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Homework Help: Drift velocity

  1. May 28, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    In a so called z-pinch the plasma is determined by:

    B =B0r/a θ^

    where a is the pinch radius

    Calculate the drift velocity due a inhomogenous magnetic field and a bended magnetic field in ions with charge q and mass M in the pinch. Assume that that the ions in the plasma has a isotropic speed distribution with the speed sqrt(KT/M) per degree of freedom

    2. Relevant equations

    V∇B = μ/(qB2)*(B x ∇B)

    VR = (mv||2)/(qBRc2)*(Rc x B)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    From the solution manual i don't understand how they calculate the
    perpendicular and
    horizontal speed.

    This is what i don't get:

    Isotropic distribution of ions:

    1/2M<v_2> = 2* KT/M <----- Why multiply with 2 ?


    1/2M<v||2> = 1 * KT/M <----- Why multiply with 1 ?

  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 2, 2015 #2
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