The Pinch Effect

  • J. A. Bittencourt


In view of the importance of plasma confinement by a magnetic field in controlled thermonuclear research, as well as in other applications, we present in this chapter a detailed treatment of plasma confinement for the special case in which the confinement is produced by an azimuthal (θ) self-magnetic field, due to an axial current in the plasma generated by an appropriately applied electric field.


Plasma Column Magnetic Pressure Radial Dependence Current Sheath Plasma Confinement 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Bittencourt
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  1. 1.National Institute for Space Research (INPE)São José dos CamposBrazil

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