Velocity-shear-driven drift waves with simultaneous azimuthal modes in a barium-ion Q-machine plasma

T. Kaneko, E. W. Reynolds, R. Hatakeyama, M. E. Koepke

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Abstract

Low-frequency instabilities modified by a field-aligned flow velocity shear are investigated, where the shear is controlled using a concentrically three-segmented ion emitter in a modified double-ended Q-machine [T. Kaneko, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 73, 4218 (2002)]. When the barium-ion flow velocity shear is produced by applying different bias voltages to two of the three segments of the ion source, drift waves having azimuthal mode number m=1, 2, and 3 are observed to be excited simultaneously. It is found that the excitation-threshold value of the shear strength depends on the azimuthal mode number, as expected from a model based on kinetic theory, suggesting that the observations are explained by the competition between inverse electron Landau damping and shear-modified ion Landau damping.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102106
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Volume12
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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