A magnetic nozzle calculation of the force on a plasma

A. Fruchtman, K. Takahashi, C. Charles, R. W. Boswell

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The measured axial force imparted from a magnetically expanding current-free plasma has been shown recently [Takahashi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 235001 (2011)] to equal the axial force on that plasma calculated by a two-dimensional fluid model. Here, we calculate the same axial force on the plasma by a quasi one-dimensional model of a magnetic nozzle. The quasi one-dimensional magnetic nozzle model provides us with an estimate of the force on the plasma that is similar to that found by the more accurate two-dimensional model.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033507
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Mar


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