Argall, M. R.; Wang, S.; Hesse, M.; Pollock, C. J.; Giles, B. L.; Nakamura, R.; Mauk, B. H.; Fuselier, S. A.; Russell, C. T.; Strangeway, R. J.; Drake, J. F.; Shay, M. A.; Khotyaintsev, Yu. V.; Lindqvist, P.-A.; Marklund, G.; Wilder, F. D.; Young, D. T.; Torkar, K.; Goldstein, J.; Dorelli, J. C.; Avanov, L. A.; Oka, M.; Baker, D. N.; Jaynes, A. N.; Goodrich, K. A.; Cohen, I. J.; Turner, D. L.; Fennell, J. F.; Blake, J. B.; Clemmons, J.; Goldman, M.; Newman, D.; Petrinec, S. M.; Trattner, K. J.; Lavraud, B.; Reiff, P. H.; Baumjohann, W.; Magnes, W.; Steller, M.; Lewis, W.; Saito, Y.; Coffey, V.; Chandler, M.
2016-06-01
Magnetic reconnection is a fundamental physical process in plasmas whereby stored magnetic energy is converted into heat and kinetic energy of charged particles. Reconnection occurs in many astrophysical plasma environments and in laboratory plasmas. Using measurements with very high time resolution, NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission has found direct evidence for electron demagnetization and acceleration at sites along the sunward boundary of Earth's magnetosphere where the interplanetary magnetic field reconnects with the terrestrial magnetic field. We have (i) observed the conversion of magnetic energy to particle energy; (ii) measured the electric field and current, which together cause the dissipation of magnetic energy; and (iii) identified the electron population that carries the current as a result of demagnetization and acceleration within the reconnection diffusion/dissipation region.
Electron-Scale Measurements of Magnetic Reconnection in Space
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Burch, J. L.; Torbert, R. B.; Phan, T. D.; Chen, L.-J.; Moore, T. E.; Ergun, R. E.; Eastwood, J. P.; Gershman, D. J.; Cassak, P. A.; Argall, M. R.;
2016-01-01
Magnetic reconnection is a fundamental physical process in plasmas whereby stored magnetic energy is converted into heat and kinetic energy of charged particles. Reconnection occurs in many astrophysical plasma environments and in laboratory plasmas. Using measurements with very high time resolution, NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission has found direct evidence for electron demagnetization and acceleration at sites along the sunward boundary of Earth's magnetosphere where the interplanetary magnetic field reconnects with the terrestrial magnetic field. We have (i) observed the conversion of magnetic energy to particle energy; (ii) measured the electric field and current, which together cause the dissipation of magnetic energy; and (iii) identified the electron population that carries the current as a result of demagnetization and acceleration within the reconnection diffusion/dissipation region.
Electron-Scale Measurements of Magnetic Reconnection in Space
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Burch, J. L.; Torbert, R. B.; Phan, T. D.; Chen, L.-J.; Moore, T. E.; Ergun, R. E.; Eastwood, J. P.; Gershman, D. J.; Cassak, P. A.; Argall, M. R.; Wang, S.; Hesse, M.; Pollock, C. J.; Jiles, B. L.; Nakamura, R.; Mauk, B. H.; Fuselier, S. A.; Russell, C. T.; Strangeway, R. J.; Drake, J. F.; Shay, M. A.; Khotyaintsev, Yu. V.; Lindqvist, P.-A.; Marklund, G.; Wilder, F. D.
2016-01-01
Magnetic reconnection is a fundamental physical process in plasmas whereby stored magnetic energy is converted into heat and kinetic energy of charged particles. Reconnection occurs in many astrophysical plasma environments and in laboratory plasmas. Using measurements with very high time resolution, NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission has found direct evidence for electron demagnetization and acceleration at sites along the sunward boundary of Earth's magnetosphere where the interplanetary magnetic field reconnects with the terrestrial magnetic field. We have (i) observed the conversion of magnetic energy to particle energy; (ii) measured the electric field and current, which together cause the dissipation of magnetic energy; and (iii) identified the electron population that carries the current as a result of demagnetization and acceleration within the reconnection diffusion/dissipation region.
Effect of applied magnetic field on a microwave plasma thruster
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yang, Juan; Xu, Yingqiao; Meng, Zhiqiang; Yang, Tielian
2008-02-01
Theoretical analysis and calculation show that applying a magnetic field in a microwave plasma thruster operating at 2.45GHz can improve the thruster performance, whereby an electron cyclotron resonant layer at thruster startup state contributes to the increase of microwave energy dissipated in plasma, and a strong magnetic field up to 0.5T can increase the peak temperature of inside plasma when the thruster operates in steady state. Experimental measurements of the thruster with applied field and operating on argon gas show high coupling efficiency. Plasma plume diagnostics deduce a high degree of gas ionization in the thruster cavity. This shows the feasibility of operating a microwave plasma thruster with an applied magnetic field.
Effect of applied magnetic field on a microwave plasma thruster
Yang Juan; Xu Yingqiao; Meng Zhiqiang; Yang Tielian
2008-02-15
Theoretical analysis and calculation show that applying a magnetic field in a microwave plasma thruster operating at 2.45 GHz can improve the thruster performance, whereby an electron cyclotron resonant layer at thruster startup state contributes to the increase of microwave energy dissipated in plasma, and a strong magnetic field up to 0.5 T can increase the peak temperature of inside plasma when the thruster operates in steady state. Experimental measurements of the thruster with applied field and operating on argon gas show high coupling efficiency. Plasma plume diagnostics deduce a high degree of gas ionization in the thruster cavity. This shows the feasibility of operating a microwave plasma thruster with an applied magnetic field.
Mass ablation and magnetic flux losses through a magnetized plasma-liner wall interface
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
García-Rubio, F.; Sanz, J.
2017-07-01
The understanding of energy and magnetic flux losses in a magnetized plasma medium confined by a cold wall is of great interest in the success of magnetized liner inertial fusion (MagLIF). In a MagLIF scheme, the fuel is magnetized and subsonically compressed by a cylindrical liner. Magnetic flux conservation is degraded by the presence of gradient-driven transport processes such as thermoelectric effects (Nernst) and magnetic field diffusion. In previous publications [Velikovich et al., Phys. Plasmas 22, 042702 (2015)], the evolution of a hot magnetized plasma in contact with a cold solid wall (liner) was studied using the classical collisional Braginskii's plasma transport equations in one dimension. The Nernst term degraded the magnetic flux conservation, while both thermal energy and magnetic flux losses were reduced with the electron Hall parameter ωeτe with a power-law asymptotic scaling (ωeτe)-1/2. In the analysis made in the present paper, we consider a similar situation, but with the liner being treated differently. Instead of a cold solid wall acting as a heat sink, we model the liner as a cold dense plasma with low thermal conduction (that could represent the cryogenic fuel layer added on the inner surface of the liner in a high-gain MagLIF configuration). Mass ablation comes into play, which adds notably differences to the previous analysis. The direction of the plasma motion is inverted, but the Nernst term still convects the magnetic field towards the liner. Magnetization suppresses the Nernst velocity and improves the magnetic flux conservation. Thermal energy in the hot plasma is lost in heating the ablated material. When the electron Hall parameter is large, mass ablation scales as (ωeτe)-3/10, while both the energy and magnetic flux losses are reduced with a power-law asymptotic scaling (ωeτe)-7/10.
Plasma plume dynamics in magnetically assisted pulsed laser deposition
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Haverkamp, J. D.; Bourham, M. A.; Du, S.; Narayan, J.
2009-01-01
The expansion of a laser produced plasma perpendicular to a magnetic field is studied with a quadruple Langmuir probe and a B-dot probe. In regions where the kinetic beta is less than one, we find plume deceleration and weak displacement of the magnetic field. As the plume expands into regions of weak magnetic field, plume deceleration stops and the displacement of the magnetic field is large. The diffusion time of the magnetic field lines was consistent with anomalously large resistivity driven by the presence of an instability. Electron temperatures are larger than in the field-free case due to Ohmic heating mediated by the anomalously large resistivity.
Thermodynamic Study on Plasma Expansion along a Divergent Magnetic Field.
Zhang, Yunchao; Charles, Christine; Boswell, Rod
2016-01-15
Thermodynamic properties are revisited for electrons that are governed by nonlocal electron energy probability functions in a plasma of low collisionality. Measurements in a laboratory helicon double layer experiment have shown that the effective electron temperature and density show a polytropic correlation with an index of γ_{e}=1.17±0.02 along the divergent magnetic field, implying a nearly isothermal plasma (γ_{e}=1) with heat being brought into the system. However, the evolution of electrons along the divergent magnetic field is essentially an adiabatic process, which should have a γ_{e}=5/3. The reason for this apparent contradiction is that the nearly collisionless plasma is very far from local thermodynamic equilibrium and the electrons behave nonlocally. The corresponding effective electron enthalpy has a conservation relation with the potential energy, which verifies that there is no heat transferred into the system during the electron evolution. The electrons are shown in nonlocal momentum equilibrium under the electric field and the gradient of the effective electron pressure. The convective momentum of ions, which can be assumed as a cold species, is determined by the effective electron pressure and the effective electron enthalpy is shown to be the source for ion acceleration. For these nearly collisionless plasmas, the use of traditional thermodynamic concepts can lead to very erroneous conclusions regarding the thermal conductivity.
Propagation of intense laser pulses in strongly magnetized plasmas
Yang, X. H. Ge, Z. Y.; Xu, B. B.; Zhuo, H. B.; Ma, Y. Y.; Shao, F. Q.; Yu, W.; Xu, H.; Yu, M. Y.; Borghesi, M.
2015-06-01
Propagation of intense circularly polarized laser pulses in strongly magnetized inhomogeneous plasmas is investigated. It is shown that a left-hand circularly polarized laser pulse propagating up the density gradient of the plasma along the magnetic field is reflected at the left-cutoff density. However, a right-hand circularly polarized laser can penetrate up the density gradient deep into the plasma without cutoff or resonance and turbulently heat the electrons trapped in its wake. Results from particle-in-cell simulations are in good agreement with that from the theory.
Localized electron heating during magnetic reconnection in MAST
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yamada, T.; Tanabe, H.; Watanabe, T. G.; Hayashi, Y.; Imazawa, R.; Inomoto, M.; Ono, Y.; Gryaznevich, M.; Scannell, R.; Michael, C.; The MAST Team
2016-10-01
Significant increase in the plasma temperature above 1 keV was measured during the kilogauss magnetic field reconnection of two merging toroidal plasmas under the high-guide field and collision-less conditions. The electron temperature was observed to peak significantly at the X-point inside the current sheet, indicating Joule heating caused by the toroidal electric field along the X-line. This peaked temperature increases significantly with the guide field, in agreement with the electron mean-free path calculation. The slow electron heating in the downstream suggests energy conversion from ions to electrons through ion-electron collisions in the bulk plasma as the second electron heating mechanism in the bulk plasma. The electron density profile clearly reveals the electron density pile-up / fast shock structures in the downstream of reconnection, suggesting energy conversion from ion flow energy to ion thermal energy as well as significant ion heating by reconnection outflow.
Propagation of energetic electrons in a hollow plasma fiber
Zhou, C. T.; He, X. T.; Chew, L. Y.
2010-08-02
Transport of energetic electrons in a hollow plasma fiber is investigated. The high-current electron beam induces in the fiber strong radial electric fields and azimuthal magnetic fields on the inner and outer surfaces of the hollow fiber. The hot electrons are pushed out by the surface magnetic field and returned into the fiber by the sheath electric field. Imbalance of the latter fields can drive chaotic oscillations of electrons around the fiber wall. Intense thin return-current layers inside both the inner and outer wall surfaces are observed. This enhances local joule heating around both surfaces by the return current.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ansher, J. A.; Gurnett, D. A.; Khurana, K. K.; Kivelson, M. G.
2001-05-01
The plasma wave instrument on board the Galileo spacecraft can be used to determine electron density in Jupiter's magnetosphere. Ordinary mode radio waves are often detected in the form of non-thermal continuum radiation trapped in the magnetosphere at frequencies above the electron plasma frequency. By identifying the low-frequency cutoff of continuum radiation as the plasma frequency, an upper limit to the local electron density can be calculated. This technique has been used with the Galileo plasma wave data to provide an electron density data set with approximately 37-second time resolution. Continuum radiation is detected by the plasma wave instrument in much of Galileo's primary mission and electron density can be calculated at all System-III longitudes and radial distances beyond about 20-25 RJ. The density data set created using this technique is used here in conjunction with data from the Galileo magnetometer instrument and with Khurana's 1998 mathematical model of Jupiter's plasma sheet to study pressure balance in the plasma sheet. As Jupiter rotates, the spacecraft encounters the plasma sheet and crosses the entire sheet from north to south, or south to north, in under five hours. Assuming there are no time dependent variations in the plasma sheet on this time scale, and negligible curvature to the magnetic field lines in this region, the sum of magnetic pressure and particle pressure across the plasma sheet should stay constant. Using electron density and magnetic field data, and varying the temperature parameter, best fits for the total constant pressure and the corresponding temperature can be determined. These values can be determined throughout Jupiter's magnetosphere yielding pressure and temperature profiles of Jupiter's plasma sheet between about 20 and 140 RJ. Typical temperatures determined using this technique are about 108 K, corresponding to energies of about 10 keV. The total pressure decreases with radial distance from Jupiter as a power
Modified Debye screening potential in a magnetized quantum plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Salimullah, M.; Hussain, A.; Sara, I.; Murtaza, G.; Shah, H. A.
2009-07-01
The effects of quantum mechanical influence and uniform static magnetic field on the Shukla-Nambu-Salimullah potential in an ultracold homogeneous electron-ion Fermi plasma have been examined in detail. It is noticed that the strong quantum effect arising through the Bohm potential and the ion polarization effect can give rise to a new oscillatory behavior of the screening potential beyond the shielding cloud which could explain a new type of possible robust ordered structure formation in the quantum magnetoplasma. However, the magnetic field enhances the Debye length perpendicular to the magnetic field in the weak quantum limit of the quantum plasma.
Magnetic control of particle injection in plasma based accelerators.
Vieira, J; Martins, S F; Pathak, V B; Fonseca, R A; Mori, W B; Silva, L O
2011-06-03
The use of an external transverse magnetic field to trigger and to control electron self-injection in laser- and particle-beam driven wakefield accelerators is examined analytically and through full-scale particle-in-cell simulations. A magnetic field can relax the injection threshold and can be used to control main output beam features such as charge, energy, and transverse dynamics in the ion channel associated with the plasma blowout. It is shown that this mechanism could be studied using state-of-the-art magnetic fields in next generation plasma accelerator experiments.
Neutrino-driven electrostatic instabilities in a magnetized plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Haas, Fernando; Pascoal, Kellen Alves; Mendonça, José Tito
2017-07-01
The destabilizing role of neutrino beams on the Trivelpiece-Gould modes is considered, assuming electrostatic perturbations in a magnetized plasma composed by electrons in a neutralizing ionic background, coupled to a neutrino species by means of an effective neutrino force arising from the electroweak interaction. The magnetic field is found to significantly improve the linear instability growth rate, as calculated for supernova type II environments. On the formal level, for wave vectors parallel or perpendicular to the magnetic field, the instability growth rate is found from the unmagnetized case replacing the plasma frequency by the appropriated Trivelpiece-Gould frequency. The growth rate associated with oblique propagation is also obtained.
Plasma confinement. [Physics for magnetic geometries
Boozer, A.H.
1985-03-01
The physics of plasma confinement by a magnetic field is developed from the basic properties of plasmas through the theory of equilibrium, stability, and transport in toroidal and open-ended configurations. The close relationship between the theory of plasma confinement and Hamiltonian mechanics is emphasized, and the modern view of macroscopic instabilities as three-dimensional equilibria is given.
Effect of magnetic and physical nozzles on plasma thruster performance
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Takahashi, Kazunori; Charles, Christine; Boswell, Rod; Ando, Akira
2014-08-01
Plasma cross-field diffusion in a magnetic nozzle is inhibited by increasing the magnetic field strength in a helicon plasma thruster attached to a pendulum thrust balance, while maintaining constant plasma density and electron temperature in the source tube, i.e. a constant plasma injection into the magnetic nozzle, where the field strength near the radio frequency (rf) antenna is less than 210 G and the operating argon pressure in the vacuum chamber is 0.8 mTorr. Inhibition of the cross-field diffusion yields a higher electron pressure in the magnetic nozzle and a resultant larger thrust. The thrust component arising from the magnetic nozzle approaches the theoretical limit derived from an ideal magnetic nozzle approximation where no plasma is lost from the nozzle and there is an azimuthal plasma current originating from the electron diamagnetic drift. It is also shown that the momentum of the plasma lost from the magnetic nozzle is captured by a physical nozzle attached at the source exit resulting in a larger thrust. Two physical nozzles of different sizes (nozzle 1 : 10.5 cm in length with a maximum diameter of 20 cm, nozzle 2 : 26 cm in length with a maximum diameter of 36 cm) are tested. The maximum thrust of 20 ± 1 mN is obtained for 25 sccm argon propellant and 2 kW rf power with a reflection power less than 5 W, which gives a specific impulse of 2750 ± 165 s and a thrust efficiency of 13.5 ± 1.5%.
Electron dynamics in the minimagnetosphere above a lunar magnetic anomaly
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Usui, Hideyuki; Miyake, Yohei; Nishino, Masaki N.; Matsubara, Takuma; Wang, Joseph
2017-02-01
We consider a three-dimensional electromagnetic particle-in-cell simulation of the boundary layer current in a minimagnetosphere created by the interaction between a magnetized plasma flow, which models the typical solar wind, and a small-scale magnetic dipole, which represents the Reiner Gamma magnetic anomaly on the lunar surface. The size of this magnetic anomaly (measured as the distance from the dipole center to the position where the pressure of the local magnetic field equals the dynamic pressure of the solar wind) is one quarter that of the Larmor radius of the solar wind ions. In spite of the weak magnetization of the ions, a minimagnetosphere is formed above the magnetic anomaly. In the boundary layer of the minimagnetosphere, the electron current is dominant. Due to the intense electric field induced by charge separation, electrons entering the boundary layer undergo E × B drift. In each hemisphere, the electron boundary current due to the drift shows a structure where the convection reverses; these structures are symmetric with respect to the magnetic equator. Detailed analysis of the electron cyclotron motion shows that electrons at the edge of the inner boundary layer obtain maximum velocity by the electric field acceleration due to the charge separation, not due to the drift of the electron's guiding center. The maximum electron velocity is approximately 8 times that of the upstream plasma. The width of the boundary layer current becomes approximately equal to the radius of the local electron cyclotron.
Runaway electrons as a diagnostic of magnetic fluctuations (invited)
Bengtson, R.D.; Freeman, M.R.; Wootton, A.J. ); Wang, P.W. ); Myra, J.R.; Catto, P.J. )
1992-10-01
The transport of runaway electrons in a hot plasma can be comparatively easily measured by perturbation experiments which provide a runaway electron diffusivity {ital D}. The diffusion can be interpreted in terms of a magnetic fluctuation level, from which an electron thermal diffusivity can be deduced. We find the runaway electron diffusion coefficient is determined by intrinsic magnetic fluctuations rather than electrostatic fluctuations because of the high energies involved. The results presented here demonstrate the efficacy of using runaway transport techniques for determining intrinsic magnetic fluctuations.
Magnetic Field Effects on Plasma Plumes
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Ebersohn, F.; Shebalin, J.; Girimaji, S.; Staack, D.
