Title

Drift resonance in high density non-neutral plasmas

Authors

Authors

D. J. Kaup

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Phys. Plasmas

Keywords

CROSSED-FIELD AMPLIFIER; MAGNETICALLY INSULATED DIODES; ELECTRON VACUUM; DEVICE; FLOW; STABILITY; GAP; DESTABILIZATION; SIMULATIONS; INSTABILITY; PROFILES; Physics, Fluids & Plasmas

Abstract

Theoretical studies of the operation of crossed-field electron vacuum devices such as magnetrons and crossed-field amplifiers (CFA) have usually centered on their initial growth, taking this as an indication of their operating modes. In such an analysis one solves the equations for the density profile, the operating frequency, the growth rate, and other features of these devices. What one really obtains then are only the conditions for the device to turn on. The dominant interaction in this stage is a Rayleigh-type instability which initiates a quasilinear diffusion process whereby the electron density profile redistributes itself into a profile which will be in equilibrium with the ponderomotive-like forces produced by the growing rf fields. Eventually the rf fields will saturate and an operating device will settle into a stationary operating regime. This stage of a device's operation is called the "saturation stage." This latter stage involves a different set of physical interactions from the initiation stage. No longer is there a growth rate; rather the rf amplitudes have saturated and as a result, the ponderomotive-like forces have also vanished along with the quasilinear diffusion. In this saturation stage, we find that new rf modes appear. In fact, there are a total of five rf modes, two of which are the usual slow modes of the initiation stage, and three of which have fast oscillations in the vertical direction. One fast mode corresponds to a drift plasma oscillation while the other two fast modes are drift cyclotron modes. In this paper, we will describe how the drift plasma oscillation interacts and couples with the slow rf modes at the diocotron resonance. (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics.

Journal Title

Physics of Plasmas

Volume

13

Issue/Number

5

Publication Date

1-1-2006

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

13

WOS Identifier

WOS:000237943000066

ISSN

1070-664X

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