Interpretive method for studying effects of strong magnetic shear on plasma equilibrium and stability
Abstract
A graphical technique is developed which is useful for understanding the effects of magnetic shear on particle orbits and plasma stability. This technique is, in principle, as precise as its algebraic counterpart, but its chief advantage lies in enabling one to develop qualitative expectations for the mathematical results, and to discern their physical meaning. Several effects on individual particle motion and collective phenomena are discussed, among them the modification by shear of the particle gyrofrequency, and a generalized expression for the diamagnetic drift frequency.
 Publication:

Physics of Fluids
 Pub Date:
 November 1979
 DOI:
 10.1063/1.862513
 Bibcode:
 1979PhFl...22.2210M
 Keywords:

 Magnetic Effects;
 Magnetohydrodynamic Shear Heating;
 Magnetohydrodynamic Stability;
 Particle Motion;
 Plasma Equilibrium;
 Canonical Forms;
 Distribution Functions;
 Drift;
 Graphs (Charts);
 Gyrofrequency;
 Particle Trajectories;
 Plasma Physics