2012-01-01
Here, we will discuss our numerical studies of plasma jets and loops, of basic interest for plasma propulsion and plasma astrophysics. Space plasma propulsion systems require strong guiding magnetic fields known as magnetic nozzles to control plasma flow and produce thrust. Propulsion methods currently being developed that require magnetic nozzles include the VAriable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) [1] and magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters. Magnetic nozzles are functionally similar to de Laval nozzles, but are inherently more complex due to electromagnetic field interactions. The two crucial physical phenomenon are thrust production and plasma detachment. Thrust production encompasses the energy conversion within the nozzle and momentum transfer to a spacecraft. Plasma detachment through magnetic reconnection addresses the problem of the fluid separating efficiently from the magnetic field lines to produce maximum thrust. Plasma jets similar to those of VASIMR will be studied with particular interest in dual jet configurations, which begin as a plasma loops between two nozzles. This research strives to fulfill a need for computational study of these systems and should culminate with a greater understanding of the crucial physics of magnetic nozzles with dual jet plasma thrusters, as well as astrophysics problems such as magnetic reconnection and dynamics of coronal loops.[2] To study this problem a novel, hybrid kinetic theory and single fluid magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) solver known as the Magneto-Gas Kinetic Method is used.[3] The solver is comprised of a "hydrodynamic" portion based on the Gas Kinetic Method and a "magnetic" portion that accounts for the electromagnetic behaviour of the fluid through source terms based on the resistive MHD equations. This method is being further developed to include additional physics such as the Hall effect. Here, we will discuss the current level of code development, as well as numerical simulation results
Stochastic heating of electrons by a large-amplitude extraordinary wave in plasma
Krasovitskiy, V. B.; Turikov, V. A.
2010-12-15
Stochastic heating of plasma electrons by a large-amplitude electromagnetic wave propagating across a strong external magnetic field is studied theoretically and numerically. An analytic estimate of the threshold wave amplitude at which heating begins is obtained. The dependence of the average electron energy on the magnetic field and plasma density is investigated using particle-in-cell simulations.
Fast magnetic reconnection due to anisotropic electron pressure
Cassak, P. A.; Baylor, R. N.; Fermo, R. L.; Beidler, M. T.; Shay, M. A.; Swisdak, M.; Drake, J. F.; Karimabadi, H.
2015-02-15
A new regime of fast magnetic reconnection with an out-of-plane (guide) magnetic field is reported in which the key role is played by an electron pressure anisotropy described by the Chew-Goldberger-Low gyrotropic equations of state in the generalized Ohm's law, which even dominates the Hall term. A description of the physical cause of this behavior is provided and two-dimensional fluid simulations are used to confirm the results. The electron pressure anisotropy causes the out-of-plane magnetic field to develop a quadrupole structure of opposite polarity to the Hall magnetic field and gives rise to dispersive waves. In addition to being important for understanding what causes reconnection to be fast, this mechanism should dominate in plasmas with low plasma beta and a high in-plane plasma beta with electron temperature comparable to or larger than ion temperature, so it could be relevant in the solar wind and some tokamaks.
Transport equations for partially ionized reactive plasma in magnetic field
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhdanov, V. M.; Stepanenko, A. A.
2016-06-01
Transport equations for partially ionized reactive plasma in magnetic field taking into account the internal degrees of freedom and electronic excitation of plasma particles are derived. As a starting point of analysis the kinetic equation with a binary collision operator written in the Wang-Chang and Uhlenbeck form and with a reactive collision integral allowing for arbitrary chemical reactions is used. The linearized variant of Grad's moment method is applied to deduce the systems of moment equations for plasma and also full and reduced transport equations for plasma species nonequilibrium parameters.
Transport equations for partially ionized reactive plasma in magnetic field
Zhdanov, V. M.; Stepanenko, A. A.
2016-06-08
Transport equations for partially ionized reactive plasma in magnetic field taking into account the internal degrees of freedom and electronic excitation of plasma particles are derived. As a starting point of analysis the kinetic equation with a binary collision operator written in the Wang-Chang and Uhlenbeck form and with a reactive collision integral allowing for arbitrary chemical reactions is used. The linearized variant of Grad’s moment method is applied to deduce the systems of moment equations for plasma and also full and reduced transport equations for plasma species nonequilibrium parameters.
Transport equations for partially ionized reactive plasma in magnetic field
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhdanov, V. M.; Stepanenko, A. A.
2016-06-01
Transport equations for partially ionized reactive plasma in magnetic field taking into account the internal degrees of freedom and electronic excitation of plasma particles are derived. As a starting point of analysis the kinetic equation with a binary collision operator written in the Wang-Chang and Uhlenbeck form and with a reactive collision integral allowing for arbitrary chemical reactions is used. The linearized variant of Grad's moment method is applied to deduce the systems of moment equations for plasma and also full and reduced transport equations for plasma species nonequilibrium parameters.
Electron temperature dynamics of TEXTOR plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Udintsev, Victor Sergeevich
2003-11-01
To study plasma properties in the presence of large and small MHD modes, new high-resolution ECE diagnostics have been installed at TEXTOR tokamak, and some of the already existing systems have been upgraded. Two models for the plasma transport properties inside large m/n = 2/1 MHD islands have been found to give estimations for the heat diffusivities, which are much lower than the global plasma heat diffusivity, which is in agreement with previous measurements in different tokamaks. The 3D-reconstruction of large m/n = 2/1 modes in TEXTOR with the help of all available ECE diagnostics allows modelling the island as a structure with closed flux surfaces. The main plasma heat flux flows through the X-point area probably along stochastic magnetic field lines. The confinement is improved within the magnetic island, compared to the background plasma. This is confirmed by a temperature profile flattening and sometimes even a secondary peaking inside the island, compared to the X-point. Making use of the mode rotation, assumed to be a rigid rotor, it has been possible to obtain information on the topology of the m = 1 precursor mode leading to sawtooth collapses. It becomes clear that this precursor cannot be described by an m = 1 cold tearing mode island but by a hot crescent wrapped around a cold high-density bubble. In the future multi-chord ECE-imaging will allow this mode reconstruction without the assumption of the rotation to be rigid. From the measurements of the broadband temperature and density fluctuations one can conclude that the turbulent structures inside the q = 1 surface are separated from the turbulence outside the q = 1 surface. This fits nicely with the observation that q = 1 surface acts as a barrier for the thermal transport. Correlation length and time measured inside q = 1 are in agreement with the observed turbulent heat diffusivity. Qualitative studies of non-thermal electrons at different heating regimes (ECRH and Ohmic) at TEXTOR were done
Study on spatial distribution of plasma parameters in a magnetized inductively coupled plasma
Cheong, Hee-Woon; Lee, Woohyun; Kim, Ji-Won; Whang, Ki-Woong; Kim, Hyuk; Park, Wanjae
2015-07-15
Spatial distributions of various plasma parameters such as plasma density, electron temperature, and radical density in an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) and a magnetized inductively coupled plasma (M-ICP) were investigated and compared. Electron temperature in between the rf window and the substrate holder of M-ICP was higher than that of ICP, whereas the one just above the substrate holder of M-ICP was similar to that of ICP when a weak (<8 G) magnetic field was employed. As a result, radical densities in M-ICP were higher than those in ICP and the etch rate of oxide in M-ICP was faster than that in ICP without severe electron charging in 90 nm high aspect ratio contact hole etch.
Magnetized Plasma Expansion and its Interaction with a Plasma Stream
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Singh, Nagendra; Saha, S.; Craven, P. D.; Gallagher, D.; Jones, J.
2003-01-01
Expansion of magnetized plasma in the magnetic field of a solenoid is studied by means of simulations using a 3-dimensional hybrid code. The plasma expands against a high- density and slow plasma stream (PS). The expansion causes inflation of the magnetic field; near the solenoid the magnetic field variation with increasing distance (r) remains as B(alpha)r(sup -3), but at farther distances B(alpha)r(sup -p), where the exponent p is found in the range 0.5 approx. less than p approx. less than 1.2 forming a plateau in the magnetic field distribution B(r). At the start of injection of plasma from the ends of the solenoid, the PS interacts with the solenoid magnetic field and creates a bow shock at a distance where the Larmor radius (r(sub il)) of the PS ions in the solenoid magnetic field nearly equals the scale length (L) of B(r), that is, r(sub il) approx. L = (B(sup -1)dB L /dr)(sup -1). As the injected plasma accumulates in the solenoid magnetic field, it expands inflating the magnetic field and the bow shock moves outward. The speed of the expansion front and the shock progressively decreases and eventually a stand-off occurs when the PS dynamic pressure is eventually balanced by the magnetic and kinetic pressures of the expanding plasma and the inflating magnetic field. The inflating field shows wave-like behavior, with considerable structures in the field and current distributions.
Tevatron electron lens magnetic system
Vladimir Shiltsev et al.
2001-07-12
In the framework of collaboration between IHEP and FNAL, a magnetic system of the Tevatron Electron Lens (TEL) has been designed and built. The TEL is currently installed in the superconducting ring of the Tevatron proton-antiproton collider and used for experimental studies of beam-beam compensation [1].
Directed Plasma Flow across Magnetic Field
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Presura, R.; Stepanenko, Y.; Neff, S.; Sotnikov, V. I.
2008-04-01
The Hall effect plays a significant role in the penetration of plasma flows across magnetic field. For example, its effect may become dominant in the solar wind penetration into the magnetosphere, in the magnetic field advection in wire array z-pinch precursors, or in the arcing of magnetically insulated transmission lines. An experiment performed at the Nevada Terawatt Facility explored the penetration of plasma with large Hall parameter (˜10) across ambient magnetic field. The plasma was produced by ablation with the short pulse high intensity laser Leopard (0.35 ps, 10^17W/cm^2) and the magnetic field with the pulsed power generator Zebra (50 T). The expanding plasma assumed a jet configuration and propagated beyond a distance consistent with a diamagnetic bubble model. Without magnetic field, the plasma expansion was close to hemispherical. The ability to produce the plasma and the magnetic field with distinct generators allows a controlled, quasi-continuous variation of the Hall parameter and other plasma parameters making the experiments useful for benchmarking numerical simulations.
Divin, A.; Markidis, S.; Lapenta, G.; Semenov, V. S.; Erkaev, N. V.; Biernat, H. K.
2010-12-15
A new model of the electron pressure anisotropy in the electron diffusion region in collisionless magnetic reconnection is presented for the case of antiparallel configuration of magnetic fields. The plasma anisotropy is investigated as source of collisionless dissipation. By separating electrons in the vicinity of the neutral line into two broad classes of inflowing and accelerating populations, it is possible to derive a simple closure for the off-diagonal electron pressure component. The appearance of these two electron populations near the neutral line is responsible for the anisotropy and collisionless dissipation in the magnetic reconnection. Particle-in-cell simulations verify the proposed model, confirming first the presence of two particle populations and second the analytical results for the off-diagonal electron pressure component. Furthermore, test-particle calculations are performed to compare our approach with the model of electron pressure anisotropy in the inner electron diffusion region by Fujimoto and Sydora [Phys. Plasmas 16, 112309 (2009)].
Plasma expansion in the presence of a dipole magnetic field
Winske, D.; Omidi, N.
2005-07-15
Simulations of the initial expansion of a plasma injected into a stationary magnetized background plasma in the presence of a dipole magnetic field are carried out in two dimensions with a kinetic ion, massless fluid electron (hybrid) electromagnetic code. For small values of the magnetic dipole, the injected ions have large gyroradii compared to the scale length of the dipole field and are essentially unmagnetized. As a result, these ions expand, excluding the ambient magnetic field and plasma to form a diamagnetic cavity. However, for stronger magnetic dipoles, the ratio of the gyroradii of the injected ions to the dipole field scale length is small so that they remain magnetized, and hence trapped in the dipole field, as they expand. The trapping and expansion then lead to additional plasma currents and resulting magnetic fields that not only exclude the background field but also interact with the dipole field in a more complex manner that stretches the closed dipole field lines. A criterion to distinguish between the two regimes is derived and is then briefly discussed in the context of applying the results to the plasma sail scheme for the propulsion of small spacecraft in the solar wind.
Magnetic Field Generation During the Collision of Narrow Plasma Clouds
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sakai, Jun-ichi; Kazimura, Yoshihiro; Haruki, Takayuki
1999-06-01
We investigate the dynamics of the collision of narrow plasma clouds,whose transverse dimension is on the order of the electron skin depth.A 2D3V (two dimensions in space and three dimensions in velocity space)particle-in-cell (PIC) collisionless relativistic code is used toshow the generation of a quasi-staticmagnetic field during the collision of narrow plasma clouds both inelectron-ion and electron-positron (pair) plasmas. The localizedstrong magnetic fluxes result in the generation of the charge separationwith complicated structures, which may be sources of electromagneticas well as Langmuir waves. We also present one applicationof this process, which occurs during coalescence of magnetic islandsin a current sheet of pair plasmas.
Magnetic circuit for hall effect plasma accelerator
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Manzella, David H. (Inventor); Jacobson, David T. (Inventor); Jankovsky, Robert S. (Inventor); Hofer, Richard (Inventor); Peterson, Peter (Inventor)
2009-01-01
A Hall effect plasma accelerator includes inner and outer electromagnets, circumferentially surrounding the inner electromagnet along a thruster centerline axis and separated therefrom, inner and outer magnetic conductors, in physical connection with their respective inner and outer electromagnets, with the inner magnetic conductor having a mostly circular shape and the outer magnetic conductor having a mostly annular shape, a discharge chamber, located between the inner and outer magnetic conductors, a magnetically conducting back plate, in magnetic contact with the inner and outer magnetic conductors, and a combined anode electrode/gaseous propellant distributor, located at a bottom portion of the discharge chamber. The inner and outer electromagnets, the inner and outer magnetic conductors and the magnetically conducting back plate form a magnetic circuit that produces a magnetic field that is largely axial and radially symmetric with respect to the thruster centerline.
Collimation of laser-produced plasmas using axial magnetic field
Roy, Amitava; Harilal, Sivanandan S.; Hassan, Syed M.; Endo, Akira; Mocek, Tomas; Hassanein, A.
2015-06-01
We investigated the expansion dynamics of laser-produced plasmas expanding into an axial magnetic field. Plasmas were generated by focusing 1.064 µm Nd:YAG laser pulses onto a planar tin target in vacuum and allowed to expand into a 0.5 T magnetic-filed where field lines were aligned along the plume expansion direction. Gated images employing intensified CCD showed focusing of the plasma plume, which were also compared with results obtained using particle-in-cell modelling methods. The estimated density and temperature of the plasma plumes employing emission spectroscopy revealed significant changes in the presence and absence of the 0.5T magnetic field. In the presence of the field, the electron temperature is increased with distance from the target, while the density showed opposite effects.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yamada, M.; Yoo, J.; Swanson, C.; Jara Almonte, J.; Ji, H.; Myers, C. E.; Chen, L.
2013-12-01
Quantitative study of the energization of plasma particles in the magnetic reconnection layer has been carried out by monitoring the behavior of electrons and ions in MRX (1, 2). The measured profiles of plasma parameters are quantitatively analyzed with symmetric as well as asymmetric upstream conditions in the context of the two-fluid reconnection physics (1) and compared with the recent numerical simulation results. The electron heating is observed to extend beyond the electron diffusion region and considered to be due to energization by magnetic instabilities of incoming electrons trapped in the magnetic mirror. This energization often occurs impulsively. Ions are accelerated by an electrostatic field across the separatrices to the plasma exhaust region of the reconnection layer and become thermalized through re-magnetization by the exiting magnetic fields. In this paper, the acceleration and heating of ions and electrons which extents much wider than the length scale of the ion skin depth, is addressed quantitatively for the first time in a laboratory reconnection layer. A total energy inventory is calculated based on analysis of the Poynting, enthalpy, flow energy, and heat flux in the measured diffusion layer (3). More than half of the incoming magnetic energy is converted to particle energy during collisionless reconnection. The results will bring a new insight into the conversion mechanism of magnetic energy to that of plasma particles during magnetic reconnection. (1) M. Yamada, R. Kulsrud, H. Ji, Rev. Mod. Phys. v.82, 602 (2010) (2) J. Yoo et al, Phys. Rev. Letts. 110, 215007 (2013) (3) J. Eastwood et al., PRL 110, 225001 (2013) Fig. 1. Measured in-plane ion flow vectors along with the measured 2-D profile of the in-plane plasma potential Φp in the half reconnection plane of MRX. The thin black lines are measured contours of poloidal flux ψp. While ions flow across the separatrices, they turn in-plane electric field Ein.
Quasi-equilibrium electron density along a magnetic field line
Mao, Hann-Shin; Wirz, Richard
2012-11-26
A methodology is developed to determine the density of high-energy electrons along a magnetic field line for a low-{beta} plasma. This method avoids the expense and statistical noise of traditional particle tracking techniques commonly used for high-energy electrons in bombardment plasma generators. By preserving the magnetic mirror and assuming a mixing timescale, typically the elastic collision frequency with neutrals, a quasi-equilibrium electron distribution can be calculated. Following the transient decay, the analysis shows that both the normalized density and the reduction fraction due to collision converge to a single quasi-equilibrium solution.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chung, K. S.; Kim, June Young; Chung, Kyoung-Jae; Hwang, Y. S.
2016-10-01
A magnetic field gradient that is a variation in the magnetic field around the ion flow has been investigated as a primary parameter for ion detachment in the magnetic nozzle geometries. Some scale lengths of magnetic field are controlled by two solenoid coils outside the diffusion chamber of a ECR-driven linear plasma device. The axial and radial profiles of the plasma potential and electron temperature are measured by a Langmuir probe array for the various magnetic field configurations in the downstream. The local adiabaticity, strong constant magnetic moment, is satisfied with a linear relationship between the change in effective electron temperature and the change in plasma potential in the low magnetic field gradient. Whereas, with an increasing non-homogeneity of the magnetic field in the direction of the flow, the breaking of adiabatic plasma expansion is identified to measure the nonlinear process which is the variation for an adiabatic exponent. Such the loss of adiabaticity is also explained in terms of non-adiabaticity parameter i.e. degree of demagnetization. This research was supported by National R&D Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (Nos. 2014M1A7A1A02030165 and 2014M1A7A1A03045367).
Fast electron bremsstrahlung in axisymmetric magnetic configuration
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Peysson, Y.; Decker, J.
2008-09-01
The nonthermal bremsstrahlung is calculated in a plasma with arbitrary axisymmetric magnetic configuration, taking into account the relativistic angular anisotropy of the radiation cross section at high photon energies, the helical winding of the field lines on the magnetic flux surfaces, and the poloidal variation of the electron distribution function including particle trapping effects. The fast electron dynamics during current drive in tokamaks and reverse field pinches can be investigated in detail by coupling this calculation to a bounce-averaged relativistic Fokker-Planck solver, which calculates the electron distribution function. The asymmetry between high- and low-field side hard x-ray emission intensity that has been measured on the Tore-Supra tokamak [Equipe TORE SUPRA, in Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion Research, Seville (International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 1995) Vol. 1, IAEA-CN-60/A1-5 (Institute of Physics, Bristol, U.K., 1995), p. 105] is explained for the first time by the role of trapped electrons. A much stronger poloidal asymmetry is predicted for the line-integrated fast electron bremsstrahlung in the poloidal plane of the Madison Symmetric Torus [R. N. Dexter et al., Fusion Tech. 19, 131 (1991)], since the helical winding of the magnetic field lines is much larger for a reverse field pinch configuration. In this case, the hard x-ray emission is no longer a flux surface quantity, which prevents local reconstructions using a standard Abel inversion, whatever the geometrical arrangement of the lines of sight.
Passive Spectroscopic Diagnostics for Magnetically-confined Fusion Plasmas
Stratton, B. C.; Biter, M.; Hill, K. W.; Hillis, D. L.; Hogan, J. T.
2007-07-18
Spectroscopy of radiation emitted by impurities and hydrogen isotopes plays an important role in the study of magnetically-confined fusion plasmas, both in determining the effects of impurities on plasma behavior and in measurements of plasma parameters such as electron and ion temperatures and densities, particle transport, and particle influx rates. This paper reviews spectroscopic diagnostics of plasma radiation that are excited by collisional processes in the plasma, which are termed 'passive' spectroscopic diagnostics to distinguish them from 'active' spectroscopic diagnostics involving injected particle and laser beams. A brief overview of the ionization balance in hot plasmas and the relevant line and continuum radiation excitation mechanisms is given. Instrumentation in the soft X-ray, vacuum ultraviolet, ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared regions of the spectrum is described and examples of measurements are given. Paths for further development of these measurements and issues for their implementation in a burning plasma environment are discussed.
Anomalous electron mobility in a coaxial Hall discharge plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Meezan, Nathan B.; Hargus, William A.; Cappelli, Mark A.
