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Title: Energy conversion and transfer for plasmas in a magnetic expansion configuration

A two-dimensional axisymmetric particle-in-cell code with Monte Carlo collision conditions has been used to study particle energy transfer in plasmas and conversion in applied magnetic and electric fields appropriate to coaxial acceleration. The research incorporates a computation scheme with: a model of single particle magnetic interactions; a model of single particle interactions in electric and magnetic fields; and a model of multi-particle collisional interactions in order to understand the energy transfer processes and conversion mechanisms of charged plasma particles. This approach predicts electron and ion motions along with their energy variations for physical conditions that occur in the related models; the results allow comparison with experimental data for magnetic field strengths of 0.01–0.05 T and electrode voltages of 22.0–32.0 V. With the incorporation of magnetic and electric field effects on charged particles, the multi-particle model includes electron-neutral ionization collisions, ion-neutral charge exchange collisions, and electron-ion Coulomb collisions. This research presents a new approach to achieve an underlying understanding of the plasma energy transfer and conversion in the external electric and magnetic fields that is not possible using magnetohydrodynamics continuum representations. Results indicate the following innovative conclusions: (1) Radial and azimuthal energies of magnetized electrons are converted into an axial electron energy componentmore » in the diverging magnetic field, and the azimuthal kinetic energy of unmagnetized ions is converted into axial and radial components. (2) In electric and magnetic fields, electric field energy is primarily converted into axial kinetic energy of magnetized electrons by the energy transformation effects of magnetic fields, and for unmagnetized ions, the radial kinetic energy component dominates in the conversion of electric field energy. (3) For the collisional plasma, electron kinetic energy tends to increase (or decrease) to a terminal value since electrons lose energy in collisions then gain energy again from the field. Ions acquire most energy directly from the electric field, although part of the electric field energy arrives to the ions by collisions. Further, the ion axial energy component dominates the total ion energy. The collision processes are found to be integral and essential for the conversion of the plasma non-directed energy gain to be converted into the resultant axial energy, the magnitudes of which are found to be in agreement with experimental results.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [3]
  1. Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China)
  2. (China)
  3. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering Department, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22304273
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; COLLISIONAL PLASMA; ELECTRIC FIELDS; ENERGY CONVERSION; ION COLLISIONS; IONS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS; MONTE CARLO METHOD