Theory of ion dynamics and heating by magnetic pumping in FRC plasma

July 2018 | J. Egedal | Physics of Plasmas | Paper

A new mathematical framework is developed for efficient evaluation of ion heating during magnetic pumping of field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasmas. The topology of ion trajectories is examined through the use of action variables applied to a typical FRC equilibrium.


Coupled transport in field-reversed configurations

February 2018 | L. Steinhauer | Physics of Plasmas | Paper

Coupled transport is the close interconnection between the cross-field and parallel fluxes in differ- ent regions due to topological changes in the magnetic field. This occurs because perpendicular transport is necessary for particles or energy to leave closed field-line regions, while parallel transport strongly affects evolution of open field-line regions.


Robustness of waves with a high phase velocity

March 2016 | T. Tajima | AIP Conference Proceedings | Paper

Norman Rostoker pioneered research of (1) plasma-driven accelerators and (2) beam-driven fusion reactors. The collective acceleration, coined by Veksler, advocates to drive above-ionization plasma waves by an electron beam to accelerate ions. The research on this, among others, by the Rostoker group incubated the idea that eventually led to the birth of the laser wakefield acceleration (LWFA), by which a large and robust accelerating collective fields may be generated in plasma in which plasma remains robust and undisrupted.