Effect of radial plasma transport at the magnetic throat on axial ion beam formation

Yunchao Zhang, Christine Charles, Rod Boswell

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    Correlation between radial plasma transport and formation of an axial ion beam has been investigated in a helicon plasma reactor implemented with a convergent-divergent magnetic nozzle. The plasma discharge is sustained under a high magnetic field mode and a low magnetic field mode for which the electron energy probability function, the plasma density, the plasma potential, and the electron temperature are measured at the magnetic throat, and the two field modes show different radial parametric behaviors. Although an axial potential drop occurs in the plasma source for both field modes, an ion beam is only observed in the high field mode while not in the low field mode. The transport of energetic ions is characterized downstream of the plasma source using the delimited ion current and nonlocal ion current. A decay of ion beam strength is also observed in the diffusion chamber.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number083515
    JournalPhysics of Plasmas
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


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