The injection of radio frequency waves can cool charged particles trapped in a magnetic mirror. This cooling effect relies upon waves with azimuthal and axial phase velocities resonating with ions in different axial locations. The ions are then forced to diffuse along highly constrained orbits, such that they can only exit the magnetic trap at low energy. This cooling effect may have application to magnetic fusion mirror machines, where the free energy of the fusion by-products, the α particles, might be channeled into the waves that effect the cooling, thereby both extracting the fusion ash quickly and making that energy available in a convenient form for more useful purposes.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)