2001-02-01
A comprehensive analysis of measurements supporting the presence of anomalous cross-field electron mobility in Hall plasma accelerators is presented. Nonintrusive laser-induced fluorescence measurements of neutral xenon and ionized xenon velocities, and various electrostatic probe diagnostic measurements are used to locally determine the effective electron Hall parameter inside the accelerator channel. These values are then compared to the classical (collision-driven) Hall parameters expected for a quiescent magnetized plasma. The results indicate that in the vicinity of the anode, where there are fewer plasma instabilities, the electron-transport mechanism is likely elastic collisions with the background neutral xenon. However, we find that in the vicinity of the discharge channel exit, where the magnetic field is the strongest and where there are intense fluctuations in the plasma properties, the inferred Hall parameter departs from the classical value, and is close to the Bohm value of (ωceτ)eff~16. These results are used to support a simple model for the Hall parameter that is based on the scalar addition of the electron collision frequencies (elastic collision induced plus fluctuation induced), as proposed by Boeuf and Garrigues [J. Appl. Phys. 84, 3541 (1998)]. The results also draw attention to the possible role of fluctuations in enhancing electron transport in regions where the electrons are highly magnetized.
Electrostatic solitary waves in a magnetized dusty plasma
Maharaj, S. K.; Bharuthram, R.; Singh, S. V.; Lakhina, G. S.; Pillay, S. R.
2008-11-15
The nonlinear evolution of driven low-frequency electrostatic waves is investigated in a three-component magnetized dusty plasma comprised of a warm dust fluid, electrons, and ions. Electrons as well as ions are considered to have Boltzmann distributions. The fluid equations for the dust along with the quasineutrality condition are used to obtain a single nonlinear differential equation for the electric field. Periodic solutions of the nonlinear differential equation yield sinusoidal, sawtooth and bipolar structures which are similar to nonlinear structures supported in electron-ion plasmas. Results of our findings are applied to Saturn's rings.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hayashi, Y.; Ohno, N.; Kajita, S.; Tanaka, H.
2017-06-01
We investigated the effects of magnetic field structure on detached plasma formation by simulating magnetically expanding and contracting plasma in a linear plasma device. The present study helps to characterize the geometries of a conventional poloidal divertor and advanced divertors, e.g., super-X divertor. The total ion particle flux measured with a large-diameter target plate dramatically changed under the detached plasma condition compared to that in attached plasma. Under the detached plasma condition, the magnetically expanding plasma clearly exhibited a significant influence on the degradation of detached plasma formation. Further, the magnetically contracting plasma slightly enhanced the electron-ion recombination (EIR) processes. By changing the magnetic field structure from contraction to expansion, the electron density (ne) decreased and the electron temperature (Te) increased upstream from the recombination front, leading to the degradation of the EIR processes. The effect of the decrease in parallel flow velocity under the magnetically contracting plasma on the plasma detachment was not observed because the driven flow due to pressure gradient compensated the effect.
Transport Properties of Equilibrium Argon Plasma in a Magnetic Field
Bruno, D.; Laricchiuta, A.; Chikhaoui, A.; Kustova, E. V.; Giordano, D.
2005-05-16
Electron electrical conductivity coefficients of equilibrium Argon plasma in a magnetic field are calculated up to the 12th Chapman-Enskog approximation at pressure of 1 atm and 0.1 atm for temperatures 500K-20000K; the magnetic Hall parameter spans from 0.01 to 100. The collision integrals used in the calculations are discussed. The convergence properties of the different approximations are assessed. The degree of anisotropy introduced by the presence of the magnetic field is evaluated. Differences with the isotropic case can be very substantial. The biggest effects are visible at high ionization degrees, i.e. high temperatures, and at strong magnetic fields.
Formation of High-Beta Plasma and Stable Confinement of Toroidal Electron Plasma in RT-1
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Saitoh, Haruhiko
2010-11-01
The Ring Trap 1 (RT-1) device is a laboratory magnetosphere generated by a levitated superconducting magnet. The goals of RT-1 are to realize stable formation of ultra high-beta plasma suitable for burning advanced fusion fuels, and confinement of toroidal non-neutral plasmas including antimatter particles. RT- 1 has produced high-beta plasma in the magnetospheric configuration. The effects of coil levitation and geomagnetic field compensation [Y. Yano et al., Plasma Fusion Res. 4, 039] resulted drastic improvements of the plasma properties, and a maximum local beta value exceeded 70%. Because plasma is generated by electron cyclotron resonance heating (ECH) in the present experiment, the plasma pressure is mainly due to hot electrons, whose bremsstrahlung was observed with an x-ray CCD camera. The pressure profiles have rather steep gradient near the superconducting coil in the strong field region. The decay rates of magnetic probe and interferometer signals have different time constants, suggesting multiple temperature components. The energy confinement time estimated from the input RF power and stored magnetic energy is on the order of 1s, which is comparable to the decay time constant of the density of hot electron component. Pure electron plasma experiments are also conducted in RT-1. Radial profiles of electrostatic potential and electron density showed that the plasma rigidly rotates in the toroidal direction in the stable confinement phase. Long time confinement of toroidal non- neutral plasma for more than 300s and inward particle diffusion to strong field regions, caused by the activation of the diocotron (Kelvin-Helmholtz) instability, have been realized [Z. Yoshida et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 235004].
Miniature Magnetized Shocks from Plasma Collision with Minimagnetospheres
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Alves, E. P.; Cruz, F.; Bamford, R.; Bingham, R.; Fonseca, R.; Silva, L. O.
2014-12-01
Minimagnetospheres have been found to exist above the lunar surface, resulting from the solar wind plasma interaction with localized magnetic patches on the Moon's crust. The size of these objects are on the order of the plasma kinetic scales, lying beyond the validity of magnetohydrodynamics, and therefore constitute unique "laboratories" to investigate the role of kinetic effects in magnetosphere formation/dynamics. In this work we investigate the conditions under which collisionless magnetized shocks are formed due to plasma interaction with such small-scale (order of the plasma kinetic scales) magnetic obstacles. We have performed multidimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations, that capture both electron and ion kinetics from first principles, in order to accurately describe the important microphysical processes associated with these scenarios. We observe the clear formation of a magnetized shock when the typical size of the magnetic obstacle is greater than ~ 2 ion-Larmor-radii. This condition may be fulfilled in lunar minimagnetospheres, whose dimensions are on the order of the ion inertial length, only for low Mach number shocks (<2). The effective size of the magnetic obstacle, however, is strongly dependent on the relative orientation of its own field to that of the plasma; antiparallel field configurations increase the effective size of the magnetic obstacle, allowing the clear formation of a shock, whereas in parallel field configurations the effective size of the magnetic obstacle is decreased, inhibiting shock formation in some cases. PIC simulations further capture electron-scale surface instabilities that modulate the magnetopause boundary and other streaming instabilities resulting from the interaction between the upstream and reflected plasma.
Method for generating a plasma wave to accelerate electrons
Umstadter, Donald; Esarey, Eric; Kim, Joon K.
1997-01-01
The invention provides a method and apparatus for generating large amplitude nonlinear plasma waves, driven by an optimized train of independently adjustable, intense laser pulses. In the method, optimal pulse widths, interpulse spacing, and intensity profiles of each pulse are determined for each pulse in a series of pulses. A resonant region of the plasma wave phase space is found where the plasma wave is driven most efficiently by the laser pulses. The accelerator system of the invention comprises several parts: the laser system, with its pulse-shaping subsystem; the electron gun system, also called beam source, which preferably comprises photo cathode electron source and RF-LINAC accelerator; electron photo-cathode triggering system; the electron diagnostics; and the feedback system between the electron diagnostics and the laser system. The system also includes plasma source including vacuum chamber, magnetic lens, and magnetic field means. The laser system produces a train of pulses that has been optimized to maximize the axial electric field amplitude of the plasma wave, and thus the electron acceleration, using the method of the invention.
Method for generating a plasma wave to accelerate electrons
Umstadter, D.; Esarey, E.; Kim, J.K.
1997-06-10
The invention provides a method and apparatus for generating large amplitude nonlinear plasma waves, driven by an optimized train of independently adjustable, intense laser pulses. In the method, optimal pulse widths, interpulse spacing, and intensity profiles of each pulse are determined for each pulse in a series of pulses. A resonant region of the plasma wave phase space is found where the plasma wave is driven most efficiently by the laser pulses. The accelerator system of the invention comprises several parts: the laser system, with its pulse-shaping subsystem; the electron gun system, also called beam source, which preferably comprises photo cathode electron source and RF-LINAC accelerator; electron photo-cathode triggering system; the electron diagnostics; and the feedback system between the electron diagnostics and the laser system. The system also includes plasma source including vacuum chamber, magnetic lens, and magnetic field means. The laser system produces a train of pulses that has been optimized to maximize the axial electric field amplitude of the plasma wave, and thus the electron acceleration, using the method of the invention. 21 figs.
Helicity Injection by Knotted Antennas into Electron Magnetohydrodynamical Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rousculp, C. L.; Stenzel, R. L.
1997-08-01
A fully three-dimensional computer simulation of an ideal electron magnetohydrodynamical plasma is performed. By introducing various pulsed inductive antenna sources, magnetic helicity ( H = A˙B dV) injection is studied. Confirming experimental results, a simple loop provides no net helicity injection. Linked and knotted antennas, however, do inject helicity and preferentially radiate whistler wave packets parallel or antiparallel to the ambient magnetic field. Relative efficiencies of these antennas are reported as well as their unique directional properties.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Jin-Xiao; Qin, Yan-Li; Yan, Heng-Qing; Gao, Ping-Qi; Li, Jun-Shuai; Yin, Min; He, De-Yan
2009-02-01
Silicon films were grown on aluminium-coated glass by inductively coupled plasma CVD at room temperature using a mixture of SiH4 and H2 as the source gas. The microstructure of the films was evaluated using Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. It was found that the films are composed of columnar grains and their surfaces show a random and uniform distribution of silicon nanocones. Such a microstructure is highly advantageous to the application of the films in solar cells and electron emission devices. Field electron emission measurement of the films demonstrated that the threshold field strength is as low as ~9.8 V/μm and the electron emission characteristic is reproducible. In addition, a mechanism is suggested for the columnar growth of crystalline silicon films on aluminium-coated glass at room temperature.
Thermal magnetic fluctuations of whistlers in a Maxwellian plasma
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Golubyatnikov, G.; Stenzel, R. L.
1993-01-01
Thermal fluctuations were measured with a magnetic-loop antenna inside a large afterglow plasma in the whistler-wave regime. The magnetic fluctuations exhibit a 1/f-like spectrum for whistlers, no resonant enhancement at the electron cyclotron frequency, and a flat spectrum in the evanescent regime. The observed fluctuations are therefore described neither by blackbody radiation laws nor by cyclotron emission, but resemble the decaying Alfvenic fluctuations spectrum calculated by Cable and Tajima (1992).
Target Plasma Formation for Magnetic Compression/Magnetized Target Fusion
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lindemuth, I. R.; Reinovsky, R. E.; Chrien, R. E.; Christian, J. M.; Ekdahl, C. A.; Goforth, J. H.; Haight, R. C.; Idzorek, G.; King, N. S.; Kirkpatrick, R. C.; Larson, R. E.; Morgan, G. L.; Olinger, B. W.; Oona, H.; Sheehey, P. T.; Shlachter, J. S.; Smith, R. C.; Veeser, L. R.; Warthen, B. J.; Younger, S. M.; Chernyshev, V. K.; Mokhov, V. N.; Demin, A. N.; Dolin, Y. N.; Garanin, S. F.; Ivanov, V. A.; Korchagin, V. P.; Mikhailov, O. D.; Morozov, I. V.; Pak, S. V.; Pavlovskii, E. S.; Seleznev, N. Y.; Skobelev, A. N.; Volkov, G. I.; Yakubov, V. A.
1995-09-01
Experimental observations of plasma behavior in a novel plasma formation chamber are reported. Experimental results are in reasonable agreement with two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic computations suggesting that the plasma could subsequently be adiabatically compressed by a magnetically driven pusher to yield 1 GJ of fusion energy. An explosively driven helical flux compression generator mated with a unique closing switch/opening switch combination delivered a 2.7 MA, 347 μs magnetization current and an additional 5 MA, 2.5 μs electrical pulse to the chamber. A hot plasma was produced and 1013 D-T fusion reactions were observed.
Structures and Zonal Flows in Magnetized Plasmas
Jovanovic, D.; Shukla, P. K.
2010-12-14
The numerical study of the zonal flows (transport barriers) in the drift-wave turbulence in magnetically confined plasmas is presented. The existence of two distinct mechanisms for their generation is demonstrated. The evolution of a drift wave-zonal flow system, nonlinearly coupled via the Reynolds stress, is described by a nonlinear equation for the slowly varying envelope of the drift waves, and the nonlinear dispersion relation for the modulational instability of a drift wave pump is derived and analyzed. First, an arbitrary spatial distribution of strictly poloidally propagating drift waves is shown to rapidly decay into the array of localized soliton-like structures moving with different speeds. The corresponding zonal flow potential evolves into the sequence of shocks that produces a strong shearing, with many alternating plasma flows. Next, it is demonstrated that the coherent dipolar vortices, that constitute the building blocks of the strong drift-wave turbulence, are unstable in the presence of an electron temperature gradient. The dipolar vortices (or modons) undergo a qualitative modification by the action of the scalar nonlinearity arising from the magnetic {beta} effect. The modons propagating in the direction of the electron diamagnetic drift rapidly topple, disintegrating into two monopoles that propagate independently and rapidly disperse. Conversely, for the modons that initially moved in the direction of the ion diamagnetic drift, the {beta}-effect produces the change of the direction of the propagation, followed by the stretching in the poloidal direction. On a long time scale, such modons expand to a length equal to the size of the computational box, and essentially an one-dimensional zonal flow is created, whose transverse scale is determined by the initial modon size.
Conversion of magnetic energy in the magnetic reconnection layer of a laboratory plasma
Yamada, Masaaki; Yoo, Jongsoo; Jara-Almonte, Jonathan; ...
2014-09-10
Magnetic reconnection, in which magnetic field lines break and reconnect to change their topology, occurs throughout the universe. The essential feature of reconnection is that it energizes plasma particles by converting magnetic energy. Despite the long history of reconnection research, how this energy conversion occurs remains a major unresolved problem in plasma physics. Here we report that the energy conversion in a laboratory reconnection layer occurs in a much larger region than previously considered. The mechanisms for energizing plasma particles in the reconnection layer are identified, and a quantitative inventory of the converted energy is presented for the first timemore » in a well defined reconnection layer; 50% of the magnetic energy is converted to particle energy, 2/3 of which transferred to ions and 1/3 to electrons. Our results are compared with simulations and space measurements, for a key step toward resolving one of the most important problems in plasma physics.« less
Conversion of magnetic energy in the magnetic reconnection layer of a laboratory plasma.
Yamada, Masaaki; Yoo, Jongsoo; Jara-Almonte, Jonathan; Ji, Hantao; Kulsrud, Russell M; Myers, Clayton E
2014-09-10
Magnetic reconnection, in which magnetic field lines break and reconnect to change their topology, occurs throughout the universe. The essential feature of reconnection is that it energizes plasma particles by converting magnetic energy. Despite the long history of reconnection research, how this energy conversion occurs remains a major unresolved problem in plasma physics. Here we report that the energy conversion in a laboratory reconnection layer occurs in a much larger region than previously considered. The mechanisms for energizing plasma particles in the reconnection layer are identified, and a quantitative inventory of the converted energy is presented for the first time in a well-defined reconnection layer; 50% of the magnetic energy is converted to particle energy, 2/3 of which transferred to ions and 1/3 to electrons. Our results are compared with simulations and space measurements, for a key step towards resolving one of the most important problems in plasma physics.
Conversion of magnetic energy in the magnetic reconnection layer of a laboratory plasma
Yamada, Masaaki; Yoo, Jongsoo; Jara-Almonte, Jonathan; Ji, Hantao; Kulsrud, Russell M.; Myers, Clayton E.
2014-09-10
Magnetic reconnection, in which magnetic field lines break and reconnect to change their topology, occurs throughout the universe. The essential feature of reconnection is that it energizes plasma particles by converting magnetic energy. Despite the long history of reconnection research, how this energy conversion occurs remains a major unresolved problem in plasma physics. Here we report that the energy conversion in a laboratory reconnection layer occurs in a much larger region than previously considered. The mechanisms for energizing plasma particles in the reconnection layer are identified, and a quantitative inventory of the converted energy is presented for the first time in a well defined reconnection layer; 50% of the magnetic energy is converted to particle energy, 2/3 of which transferred to ions and 1/3 to electrons. Our results are compared with simulations and space measurements, for a key step toward resolving one of the most important problems in plasma physics.
Electron beam extraction on plasma cathode electron sources system
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Purwadi, Agus; Taufik, M., Lely Susita R.; Suprapto, Saefurrochman, H., Anjar A.; Wibowo, Kurnia; Aziz, Ihwanul; Siswanto, Bambang
2017-03-01
ELECTRON BEAM EXTRACTION ON PLASMA CATHODE ELECTRON SOURCES SYSTEM. The electron beam extraction through window of Plasma Generator Chamber (PGC) for Pulsed Electron Irradiator (PEI) device and simulation of plasma potential has been studied. Plasma electron beam is extracted to acceleration region for enlarging their power by the external accelerating high voltage (Vext) and then it is passed foil window of the PEI for being irradiated to any target (atmospheric pressure). Electron beam extraction from plasma surface must be able to overcome potential barrier at the extraction window region which is shown by estimate simulation (Opera program) based on data of plasma surface potential of 150 V with Ueks values are varied by 150 kV, 175 kV and 200 kV respectively. PGC is made of 304 stainless steel with cylindrical shape in 30 cm of diameter, 90 cm length, electrons extraction window as many as 975 holes on the area of (15 × 65) cm2 with extraction hole cell in 0.3 mm of radius each other, an cylindrical shape IEP chamber is made of 304 stainless steel in 70 cm diameter and 30 cm length. The research result shown that the acquisition of electron beam extraction current depends on plasma parameters (electron density ne, temperature Te), accelerating high voltage Vext, the value of discharge parameter G, anode area Sa, electron extraction window area Se and extraction efficiency value α.
Evolution of relativistic electron vortices in laser plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lezhnin, Kirill V.; Kniazev, Alexey R.; Soloviev, Sergei V.; Kamenets, Fedor F.; Weber, Stefan A.; Korn, Georg; Esirkepov, Timur Zh.; Bulanov, Sergei V.
2017-05-01
Electron vortices appear in the wake of a finite length laser pulse propogating in the underdense plasma. Usually they form two chains of vortices with opposite signs of the magnetic fields locked inside an electron cavity. Using 2D PIC simulations, we discuss the effects of evolution of single and binary electron vortices. Single electron vortices, though being in a quasistationary state on electron timescales, evolve on ion timescales, leading to anisotropic multishell ion motion. Binary electron vortices may be subject to complex motions, which can be described by the point-vortex solutions of Hasegawa-Mima equation. When the finite radius effects come into play, we observe effects as magnetic field annihilation with the subsequent fast electron bunch generation and secondary vortex formation.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Mallavarpu, R.; Roth, J. R.
1978-01-01
Microwave emission near the electron plasma frequency was observed, and its relation to the average electron density and the dc toroidal magnetic field was examined. The emission was detected using a spectrum analyzer and a 50 omega miniature coaxial probe. The radiation appeared as a broad amplitude peak that shifted in frequency as the plasma parameters were varied. The observed radiation scanned an average plasma density ranging from 10 million/cu cm to 8 hundred million/cu cm. A linear relation was observed betweeen the density calculated from the emission frequency and the average plasma density measured with a microwave interferometer. With the aid of a relative density profile measurement of the plasma, it was determined that the emissions occurred from the outer periphery of the plasma.
