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Theory of Magnetized Ultracold Neutral Plasmas

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Technical Report,15 Jun 2016,14 Jun 2019

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Iowa University Iowa City United States

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The success of this project can be measured by a number of metrics. It completed the proposed work plan, which included advancing the theoretical description of transport properties of strongly coupled magnetized plasmas, testing that description using molecular dynamics simulations, and using both approaches to suggest interesting physics problems that future magnetized ultracold neutral plasma experiments might explore. The theoretical work led to our mean force kinetic theory which has been communicated in references 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 here, the numbers correspond to the citation list in section 2. This theory was tested using molecular dynamics simulations, and theresults of these tests were communicated in references 2, 3, and 9. Both the theory and simulation results suggested interesting physical effects that future magnetized ultracold plasma experiment may explore. One example is that ultracold plasmas are uniquely situated to explore fundamentally new regimes of plasma transport due to their ability to access both strong magnetization and strong coupling.

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  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

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