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Special case of J x B?

  1. Mar 19, 2008 #1
    Hello All,

    I have had some interest in the effects of rotating magnetic fields and was doing some research on the subject when I came across the following paper published from the University of Washington:;

    http://wsx.lanl.gov/Publications/RSI-RMF-Tobin-paper.pdf

    The paper discusses some experiments involving a high power, high speed rotating magnetic field. I didn't read through the entire paper but there was one spot on the first page that really caught my attention:

    "The Translation, Confinement and Sustainment (TCS) Experiment located at the Redmond Plasma
    Physic Laboratory (RPPL) of the University of Washington was designed to apply, for the first time, a
    rotating magnetic field (RMF) to a high-temperature field reversed configuration (FRC) plasma (Te ~ 100
    eV and Ti ~ 300 eV) [1]. The RMF current drive technique is a special case of the more general j x B
    current drive scheme, by which electrons are “pulled” along with the rotating magnetic field [2].
    Unlike
    inductive current drive systems, RMF current drive is steady state. The RMF is used for the purpose of
    building up and sustaining the magnetic flux of the FRC. The exp erimental goal is to benchmark this
    current drive technique against theoretical predictions, and to determine the robustness of the FRC plasma
    to this external perturbation. An initial goal for the RMF system was to extend the lifetime of the FRC by a
    factor of ~3; this goal has already been achieved with pulses lasting 1 ms. It was anticipated that a 1 ms
    pulse would become limited by particle inventory rather than resistive flux losses. At present particle
    inventory is not limiting lifetime, exactly why is not yet understood."


    I am particularly interested in the part that I highlighted in boldface. I was wondering if anyone here may know anything about "rotating magnetic field current drive" systems, and how the J x B equations fits into this? I am very interested in learning more about this. Does it only apply to plasmas or could the effect take place in regular wires too?

    Thank you,
    Jason O
     
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