Ion Acceleration in Laboratory Plasmas

  1. Tom Chang,
  2. M. K. Hudson,
  3. J. R. Jasperse,
  4. R. G. Johnson,
  5. P. M. Kintner and
  6. M. Schulz
  1. Noah Hershkowitz

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM038p0224

Ion Acceleration in the Magnetosphere and Ionosphere

Ion Acceleration in the Magnetosphere and Ionosphere

How to Cite

Hershkowitz, N. (1986) Ion Acceleration in Laboratory Plasmas, in Ion Acceleration in the Magnetosphere and Ionosphere (eds T. Chang, M. K. Hudson, J. R. Jasperse, R. G. Johnson, P. M. Kintner and M. Schulz), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM038p0224

Author Information

  1. Nuclear Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1986

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900636

Online ISBN: 9781118664216



  • Magnetosphere—Congresses;
  • Ionosphere—Congresses;
  • Ion flow dynamics—Congresses;
  • Space plasmas—Congresses


Recent experiments which investigate ion acceleration in “collisionless” laboratory plasmas are described. The experiments fall into two classes––those involving stationary and those involving time dependent processes. Among the stationary structures which accelerate ions are sheaths, presheaths, double layers, multiple double layers and ambipolar potentials. RF is an example of time dependent processes. Both classes of experiments are considered. Experiments with “collisionless” plasmas in multidipole triple plasma type devices and novel phenomena associated with the use of Ion Cyclotron Resonance Heating in the inhomogeneous magnetic field of a tandem mirror “fusion” plasma are described. New RF phenomenon include RF pitch angle scattering, RF electron pumping, and ICRF ponderomotive force.