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Title: Cylindrical plasmas generated by an annular beam of ultraviolet light

We investigate a cylindrical plasma system with ionization, by an annular beam of ultraviolet light, taking place only in the cylinder's outer region. In the steady state, both the outer and inner regions contain a plasma, with that in the inner region being uniform and field-free. At the interface between the two regions, there is an infinitesimal jump in ion density, the magnitude approaching zero in the quasi-neutral (λ{sub D} → 0) limit. The system offers the possibility of producing a uniform stationary plasma in the laboratory, hitherto obtained only with thermally produced alkali plasmas.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BW (United Kingdom)
  2. (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22490992
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 7; Other Information: (c) 2015 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; BEAMS; CYLINDRICAL CONFIGURATION; ION DENSITY; PLASMA; STEADY-STATE CONDITIONS; ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION