Theory of plasma heating by magnetosonic cavity mode absorption
Abstract
Absorption of magnetosonic cavity modes by excitation of the spatial Alfvén resonance and by resonant particle absorption (transit time magnetic pumping) are studied and the strengths of the two damping mechanisms compared. For the mode studied, the poloidal mode number is low. This implies that the magnetosonic turning point is close to the Alfvén resonance. To deal with the resulting differential equation an asymptotic expansion technique is utilized, first using ideal magnetohydrodynamic equations, and, subsequently, with finite ion Larmor radius effects included. The antenna impedance and cavity Q are studied as a function of plasma and antenna parameters. It is found that either Alfvén resonance or resonant particle absorption dominate depending principally on radial mode number.
 Publication:

Physics of Fluids
 Pub Date:
 December 1978
 DOI:
 10.1063/1.862181
 Bibcode:
 1978PhFl...21.2306O
 Keywords:

 Cavity Resonators;
 Electromagnetic Absorption;
 Magnetic Pumping;
 Magnetosonic Resonance;
 Plasma Heating;
 Plasma Resonance;
 Asymptotic Methods;
 Damping;
 Larmor Radius;
 Magnetohydrodynamic Waves;
 Thermal Expansion;
 Tokamak Devices;
 Plasma Physics