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Guiding Center Motion

H. J. de Blank

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 53 / Number 2T / Pages 59-67

February 2008

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The motion of charged particles in slowly varying electromagnetic fields is analyzed. The strength of the magnetic field is such that the gyro-period and the gyro-radius of the particle motion around field lines are the shortest time and length scales of the system. The particle motion is described as the sum of a fast gyro-motion and a slow drift velocity.

 
 
 
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