# Axial electron density and wave power distributions along a plasma column sustained by the propagation of a surface microwave

## Abstract

The propagation of electron surface waves can be used to sustain long plasma columns. The relation between the axial distribution of the electron density observed along the plasma column and the corresponding power distribution of the surface wave that produces it is investigated. It is found that the electron density decreases almost linearly along the plasma column in the direction of the wave propagation. This is explained by assuming that the number of electrons produced over a given axial length is proportional to the wave power absorbed over that same length.

- Authors:

- Publication Date:

- Research Org.:
- Departement de Physique, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7, Canada

- OSTI Identifier:
- 6744651

- Resource Type:
- Journal Article

- Journal Name:
- J. Appl. Phys.; (United States)

- Additional Journal Information:
- Journal Volume: 51:11

- Country of Publication:
- United States

- Language:
- English

- Subject:
- 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; PLASMA; ELECTRON DENSITY; POWER DISTRIBUTION; DATA; MATHEMATICAL MODELS; MICROWAVE RADIATION; WAVE PROPAGATION; ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION; INFORMATION; RADIATIONS; 700108* - Fusion Energy- Plasma Research- Wave Phenomena

### Citation Formats

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Glaude, V M.M., Moisan, M, Pantel, R, Leprince, P, and Marec, J.
```*Axial electron density and wave power distributions along a plasma column sustained by the propagation of a surface microwave*. United States: N. p., 1980.
Web. doi:10.1063/1.327568.

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Glaude, V M.M., Moisan, M, Pantel, R, Leprince, P, & Marec, J.
```*Axial electron density and wave power distributions along a plasma column sustained by the propagation of a surface microwave*. United States. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.327568

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Glaude, V M.M., Moisan, M, Pantel, R, Leprince, P, and Marec, J. Sat .
"Axial electron density and wave power distributions along a plasma column sustained by the propagation of a surface microwave". United States. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.327568.
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@article{osti_6744651,
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title = {Axial electron density and wave power distributions along a plasma column sustained by the propagation of a surface microwave},

author = {Glaude, V M.M. and Moisan, M and Pantel, R and Leprince, P and Marec, J},

abstractNote = {The propagation of electron surface waves can be used to sustain long plasma columns. The relation between the axial distribution of the electron density observed along the plasma column and the corresponding power distribution of the surface wave that produces it is investigated. It is found that the electron density decreases almost linearly along the plasma column in the direction of the wave propagation. This is explained by assuming that the number of electrons produced over a given axial length is proportional to the wave power absorbed over that same length.},

doi = {10.1063/1.327568},

url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/6744651},
journal = {J. Appl. Phys.; (United States)},

number = ,

volume = 51:11,

place = {United States},

year = {1980},

month = {11}

}

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