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Author Longmire, C. L. ♦ Nagle, D. E. ♦ Ribe, F. L.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS ♦ ADIABATIC INVARIANCE ♦ CONFIGURATION ♦ CONFINEMENT ♦ ELECTRIC FIELDS ♦ ENERGY ♦ IONS ♦ MAGNETIC FIELDS ♦ MAGNETIC MIRRORS ♦ MOTION ♦ NUMERICALS ♦ PLASMA ♦ ROTATION ♦ SURFACES
Abstract When a generally radial electric field is imposed upon a mirror magnetic field configuration, the resulting system has an increased ability to contain plasma between the mirror regions. The motion of the ions consists of a drift around the axis of symmetry upon which is superimposed a spiraling motion. The guiding center motion departs from the direction of magnetic flux surfaces. An adiabatic invariant is derived for the drift component of the motion, and an expression is derived for the mirror enhancement brought about by the E x B drift. The departure of the guiding center of a particle from a flux surface and the energy balance of its secular motion are calculated by using the adiabatic invariant. (auth)
ISSN 0031899X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1959-06-01
Publisher Department Los Alamos Scientific Lab., N. Mex.
Journal Physical Review
Volume Number 114
Organization Los Alamos Scientific Lab., N. Mex.


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