Ion dynamics in helicon sources

Conference Paper


  • Recent experiments have demonstrated that phenomena associated with ion dynamics, such as the lower hybrid resonance, play an important role in helicon source operation. In this work, a review of recent ion heating measurements and the role of the slow wave in heating ions at the edge of helicon sources is presented. The relationship between parametrically driven waves and ion heating near the rf antenna in helicon sources is also discussed. Recent measurements of parallel and rotational ion flows in helicon sources are presented and the implications for particle confinement, instability growth, and helicon source operation are reviewed.
  • Authors

  • Kline, JL
  • Balkey, MM
  • Keiter, PA
  • Scime, EE
  • Keesee, Amy
  • Sun, X
  • Hardin, R
  • Compton, C
  • Boivin, RF
  • Zintl, MW
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • May 2003
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In

  • Physics of Plasmas  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 2127
  • End Page

  • 2135
  • Volume

  • 10
  • Issue

  • 5