Runaway electrons as a diagnostic of magnetic fluctuations (abstract)
Bengtson, R.D. ); Wang, P.W. ); Freeman, M.; Wootton, A.J. ); Catto, P.J.; Myra, J.R. )
1992-10-01
The transport of runaway electrons in a hot plasma can be comparatively easily measured by perturbation experiments. The runaway electron diffusion coefficient is determined by intrinsic magnetic fluctuations rather than electrostatic fluctuations because of the high energies involved. The results presented here demonstrate the efficacy of using runaway transport techniques for determining intrinsic magnetic fluctuations. This work was supported in part by U. S. Department of Energy under grant DE-FG05-88ER-53267 and the Texas Advanced Research Program.
Simulation of laser-plasma interactions and fast-electron transport in inhomogeneous plasma
Cohen, B.I. Kemp, A.J.; Divol, L.
2010-06-20
A new framework is introduced for kinetic simulation of laser-plasma interactions in an inhomogeneous plasma motivated by the goal of performing integrated kinetic simulations of fast-ignition laser fusion. The algorithm addresses the propagation and absorption of an intense electromagnetic wave in an ionized plasma leading to the generation and transport of an energetic electron component. The energetic electrons propagate farther into the plasma to much higher densities where Coulomb collisions become important. The high-density plasma supports an energetic electron current, return currents, self-consistent electric fields associated with maintaining quasi-neutrality, and self-consistent magnetic fields due to the currents. Collisions of the electrons and ions are calculated accurately to track the energetic electrons and model their interactions with the background plasma. Up to a density well above critical density, where the laser electromagnetic field is evanescent, Maxwell's equations are solved with a conventional particle-based, finite-difference scheme. In the higher-density plasma, Maxwell's equations are solved using an Ohm's law neglecting the inertia of the background electrons with the option of omitting the displacement current in Ampere's law. Particle equations of motion with binary collisions are solved for all electrons and ions throughout the system using weighted particles to resolve the density gradient efficiently. The algorithm is analyzed and demonstrated in simulation examples. The simulation scheme introduced here achieves significantly improved efficiencies.
Hybrid Simulation of Laser-Plasma Interactions and Fast Electron Transport in Inhomogeneous Plasma
Cohen, B I; Kemp, A; Divol, L
2009-05-27
A new framework is introduced for kinetic simulation of laser-plasma interactions in an inhomogenous plasma motivated by the goal of performing integrated kinetic simulations of fast-ignition laser fusion. The algorithm addresses the propagation and absorption of an intense electromagnetic wave in an ionized plasma leading to the generation and transport of an energetic electron component. The energetic electrons propagate farther into the plasma to much higher densities where Coulomb collisions become important. The high-density plasma supports an energetic electron current, return currents, self-consistent electric fields associated with maintaining quasi-neutrality, and self-consistent magnetic fields due to the currents. Collisions of the electrons and ions are calculated accurately to track the energetic electrons and model their interactions with the background plasma. Up to a density well above critical density, where the laser electromagnetic field is evanescent, Maxwell's equations are solved with a conventional particle-based, finite-difference scheme. In the higher-density plasma, Maxwell's equations are solved using an Ohm's law neglecting the inertia of the background electrons with the option of omitting the displacement current in Ampere's law. Particle equations of motion with binary collisions are solved for all electrons and ions throughout the system using weighted particles to resolve the density gradient efficiently. The algorithm is analyzed and demonstrated in simulation examples. The simulation scheme introduced here achieves significantly improved efficiencies.
Magnetic Piston Propagation in a 100-ns Plasma Opening Switch
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Weingarten, A.; Grabowski, C.; Chakrabarti, N.; Maron, Y.; Fruchtman, A.
1998-11-01
The propagation of a magnetic piston through the plasma of a 90-ns, 170-kA POS is observed by studying the electron density, magnetic field, and ion velocity evolution. For the prefilled plasma n_e=(2.2± 0.5)× 10^14 cm-3, and T_e=5.5± 1 eV. The plasma composition is studied from absolute line intensities and collisional-radiative calculations. Most of the plasma ions are protons (90% near the cathode) with the rest being mainly CIV. The Hall-MHD conditions are not fulfilled for our experiment and ion motion is significant. The 3D-resolved ne evolution during the current pulse is studied from the line intensities of ions doped in the plasma using laser evaporation, and the magnetic field from Zeeman splitting. A diagonal magnetic piston propagates from the generator towards the load at about half the proton Alfven velocity. The protons are specularly reflected by the piston, while the heavy ions cross the potential hill in the piston, acquiring a lower velocity. The proton reflection causes an increase of ne ahead of the piston, followed by a sharp (10-20 ns) and substantial drop in ne (to 10-50% from the initial value). The magnetic field distribution studied using chordal observation, and theoretical analysis of ne and the magnetic field evolution are presented.
Shock Formation in Electron-Ion Plasmas: Mechanism and Timing
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bret, Antoine; Stockem Novo, Anne; Ricardo, Fonseca; Luis, Silva
2016-10-01
We analyze the formation of a collisionless shock in electron-ion plasmas in theory and simulations. In initially un-magnetized relativistic plasmas, such shocks are triggered by the Weibel instability. While in pair plasmas the shock starts forming right after the instability saturates, it is not so in electron-ion plasmas because the Weibel filaments at saturation are too small. An additional merging phase is therefore necessary for them to efficiently stop the flow. We derive a theoretical model for the shock formation time, taking into account filament merging in the nonlinear phase of the Weibel instability. This process is much slower than in electron-positron pair shocks, and so the shock formation is longer by a factor proportional to √{mi /me } ln(mi /me).
Electron temperature effects on the eigenmodes of a plasma waveguide
Aghamir, F. M.; Abbas-nejad, M.
2007-06-15
The effect of finite electron temperature on the excitation of eigenmodes of a plasma loaded cylindrical waveguide is investigated. In the analysis, a nonlinear wave equation is derived using the linearized fluid equations along with Maxwell's equations. The general result obtained for the annular plasma column is then reduced to be used for the case in which the plasma column fills the entire waveguide as well as for a partially filled configuration. Dispersion relations for electromagnetic and electrostatic modes are solved numerically to study the effect of electron thermal velocity on the characteristics of azimuthally symmetrical eigenmodes. The numerical studies show that the thermal motion of electrons shifts the frequencies of the perturbed transverse magnetic waveguide and those of cyclotron plasma modes toward higher values.
Self-effect in expanding electron beam plasma
Garcia, M
1999-05-07
An analytical model of plasma flow from a metal plate hit by an intense, pulsed, electron beam aims to bridge the gap between radiation-hydrodynamics simulations and experiments, and to quantify the self-effect of the electron beam penetrating the flow. Does the flow disrupt the tight focus of the initial electron bunch, or later pulses in a train? This work aims to model the spatial distribution of plasma speed, density, degree of ionization, and magnetization to inquire. The initial solid density, several eV plasma expands to 1 cm and 10{sup {minus}4} relative density by 2 {micro}s, beyond which numerical simulations are imprecise. Yet, a Faraday cup detector at the ETA-II facility is at 25 cm from the target and observes the flow after 50 {micro}s. The model helps bridge this gap. The expansion of the target plasma into vacuum is so rapid that the ionized portion of the flow departs from local thermodynamic equilibrium. When the temperature (in eV) in a parcel of fluid drops below V{sub i} x [(2{gamma} - 2)/(5{gamma} + 17)], where V{sub i} is the ionization potential of the target metal (7.8 eV for tantalum), and {gamma} is the ratio of specific heats (5/3 for atoms), then the fractional ionization and electron temperature in that parcel remain fixed during subsequent expansion. The freezing temperature as defined here is V{sub i}/19. The balance between the self-pinching force and the space charge repulsion of an electron beam changes on penetrating a flow: (i) the target plasma cancels the space-charge field, (ii) internal eddy currents arise to counter the magnetization of relativistic electrons, and (iii) electron beam heating alters the flow magnetization by changing the plasma density gradient and the magnitude of the conductivity.
Experimental Characterization of Plasma Detachment from Magnetic Nozzles
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Olsen, Christopher Scott
Magnetic nozzles, like Laval nozzles, are observed in several natural systems and have application in areas such as electric propulsion and plasma processing. Plasma flowing through these nozzles is inherently tied to the field lines and must separate for momentum redirection or particle transport to occur. Plasma detachment and associated mechanisms from a magnetic nozzle are investigated. Experimental results are presented from the plume of the VASIMRRTM VX-200 device flowing along an axisymmetric magnetic nozzle and operated at two ion energies to explore momentum dependent detachment. The argon plume expanded into a 150m3 vacuum chamber where the background pressure was low enough that charge-exchange mean-free-paths were longer than experiment scale lengths. This magnetic nozzle system is demonstrated to hydrodynamically scale up to astrophysical plasmas, particularly the solar chromosphere, implying general relevance to many systems. Plasma parameters were mapped over a large spatial range using measurements from multiple plasma diagnostics. The data show that the plume does not follow the magnetic field lines. A mapped integration of the ion flux shows the plume may be divided into three regions where 1) the plume briefly follows the magnetic flux, 2) diverges quadratically before 3) expanding with linear trajectories. Transitioning from region 1→2, the ion flux departs from the magnetic flux suggesting ion detachment. An instability forms in region 2 driving an oscillating electric field that causes ions to expand before enhancing electron cross-field transport through anomalous resistivity. Transitioning from region 2→3 the electric field dissipates, the trajectories linearize, and the plume effectively detaches. A delineation of sub-to-super Alfvenic flow aligns well with the inflection points of the linearization without a change in magnetic topology. The detachment process is best described as a two part process: First, ions detach by a breakdown of
Ciaccio, G. Spizzo, G.; Schmitz, O. Frerichs, H.; Abdullaev, S. S.; Evans, T. E.; White, R. B.
2015-10-15
The electrostatic response of the edge plasma to a magnetic island induced by resonant magnetic perturbations to the plasma edge of the circular limiter tokamak TEXTOR is analyzed. Measurements of plasma potential are interpreted by simulations with the Hamiltonian guiding center code ORBIT. We find a strong correlation between the magnetic field topology and the poloidal modulation of the measured plasma potential. The ion and electron drifts yield a predominantly electron driven radial diffusion when approaching the island X-point while ion diffusivities are generally an order of magnitude smaller. This causes a strong radial electric field structure pointing outward from the island O-point. The good agreement found between measured and modeled plasma potential connected to the enhanced radial particle diffusivities supports that a magnetic island in the edge of a tokamak plasma can act as convective cell. We show in detail that the particular, non-ambipolar drifts of electrons and ions in a 3D magnetic topology account for these effects. An analytical model for the plasma potential is implemented in the code ORBIT, and analyses of ion and electron radial diffusion show that both ion- and electron-dominated transport regimes can exist, which are known as ion and electron root solutions in stellarators. This finding and comparison with reversed field pinch studies and stellarator literature suggest that the role of magnetic islands as convective cells and hence as major radial particle transport drivers could be a generic mechanism in 3D plasma boundary layers.
Accessibillity of Electron Bernstein Modes in Over-Dense Plasma
Batchelor, D.B.; Bigelow, T.S.; Carter, M.D.
1999-04-12
Mode-conversion between the ordinary, extraordinary and electron Bernstein modes near the plasma edge may allow signals generated by electrons in an over-dense plasma to be detected. Alternatively, high frequency power may gain accessibility to the core plasma through this mode conversion process. Many of the tools used for ion cyclotron antenna de-sign can also be applied near the electron cyclotron frequency. In this paper, we investigate the possibilities for an antenna that may couple to electron Bernstein modes inside an over-dense plasma. The optimum values for wavelengths that undergo mode-conversion are found by scanning the poloidal and toroidal response of the plasma using a warm plasma slab approximation with a sheared magnetic field. Only a very narrow region of the edge can be examined in this manner; however, ray tracing may be used to follow the mode converted power in a more general geometry. It is eventually hoped that the methods can be extended to a hot plasma representation. Using antenna design codes, some basic antenna shapes will be considered to see what types of antennas might be used to detect or launch modes that penetrate the cutoff layer in the edge plasma.
Atoms and plasmas in a high-magnetic-field trap
Raithel, G.; Knuffman, B.; Shah, M. H.; Hempel, C.; Paradis, E.; Mhaskar, R.; Zhang, X.; Choi, J.-H.; Povilus, A. P.; Guest, J. R.
2008-08-08
We investigate cold rubidium plasmas in a particle trap that has the unique capability to simultaneously laser-cool and trap neutral atoms as well as to confine plasmas in magnetic fields of about three Tesla. The atom trap is a high-field Ioffe-Pritchard laser trap, while the plasma trap is a Ioffe-Penning trap that traps electrons and ions in separate wells. The observed plasma dynamics is characterized by a breathing-mode oscillation of the positive (ionic) plasma component, which feeds back on the behavior of the negative (electron) component of the plasma. At higher densities, the observed oscillations become nonlinear. The electron component has been found to undergo rapid cooling. We further report on the recombination of magnetized plasmas into Rydberg atoms in transient traps and quasi-steady-state traps. In transient traps, large numbers of recombined Rydberg atoms in high-lying states are observed. In quasi-steady-state traps, the measured numbers of recombined atoms are lower and the binding energies higher.
Microwave Reflectometry for Magnetically Confined Plasmas
Mazzucato, E.
1998-02-01
This paper is about microwave reflectometry -- a radar technique for plasma density measurements using the reflection of electromagnetic waves by a plasma cutoff. Both the theoretical foundations of reflectometry and its practical application to the study of magnetically confined plasmas are reviewed in this paper. In particular, the role of short-scale density fluctuations is discussed at length, both as a unique diagnostic tool for turbulence studies in thermonuclear plasmas and for the deleterious effects that fluctuations may have on the measurement of the average plasma density with microwave reflectometry.
Magnetic Lens For Plasma Engine
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Sercel, Joel C.
1992-01-01
Low-field electromagnet coils placed downstream of plasma engine, polarized oppositely to higher-field but smaller radius coil in nozzle of engine, reduces divergence of plasma jet, thereby increasing efficiency of engine. Concept tested by computer simulation based on simplified mathematical model of plasma, engine, and coils.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Noland, Jonathan David
2011-12-01
The goal of this dissertation was to gain an understanding on the relative importance of microwave power, neutral pressure, and magnetic field configuration on the behavior of the hot electrons within an Electron Cyclotron Resonance Ion Source (ECRIS) plasma. This was carried out through measurement of plasma bremsstrahlung with both NaI(Tl) (hv > 30 keV) and CdTe (2 keV < hv < 70 keV) x-ray detectors, and through measurement of the plasma energy density with a diamagnetic loop placed around the plasma chamber. We also examined the anisotropy in x-ray power by simultaneously measuring the x-ray spectra in two orthogonal directions: radially and axially, using NaI(Tl) detectors. We have seen that for a 6.4 GHz ECRIS, both the x-ray power produced by confined electrons and the plasma energy density behave logarithmically with microwave power. The x-ray flux created by electrons lost from the plasma, however, does not saturate. Thus, the small increase in plasma density that occurred at high microwave powers (> 150 W on a 6.4 GHz ECRIS) was accompanied by a large increase in total x-ray power. We suggest that the saturation of x-ray power and plasma energy density was due to rf-induced pitch-angle scattering of the electrons. X-ray power and plasma energy density were also shown to saturate with neutral pressure, and to increase nearly linearly as the gradient of the magnetic field in the resonance zone was decreased. All of these findings were in agreement with the theoretical models describing ECRIS plasmas. We have discussed the use of a diamagnetic loop as a means of exploring various plasma time scales on a relative basis. Specifically, we focused much of our attention on studying how changing ion source parameters, such as microwave power and neutral pressure, would effect the rise and decay of the integrated diamagnetic signal, which can be related to plasma energy density. We showed that increasing microwave power lowers the e-fold times at both the leading
Electron density and plasma dynamics of a colliding plasma experiment
Wiechula, J. Schönlein, A.; Iberler, M.; Hock, C.; Manegold, T.; Bohlender, B.; Jacoby, J.
2016-07-15
We present experimental results of two head-on colliding plasma sheaths accelerated by pulsed-power-driven coaxial plasma accelerators. The measurements have been performed in a small vacuum chamber with a neutral-gas prefill of ArH{sub 2} at gas pressures between 17 Pa and 400 Pa and load voltages between 4 kV and 9 kV. As the plasma sheaths collide, the electron density is significantly increased. The electron density reaches maximum values of ≈8 ⋅ 10{sup 15} cm{sup −3} for a single accelerated plasma and a maximum value of ≈2.6 ⋅ 10{sup 16} cm{sup −3} for the plasma collision. Overall a raise of the plasma density by a factor of 1.3 to 3.8 has been achieved. A scaling behavior has been derived from the values of the electron density which shows a disproportionately high increase of the electron density of the collisional case for higher applied voltages in comparison to a single accelerated plasma. Sequences of the plasma collision have been taken, using a fast framing camera to study the plasma dynamics. These sequences indicate a maximum collision velocity of 34 km/s.
Characterization of plasma flow through magnetic nozzles
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gerwin, Richard A.; Marklin, George J.; Sgro, Anthony G.; Glasser, Alan H.
1990-02-01
An account of research undertaken to describe the steady, axisymmetric flow of plasmas through rocket nozzles, with attention directed to the use of magnetic fields for guiding or propelling the plasmas is reported. The primary emphasis is on simply connected nozzles containing strictly longitudinal (B sub r, O, B sub z) magnetic fields to guide the plasma, with secondary consideration given to annular nozzles containing strictly azimuthal (O, B sub theta, O) magnetic fields to propel the plasma. The possibility and desirability of using hot plasmas in a repetitive mode is discussed, and motivates our consideration of an extensive range of parameters. Although slightly ionized gases having low temperatures (a fracture of an eV) and low magnetic Reynolds numbers often are the objects of valid and useful research (for example, in connection with MHD generators, with MPD thrusters, and with arc heaters to provide sources of hot gas for expanding gas-dynamic flow fields), the focus is upon the effective and efficient interaction of substantial plasmas with guiding or driving magnetic fields. Thus, focus is primarily on highly ionized plasmas that are not dominated by resistive dissipation. Some of the principal physics issues associated with these concepts are addressed.
Oblique ion acoustic shock waves in a magnetized plasma
Shahmansouri, M.; Mamun, A. A.
2013-08-15
Ion acoustic (IA) shock waves are studied in a magnetized plasma consisting of a cold viscous ion fluid and Maxwellian electrons. The Korteweg–de Vries–Burgers equation is derived by using the reductive perturbation method. It is shown that the combined effects of external magnetic field and obliqueness significantly modify the basic properties (viz., amplitude, width, speed, etc.) of the IA shock waves. It is observed that the ion-viscosity is a source of dissipation, and is responsible for the formation of IA shock structures. The implications of our results in some space and laboratory plasma situations are discussed.
Terahertz radiation generation in magnetized plasma under relativistic effect
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Malik, Hitendra K.; Gill, Reenu
2017-08-01
We have carried out analytical calculations for the emission of Terahertz (THz) radiation in the magnetized and rippled density plasma by beating of two high intensity cosh-Gaussian laser beams, which are capable of creating a relativistic effect in electrons' motion. We find the expression for the THz field achieved during the relativistic laser plasma interaction and study the effect of density of ripples, laser beam width, and magnetic field on the THz field. The role of skewness parameters of the lasers is also discussed in detail for efficient THz radiation.
Slot-Antenna/Permanent-Magnet Device for Generating Plasma
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Foster, John E.
2007-01-01
A device that includes a rectangular-waveguide/slot-antenna structure and permanent magnets has been devised as a means of generating a substantially uniform plasma over a relatively large area, using relatively low input power and a low gas flow rate. The device utilizes electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) excited by microwave power to efficiently generate plasma in a manner that is completely electrodeless in the sense that, in principle, there is no electrical contact between the plasma and the antenna. Plasmas generated by devices like this one are suitable for use as sources of ions and/or electrons for diverse material-processing applications (e.g., etching or deposition) and for ion thrusters. The absence of plasma/electrode contact essentially prevents plasma-induced erosion of the antenna, thereby also helping to minimize contamination of the plasma and of objects exposed to the plasma. Consequently, the operational lifetime of the rectangular-waveguide/ slot-antenna structure is long and the lifetime of the plasma source is limited by the lifetime of the associated charged-particle-extraction grid (if used) or the lifetime of the microwave power source. The device includes a series of matched radiating slot pairs that are distributed along the length of a plasma-source discharge chamber (see figure). This arrangement enables the production of plasma in a distributed fashion, thereby giving rise to a uniform plasma profile. A uniform plasma profile is necessary for uniformity in any electron- or ion-extraction electrostatic optics. The slotted configuration of the waveguide/ antenna structure makes the device scalable to larger areas and higher powers. All that is needed for scaling up is the attachment of additional matched radiating slots along the length of the discharge chamber. If it is desired to make the power per slot remain constant in scaling up, then the input microwave power must be increased accordingly. Unlike in prior ECR microwave plasma
APPARATUS FOR MINIMIZING ENERGY LOSSES FROM MAGNETICALLY CONFINED VOLUMES OF HOT PLASMA
Post, R.F.
