Accession Number : AD0700106

Title :   DYNAMIC STABILITY OF CLOSED PLASMA CONFIGURATIONS,

Corporate Author : MIAMI UNIV CORAL GABLES FLA PLASMA PHYSICS LAB

Personal Author(s) : Wells,Daniel R.

Report Date : NOV 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : The global stability of closed plasma configurations is related to the dynamical principle of least constraint. This principle leads to an entirely new concept of MHD stability which is more basic than stability predictions which rely on a linearized perturbation analysis. The predictions of the theory are compared to recent experimental results obtained in studies of the stability of plasma confinement geometries. The theory predicts the violent 'instabilities' of these systems which are currently attributed to other mechanisms. Several pertinent details of the theory which are widely misinterpreted are discussed and clarified. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PLASMA MEDIUM, STABILITY), MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS, MAGNETIC FIELDS, WAVE PROPAGATION, CONFINEMENT(NUCLEAR REACTORS)

Subject Categories : Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE