The off-axis bulk rotation (l=1 diocotron mode) of an electron plasma column confined in a Malmberg-Penning trap is strongly destabilized by a small population of positive ions formed by energetic electron-neutral collisions. The instability, known as ion resonance instability, drives the plasma against the wall, destroying the confinement. A new experimental technique based on the static or time dependent application of low voltages to the inner conductors of the trap is shown to be effective in controlling the instability. The efficiency of the control technique is experimentally investigated by a systematic variation of the amplitudes, time duration, and periodicity of the additional potentials.

Active control of the ion resonance instability by ion removing fields / G. Bettega, F. Cavaliere, M. Cavenago, F. De Luca, A. Illiberi, R. Pozzoli, M. Romé. - In: PHYSICS OF PLASMAS. - ISSN 1070-664X. - 13:11(2006), pp. 112102.112102-1-112102.112102-6. [10.1063/1.2363175]

Active control of the ion resonance instability by ion removing fields

G. Bettega
Primo
;
F. Cavaliere
Secondo
;
F. De Luca;A. Illiberi;R. Pozzoli
Penultimo
;
M. Romé
Ultimo
2006

Abstract

The off-axis bulk rotation (l=1 diocotron mode) of an electron plasma column confined in a Malmberg-Penning trap is strongly destabilized by a small population of positive ions formed by energetic electron-neutral collisions. The instability, known as ion resonance instability, drives the plasma against the wall, destroying the confinement. A new experimental technique based on the static or time dependent application of low voltages to the inner conductors of the trap is shown to be effective in controlling the instability. The efficiency of the control technique is experimentally investigated by a systematic variation of the amplitudes, time duration, and periodicity of the additional potentials.
Ion beams ; magnetic traps ; plasma diagnostics ; plasma flow ; plasma instability ; plasma-beam interactions ; plasma-wall interactions
Settore FIS/01 - Fisica Sperimentale
Settore FIS/03 - Fisica della Materia
2006
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