Plasma Physics Reports

, Volume 31, Issue 9, pp 766–771 | Cite as

Plasma flows in crossed magnetic and electric fields

  • A. G. Belikov
Plasma Dynamics


The effect of the magnitude and direction of an external electric field on the plasma flowing through a magnetic barrier is studied by numerically solving two-fluid MHD equations. The drift velocity of the plasma flow and the distribution of the flow electrons over transverse velocities are found to depend on the magnitude and direction of the electric field. It is shown that the direction of the induced longitudinal electric field is determined by the direction of the external field and that the electric current generated by the plasma flow significantly disturbs the barrier field.


Electric Current External Field Drift Velocity Plasma Flow External Electric Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. G. Belikov
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  1. 1.National Science Center Kharkov Institute for Physics and TechnologyKharkovUkraine

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