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Cross-field ion transport and heating due to parametric decay of lower hybrid waves

  • Author(s): McWilliams, R
  • Hill, DN
  • Wolf, NS
  • Rynn, N
  • et al.

Parametric decay of lower hybrid pump waves into daughter lower hybrid waves and electrostatic ion-cyclotron waves was observed above instability threshold power levels in a fully ionized plasma. The ion velocity distribution function was measured in time and space by the nonperturbing techniques of laser-induced fluorescence and ion optical tagging. Significant ion heating, Ti up to 6Ti0, and cross-field transport were observed in the regime 012pi. © 1983 The American Physical Society.

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