AN ION RESONANCE INSTABILITY IN GROSSLY NON-NEUTRAL PLASMAS.
AVCO EVERETT RESEARCH LAB EVERETT MASS
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The addition of a certain fraction of ions to an otherwise stable cloud of electrons can in certain circumstances result in an instability. The case of a low density electron cloud is considered in detail. The condition for onset of the instability is that the unperturbed ion orbits which characteristically traverse the entire electron cloud should involve frequencies close to that of the diocotron wave that can propagate on the electron cloud. This condition is equivalent to having the ratio Zmemiq of the order of unity and is independent of the ion density. When instability is present, the growth rate is of the order of the ion plasma frequency. Author
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics