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Axial force imparted by a current-free magnetically expanding plasma

Takahashi, Kazunori; Lafleur, Trevor; Charles, Christine; Alexander, Peter; Boswell, Rod W.


The axial force imparted from a magnetically expanding, current-free, radiofrequency plasma is directly measured. For an argon gas flow rate of 25 sccm and an effective rf input power of ∼800W, a maximum force of ∼6mN is obtained; ∼3mN of which is transmitted via the expanding magnetic field. The measured forces are reasonably compared with a simple fluid model associated with the measured electron pressure. The model suggests that the total force is the sum of an electron pressure inside the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012-08-21
Type: Journal article
Source: Physics of Plasmas
DOI: 10.1063/1.4747701


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