1961-10-01
An apparatus is described for controlling electron temperature in plasma confined in a Pyrotron magnetic containment field. Basically the device comprises means for directing low temperature electrons to the plasma in controlled quantities to maintain a predetermined optimum equilibrium electron temperature whereat minimum losses of plasma ions due to ambipolar effects and energy damping of the ions due to dynamical friction with the electrons occur. (AEC)
Magnetic Nozzle and Plasma Detachment Experiment
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Chavers, Gregory; Dobson, Chris; Jones, Jonathan; Martin, Adam; Bengtson, Roger D.; Briezman, Boris; Arefiev, Alexey; Cassibry, Jason; Shuttpelz, Branwen; Deline, Christopher
2006-01-01
High power plasma propulsion can move large payloads for orbit transfer (such as the ISS), lunar missions, and beyond with large savings in fuel consumption owing to the high specific impulse. At high power, lifetime of the thruster becomes an issue. Electrodeless devices with magnetically guided plasma offer the advantage of long life since magnetic fields confine the plasma radially and keep it from impacting the material surfaces. For decades, concerns have been raised about the plasma remaining attached to the magnetic field and returning to the vehicle along the closed magnetic field lines. Recent analysis suggests that this may not be an issue of the magnetic field is properly shaped in the nozzle region and the plasma has sufficient energy density to stretch the magnetic field downstream. An experiment was performed to test the theory regarding the Magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) detachment scenario. Data from this experiment will be presented. The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) being developed by the Ad Astra Rocket Company uses a magnetic nozzle as described above. The VASIMR is also a leading candidate for exploiting an electric propulsion test platform being considered for the ISS.
Experiments on pure electron plasmas confined in a toroidal geometry
Nakashima, Chihiro; Yoshida, Zensho; Morikawa, Junji; Himura, Haruhiko; Kakuno, Hidekazu; Tahara, Shigeru; Shibayama, Norihisa
1999-12-10
The toroidal magnetic trap has an advantage in achieving long orbit lengths, which allows us to apply a slow process of energy reduction to the trapped particles. On Proto-RT (Prototype Ring Trap), we have demonstrated the confinement of a pure electron plasma without the help of external electric fields. We have injected electrons with the energy of 2 keV inside a separatrix. The electrostatic potential of the electron cloud is of order 100 V. The corresponding density of the electron plasma is calculated to be of order 10{sup 13} m{sup -3}. In order to modulate the kinetic energy of the electrons we are now planning RF assisted injection of electrons.
Magnetically driven flows in arched plasma structures.
Stenson, E V; Bellan, P M
2012-08-17
Laboratory experiments demonstrate high-speed plasma flows from both footpoints of arched magnetic flux tubes, resulting in bulk plasma transport into the flux tube and persistent axial collimation even as the flux tube lengthens and kinks. The measured flows are in agreement with the predictions of hoop force and collimation models involving fundamental MHD forces. These forces are expected to drive plasma acceleration in other open flux configurations with arched geometries, such as those found on the solar surface.
Improved Nonambipolar Electron Source Operation with Permanent Magnets
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gudmundson, Jesse; Hershkowitz, Noah
2008-11-01
The Nonambipolar Electron Source (NES) is a Radio Frequency (rf) plasma-based electron source that does not rely on electron emission at a cathode surface. All electrons are extracted at an electron sheath through a biased ring and all ions are lost radially to a biased Faraday shield. An electromagnet in the original NES has been replaced by a NdFeB permanent magnet array. A portion of the magnet array consists of a ring of radially aligned magnets followed by a ring of axially aligned magnets that produce a peak field of approximately 800 Gauss. Axial magnetic field strength at the extraction ring was increased using an additional ring of axially aligned magnets. Measurement of the magnetic field was in good agreement with field predicted by the FEMM (Finite Element Method Magnetics) code. Optimization of the single turn antenna and biased ring position in the magnetic field will be discussed. At least 15 A of electron current was extracted using a flow rate of 15 sccm Ar at 600 W of rf power at 13.56 MHz. For comparison, the original NES required 1200 W of power to achieve 15 A of extracted current. Compared to the previous coil design, the NdFeB magnets are lighter weight and require no power.
Bera, Kallol; Rauf, Shahid; Kenney, Jason; Dorf, Leonid; Collins, Ken
2010-03-15
The effect of inhomogeneous magnetic field on the spatial structure of very high frequency (VHF) plasmas is investigated for different coil configurations, gas pressures, high frequency bias powers, and degrees of electronegativity. The simulation results show that the electron density peaks in the center of the chamber for VHF plasmas due to the standing electromagnetic wave effect. On application of a magnetic field, the density increases near the wafer edge and decreases at the chamber center. The radial magnetic field component is found to limit electron loss to the electrodes and locally enhance the electron density. The axial magnetic field component limits plasma diffusion in the radial direction helping preserve the effect of improved electron confinement by the radial magnetic field. The peak electron density decreases with increasing magnetic field as the plasma moves toward the electrode edge occupying a larger volume. The effect of magnetic field becomes weaker at higher pressure due to the increased electron-neutral collisions which reduce the effectiveness of electron confinement around the magnetic field lines. The impact of magnetic field on plasma profile is somewhat weaker in an electronegative Ar/CF{sub 4} plasma because of the presence of less mobile and unmagnetized negative ions.
Alfvénic tornadoes in a magnetized plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shukla, P. K.
2013-01-01
It is shown that three-dimensional (3D) modified-kinetic Alfvén waves (m-KAWs) in a magnetized plasma can propagate in the form of Alfvénic tornadoes characterized by plasma density whirls or magnetic flux ropes carrying orbital angular momentum. By using the two-fluid model, together with Ampère's law, we derive the wave equation for 3D m-KAWs in a magnetoplasma with me/mi ≪ β ≪ 1, where me (mi) is the electron (ion) mass, β=4πn0kB (Te+Ti)/B02, n0 the unperturbed plasma number density, kB the Boltzmann constant, Te(Te) the electron (ion) temperature, and B0 the strength of the ambient magnetic field. The 3D m-KAW equation admits solutions in the form of a Laguerre-Gauss Alfvénic vortex beam or a twisted kinetic Alfvénic wave with plasma density whirls that support the dynamics of shear Alfvénic magnetic flux ropes in plasmas.
Magnetic Reconnection in a Force Free Plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nishimura, Kazumi; Li, Hui; Gary, S. Peter; Colgate, Stirling A.
2002-04-01
Recent observations and theoretical considerations have pointed to a dynamic intergalactic medium, a sizable part of which is filled with magnetic fields (e.g., Kronberg et al. 2001, ApJ, 560, 178). Magnetic reconnection is an important mechanism of converting magnetic energy into heating and accelerating particles. Astrophysical plasmas often store their magnetic energy in the twists of magnetic fields and with low plasma beta (ratio of thermal to magnetic pressure), in which case it can be assumed that currents flow nearly parallel to the background magnetic field (i.e., force-free). We are investigating the onset of magnetic reconnection in such a plasma using both 2D and 3D fully kinetic particle-in- cell simulations. We use a sheet pinch, kinetic equilibrium as an initial force-free configuration (Bobrova et al. 2001, Phys. Plasmas, 8, 759). We have carried out simulations for a range of parameters, especially the current density. We have confirmed that both a short wavelength instability (Buneman mode) and a longer wavelength instability (tearing mode) may be excited (Sakai et al. 2001, Phys. Rev. E, 63, 046408). Furthermore, we find that the tearing mode is inherently unstable, regardless of whether the Buneman mode is excited. Implications for particle acceleration and heating will be presented as well as a detailed comparison with linear theories.
Magnetic Flux Compression Experiments Using Plasma Armatures
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Turner, M. W.; Hawk, C. W.; Litchford, R. J.
2003-01-01
Magnetic flux compression reaction chambers offer considerable promise for controlling the plasma flow associated with various micronuclear/chemical pulse propulsion and power schemes, primarily because they avoid thermalization with wall structures and permit multicycle operation modes. The major physical effects of concern are the diffusion of magnetic flux into the rapidly expanding plasma cloud and the development of Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities at the plasma surface, both of which can severely degrade reactor efficiency and lead to plasma-wall impact. A physical parameter of critical importance to these underlying magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) processes is the magnetic Reynolds number (R(sub m), the value of which depends upon the product of plasma electrical conductivity and velocity. Efficient flux compression requires R(sub m) less than 1, and a thorough understanding of MHD phenomena at high magnetic Reynolds numbers is essential to the reliable design and operation of practical reactors. As a means of improving this understanding, a simplified laboratory experiment has been constructed in which the plasma jet ejected from an ablative pulse plasma gun is used to investigate plasma armature interaction with magnetic fields. As a prelude to intensive study, exploratory experiments were carried out to quantify the magnetic Reynolds number characteristics of the plasma jet source. Jet velocity was deduced from time-of-flight measurements using optical probes, and electrical conductivity was measured using an inductive probing technique. Using air at 27-inHg vacuum, measured velocities approached 4.5 km/s and measured conductivities were in the range of 30 to 40 kS/m.
Plasma Hole -- a Singular Vortex in a Magnetized Plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tanaka, M. Y.
2008-12-01
A vortex with a density cavity in its core has been observed in a magnetized cylindrical plasma. It is called "plasma hole" from the visual impression when viewed along the axis of the vortex. The flow velocity measurements revealed that the plasma hole accompanies with supersonic azimuthal flow and radial flow toward the center, on a plane perpendicular to the magnetic field. The vorticity distribution evaluated from the flow velocity field is localized near the vortex center axis. This vorticity localization is identified as a Burgers vortex, which is the first observation of Burgers vortex in a plasma. The plasma hole is divided into two regions; in the peripheral regions the Lorentz force is balanced with the electric force (ExB drift), and in the core regions the Lorentz force is balanced with the centrifugal force. Rotation driven by centrifugal force is called fast rotation, and is realized only in non-neutral plasmas so far. It is found that charge neutrality condition in the core region breaks down by three order of magnitude compared with the case without plasma hole (10-6). The effective viscosity in the core region exhibits an anomaly as well. The detailed experimental results on the plasma hole and the implication from the viewpoint of basic plasma physics will be presented. Note from Publisher: This article contains the abstract only.
Thrust and efficiency model for electron-driven magnetic nozzles
Little, Justin M.; Choueiri, Edgar Y.
2013-10-15
A performance model is presented for magnetic nozzle plasmas driven by electron thermal expansion to investigate how the thrust coefficient and beam divergence efficiency scale with the incoming plasma flow and magnetic field geometry. Using a transformation from cylindrical to magnetic coordinates, an approximate analytical solution is derived to the axisymmetric two-fluid equations for a collisionless plasma flow along an applied magnetic field. This solution yields an expression for the half-width at half-maximum of the plasma density profile in the far-downstream region, from which simple scaling relations for the thrust coefficient and beam divergence efficiency are derived. It is found that the beam divergence efficiency is most sensitive to the density profile of the flow into the nozzle throat, with the highest efficiencies occurring for plasmas concentrated along the nozzle axis. Increasing the expansion ratio of the magnetic field leads to efficiency improvements that are more pronounced for incoming plasmas that are not concentrated along the axis. This implies that the additional magnet required to increase the expansion ratio may be worth the added complexity for plasma sources that exhibit poor confinement.
Effect of Substrate Potential on Plasma Parameters of Magnetic Multicusp Plasma Source
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ueda, Yoshio; Goto, Masahiro
1998-06-01
The effect of substrate potential on plasmas produced in a magnetic multicusp plasma source has been studied experimentally. Plasma parameters such as electron temperature and plasma potential are estimated from electron energy distribution function numerically calculated from probe current-voltage characteristics. For a substrate potential of -150 V with respect to the source chamber, which is much lower than substrate floating potentials, the plasma parameters are not affected by the application of the potential. However, for the case where the substrate is shorted with the source chamber, the high energy component of electrons significantly decreases in comparison with the floating case leading to the reduction of electron temperature. In this case, plasma potential is positive with respect to the substrate to suppress electron loss but its absolute value is only of the order of electron temperature in eV, which is much lower than the potential between the plasma and the substrate in the floating case. This discharge mode could be advantageous in significantly reducing the ion impact energy to the substrate plate.
Computational studies for plasma filamentation by magnetic field in atmospheric microwave discharge
Takahashi, Masayuki; Ohnishi, Naofumi
2014-12-01
Plasma filamentation is induced by an external magnetic field in an atmospheric discharge using intense microwaves. A discrete structure is obtained at low ambient pressure if a strong magnetic field of more than 1 T is applied, due to the suppression of electron diffusion, whereas a diffusive pattern is generated with no external field. Applying a magnetic field can slow the discharge front propagation due to magnetic confinement of the electron transport. If the resonance conditions are satisfied for electron cyclotron resonance and its higher harmonics, the propagation speed increases because the heated electrons easily ionize neutral particles. The streamer velocity and the pattern of the microwave plasma are positively controlled by adjusting two parameters—the electron diffusion coefficient and the ionization frequency—through the resonance process and magnetic confinement, and hot, dense filamentary plasma can be concentrated in a compact volume to reduce energy loss in a plasma device like a microwave rocket.
Computational studies for plasma filamentation by magnetic field in atmospheric microwave discharge
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Takahashi, Masayuki; Ohnishi, Naofumi
2014-12-01
Plasma filamentation is induced by an external magnetic field in an atmospheric discharge using intense microwaves. A discrete structure is obtained at low ambient pressure if a strong magnetic field of more than 1 T is applied, due to the suppression of electron diffusion, whereas a diffusive pattern is generated with no external field. Applying a magnetic field can slow the discharge front propagation due to magnetic confinement of the electron transport. If the resonance conditions are satisfied for electron cyclotron resonance and its higher harmonics, the propagation speed increases because the heated electrons easily ionize neutral particles. The streamer velocity and the pattern of the microwave plasma are positively controlled by adjusting two parameters—the electron diffusion coefficient and the ionization frequency—through the resonance process and magnetic confinement, and hot, dense filamentary plasma can be concentrated in a compact volume to reduce energy loss in a plasma device like a microwave rocket.
Plasma transport in a simulated magnetic-divertor configuration
Strawitch, C. M.
1981-03-01
The transport properties of plasma on magnetic field lines that intersect a conducting plate are studied experimentally in the Wisconsin internal ring D.C. machine. The magnetic geometry is intended to simulate certain aspects of plasma phenomena that may take place in a tokamak divertor. It is found by a variety of measurements that the cross field transport is non-ambipolar; this may have important implications in heat loading considerations in tokamak divertors. The undesirable effects of nonambipolar flow make it preferable to be able to eliminate it. However, we find that though the non-ambipolarity may be reduced, it is difficult to eliminate entirely. The plasma flow velocity parallel to the magnetic field is found to be near the ion acoustic velocity in all cases. The experimental density and electron temperature profiles are compared to the solutions to a one dimensional transport model that is commonly used in divertor theory.
Anode plasma density measurements in a magnetically insulated diode
Pal, R.; Hammer, D.
1983-03-07
The surface-flashover anode plasma in a magnetically insulated ion diode was investigated spectroscopically. From the Stark broadening of the neutral hydrogen H/sub ..beta../ line an average electron density of about 2 x 10/sup 15//cm/sup 3/ was observed in the < or approx. =1-mm anode plasma, 30 nsec into the 400--475-kV diode voltage pulse. Thereafter, the plasma front advanced into the diode gap at an average rate of 2 cm/..mu..sec. This may be explained by the ionization of neutral atoms injected into the gap during flashover.
a Novel Method for Improving Plasma Nitriding Efficiency: Pre-Magnetization by DC Magnetic Field
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kovaci, Halim; Yetim, Ali Fatih; Bozkurt, Yusuf Burak; Çelik, Ayhan
2017-06-01
In this study, a novel pre-magnetization process, which enables easy diffusion of nitrogen, was used to enhance plasma nitriding efficiency. Firstly, magnetic fields with intensities of 1500G and 2500G were applied to the untreated samples before nitriding. After the pre-magnetization, the untreated and pre-magnetized samples were plasma nitrided for 4h in a gas mixture of 50% N2-50% H2 at 500∘C and 600∘C. The structural, mechanical and morphological properties of samples were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), microhardness tester and surface tension meter. It was observed that pre-magnetization increased the surface energy of the samples. Therefore, both compound and diffusion layer thicknesses increased with pre-magnetization process before nitriding treatment. As modified layer thickness increased, higher surface hardness values were obtained.
Model of electron collecting plasma contactors
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Davis, V. A.; Katz, I.; Mandell, M. J.; Parks, D. E.
1991-01-01
In laboratory experiments, plasma contactors are observed to collect ampere-level electron currents with low impedance. In order to extend the laboratory experience to the low-earth-orbit environment, a model of plasma contactors is being developed. Laboratory results are being used to support and validate the model development. The important physical processes observed in the laboratory are that the source plasma is separated from the background plasma by a double layer and that ionization of the expellant gas by the collected electrons creates the bulk of the ions that leave the source plasma. The model, which uses Poisson's equation with a physical charge density that includes the ion and electron components of both the source and the ambient plasmas, reproduces this phenomenon for typical experimental parameters. The calculations, in agreement with the laboratory results, show little convergence of the accelerated electrons. The angular momentum of the incoming electrons dramatically reduces the peak electron density. These electrons ionize enough gas to generate the source plasma. Calculations show that the increase in ionization rate with potential produces a steep rise in collected current with increasing potential as seen in the laboratory.
Electron cyclotron plasma startup in the GDT experiment
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yakovlev, D. V.; Shalashov, A. G.; Gospodchikov, E. D.; Solomakhin, A. L.; Savkin, V. Ya.; Bagryansky, P. A.
2017-01-01
We report on a new plasma startup scenario in the gas dynamic trap (GDT) magnetic mirror device. The primary 5 MW neutral beam injection (NBI) plasma heating system fires into a sufficiently dense plasma target (‘seed plasma’), which is commonly supplied by an arc plasma generator. In the reported experiments, a different approach to seed plasma generation is explored. One of the channels of the electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) heating system is used to ionize the neutral gas and build up the density of plasma to a level suitable for NBI capture. After a short transition of approximately 1 ms the discharge becomes essentially similar to a standard one initiated by the plasma gun. This paper presents the discharge scenario and experimental data on the seed plasma evolution during ECRH, along with the dependencies on incident microwave power, magnetic configuration and pressure of a neutral gas. The characteristics of the consequent high-power NBI discharge are studied and differences from the conventional scenario are discussed. A theoretical model describing the ECR breakdown and the seed plasma accumulation in a large-scale mirror trap is developed on the basis of the GDT experiment.
Plasma Jet Braking: Energy Dissipation and Nonadiabatic Electrons
Khotyaintsev, Yu. V.; Cully, C. M.; Vaivads, A.; Andre, M.; Owen, C. J.
2011-04-22
We report in situ observations by the Cluster spacecraft of wave-particle interactions in a magnetic flux pileup region created by a magnetic reconnection outflow jet in Earth's magnetotail. Two distinct regions of wave activity are identified: lower-hybrid drift waves at the front edge and whistler-mode waves inside the pileup region. The whistler-mode waves are locally generated by the electron temperature anisotropy, and provide evidence for ongoing betatron energization caused by magnetic flux pileup. The whistler-mode waves cause fast pitch-angle scattering of electrons and isotropization of the electron distribution, thus making the flow braking process nonadiabatic. The waves strongly affect the electron dynamics and thus play an important role in the energy conversion chain during plasma jet braking.
