Nonlinear Phenomena in Microphysics of Collisionless Plasmas. Application to Space and Laboratory Plasmas
J. Phys. IV France 05 (1995) C6-85-C6-88
Non Linear Effects Produced by Electrostatic Waves in a Magnetized PlasmaC. Riccardi1, A. Penso1, D. Xuantong2 and M. Fontanesi1
1 Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Celoria, 16 - 20133 Milano, Italy
2 Istituto di Fisica del Plasma, CNR, Via Bassini, 15 - 20133 Milano, Italy
Some non-linear phenomena, like ponderomotive effects and parametric decays, produced by high power electrostatic waves in a magnetized low density plasma, have been investigated experimentally. The injection of high power electrostatic waves into a plasma causes ponderomotive forces arise. Their action primarily gives rise to a plasma density depletion in front of the launching system and subsequently affects both the wave injection and propagation, producing cavitons. Beside these effects, RF power produces parametric decays which are also responsible of an edge electron heating. Above mentioned phenomena were studied in the range of low frequencies (1 ÷ 100 MHz), in conditions of high (ne≈1011cm-3) and low (ne≈109cm-3) density, analyzing the modifications of the electron density and temperature profiles, the shape of e.s. waves's electric field and the spectrum of the detected signals.
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