A study supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), in the context of its General Studies Programme, performed an investigation of the possible use of space for studies in pure and applied plasma physics, in areas not traditionally covered by 'space plasma physics'. A set of experiments have been identified that can potentially provide access to new phenomena and to allow advances in several fields of plasma science. These experiments concern phenomena on a spatial scale (10(1)-10(4) m) intermediate between what is achievable on the ground and the usual solar system plasma observations. Detailed feasibility studies have been performed for three experiments: active magnetic experiments, large-scale discharges and long tether-plasma interactions. The perspectives opened by these experiments are discussed for magnetic reconnection, instabilities, MHD turbulence, atomic excited states kinetics, weakly ionized plasmas, plasma diagnostics, artificial auroras and atmospheric studies. The discussion is also supported by results of numerical simulations and estimates.
|Autori interni:||MARCUCCIO, SALVO|
|Autori:||B. M. ANNARATONE; A. BIANCALANI; D. BRUNO; M. CAPITELLI; F CECCHERINI; E. DALY; O. DE PASCALE; P. DIOMEDE; G. DAMMANDO; A. HILGERS; S. LONGO; MARCUCCIO S; J. T. MENDONCA; V. NAGNIBEDA; F. PEGORARO; J. R. SANMARTIN|
|Titolo:||Plasma kinetics issues in an ESA study for a plasma laboratory in space|
|Anno del prodotto:||2008|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1088/0741-3335/50/7/074016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|