Maximal energy extraction under discrete diffusive exchange

M. J. Hay, J. Schiff, N. J. Fisch

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Waves propagating through a bounded plasma can rearrange the densities of states in the six-dimensional velocity-configuration phase space. Depending on the rearrangement, the wave energy can either increase or decrease, with the difference taken up by the total plasma energy. In the case where the rearrangement is diffusive, only certain plasma states can be reached. It turns out that the set of reachable states through such diffusive rearrangements has been described in very different contexts. Building upon those descriptions, and making use of the fact that the plasma energy is a linear functional of the state densities, the maximal extractable energy under diffusive rearrangement can then be addressed through linear programming.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102108
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2015

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U.S. Department of EnergyDE-AC02- 09CH11466


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