Accession Number:

AD0631711

Title:

THE FORMATION OF A MAGNETIC PINCH IN INSB AND THE POSSIBILITY OF POPULATION INVERSION IN THE PINCH,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

BOEING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH LABS SEATTLE WASH PLASMA PHYSICS LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1966-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

41.0

Abstract:

A sufficiently strong current supported by an electron -hole plasma in InSb pinches. As the electron-hole gas is compressed by the currents magnetic field, the plasma temperature increases. The strong electron -phonon coupling, however, keeps the plasma temperature below the characteristic temperature of the optical phonons as long as the lattice remains cold. This early period of the pinch, which includes the initial contraction and some 0.0000001 sec thereafter, is discussed. The collapse of the pinch may be halted by an increase of the plasma pressure caused by the exclusion principle or by the occurence of impact ionization in the pinchs radial Hall field. An estimate of the particle density in the pinch shows that the conditions for population inversion may be satisfied, hence laser action due to stimulated electron-hole recombination might occur. This effect should influence the development of the pinch decisively. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Solid State Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE