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Abstract

The energy distribution of the neutral particle emission (200 eV - 2 keV) from the HBTX1A reversed field pinch has been observed, using a five-channel analyzer, at 20-mus intervals throughout the duration of the discharge. The relative number of high energy neutrals emitted increases with currents up to 250 kA above which there is little change. Preliminary analyses show that the ion temperature of the bulk of the plasma is in the range 70-120 eV, rather than the few electron volts expected from electron - ion collisions. Equally, the rapid evolution to this temperature (<0.5 ms) is not accountable by equipartition (tau-eq about 3ms). Long thermalization times (about 1ms), compared with short time- scale excursions (about 100 mus) in the high energy neutrals indicate that there are nonthermal ions at about 10 times the Maxwellian temperature.

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Authors: BUNTING C A, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON (UK);CAROLAN P G, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON (UK);FIELD A R CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON (UK), CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: REV. SCI. INSTRUM., VOL. 56 (1985), NO. 5, PP. 1103- 1104
Record Number: 1989124059600 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
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