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Spontaneous, Three-Dimensional, Constant-Energy Implosion of Magnetic Mirror Fields

Bellan, Paul M. (1979) Spontaneous, Three-Dimensional, Constant-Energy Implosion of Magnetic Mirror Fields. Physical Review Letters, 43 (12). pp. 858-861. ISSN 0031-9007.

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Experimental and theoretical results are presented concerning a method for providing three-dimensional spontaneous implosion of a magnetic mirror field. This is achieved by making the mirror field a propagating macroscopic wave in medium for which the wave velocity is a slowly changing function of position. Slowing down of the magnetic mirror wave causes WKB steepening and shortening—i.e., three-dimensional field compression—in a manner wherein the total magnetic field energy stays constant.

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Additional Information:©1979 The American Physical Society. Received 8 June 1979. This work was supported in part by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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