Plasma Jet Braking: Energy Dissipation and Nonadiabatic Electrons
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Khotyaintsev, Yu. V.; Cully, C. M.; Vaivads, A.; André, M.; Owen, C. J.
2011-04-01
We report in situ observations by the Cluster spacecraft of wave-particle interactions in a magnetic flux pileup region created by a magnetic reconnection outflow jet in Earth’s magnetotail. Two distinct regions of wave activity are identified: lower-hybrid drift waves at the front edge and whistler-mode waves inside the pileup region. The whistler-mode waves are locally generated by the electron temperature anisotropy, and provide evidence for ongoing betatron energization caused by magnetic flux pileup. The whistler-mode waves cause fast pitch-angle scattering of electrons and isotropization of the electron distribution, thus making the flow braking process nonadiabatic. The waves strongly affect the electron dynamics and thus play an important role in the energy conversion chain during plasma jet braking.
Plasma jet braking: energy dissipation and nonadiabatic electrons.
Khotyaintsev, Yu V; Cully, C M; Vaivads, A; André, M; Owen, C J
2011-04-22
We report in situ observations by the Cluster spacecraft of wave-particle interactions in a magnetic flux pileup region created by a magnetic reconnection outflow jet in Earth's magnetotail. Two distinct regions of wave activity are identified: lower-hybrid drift waves at the front edge and whistler-mode waves inside the pileup region. The whistler-mode waves are locally generated by the electron temperature anisotropy, and provide evidence for ongoing betatron energization caused by magnetic flux pileup. The whistler-mode waves cause fast pitch-angle scattering of electrons and isotropization of the electron distribution, thus making the flow braking process nonadiabatic. The waves strongly affect the electron dynamics and thus play an important role in the energy conversion chain during plasma jet braking.
Coupling between electron plasma waves in laser-plasma interactions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Everett, M. J.; Lal, A.; Clayton, C. E.; Mori, W. B.; Joshi, C.; Johnston, T. W.
1996-05-01
A Lagrangian fluid model (cold plasma, fixed ions) is developed for analyzing the coupling between electron plasma waves. This model shows that a small wave number electron plasma wave (ω2,k2) will strongly affect a large wave number electron plasma wave (ω1,k1), transferring its energy into daughter waves or sidebands at (ω1+nω2,k1+nk2) in the lab frame. The accuracy of the model is checked via particle-in-cell simulations, which confirm that the energy in the mode at (ω1,k1) can be completely transferred to the sidebands at (ω1+nω2,k1+nk2) by the presence of the electron plasma mode at (ω2,k2). Conclusive experimental evidence for the generation of daughter waves via this coupling is then presented using time- and wave number-resolved spectra of the light from a probe laser coherently Thomson scattered by the electron plasma waves generated by the interaction of a two-frequency CO2 laser with a plasma.
Magnetic turbulent electron transport in a reversed field pinch
Schoenberg, K.; Moses, R.
1990-01-01
A model of magnetic turbulent electron transport is presented. The model, based on the thermal conduction theory of Rechester and Rosenbluth, entails a Boltzmann description of electron dynamics in the long mean-free-path limit and quantitatively describes the salient features of superthermal electron measurements in the RFP edge plasma. Included are predictions of the mean superthermal electron energy, current density, and power flux asymmetry. A discussion of the transport model, the assumptions implicit in the model, and the relevance of this work to more general issue of magnetic turbulent transport in toroidal systems is presented. 32 refs., 3 figs.
Electron-cyclotron maser instability in relativistic plasmas
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Pritchett, P. L.
1986-01-01
The electron-cyclotron maser instability is studied for the case of an anisotropic electron velocity distribution in the regime where the relativistic corrections to the wave dispersion are significant. Solution of the linear dispersion relation reveals that when the plasma frequency-gyrofrequency ratio is less than v(te)/c, the instability is localized just below k(perpendicular)c/Omega(e) = 1. The growth rate is then strongly peaked for emission at 90 deg to the magnetic field and is considerably larger than would be the case if the cold-plasma dispersion theory were valid. These features are confirmed by EM particle simulations.
Local thermodynamics of a magnetized, anisotropic plasma
Hazeltine, R. D.; Mahajan, S. M.; Morrison, P. J.
2013-02-15
An expression for the internal energy of a fluid element in a weakly coupled, magnetized, anisotropic plasma is derived from first principles. The result is a function of entropy, particle density and magnetic field, and as such plays the role of a thermodynamic potential: it determines in principle all thermodynamic properties of the fluid element. In particular it provides equations of state for the magnetized plasma. The derivation uses familiar fluid equations, a few elements of kinetic theory, the MHD version of Faraday's law, and certain familiar stability and regularity conditions.
Dielectric tensor of a weakly relativistic, nonequilibrium, and magnetized plasma
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Tsai, S. T.; Wu, C. S.; Wang, Y. D.; Kang, S. W.
1981-01-01
The dielectric tensor of a magnetized plasma is investigated in order to obtain analytic expressions which can be used to study wave-plasma interactions for the case of wave frequencies lying close to the cyclotron harmonics of ions or electrons. Work on this topic by Trubnikov (1959) and Shkarovsky (1966) is extended to the nonequilibrium cases, in which the particles may have drift motions, thermal anisotropy, and loss-cone-type distributions. Account is taken of these features, and a set of analytic expressions in terms of an integral is derived. The discussion presented is pertinent to the absorption and emission of radiation near the electron cyclotron harmonics.
Laser-pulse compression using magnetized plasmas
Shi, Yuan; Qin, Hong; Fisch, Nathaniel J.
2017-02-28
Proposals to reach the next generation of laser intensities through Raman or Brillouin backscattering have centered on optical frequencies. Higher frequencies are beyond the range of such methods mainly due to the wave damping that accompanies the higher-density plasmas necessary for compressing higher frequency lasers. However, we find that an external magnetic field transverse to the direction of laser propagation can reduce the required plasma density. Using parametric interactions in magnetized plasmas to mediate pulse compression, both reduces the wave damping and alleviates instabilities, thereby enabling higher frequency or lower intensity pumps to produce pulses at higher intensities and longermore » durations. Finally, in addition to these theoretical advantages, our method in which strong uniform magnetic fields lessen the need for high-density uniform plasmas also lessens key engineering challenges or at least exchanges them for different challenges.« less
Laser-pulse compression using magnetized plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shi, Yuan; Qin, Hong; Fisch, Nathaniel J.
2017-02-01
Proposals to reach the next generation of laser intensities through Raman or Brillouin backscattering have centered on optical frequencies. Higher frequencies are beyond the range of such methods mainly due to the wave damping that accompanies the higher-density plasmas necessary for compressing higher frequency lasers. However, we find that an external magnetic field transverse to the direction of laser propagation can reduce the required plasma density. Using parametric interactions in magnetized plasmas to mediate pulse compression, both reduces the wave damping and alleviates instabilities, thereby enabling higher frequency or lower intensity pumps to produce pulses at higher intensities and longer durations. In addition to these theoretical advantages, our method in which strong uniform magnetic fields lessen the need for high-density uniform plasmas also lessens key engineering challenges or at least exchanges them for different challenges.
Secondary electron emission from plasma-generated nanostructured tungsten fuzz
Patino, M.; Raitses, Y.; Wirz, R.
2016-11-14
Recently, several researchers (e.g., Q. Yang, Y.-W. You, L. Liu, H. Fan, W. Ni, D. Liu, C. S. Liu, G. Benstetter, and Y. Wang, Scientific Reports 5, 10959 (2015)) have shown that tungsten fuzz can grow on a hot tungsten surface under bombardment by energetic helium ions in different plasma discharges and applications, including magnetic fusion devices with plasma facing tungsten components. This work reports direct measurements of the total effective secondary electron emission (SEE) from tungsten fuzz. Using dedicated material surface diagnostics and in-situ characterization, we find two important results: (1) SEE values for tungsten fuzz are 40-63% lowermore » than for smooth tungsten and (2) the SEE values for tungsten fuzz are independent of the angle of the incident electron. The reduction in SEE from tungsten fuzz is most pronounced at high incident angles, which has important implications for many plasma devices since in a negative-going sheath the potential structure leads to relatively high incident angles for the electrons at the plasma confining walls. Overall, low SEE will create a relatively higher sheath potential difference that reduces plasma electron energy loss to the confining wall. Thus the presence or self-generation in a plasma of a low SEE surface such as tungsten fuzz can be desirable for improved performance of many plasma devices.:7px« less
Secondary electron emission from plasma-generated nanostructured tungsten fuzz
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Patino, M.; Raitses, Y.; Wirz, R.
2016-11-01
Recently, several researchers [e.g., Yang et al., Sci. Rep. 5, 10959 (2015)] have shown that tungsten fuzz can grow on a hot tungsten surface under bombardment by energetic helium ions in different plasma discharges and applications, including magnetic fusion devices with plasma facing tungsten components. This work reports the direct measurements of the total effective secondary electron emission (SEE) from tungsten fuzz. Using dedicated material surface diagnostics and in-situ characterization, we find two important results: (1) SEE values for tungsten fuzz are 40%-63% lower than for smooth tungsten and (2) the SEE values for tungsten fuzz are independent of the angle of the incident electron. The reduction in SEE from tungsten fuzz is most pronounced at high incident angles, which has important implications for many plasma devices since in a negative-going sheath the potential structure leads to relatively high incident angles for the electrons at the plasma confining walls. Overall, low SEE will create a relatively higher sheath potential difference that reduces plasma electron energy loss to the confining wall. Thus, the presence or self-generation in a plasma of a low SEE surface such as tungsten fuzz can be desirable for improved performance of many plasma devices.
Secondary electron emission from plasma-generated nanostructured tungsten fuzz
Patino, M.; Raitses, Y.; Wirz, R.
2016-11-14
Recently, several researchers (e.g., Q. Yang, Y.-W. You, L. Liu, H. Fan, W. Ni, D. Liu, C. S. Liu, G. Benstetter, and Y. Wang, Scientific Reports 5, 10959 (2015)) have shown that tungsten fuzz can grow on a hot tungsten surface under bombardment by energetic helium ions in different plasma discharges and applications, including magnetic fusion devices with plasma facing tungsten components. This work reports direct measurements of the total effective secondary electron emission (SEE) from tungsten fuzz. Using dedicated material surface diagnostics and in-situ characterization, we find two important results: (1) SEE values for tungsten fuzz are 40-63% lower than for smooth tungsten and (2) the SEE values for tungsten fuzz are independent of the angle of the incident electron. The reduction in SEE from tungsten fuzz is most pronounced at high incident angles, which has important implications for many plasma devices since in a negative-going sheath the potential structure leads to relatively high incident angles for the electrons at the plasma confining walls. Overall, low SEE will create a relatively higher sheath potential difference that reduces plasma electron energy loss to the confining wall. Thus the presence or self-generation in a plasma of a low SEE surface such as tungsten fuzz can be desirable for improved performance of many plasma devices.:7px
Injection of a coaxial-gun-produced magnetized plasma into a background helicon plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Yue; Lynn, Alan; Gilmore, Mark; Hsu, Scott
2014-10-01
A compact coaxial plasma gun is employed for experimental investigation of plasma bubble relaxation into a lower density background plasma. Experiments are being conducted in the linear device HelCat at UNM. The gun is powered by a 120-uF ignitron-switched capacitor bank, which is operated in a range of 5 to 10 kV and 100 kA. Multiple diagnostics are employed to investigate the plasma relaxation process. Magnetized argon plasma bubbles with velocities 1.2Cs, densities 1020 m-3 and electron temperature 13eV have been achieved. The background helicon plasma has density 1013 m-3, magnetic field from 200 to 500 Gauss and electron temperature 1eV. Several distinct operational regimes with qualitatively different dynamics are identified by fast CCD camera images. Additionally a B-dot probe array has been employed to measure the spatial toroidal and poloidal magnetic flux evolution to identify plasma bubble configurations. Experimental data and analysis will be presented.
Optical magnetic plasma in artificial flowers.
Li, Jingjing; Thylen, Lars; Bratkovsky, Alexander; Wang, Shiy-Yuan; Williams, R Stanley
2009-06-22
We report the design of an artificial flower-like structure that supports a magnetic plasma in the optical domain. The structure is composed of alternating "petals" of conventional dielectrics (epsilon > 0) and plasmonic materials (Re(epsilon ) < 0). The induced effective magnetic current on such a structure possesses a phase lag with respect to the incident TE-mode magnetic field, similar to the phase lag between the induced electric current and the incident TM-mode electric field on a metal wire. An analogy is thus drawn with an artificial electric plasma composed of metal wires driven by a radio frequency excitation. The effective medium of an array of flowers has a negative permeability within a certain wavelength range, thus behaving as a magnetic plasma.
Glow plasma trigger for electron cyclotron resonance ion sources.
Vodopianov, A V; Golubev, S V; Izotov, I V; Nikolaev, A G; Oks, E M; Savkin, K P; Yushkov, G Yu
2010-02-01
Electron cyclotron resonance ion sources (ECRISs) are particularly useful for nuclear, atomic, and high energy physics, as unique high current generators of multicharged ion beams. Plasmas of gas discharges in an open magnetic trap heated by pulsed (100 micros and longer) high power (100 kW and higher) high-frequency (greater than 37.5 GHz) microwaves of gyrotrons is promising in the field of research in the development of electron cyclotron resonance sources for high charge state ion beams. Reaching high ion charge states requires a decrease in gas pressure in the magnetic trap, but this method leads to increases in time, in which the microwave discharge develops. The gas breakdown and microwave discharge duration becomes greater than or equal to the microwave pulse duration when the pressure is decreased. This makes reaching the critical plasma density initiate an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) discharge during pulse of microwave gyrotron radiation with gas pressure lower than a certain threshold. In order to reduce losses of microwave power, it is necessary to shorten the time of development of the ECR discharge. For fast triggering of ECR discharge under low pressure in an ECRIS, we initially propose to fill the magnetic trap with the plasmas of auxiliary pulsed discharges in crossed ExB fields. The glow plasma trigger of ECR based on a Penning or magnetron discharge has made it possible not only to fill the trap with plasma with density of 10(12) cm(-3), required for a rapid increase in plasma density and finally for ECR discharge ignition, but also to initially heat the plasma electrons to T(e) approximately = 20 eV.
Magnetized Target Fusion Driven by Plasma Liners
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Thio, Y. C. Francis; Eskridge, Richard; Smith, James; Lee, Michael; Richeson, Jeff; Schmidt, George; Knapp, Charles E.; Kirkpatrick, Ronald C.; Turchi, Peter J.; Rodgers, Stephen L. (Technical Monitor)
2001-01-01
Magnetized target fusion (MTF) attempts to combine the favorable attributes of magnetic confinement fusion (MCF) for energy confinement with the attributes of inertial confinement fusion (ICF) for efficient compression heating and wall-free containment of the fusing plasma. It uses a material liner to compress and contain a magnetized plasma. For practical applications, standoff drivers to deliver the imploding momentum flux to the target plasma remotely are required. Spherically converging plasma jets have been proposed as standoff drivers for this purpose. The concept involves the dynamic formation of a spherical plasma liner by the merging of plasma jets, and the use of the liner so formed to compress a spheromak or a field reversed configuration (FRC). For the successful implementation of the scheme, plasma jets of the requisite momentum flux density need to be produced. Their transport over sufficiently large distances (a few meters) needs to be assured. When they collide and merge into a liner, relative differences in velocity, density and temperature of the jets could give rise to instabilities in the development of the liner. Variation in the jet properties must be controlled to ensure that the growth rate of the instabilities are not significant over the time scale of the liner formation before engaging with the target plasma. On impact with the target plasma, some plasma interpenetration might occur between the liner and the target. The operating parameter space needs to be identified to ensure that a reasonably robust and conducting contact surface is formed between the liner and the target. A mismatch in the "impedance" between the liner and the target plasma could give rise to undesirable shock heating of the liner leading to increased entropy (thermal losses) in the liner. Any irregularities in the liner will accentuate the Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities during the compression of the target plasma by the liner.
Plane and hemispherical potential structures in magnetically expanding plasmas
Takahashi, Kazunori; Igarashi, Yuichi; Fujiwara, Tamiya
2010-07-26
Two-dimensional potential structures are measured for different gas pressure in expanding argon plasma using permanent magnets, where the magnetic field is about 100 G in the source and several gauss in the diffusion chamber. The plane potential drop is observed near the source exit for 0.35 mTorr, while the potential structure becomes hemispherical when increasing up to 1 mTorr; the hemispherical structure results in the radial divergence of the ion beam. It is found that the trajectories of the accelerated ions and the electrons overcoming the potential drop are dominated by the potential structure and magnetic-field lines, respectively.
Antenna impedance measurements in a magnetized plasma. I. Spherical antenna
Blackwell, David D.; Walker, David N.; Messer, Sarah J.; Amatucci, William E.
2007-09-15
The input impedance of a metal sphere immersed in a magnetized plasma is measured with a network analyzer at frequencies up to 1 GHz. The experiments were done in the Space Physics Simulation Chamber at the Naval Research Laboratory. The hot-filament argon plasma was varied between weakly ({omega}{sub ce}<{omega}{sub pe}) and strongly ({omega}{sub ce}>{omega}{sub pe}) magnetized plasma with electron densities in the range 10{sup 7}-10{sup 10} cm{sup -3}. It is observed that the lower-frequency resonance of the impedance characteristic previously associated with series sheath resonance {omega}{sub sh} in the unmagnetized plasma occurs at a hybrid sheath frequency of {omega}{sub r}{sup 2}={omega}{sub sh}{sup 2}+{kappa}{omega}{sub ce}{sup 2}, where {kappa} is a constant 0.5<{kappa}<1. As seen in previous experiments, the higher frequency resonance associated with the electron plasma frequency {omega}{sub pe} in the unmagnetized plasma is relocated to the upper hybrid frequency {omega}{sub uh}{sup 2}={omega}{sub pe}{sup 2}+{omega}{sub ce}{sup 2}. As with the unmagnetized plasma, the maximum power deposition occurs at the lower frequency resonance {omega}{sub r}.
MHD Simulations of the Plasma Flow in the Magnetic Nozzle
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Smith, T. E. R.; Keidar, M.; Sankaran, K.; olzin, K. A.
2013-01-01
The magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) flow of plasma through a magnetic nozzle is simulated by solving the governing equations for the plasma flow in the presence of an static magnetic field representing the applied nozzle. This work will numerically investigate the flow and behavior of the plasma as the inlet plasma conditions and magnetic nozzle field strength are varied. The MHD simulations are useful for addressing issues such as plasma detachment and to can be used to gain insight into the physical processes present in plasma flows found in thrusters that use magnetic nozzles. In the model, the MHD equations for a plasma, with separate temperatures calculated for the electrons and ions, are integrated over a finite cell volume with flux through each face computed for each of the conserved variables (mass, momentum, magnetic flux, energy) [1]. Stokes theorem is used to convert the area integrals over the faces of each cell into line integrals around the boundaries of each face. The state of the plasma is described using models of the ionization level, ratio of specific heats, thermal conductivity, and plasma resistivity. Anisotropies in current conduction due to Hall effect are included, and the system is closed using a real-gas equation of state to describe the relationship between the plasma density, temperature, and pressure.A separate magnetostatic solver is used to calculate the applied magnetic field, which is assumed constant for these calculations. The total magnetic field is obtained through superposition of the solution for the applied magnetic field and the self-consistently computed induced magnetic fields that arise as the flowing plasma reacts to the presence of the applied field. A solution for the applied magnetic field is represented in Fig. 1 (from Ref. [2]), exhibiting the classic converging-diverging field pattern. Previous research was able to demonstrate effects such as back-emf at a super-Alfvenic flow, which significantly alters the shape of the
MMS Observations of Ion-scale Magnetic Island in the Magnetosheath Turbulent Plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Huang, S.; Sahraoui, F.; Retino, A.; Le Contel, O.; Yuan, Z.; Chasapis, A.; Aunai, N.; Breuillard, H.; Deng, X.; Zhou, M.; Fu, H.; Pang, Y.; Wang, D.; Torbert, R. B.; Goodrich, K.; Ergun, R.; Khotyaintsev, Y. V.; Lindqvist, P. A.; Russell, C. T.; Pollock, C.; Giles, B. L.; Moore, T. E.; Magnes, W.; Strangeway, R. J.; Bromund, K. R.; Leinweber, H. K.; Plaschke, F.; Anderson, B. J.; Burch, J. L.
