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Title: Density gradient effects on transverse shear driven lower hybrid waves

Shear driven instabilities are commonly observed in the near-Earth space, particularly in boundary layer plasmas. When the shear scale length (L{sub E}) is much less than the ion gyro-radius (ρ{sub i}) but greater than the electron gyro-radius (ρ{sub e}), the electrons are magnetized in the shear layer, but the ions are effectively un-magnetized. The resulting shear driven instability, the electron-ion hybrid (EIH) instability, is investigated in a new interpenetrating plasma configuration in the Auburn Linear EXperiment for Instability Studies. In order to understand the dynamics of magnetospheric boundary layers, the EIH instability is studied in the presence of a density gradient located at the boundary layer between two plasmas. This paper reports on a recent experiment in which electrostatic lower hybrid waves are identified as the EIH instability, and the effect of a density gradient on the instability properties are investigated.
Authors:
;  [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. Department of Physics, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 36849 (United States)
  2. Plasma Physics Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington D.C. 20375 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22299966
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; BOUNDARY LAYERS; IONS; LOWER HYBRID CURRENT DRIVE; LOWER HYBRID HEATING; PLASMA; PLASMA INSTABILITY