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Abstract

In a hot magnetized plasma large ion excursions can take place along the magnetic field lines, thereby introducing kinetic effects which cannot be treated in terms of a macroscopic fluid model. This effect is studied for the transverse wave motion of ions and electrons in a homogeneous thermal plasma, being immersed in a homogeneous magnetic field. Strong kinetic wave damping is found to occur when the product ku-i of the wave number k and the ion thermal velocity u-i exceeds the ion gyrofrequency omega-i. The physical mechanism of this damping originates from large ion excursions and differs from that of Landau damping. The present results suggest that kinetic damping becomes important in hot tokamak plasmas for wave lengths of the order of a few centimeters and less. In high beta systems, such as the Z-pinch, wave lengths in a large range become affected by kinetic damping, in some cases even those which are comparable to the characteristic macroscopic dimensions. This also affects the conditions of plasma stability and plasma high frequency heating.

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Authors: LEHNERT B ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, STOCKHOLM (SWEDEN), ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, STOCKHOLM (SWEDEN)
Bibliographic Reference: WRITE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION RESEARCH, ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, S-100 44 STOCKHOLM (SWEDEN), MENTIONING REPORT TRITA-PFU-84-15, 1984
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