2016-12-01
In this letter, first observations of ion-scale magnetic island from the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission in the magnetosheath turbulent plasma are presented. The magnetic island is characterized by bipolar variation of magnetic fields with magnetic field compression, strong core field, density depletion and strong currents dominated by the parallel component to the local magnetic field. The estimated size of magnetic island is about 8di, where di is the ion inertial length. Distinct particle behaviors and wave activities inside and at the edges of the magnetic island are observed: parallel electron beam accompanied with electrostatic solitary waves and strong electromagnetic lower hybrid drift waves inside the magnetic island; bidirectional electron beams, whistler waves, weak electromagnetic lower hybrid drift waves and strong broadband electrostatic noise at the edges of the magnetic island. Our observations demonstrate that highly dynamical, strong wave activities and electron-scale physics occur within ion-scale magnetic islands in the magnetosheath turbulent plasma.
MMS Observations of Ion-Scale Magnetic Island in the Magnetosheath Turbulent Plasma
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Huang, S. Y.; Sahraoui, F.; Retino, A.; Contel, O. Le; Yuan, Z. G.; Chasapis, A.; Aunai, N.; Breuillard, H.; Deng, X. H.; Zhou, M.;
2016-01-01
In this letter, first observations of ion-scale magnetic island from the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission in the magnetosheath turbulent plasma are presented. The magnetic island is characterized by bipolar variation of magnetic fields with magnetic field compression, strong core field, density depletion, and strong currents dominated by the parallel component to the local magnetic field. The estimated size of magnetic island is about 8 di, where di is the ion inertial length. Distinct particle behaviors and wave activities inside and at the edges of the magnetic island are observed: parallel electron beam accompanied with electrostatic solitary waves and strong electromagnetic lower hybrid drift waves inside the magnetic island and bidirectional electron beams, whistler waves, weak electromagnetic lower hybrid drift waves, and strong broadband electrostatic noise at the edges of the magnetic island. Our observations demonstrate that highly dynamical, strong wave activities and electron-scale physics occur within ion-scale magnetic islands in the magnetosheath turbulent plasma..
Formation of collisionless shocks in magnetized plasma interaction with kinetic-scale obstacles
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cruz, F.; Alves, E. P.; Bamford, R. A.; Bingham, R.; Fonseca, R. A.; Silva, L. O.
2017-02-01
We investigate the formation of collisionless magnetized shocks triggered by the interaction between magnetized plasma flows and miniature-sized (order of plasma kinetic-scales) magnetic obstacles resorting to massively parallel, full particle-in-cell simulations, including the electron kinetics. The critical obstacle size to generate a compressed plasma region ahead of these objects is determined by independently varying the magnitude of the dipolar magnetic moment and the plasma magnetization. We find that the effective size of the obstacle depends on the relative orientation between the dipolar and plasma internal magnetic fields, and we show that this may be critical to form a shock in small-scale structures. We study the microphysics of the magnetopause in different magnetic field configurations in 2D and compare the results with full 3D simulations. Finally, we evaluate the parameter range where such miniature magnetized shocks can be explored in laboratory experiments.
Formation of collisionless shocks in magnetized plasma interaction with kinetic-scale obstacles
Cruz, F.; Alves, E. P.; Bamford, R. A.; ...
2017-02-06
We investigate the formation of collisionless magnetized shocks triggered by the interaction between magnetized plasma flows and miniature-sized (order of plasma kinetic-scales) magnetic obstacles resorting to massively parallel, full particle-in-cell simulations, including the electron kinetics. The critical obstacle size to generate a compressed plasma region ahead of these objects is determined by independently varying the magnitude of the dipolar magnetic moment and the plasma magnetization. Here we find that the effective size of the obstacle depends on the relative orientation between the dipolar and plasma internal magnetic fields, and we show that this may be critical to form a shockmore » in small-scale structures. We also study the microphysics of the magnetopause in different magnetic field configurations in 2D and compare the results with full 3D simulations. Finally, we evaluate the parameter range where such miniature magnetized shocks can be explored in laboratory experiments.« less
Magnetic-Field Generation and Amplification in an Expanding Plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schoeffler, K. M.; Loureiro, N. F.; Fonseca, R. A.; Silva, L. O.
2014-05-01
Particle-in-cell simulations are used to investigate the formation of magnetic fields B in plasmas with perpendicular electron density and temperature gradients. For system sizes L comparable to the ion skin depth di, it is shown that B˜di/L, consistent with the Biermann battery effect. However, for large L/di, it is found that the Weibel instability (due to electron temperature anisotropy) supersedes the Biermann battery as the main producer of B. The Weibel-produced fields saturate at a finite amplitude (plasma β≈100), independent of L. The magnetic energy spectra below the electron Larmor radius scale are well fitted by the power law with slope -16/3, as predicted by Schekochihin et al. [Astrophys. J. Suppl. Ser. 182, 310 (2009)].
Mirror-field confined compact plasma source using permanent magnet for plasma processings
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Goto, Tetsuya; Sato, Kei-ichiro; Yabuta, Yuki; Sugawa, Shigetoshi
2016-12-01
A mirror-field confined compact electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma source using permanent magnets was developed, aiming for the realization of high-quality plasma processings where high-density reactive species are supplied to a substrate with minimizing the ion bombardment damages. The ECR position was located between a microwave transmissive window and a quartz limiter, and plasmas were transported from the ECR position to a midplane of the magnetic mirror field through the quartz limiter. Thus, a radius of core plasma could be determined by the limiter, which was 15 mm in this study. Plasma parameters were investigated by the Langmuir probe measurement. High-density plasma larger than 1011 cm-3 could be produced by applying 5.85-GHz microwave power of 10 W or more. For the outside region of the core plasma where a wafer for plasma processings will be set at, the ion current density was decreased dramatically with distance from the core plasma and became smaller by approximately two orders of magnitude that in the core plasma region for the radial position of 40 mm, suggesting the realization of reduction in ion bombardment damages.
Mirror-field confined compact plasma source using permanent magnet for plasma processings.
Goto, Tetsuya; Sato, Kei-Ichiro; Yabuta, Yuki; Sugawa, Shigetoshi
2016-12-01
A mirror-field confined compact electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma source using permanent magnets was developed, aiming for the realization of high-quality plasma processings where high-density reactive species are supplied to a substrate with minimizing the ion bombardment damages. The ECR position was located between a microwave transmissive window and a quartz limiter, and plasmas were transported from the ECR position to a midplane of the magnetic mirror field through the quartz limiter. Thus, a radius of core plasma could be determined by the limiter, which was 15 mm in this study. Plasma parameters were investigated by the Langmuir probe measurement. High-density plasma larger than 10(11) cm(-3) could be produced by applying 5.85-GHz microwave power of 10 W or more. For the outside region of the core plasma where a wafer for plasma processings will be set at, the ion current density was decreased dramatically with distance from the core plasma and became smaller by approximately two orders of magnitude that in the core plasma region for the radial position of 40 mm, suggesting the realization of reduction in ion bombardment damages.
Characterization of Secondary Electron Emission Properties of Plasma Facing Materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Patino, Marlene I.; Capece, Angela M.; Raitses, Yevgeny; Koel, Bruce E.
2015-11-01
The behavior of wall-bounded plasmas is significantly affected by the plasma-wall interactions, including the emission of secondary electrons (SEE) from the wall materials due to bombardment by primary electrons. The importance of SEE has prompted previous investigations of SEE properties of materials especially with applications to magnetic fusion, plasma thrusters, and high power microwave devices. In this work, we present results of measurements of SEE properties of graphite and lithium materials relevant for the divertor region of magnetic fusion devices. Measurements of total SEE yield (defined as the number of emitted secondary electrons per incident primary electron) for lithium are extended up to 5 keV primary electron energy, and the energy distributions of secondary electrons are provided for graphite and lithium. Additionally, the effect of contamination on the total SEE yield of lithium was explored by exposing the material to water vapor. Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) was used to determine surface composition and temperature programmed desorption (TPD) was used to determine lithium film thickness. Results show an order of magnitude increase in total SEE yield for lithium exposed to water vapor. This work was supported by DOE contract DE-AC02-09CH11466; AFOSR grants FA9550-14-1-0053, FA9550-11-1-0282, and AF9550-09-1-0695; and DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program.
Experiments on viscous transport in pure-electron plasmas
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Kriesel, Jason M.; Driscoll, C. Fred
1999-12-01
Viscous transport in pure-electron plasmas is a rearrangement of particles due to like-particle interactions, eventually leading to a confined global thermal equilibrium state. The measured transport is observed to be proportional to the shear in the total (E×B+diamagnetic) fluid rotation of the plasma, for both hollow and monotonic rotation profiles. We determine the local kinematic viscosity, κ, from measurements of the local flux of electrons. The measured viscosity is 50-104 times larger than expected from classical transport due to short-range velocity-scattering collisions, but is within a factor of 10 of recent theories by O'Neil and Dubin of transport due to long-range drift collisions. The measured viscosity scales with magnetic field and plasma length roughly as κ∝B/L. This scaling suggests a finite-length transport enhancement caused by particles interacting multiple times as they bounce axially between the ends of the plasma.
Self-generated magnetic dipoles in weakly magnetized beam-plasma system.
Jia, Qing; Mima, Kunioki; Cai, Hong-bo; Taguchi, Toshihiro; Nagatomo, Hideo; He, X T
2015-02-01
A self-generation mechanism of magnetic dipoles and the anomalous energy dissipation of fast electrons in a magnetized beam-plasma system are presented. Based on two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations, it is found that the magnetic dipoles are self-organized and play important roles in the beam electron energy dissipation. These dipoles drift slowly in the direction of the return flow with a quasisteady velocity, which depends upon the magnetic amplitude of the dipole and the imposed external magnetic field. This dipole formation provides a mechanism for the anomalous energy dissipation of a relativistic electron beam, which would play an important role in collisionless shock and ion shock acceleration.
Momentum transfer to rotating magnetized plasma from gun plasma injection
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Shamim, Imran; Hassam, A. B.; Ellis, R. F.; Witherspoon, F. D.; Phillips, M. W.
2006-11-01
Numerical simulations are carried out to investigate the penetration and momentum coupling of a gun-injected plasma slug into a rotating magnetized plasma. An experiment along these lines is envisioned for the Maryland Centrifugal Experiment (MCX) [R. F. Ellis et al., Phys. Plasmas 8, 2057 (2001)] using a coaxial plasma accelerator gun developed by HyperV Technologies Corp. [F. D. Witherspoon et al., Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 50, LP1-87 (2005)]. The plasma gun would be located in the axial midplane and fired off-axis into the rotating MCX plasma annulus. The numerical simulation is set up so that the initial momentum in the injected plasma slug is of the order of the initial momentum of the target plasma. Several numerical firings are done into the cylindrical rotating plasma. Axial symmetry is assumed. The slug is seen to penetrate readily and deform into a mushroom, characteristic of interchange deformations. It is found that up to 25% of the momentum in the slug can be transferred to the background plasma in one pass across a cylindrical chord. For the same initial momentum, a high-speed low density slug gives more momentum transfer than a low-speed high density slug. Details of the numerical simulations and a scaling study are presented.
Momentum transfer to rotating magnetized plasma from gun plasma injection
Shamim, Imran; Hassam, A. B.; Ellis, R. F.; Witherspoon, F. D.; Phillips, M. W.
2006-11-15
Numerical simulations are carried out to investigate the penetration and momentum coupling of a gun-injected plasma slug into a rotating magnetized plasma. An experiment along these lines is envisioned for the Maryland Centrifugal Experiment (MCX) [R. F. Ellis et al., Phys. Plasmas 8, 2057 (2001)] using a coaxial plasma accelerator gun developed by HyperV Technologies Corp. [F. D. Witherspoon et al., Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 50, LP1 87 (2005)]. The plasma gun would be located in the axial midplane and fired off-axis into the rotating MCX plasma annulus. The numerical simulation is set up so that the initial momentum in the injected plasma slug is of the order of the initial momentum of the target plasma. Several numerical firings are done into the cylindrical rotating plasma. Axial symmetry is assumed. The slug is seen to penetrate readily and deform into a mushroom, characteristic of interchange deformations. It is found that up to 25% of the momentum in the slug can be transferred to the background plasma in one pass across a cylindrical chord. For the same initial momentum, a high-speed low density slug gives more momentum transfer than a low-speed high density slug. Details of the numerical simulations and a scaling study are presented.
Electron Heating in Microwave-Assisted Helicon Plasmas
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McKee, John; Siddiqui, Umair; Jemiolo, Andrew; McIlvain, Julianne; Scime, Earl
2016-10-01
The use of two (or more) rf sources at different frequencies is a common technique in the plasma processing industry to control ion energy characteristics separately from plasma generation. A similar approach is presented here with the focus on modifying the electron population in argon and helium plasmas. The plasma is generated by a helicon source at a frequency f 0 = 13.56 MHz. Mcrowaves of frequency f 1 = 2.45 GHz are then injected into the helicon source chamber perpendicular to the background magnetic field. The microwaves damp on the electrons via X-mode Electron Cyclotron Heating (ECH) at the upper hybrid resonance, providing additional energy input into the electrons. The effects of this secondary-source heating on electron density, temperature, and energy distribution function are examined and compared to helicon-only single source plasmas as well as numeric models suggesting that the heating is not evenly distributed but spatially localized. Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES) is used to examine the impact of the energetic tail of the electron distribution on ion and neutral species via collisional excitation. Large enhancements of neutral spectral lines are observed with little to no enhancement of ion lines.
A model of electron collecting plasma contractors
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Davis, V. A.; Katz, I.; Mandell, M. J.; Parks, D. E.
1989-01-01
A model of plasma contractors is being developed, which can be used to describe electron collection in a laboratory test tank and in the space environment. To validate the model development, laboratory experiments are conducted in which the source plasma is separated from the background plasma by a double layer. Model calculations show that an increase in ionization rate with potential produces a steep rise in collected current with increasing potential.
A model of electron collecting plasma contractors
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Davis, V. A.; Katz, I.; Mandell, M. J.; Parks, D. E.
1989-01-01
A model of plasma contractors is being developed, which can be used to describe electron collection in a laboratory test tank and in the space environment. To validate the model development, laboratory experiments are conducted in which the source plasma is separated from the background plasma by a double layer. Model calculations show that an increase in ionization rate with potential produces a steep rise in collected current with increasing potential.
Simulation of the nonlinear evolution of electron plasma waves
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Nishikawa, K.-I.; Cairns, I. H.
1991-01-01
Electrostatic waves driven by an electron beam in an ambient magnetized plasma were studied using a quasi-1D PIC simulation of electron plasma waves (i.e., Langmuir waves). The results disclose the presence of a process for moving wave energy from frequencies and wavenumbers predicted by linear theory to the Langmuir-like frequencies during saturation of the instability. A decay process for producing backward propagating Langmuir-like waves, along with low-frequency waves, is observed. The simulation results, however, indicate that the backscattering process is not the conventional Langmuir wave decay. Electrostatic waves near multiples of the electron plasma frequency are generated by wave-wave coupling during the nonlinear stage of the simulations, confirming the suggestion of Klimas (1983).
Integrity of the Plasma Magnetic Nozzle
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Gerwin, Richard A.
2009-01-01
This report examines the physics governing certain aspects of plasma propellant flow through a magnetic nozzle, specifically the integrity of the interface between the plasma and the nozzle s magnetic field. The injection of 100s of eV plasma into a magnetic flux nozzle that converts thermal energy into directed thrust is fundamental to enabling 10 000s of seconds specific impulse and 10s of kW/kg specific power piloted interplanetary propulsion. An expression for the initial thickness of the interface is derived and found to be approx.10(exp -2) m. An algorithm is reviewed and applied to compare classical resistivity to gradient-driven microturbulent (anomalous) resistivity, in terms of the spatial rate and time integral of resistive interface broadening, which can then be related to the geometry of the nozzle. An algorithm characterizing plasma temperature, density, and velocity dependencies is derived and found to be comparable to classical resistivity at local plasma temperatures of approx. 200 eV. Macroscopic flute-mode instabilities in regions of "adverse magnetic curvature" are discussed; a growth rate formula is derived and found to be one to two e-foldings of the most unstable Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) mode. After establishing the necessity of incorporating the Hall effect into Ohm s law (allowing full Hall current to flow and concomitant plasma rotation), a critical nozzle length expression is derived in which the interface thickness is limited to about 1 ion gyroradius.
Effect of radial plasma transport at the magnetic throat on axial ion beam formation
Zhang, Yunchao Charles, Christine; Boswell, Rod
2016-08-15
Correlation between radial plasma transport and formation of an axial ion beam has been investigated in a helicon plasma reactor implemented with a convergent-divergent magnetic nozzle. The plasma discharge is sustained under a high magnetic field mode and a low magnetic field mode for which the electron energy probability function, the plasma density, the plasma potential, and the electron temperature are measured at the magnetic throat, and the two field modes show different radial parametric behaviors. Although an axial potential drop occurs in the plasma source for both field modes, an ion beam is only observed in the high field mode while not in the low field mode. The transport of energetic ions is characterized downstream of the plasma source using the delimited ion current and nonlocal ion current. A decay of ion beam strength is also observed in the diffusion chamber.
Effect of radial plasma transport at the magnetic throat on axial ion beam formation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Yunchao; Charles, Christine; Boswell, Rod
2016-08-01
Correlation between radial plasma transport and formation of an axial ion beam has been investigated in a helicon plasma reactor implemented with a convergent-divergent magnetic nozzle. The plasma discharge is sustained under a high magnetic field mode and a low magnetic field mode for which the electron energy probability function, the plasma density, the plasma potential, and the electron temperature are measured at the magnetic throat, and the two field modes show different radial parametric behaviors. Although an axial potential drop occurs in the plasma source for both field modes, an ion beam is only observed in the high field mode while not in the low field mode. The transport of energetic ions is characterized downstream of the plasma source using the delimited ion current and nonlocal ion current. A decay of ion beam strength is also observed in the diffusion chamber.
Influence of the magnetic field expansion on the core plasma in an axisymmetric mirror trap
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Soldatkina, E.; Anikeev, M.; Bagryansky, P.; Korzhavina, M.; Maximov, V.; Savkin, V.; Yakovlev, D.; Yushmanov, P.; Dunaevsky, A.
2017-02-01
First measurements of plasma parameters in an expander of a mirror trap with sub-fusion plasma parameters are reported. Potential drop near the end plates of the expander appears to be much lower than the electron temperature in the center of the trap. Characteristic energy of electrons in the expander region is also substantially lower than the electron temperature in the confinement plasma. Variation of the magnetic field expansion ratio K between 30 and 160 does not influence the main parameters of the confinement plasma. Electron temperatures of the confinement plasma of about 700 eV were achieved at K = 30.
Plasma production for electron acceleration by resonant plasma wave
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Anania, M. P.; Biagioni, A.; Chiadroni, E.; Cianchi, A.; Croia, M.; Curcio, A.; Di Giovenale, D.; Di Pirro, G. P.; Filippi, F.; Ghigo, A.; Lollo, V.; Pella, S.; Pompili, R.; Romeo, S.; Ferrario, M.
2016-09-01
Plasma wakefield acceleration is the most promising acceleration technique known nowadays, able to provide very high accelerating fields (10-100 GV/m), enabling acceleration of electrons to GeV energy in few centimeter. However, the quality of the electron bunches accelerated with this technique is still not comparable with that of conventional accelerators (large energy spread, low repetition rate, and large emittance); radiofrequency-based accelerators, in fact, are limited in accelerating field (10-100 MV/m) requiring therefore hundred of meters of distances to reach the GeV energies, but can provide very bright electron bunches. To combine high brightness electron bunches from conventional accelerators and high accelerating fields reachable with plasmas could be a good compromise allowing to further accelerate high brightness electron bunches coming from LINAC while preserving electron beam quality. Following the idea of plasma wave resonant excitation driven by a train of short bunches, we have started to study the requirements in terms of plasma for SPARC_LAB (Ferrario et al., 2013 [1]). In particular here we focus on hydrogen plasma discharge, and in particular on the theoretical and numerical estimates of the ionization process which are very useful to design the discharge circuit and to evaluate the current needed to be supplied to the gas in order to have full ionization. Eventually, the current supplied to the gas simulated will be compared to that measured experimentally.
