Accession Number : AD0283830

Title :   EXCITATION OF PLASMA WAVES IN AN UNBOUNDED HOMOGENEOUS PLASMA BY A LINE SOURCE

Corporate Author : HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MASS CRUFT LAB

Personal Author(s) : SESHADRI,S.R.

Report Date : 23 JUL 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : The radiation characteristics of a line source of magnetic current embedded in a homogeneous electron plasma of infinite extent are investigated for the case in which a uniform magnetic field is impressed externally throughout the medium in the dir ction of h source. The singlefluid theory of magnetohydrodynamics is employed. A very simple model is assumed for the plasma. Under this assumption, it is found that there are two modes of propagation of waves of mall amplitude. By examining the behavior of these modes in the limiting cases of vanishing external magnetic field or infinite source frequency, they are identifiable as the modified forms of the usual plasma and optical modes which exist in an isotropic electron plasma. The dispersion rela io for t e o odes are discus H POWER RADIATED IN EACH OF THE TWO MODES IS ALSO EVALUATED. It is found that the power radiated in the optical mode is always lower than that due to the line source in free space, hereas the power radiated in the plasma mode is higher than that value for certain ranges of the source frequency. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PLASMA PHYSICS), (*ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES), (*RADIATION EFFECTS), MAGNETIC FIELDS, FLUID FLOW, MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS, IONIZATION, OPTICS, LINEAR SYSTEMS, EXCITATION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE