Nonlinear nonresonant forces by radio-frequency waves in plasmas

Zhe Gao, Nathaniel J. Fisch, Hong Qin, J. R. Myra

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Nonresonant forces by applied rf waves in plasmas are analyzed. Along the background dc magnetic field, the force arises from the gradient of the ponderomotive potential. Only when the dc magnetic field is straight, however, is this parallel force completely consistent with that from the single particle picture, where the ponderomotive force depends on the gradients of rf fields only. Across the dc magnetic field, besides the ponderomotive force from the particle picture, additional Reynolds stress and polarization stress contribute to the total force. For waves with frequency much lower than the cyclotron frequency, the perpendicular forces from the particle and fluid pictures can have opposite signs. In plasmas with a symmetry angle (e.g., toroidal systems), nonresonant forces cannot drive net flow or current in the flux surface, but the radial force may influence macroscopic behavior of plasma. Moreover, nonresonant forces may drive flow or current in linear plasmas or in a localized region of toroidal plasmas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number084502
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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