We analyze a new mechanism for the creation and confinement of energetic electrons in a mirror-configuration plasma. A Fermi-Ulam-type process, driven by end-localized coherent electrostatic oscillations, provides axial acceleration, while a natural non-adiabaticity of μ provides phase decorrelation and energy isotropization. This novel 2D combination causes the electron energy distribution function, calculated with a diffusive-loss model, to assume a Maxwellian shape with the μ non-adiabaticity, reducing loss-cone escape and annulling the absolute-barrier energy-limiting Chirikov criterion of lower dimensional models. The theoretical predictions are compared with data from an experiment.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics