Fundamental Processes in Partially Ionized Plasmas.
Annual scientific rept. 1 Feb 84-31 Jan 85,
STANFORD UNIV CA HIGH TEMPERATURE GASDYNAMICS LAB
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This report describes progress during the second year of a research program on the Fundamental Processes in Partially Ionized Plasmas conducted in the High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory at Stanford University. This research is directed to three major areas recombination in molecular plasmas, discharge effects plasma electrode interaction and interaction of discharges and fluid dynamics. Recombination and ionization are fundamental processes that play a role in nearly all applications and natural phenomena that involve partially ionized plasma. Under the present program, experiments have been designed and theoretical analyses conducted to obtain a better knowledge of the rates of electron recombination ion the presence of molecular species. Studies are continuing of the near-electrode region and the processes by which current is transferred between the plasma and the electrodes. The first stage of theoretical modeling of these processes has now been completed and published. A study of the interaction of discharges and fluid dynamics has measured the significant secondary flows caused by the interaction of a magnetic field with a current-carrying plasma.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics