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Characteristics of the NASA Lewis Bumpy Torus Plasma Generated with Positive Applied Potentials

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3 Author(s)
Reece Roth, J. ; Lewis Research Center National Aeronautics and Space Administration Cleveland, Ohio ; Gerdin, Glenn A. ; Richardson, Richard W.

Experimental observations have been made during steady-state operation of the NASA Lewis Bumpy Torus experiment at input powers up to 150 kW in deuterium and helium gas, and with positive potentials applied to the midplane electrodes. This steady-state ion heating method utilizes a modified Penning discharge operated in a bumpy torus confinement geometry such that the plasma is acted upon by a combination of strong electric and magnetic fields. Experimental investigation of a deuterium plasma revealed electron temperatures from 14 to 140 eV and ion kinetic temperatures from 160 to 1785 eV. At least two distinct modes of operation exist, each of which is associated with a characteristic range of background pressure and electron temperature. Experimental data show that the average ion residence time in the plasma is virtually independent of the magnetic field strength.

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Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 3 )