Accession Number:

AD0691818

Title:

STEADY STATE PLASMA GENERATED BY STRONG, HIGH FREQUENCY FIELDS.

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for Sep-Dec 68,

Corporate Author:

AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1969-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

The steady state plasma generated by a strong, high frequency electromagnetic wave normally incident on a slab of gas is analyzed, and the electron density distribution in the slab, as well as the propagation characteristics of the discharge, are described as functions of the strength of the incident signal. The analysis is based on the simultaneous solution of the electron diffusion equation and Maxwells equations, including the transition from free to ambipolar diffusion. The results provide predictions of the fields required to produce breakdown, the fields required to maintain the discharge, and the power transmitted through the slab as a function of the strength of the incident field. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE