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Interaction of a Plasma Beam with a Transverse Magnetic Barrier

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3 Author(s)
Speck, C.E. ; Case Western Reserve University Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics Department Cleveland, Ohio 44106 ; Lee, J.J. ; Mawardi, O.K.

The interaction of an energetic He plasma beam with a quasi step-like transverse magnetic barrier is reported. When the rate of flow of momentum in the incident beam is less than the pressure of the magnetic field, a collisionless electrostatic shock is observed to form in front of the barrier as a result of the drastic compression of the plasma. The initially cold plasma is substantially thermalized by the shock and the electron density is increased by a factor of four. In the opposite limit the plasma penetrates the barrier in a flute-like manner.

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Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

Sept. 1977

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