Performance characterization of a permanent-magnet helicon plasma thruster
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Takahashi, Kazunori; Charles, Christine; Boswell, Rod
2012-10-01
Helicon plasma thrusters operated at a few kWs of rf power is an active area of an international research. Recent experiments have clarified part of the thrust-generation mechanisms. Thrust components which have been identified include an electron pressure inside the source region and a Lorentz force due to an electron diamagnetic drift current and a radial component of the applied magnetic field. The use of permanent magnets (PMs) instead of solenoids is one of the solutions for improving the thruster efficiency because it does not require electricity for the magnetic nozzle formation. Here the thrust imparted from a permanent-magnet helicon plasma thruster is directly measured using a pendulum thrust balance. The source consists of permanent magnet (PM) arrays, a double turn rf loop antenna powered by a 13.56 MHz rf generator and a glass source tube. The PM arrays provide a magnetic nozzle near the open exit of the source and two configurations, which have maximum field strengths of about 100 and 270 G, are tested. A thrust of 15 mN, specific impulse of 2000 sec and a thrust efficiency of 8 percent are presently obtained for 2 kW of input power, 24 sccm flow rate of argon and the stronger magnetic field configuration.
Characterization of plasma in magnetic multidipole discharges
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Guimaraesferreira, Julio
1988-09-01
A characterization of the discharge of the quiescent plasma machine of INPE, and an identification of the most relevant processes in the definition of its plasma properties, were achieved. Measurements of plasma potential, the floating potential, the temperature of the electrons, and the density of the plasma, for pressures ranging from 10(-3) to 10(-1) Pa and for discharge potentials for 45 V to 120 V were accomplished. These measurements were made with a Langmuir spherical probe with 1mm in diameter. In the whole range of operation the presence of two populations of electrons with distinct temperatures in the energy range from 1 to 10 eV was observed, although for pressures approaching 10(-1) Pa the plasma tended to a single population of electrons with temperature of 1eV. The difference between plasma and floating potentials was observed to become smaller as the pressure raised, and the potential difference between plasma and anode reached a value around 2 V when pressure raised above 10(-2) Pa. The plasma density increases approximately linearly with pressure, for values below 10(-2) Pa, but above 10(-1) Pa its increase with pressure is quite reduced. A study on the collision processes in the plasma volume and on loss processes to surfaces allowed to interpret qualitatively the observed plasma behavior and to estimate, by means of simple expressions, some of the plasma parameters. The loss areas for ions and primary electrons were estimated from experimental results. A simple quantitative model which allows the calculation of plasma density in the whole range of operation, reproduced the correct order of magnitude of experimental values. However, an additional work, both theoretical and experimental, is required to obtain better agreement between experimental and theoretical values.
On the Boltzmann relation in a cold magnetized plasma
Nasi, L.; Raimbault, J.-L.
2010-11-15
A systematic and exact comparison between the forces acting on magnetized electrons in a current-free plasma is considered within a fluid model. We show that the Boltzmann relation is fulfilled in the drift-diffusion approximation when (h{sub i}/h{sub e})(1+h{sub e}{sup 2})/(1+h{sub i}{sup 2})<<1 where h{sub e} (or h{sub i}) is the ratio of the electron (or ion) cyclotron to the collision frequency. When the nonlinear inertia terms are taken into account, the previous criterion is too rough and must be modified. In particular it is proved that the Boltzmann relation is not uniformly valid in the plasma. The case of bounded plasmas where the electron temperature must be determined self-consistently is discussed in detail.
Magnetic curvature effects on plasma interchange turbulence
Li, B. Liao, X.; Sun, C. K.; Ou, W.; Liu, D.; Gui, G.; Wang, X. G.
2016-06-15
The magnetic curvature effects on plasma interchange turbulence and transport in the Z-pinch and dipole-like systems are explored with two-fluid global simulations. By comparing the transport levels in the systems with a different magnetic curvature, we show that the interchange-mode driven transport strongly depends on the magnetic geometry. For the system with large magnetic curvature, the pressure and density profiles are strongly peaked in a marginally stable state and the nonlinear evolution of interchange modes produces the global convective cells in the azimuthal direction, which lead to the low level of turbulent convective transport.
Magnetic field amplification in turbulent astrophysical plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Federrath, Christoph
2016-12-01
Magnetic fields play an important role in astrophysical accretion discs and in the interstellar and intergalactic medium. They drive jets, suppress fragmentation in star-forming clouds and can have a significant impact on the accretion rate of stars. However, the exact amplification mechanisms of cosmic magnetic fields remain relatively poorly understood. Here, I start by reviewing recent advances in the numerical and theoretical modelling of the turbulent dynamo, which may explain the origin of galactic and intergalactic magnetic fields. While dynamo action was previously investigated in great detail for incompressible plasmas, I here place particular emphasis on highly compressible astrophysical plasmas, which are characterised by strong density fluctuations and shocks, such as the interstellar medium. I find that dynamo action works not only in subsonic plasmas, but also in highly supersonic, compressible plasmas, as well as for low and high magnetic Prandtl numbers. I further present new numerical simulations from which I determine the growth of the turbulent (un-ordered) magnetic field component ( turb$ ) in the presence of weak and strong guide fields ( 0$ ). I vary 0$ over five orders of magnitude and find that the dependence of turb$ on 0$ is relatively weak, and can be explained with a simple theoretical model in which the turbulence provides the energy to amplify turb$ . Finally, I discuss some important implications of magnetic fields for the structure of accretion discs, the launching of jets and the star-formation rate of interstellar clouds.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bose, Sayak; Chattopadhyay, P. K.; Ghosh, J.; Sengupta, S.; Saxena, Y. C.; Pal, R.
2015-04-01
In a quasineutral plasma, electrons undergo collective oscillations, known as plasma oscillations, when perturbed locally. The oscillations propagate due to finite temperature effects. However, the wave can lose the phase coherence between constituting oscillators in an inhomogeneous plasma (phase mixing) because of the dependence of plasma oscillation frequency on plasma density. The longitudinal electric field associated with the wave may be used to accelerate electrons to high energies by exciting large amplitude wave. However when the maximum amplitude of the wave is reached that plasma can sustain, the wave breaks. The phenomena of wave breaking and phase mixing have applications in plasma heating and particle acceleration. For detailed experimental investigation of these phenomena a new device, inverse mirror plasma experimental device (IMPED), has been designed and fabricated. The detailed considerations taken before designing the device, so that different aspects of these phenomena can be studied in a controlled manner, are described. Specifications of different components of the IMPED machine and their flexibility aspects in upgrading, if necessary, are discussed. Initial results meeting the prerequisite condition of the plasma for such study, such as a quiescent, collisionless and uniform plasma, are presented. The machine produces δnnoise/n <= 1%, Luniform ~ 120 cm at argon filling pressure of ~10-4 mbar and axial magnetic field of B = 1090 G.
Heat flux viscosity in collisional magnetized plasmas
Liu, C.; Fox, W.; Bhattacharjee, A.
2015-05-15
Momentum transport in collisional magnetized plasmas due to gradients in the heat flux, a “heat flux viscosity,” is demonstrated. Even though no net particle flux is associated with a heat flux, in a plasma there can still be momentum transport owing to the velocity dependence of the Coulomb collision frequency, analogous to the thermal force. This heat-flux viscosity may play an important role in numerous plasma environments, in particular, in strongly driven high-energy-density plasma, where strong heat flux can dominate over ordinary plasma flows. The heat flux viscosity can influence the dynamics of the magnetic field in plasmas through the generalized Ohm's law and may therefore play an important role as a dissipation mechanism allowing magnetic field line reconnection. The heat flux viscosity is calculated directly using the finite-difference method of Epperlein and Haines [Phys. Fluids 29, 1029 (1986)], which is shown to be more accurate than Braginskii's method [S. I. Braginskii, Rev. Plasma Phys. 1, 205 (1965)], and confirmed with one-dimensional collisional particle-in-cell simulations. The resulting transport coefficients are tabulated for ease of application.
Magnetically Controlled Plasma Waveguide For Laser Wakefield Acceleration
Froula, D H; Divol, L; Davis, P; Palastro, J; Michel, P; Leurent, V; Glenzer, S H; Pollock, B; Tynan, G
2008-05-14
An external magnetic field applied to a laser plasma is shown produce a plasma channel at densities relevant to creating GeV monoenergetic electrons through laser wakefield acceleration. Furthermore, the magnetic field also provides a pressure to help shape the channel to match the guiding conditions of an incident laser beam. Measured density channels suitable for guiding relativistic short-pulse laser beams are presented with a minimum density of 5 x 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} which corresponds to a linear dephasing length of several centimeters suitable for multi-GeV electron acceleration. The experimental setup at the Jupiter Laser Facility, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where a 1-ns, 150 J 1054 nm laser will produce a magnetically controlled channel to guide a < 75 fs, 10 J short-pulse laser beam through 5-cm of 5 x 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} plasma is presented. Calculations presented show that electrons can be accelerated to 3 GeV with this system. Three-dimensional resistive magneto-hydrodynamic simulations are used to design the laser and plasma parameters and quasi-static kinetic simulations indicate that the channel will guide a 200 TW laser beam over 5-cm.
Development of plasma cathode electron guns
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Oks, Efim M.; Schanin, Peter M.
1999-05-01
The status of experimental research and ongoing development of plasma cathode electron guns in recent years is reviewed, including some novel upgrades and applications to various technological fields. The attractiveness of this kind of e-gun is due to its capability of creating high current, broad or focused beams, both in pulsed and steady-state modes of operation. An important characteristic of the plasma cathode electron gun is the absence of a thermionic cathode, a feature which leads to long lifetime and reliable operation even in the presence of aggressive background gas media and at fore-vacuum gas pressure ranges such as achieved by mechanical pumps. Depending on the required beam parameters, different kinds of plasma discharge systems can be used in plasma cathode electron guns, such as vacuum arcs, constricted gaseous arcs, hollow cathode glows, and two kinds of discharges in crossed E×B fields: Penning and magnetron. At the present time, plasma cathode electron guns provide beams with transverse dimension from fractional millimeter up to about one meter, beam current from microamperes to kiloamperes, beam current density up to about 100 A/cm2, pulse duration from nanoseconds to dc, and electron energy from several keV to hundreds of keV. Applications include electron beam melting and welding, surface treatment, plasma chemistry, radiation technologies, laser pumping, microwave generation, and more.
Magnetic monopole field exposed by electrons
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Béché, Armand; van Boxem, Ruben; van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Verbeeck, Jo
2014-01-01
The experimental search for magnetic monopole particles has, so far, been in vain. Nevertheless, these elusive particles of magnetic charge have fuelled a rich field of theoretical study. Here, we created an approximation of a magnetic monopole in free space at the end of a long, nanoscopically thin magnetic needle. We experimentally demonstrate that the interaction of this approximate magnetic monopole field with a beam of electrons produces an electron vortex state, as theoretically predicted for a true magnetic monopole. This fundamental quantum mechanical scattering experiment is independent of the speed of the electrons and has consequences for all situations where electrons meet such monopole magnetic fields, as, for example, in solids. The set-up not only shows an attractive way to produce electron vortex states but also provides a unique insight into monopole fields and shows that electron vortices might well occur in unexplored solid-state physics situations.
Evolution of electron phase space holes in inhomogeneous plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Vasko, I. Y.; Kuzichev, I. V.; Agapitov, O. V.; Mozer, F. S.; Artemyev, A. V.; Roth, I.
2017-06-01
Electron phase space holes or vortices (EHs) are electrostatic solitary waves with a bipolar parallel (magnetic field-aligned) electric field. They are formed in a nonlinear stage of electron streaming type instabilities and exist due to electrons trapped within the EH electrostatic potential. The background plasma density gradients, characteristic for both space and laboratory plasmas, can affect the evolution of EHs. In this paper, we use a one-dimensional electrostatic Vlasov-Ampère code (ions are immobile) with periodic boundary conditions to study the evolution of a single EH in inhomogeneous plasmas. We find that the EH propagating along a positive (negative) plasma density gradient is accelerated (decelerated) and narrowed (widened). EH propagating along a positive density gradient results in the acceleration of a relatively small population of trapped electrons to suprathermal energies. Interestingly, a decelerating EH is reflected at the point with the plasma density value dependent only on EH parameters, but independent of the average density gradient in the system. We show that the density gradients result in the development of a unipolar parallel electric field in a vicinity of the EH. A theoretical estimate of the corresponding potential drop along the EH is derived. The results are discussed in the light of EH observations in space plasma.
Viscosity and Shear Flows in Magnetized Dusty Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Romero-Talamas, C. A.; Bates, E. M.; Birmingham, W. J.; Rivera, W. F.; Takeno, J.; Knop, S.
2015-11-01
Magnetized dusty plasma experiments are planned at the Dusty Plasma Laboratory of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), to investigate E x B rotation with dust of at least 500 nm in diameter. At this size, individual particles can be tracked and viscosity, shear flow, and temperature can be measured directly using a methodology similar to that used for linear shear flow configurations [Feng et al. PRL 109, 185002 (2012)]. The experiments are planned with a specially designed Bitter-type magnet that can be configured to achieve up to 10 T for at least 10 seconds, to minutes, with much longer operation times at lower fields also possible. At the highest field, the dust will be fully magnetized and thus we aim to achieve direct E x B rotation of the dust (and not just by ion drag). The motivation for these experiments comes from observations of electron and ion temperatures in excess of 100 eV in E x B rotating plasmas [R. Reid et al. Phys. Plasmas 21, 063305 (2014)]. The experimental setup and planned diagnostics for the magnetized dusty plasma are presented.
Exponential frequency spectrum and Lorentzian pulses in magnetized plasmas
Pace, D. C.; Shi, M.; Maggs, J. E.; Morales, G. J.; Carter, T. A.
2008-12-15
Two different experiments involving pressure gradients across the confinement magnetic field in a large plasma column are found to exhibit a broadband turbulence that displays an exponential frequency spectrum for frequencies below the ion cyclotron frequency. The exponential feature has been traced to the presence of solitary pulses having a Lorentzian temporal signature. These pulses arise from nonlinear interactions of drift-Alfven waves driven by the pressure gradients. In both experiments the width of the pulses is narrowly distributed resulting in exponential spectra with a single characteristic time scale. The temporal width of the pulses is measured to be a fraction of a period of the drift-Alfven waves. The experiments are performed in the Large Plasma Device (LAPD-U) [W. Gekelman et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 62, 2875 (1991)] operated by the Basic Plasma Science Facility at the University of California, Los Angeles. One experiment involves a controlled, pure electron temperature gradient associated with a microscopic (6 mm gradient length) hot electron temperature filament created by the injection a small electron beam embedded in the center of a large, cold magnetized plasma. The other experiment is a macroscopic (3.5 cm gradient length) limiter-edge experiment in which a density gradient is established by inserting a metallic plate at the edge of the nominal plasma column of the LAPD-U. The temperature filament experiment permits a detailed study of the transition from coherent to turbulent behavior and the concomitant change from classical to anomalous transport. In the limiter experiment the turbulence sampled is always fully developed. The similarity of the results in the two experiments strongly suggests a universal feature of pressure-gradient driven turbulence in magnetized plasmas that results in nondiffusive cross-field transport. This may explain previous observations in helical confinement devices, research tokamaks, and arc plasmas.
Spontaneous emission near the electron plasma frequency in a plasma with a runaway electron tail
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Freund, H. P.; Lee, L. C.; Wu, C. S.
1978-01-01
Spontaneous emission of radiation with frequencies near the electron plasma frequency is studied for a plasma which consists of both thermal and runaway electrons. It is found that a substantial enhancement of the spontaneous radiation intensity can occur in this frequency regime via a Cherenkov resonance with the runaway electrons. Numerical analysis indicates that, for reasonable estimates of densities and energies, the plasma-frequency radiation can attain levels greater than the peak thermal emission at the second gyroharmonic.
Plasma Interaction with Electron-Emitting Surfaces
Campanell, Michael
2014-09-01
Electron emission from surfaces occurs in many plasma systems. Several types including secondary, thermionic and photon-induced emissions are intense under certain conditions. Understanding the effects of emission on the sheaths that govern plasma-surface interaction is important. This dissertation predicts some emitting sheath phenomena that were not reported in past studies. For example, most previous theoretical models assumed that an emitting sheath potential is always negative and that ions always accelerate into the wall. We show when the emission is intense that the sheath potential can become positive, fundamentally changing how the plasma and wall interact. In this inverse sheath state, ions are repelled, suggesting for instance that (a) no presheath exists in the plasma interior, (b) emitting walls could be used in applications to stop sputtering. Another topic considered is the transit of emitted electrons across the plasma to other surfaces, which is possible in low collisionality plasma systems. When transit occurs, the flux balance is a complex global problem where the sheaths at opposite surfaces are coupled through their exchange of emitted electrons. We also show that secondary emission can trigger a variety of sheath instability phenomena that change the state of the plasma-wall system or cause oscillations preventing steady state. Lastly, we analyze a mechanism where emitted electrons return to the same surface and knock out secondaries, which return and knock out more secondaries, etc., feedback amplifying the emission intensity. The four phenomena will be analyzed theoretically and verified with particle-in-cell simulations: (a) inverse sheath, (b) sheath coupling via transiting electrons, (c) sheath instabilities, (d) returning electron amplification. Consequences of these processes on the sheath potentials, wall heating, loss rate of charge, and cross field transport (near-wall conductivity) are discussed throughout. Possible implications are
Nonlinear electron acoustic waves in presence of shear magnetic field
Dutta, Manjistha; Khan, Manoranjan; Ghosh, Samiran; Chakrabarti, Nikhil
2013-12-15
Nonlinear electron acoustic waves are studied in a quasineutral plasma in the presence of a variable magnetic field. The fluid model is used to describe the dynamics of two temperature electron species in a stationary positively charged ion background. Linear analysis of the governing equations manifests dispersion relation of electron magneto sonic wave. Whereas, nonlinear wave dynamics is being investigated by introducing Lagrangian variable method in long wavelength limit. It is shown from finite amplitude analysis that the nonlinear wave characteristics are well depicted by KdV equation. The wave dispersion arising in quasineutral plasma is induced by transverse magnetic field component. The results are discussed in the context of plasma of Earth's magnetosphere.
Collimated fast electron beam generation in critical density plasma
Iwawaki, T. Habara, H.; Morita, K.; Tanaka, K. A.; Baton, S.; Fuchs, J.; Chen, S.; Nakatsutsumi, M.; Rousseaux, C.; Filippi, F.; Nazarov, W.
2014-11-15
Significantly collimated fast electron beam with a divergence angle 10° (FWHM) is observed when an ultra-intense laser pulse (I = 10{sup 14 }W/cm{sup 2}, 300 fs) irradiates a uniform critical density plasma. The uniform plasma is created through the ionization of an ultra-low density (5 mg/c.c.) plastic foam by X-ray burst from the interaction of intense laser (I = 10{sup 14 }W/cm{sup 2}, 600 ps) with a thin Cu foil. 2D Particle-In-Cell (PIC) simulation well reproduces the collimated electron beam with a strong magnetic field in the region of the laser pulse propagation. To understand the physical mechanism of the collimation, we calculate energetic electron motion in the magnetic field obtained from the 2D PIC simulation. As the results, the strong magnetic field (300 MG) collimates electrons with energy over a few MeV. This collimation mechanism may attract attention in many applications such as electron acceleration, electron microscope and fast ignition of laser fusion.
Separation of finite electron temperature effect on plasma polarimetry.
Imazawa, Ryota; Kawano, Yasunori; Kusama, Yoshinori
2012-12-01
This study demonstrates the separation of the finite electron temperature on the plasma polarimetry in the magnetic confined fusion plasma for the first time. Approximate solutions of the transformed Stokes equation, including the relativistic effect, suggest