Description: We investigate a new mechanism, the two-energy-stream cyclotron instability, for fast ions (e.g., fusion products) to drive electrostatic waves and to slow down. The instability comes from a relativistic effect, which dominates conventional phase overtaking as the axial phase velocity exceeds the speed of light. Both a single particle model and a dispersion relation are developed in order to illuminate the physics insights and scaling laws. We present numerical results and discuss nonlinear processes. The mechanism is essential for the dynamics of the fast ions in both D-D and D-T devices.
Date: July 20, 1992
Creator: Chen, K. R.
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