MECHANISM AND DYNAMICS OF COAXIAL PLASMA ACCELERATION.
Final technical rept. for 1 Oct 63-30 Sep 64,
STEVENS INST OF TECH HOBOKEN N J DEPT OF PHYSICS
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The character of the current sheet which separates a plasma from a magnetic field is explored. One interesting configuration of this current sheet is that formed by the flow of plasma over the dipole magnetic field produced by a loop coil inserted in the vacuum system. Magnetic field probes and electric field probes have already shown that this current sheet exhibits turbulence in the form of plasma vortices. The study of this turbulence, in order to understand its onset and its scale is now an objective. The correlation of this plasma behavior with that of the solar wind on the geomagnetic field is also an objective. The character of turbulence in the current sheet of the plasma coaxial acceleration is studied. The mechanism of plasma propulsion in the small two-wire and coaxial button guns is investigated. Author