Three-dimensional propagation and absorption of high frequency Gaussian beams in magnetoactive plasmas

S. Nowak, A. Orefice

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In today's high frequency systems employed for plasma diagnostics, power heating, and current drive the behavior of the wave beams is appreciably affected by the self-diffraction phenomena due to their narrow collimation. In the present article the three-dimensional propagation of Gaussian beams in inhomogeneous and anisotropic media is analyzed, starting from a properly formulated dispersion relation. Particular attention is paid, in the case of electromagnetic electron cyclotron (EC) waves, to the toroidal geometry characterizing tokamak plasmas, to the power density evolution on the advancing wave fronts, and to the absorption features occurring when a beam crosses an EC resonant layer. © 1994 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1242 - 1250
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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