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Theory of a Probe in a Strong Magnetic Field. AT(30-1)-1238-MATT 599
Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón
Theory of a Probe in a Strong Magnetic Field. AT(30-1)-1238-MATT 599.
Monografía (Technical Report).
E.T.S.I. Aeronáuticos (UPM).
A kinetic approach is used to develop a theory of electrostatic probes in a fully ionized plasma in the presence of a magnetic field. A consistent asymptotic expansion is obtained assuming that the electron Larmor radius is small compared to the radius of the probe. The order of magnitude of neglected terms is given. It is found that the electric potential within the tube of force defined by the cross section of the probe decays non-mono tonic ally from the probe; this bump disappears at a certain probe voltage and the theory is valid up to this voltage. The transition region, which extends beyond plasma potential, is not exponential. The possible saturation of the electron current is discussed. Restricted numerical results are given; they seem to be useful for weaker magnetic fields down to the zero-field limit. Extensions
of the theory a r e considered.
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