Accession Number:

AD0658160

Title:

FINITE AMPLITUDE INSTABILITIES IN WEAKLY IONIZED GASES AND SOLIDS,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

BOEING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH LABS SEATTLE WASH PLASMA PHYSICS LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1967-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

103.0

Abstract:

A study of macroscopic instabilities which can have a finite amplitude is presented. Beginning with the helical instability for the positive column in a longitudinal magnetic field as derived from a perturbation analysis, the theory is generalized to include the region of magnetic fields where the amplitude of the instability can no longer be considered small relative to the time averaged background plasma density. The theory of the finite amplitude helical instability includes calculations of the hysteresis effect, frequency and wavelength of the helix, and the internal magnetic field. The conditions whereby the finite amplitude helical instability can cause the excitation of higher modes will then be investigated. Experimental evidence of the behavior of the helical instability is presented for comparison with the theory. The theory for the helical instability in solid state plasmas is then developed. This includes a study of the behavior of plasmas caused by injection and impact ionization in addition to the thermal carriers. Finally, experimental results of the helical instability observed in semiconductor plasmas is presented. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Solid State Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE