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Plasma density in magnetic bottle

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  1. Dec 24, 2013 #1
    Simple question: what's the density distribution of a plasma cloud confined in a magnetic bottle?
    On the plane perpendicular to the central axis, Is it normally distributed or is it uniformly distributed inside a circle or is it something more complicated?
     
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  3. Dec 25, 2013 #2

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    Under steady-state conditions, the pressure is relatively uniform, and therefore the plasma density is proportional to pressure (nkT), where n is the ion and electron densities, k is Boltzmann's constant and T is temperature in K.

    Some basics of plasmas are found here -

    http://descanso.jpl.nasa.gov/SciTechBook/series1/Goebel_03_Chap3_plasphys.pdf
    http://descanso.jpl.nasa.gov/SciTechBook/st_series1_chapter.cfm?force_external=0 [Broken]

    http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/kinetic/kinthe.html
    http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/nucene/fusmag.html

    http://silas.psfc.mit.edu/introplasma/chap1.html
     
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