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The Cotton-Mouton effect applies to a variety of fundamental research areas in physics. The magnetic field within diamagnetic liquids effects a partial arrangement of the molecules. The extent of the effect is a measure of the magnetic susceptibility. Electrons which oscillate in a transverse fashion to the magnetic flux feel the Lorentz force. The extent of the effect is, in this case, dependent on the mass of the electrons.

One part of this thesis investigates and researches the application suitability of the Cotton-Mouton effect for the measurement of electron density of magnetised plasmas using polarimetric methods in connection with the planned fusion reactor ITER. The second part of the investigation deals with an experimental definition of the doubly refracting characteristics of plasma. The Garching Stellarator W7-AS was used to research an exacting quantitative investigation of the Cotton-Mouton effect. In conclusion, the evaluation of the data achieved and gathered, as well as the results of the experiments, are presented and summarised. .

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Authors: FUCHS C, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching bei München (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: DE (1998) 91pp.
Availability: Available from the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, 85748 Garching bei München (DE)
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