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Published September 17, 1979 | Published
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Spontaneous, Three-Dimensional, Constant-Energy Implosion of Magnetic Mirror Fields


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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© 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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