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Dispersion relations are obtained for Alfvén surface waves in a two-ion-species cylindrical plasma with finite edge density. The results are compared with those obtained in a plasma surrounded by a vacuum layer. For modes with positive poloidal mode number m, the finite density edge region introduces an ion-cyclotron resonance and a waveguide cut-off in the surface wave dispersion relation at the cyclotron frequency of each ion species. For negative-m modes, a new dispersion relation branch is introduced at frequencies just below the ion cyclotron frequency of each species. The origin of these effects is analysed in terms of the wave types that can propagate in the regions of constant density, and their interaction with the Alfvén and ion-ion hybrid resonances in these regions. This interaction is shown to be determined by the polarisation of the wave fields. The relevance of the results to the Alfvén wave and ion cyclotron resonance heating schemes is discussed. The possibility that the excitation of high-m surface waves contributes to the anomalously large fraction of power deposited in the plasma edge during ion cyclotron resonance heating is considered.

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Authors: MURPHY A B, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching bei München (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Journal of Plasma Physics, Vol. 42 (1989) Part 3, pp. 361-378
Record Number: 199110270 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en