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Field-Reversed Configuration Induced by a Paramagnetic Field

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1 Author(s)
D. Twarog ; H. Niewodniczański Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland

This paper discusses the possibility of paramagnetic field induction inside a partially ionized and weakly magnetized plasma. The paramagnetic field is driven by the azimuthal Er × B drift, where the radial electric field Er is established as a result of the separation of charged particles induced by axial electron beam injection. Inside the partially ionized and weakly magnetized plasma, the Er × B drift can induce a paramagnetic field Bp with an intensity exceeding that of the external magnetic field Bz. The interaction of these two fields establishes a field-reversed configuration (FRC). The toroidal component of the magnetic field Btor (produced by an axially directed electron beam) is weak when compared with the Bp field. As a result, the proposed device can be treated as having an FRC.

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IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 2 )