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Title: Inertia driven radial breathing and nonlinear relaxation in cylindrically confined pure electron plasma

The dynamics of cylindrically trapped electron plasma has been investigated using a newly developed 2D Electrostatic PIC code that uses unapproximated, mass-included equations of motion for simulation. Exhaustive simulations, covering the entire range of Brillouin ratio, were performed for uniformly filled circular profiles in rigid rotor equilibrium. The same profiles were then loaded away from equilibrium with an initial value of rigid rotation frequency different from that required for radial force balance. Both these sets of simulations were performed for an initial zero-temperature or cold load of the plasma with no spread in either angular velocity or radial velocity. The evolution of the off-equilibrium initial conditions to a steady state involve radial breathing of the profile that scales in amplitude and algebraic growth with Brillouin fraction. For higher Brillouin fractions, the growth of the breathing mode is followed by complex dynamics of spontaneous hollow density structures, excitation of poloidal modes, leading to a monotonically falling density profile.
Authors:
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  1. Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382428 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22490689
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1668; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 11. international workshop on non-neutral plasmas, Takamatsu (Japan), 1-4 Dec 2014; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ANGULAR VELOCITY; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; CYLINDRICAL CONFIGURATION; EQUATIONS OF MOTION; EXCITATION; MOMENT OF INERTIA; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; P CODES; PLASMA; PLASMA DENSITY; PLASMA RADIAL PROFILES; PLASMA SIMULATION; RADIAL VELOCITY; RELAXATION; ROTATION; STEADY-STATE CONDITIONS; TRAPPED ELECTRONS