Inverse Bremsstrahlung current drive

Vadim R. Munirov, Nathaniel J. Fisch

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The generation of the plasma current resulting from Bremsstrahlung absorption is considered. It is shown that the electric current is higher than the naive estimates assuming that electrons absorb only the photon momentum and using the Spitzer conductivity would suggest. The current enhancement is in part because electrons get the recoil momentum from the Coulomb field of ions during the absorption and in part because the electromagnetic power is absorbed asymmetrically within the electron velocity distribution space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number053211
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 29 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability


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