Journal of Plasma Physics Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Journal description

Journal of Plasma Physics publishes primary research articles in plasma physics both theoretical and experimental and its applications. Basic topics include the fundamental physics of plasmas ionization kinetic theory particle orbits stochastic dynamics wave propagation solitons stability shock waves transport heating and diagnostics. Applications include fusion laboratory plasmas and communications devices laser plasmas technological plasmas space physics and astrophysics.

Current impact factor: 0.74

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 0.739
2012 Impact Factor 0.755
2011 Impact Factor 0.944
2010 Impact Factor 1.078
2009 Impact Factor 0.775
2008 Impact Factor 0.579
2007 Impact Factor 0.661
2006 Impact Factor 0.748
2005 Impact Factor 1.037
2004 Impact Factor 0.602
2003 Impact Factor 0.61
2002 Impact Factor 0.645
2001 Impact Factor 0.649
2000 Impact Factor 0.837
1999 Impact Factor 0.761
1998 Impact Factor 0.85
1997 Impact Factor 0.516
1996 Impact Factor 0.661
1995 Impact Factor 0.552
1994 Impact Factor 0.615
1993 Impact Factor 0.712
1992 Impact Factor 0.489

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 0.75
Cited half-life 0.00
Immediacy index 0.41
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.33
Website Journal of Plasma Physics website
Other titles Journal of plasma physics
ISSN 0022-3778
OCLC 1754745
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The behavior of waves in a one-dimensional (1D) dusty plasma lattice where the dust interacts via Yukawa and electric dipole interactions is discussed theoretically. This study is motivated by recent reports on electrorheological dusty plasmas (e.g. Ivlev et al. 2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 100 , 095003) where the dipole interaction arises due to an external uniaxial AC electric field that distorts the Debye sphere surrounding each grain. Application to possible dusty plasma experimental parameters is discussed.
    Journal of Plasma Physics 05/2015; DOI:10.1017/S0022377815000422
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    ABSTRACT: Understanding the key processes occurring in the tokamak scrape-off layer (SOL) is becoming of the outmost importance while we enter the ITER era and we move towards the conception of future fusion reactors. By controlling the heat exhaust, by playing an important role in determining the overall plasma confinement, and by regulating the impurity level in tokamak core, the dynamics of the fusion fuel in the SOL is, in fact, related to some of the most crucial issues that the fusion program is facing today. Because of the limited diagnostic access and in view of predicting the SOL dynamics in future devices, simulations are becoming crucial to address the physics of this region. The present paper, which summarizes the lecture on SOL simulations that was given during the 7th ITER international school (August 25-29, 2014, Aix-en-Provence, France), provides a brief overview of the simulation approaches to the SOL dynamics. First, disentangling the complexity of the system, the key physics processes occurring in the SOL are described. Then, the different simulation approaches to the SOL dynamics are presented, from first-principles kinetic and fluid models, to the phenomenological analysis.
    Journal of Plasma Physics 04/2015; 81(02). DOI:10.1017/S0022377814001202
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    ABSTRACT: Gyrokinetic simulations of electromagnetic turbulence in magnetically confined torus plasmas including tokamak and heliotron/stellarator are reviewed. Numerical simulation of turbulence in finite beta plasmas is an important task for predicting the performance of fusion reactors and a great challenge in computational science due to multiple spatio-temporal scales related to electromagnetic ion and electron dynamics. The simulation becomes further challenging in non-axisymmetric plasmas. In finite beta plasmas, magnetic perturbation appears and influences some key mechanisms of turbulent transport, which include linear instability and zonal flow production. Linear analysis shows that the ion-temperature gradient (ITG) instability, which is essentially an electrostatic instability, is unstable at low beta and its growth rate is reduced by magnetic field line bending at finite beta. On the other hand, the kinetic ballooning mode (KBM), which is an electromagnetic instability, is destabilized at high beta. In addition, trapped electron modes (TEMs), electron temperature gradient (ETG) modes, and micro-tearing modes (MTMs) can be destabilized. These instabilities are classified into two categories: ballooning parity and tearing parity modes. These parities are mixed by nonlinear interactions, so that, for instance, the ITG mode excites tearing parity modes. In the nonlinear evolution, the zonal flow shear acts to regulate the ITG driven turbulence at low beta. On the other hand, at finite beta, interplay between the turbulence and zonal flows becomes complicated because the production of zonal flow is influenced by the finite beta effects. When the zonal flows are too weak, turbulence continues to grow beyond a physically relevant level of saturation in finite-beta tokamaks. Nonlinear mode coupling to stable modes can play a role in the saturation of finite beta ITG mode and KBM. Since there is a quadratic conserved quantity, evaluating nonlinear transfer of the conserved quantity from unstable modes to stable modes is useful for understanding the saturation mechanism of turbulence.
    Journal of Plasma Physics 04/2015; 81(02). DOI:10.1017/S0022377815000100
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    ABSTRACT: A one-dimensional nonlinear theoretical analysis for the interaction of intense laser pulse with high density electron-ion-dust quantum plasma. The linearly polarized radiation propagates in the presence of a constant magnetic field applied perpendicular to both the electric vector and the direction of propagation. Dispersion of the incident radiation and generation of its harmonics are studied.
    Journal of Plasma Physics 04/2015; 81(02). DOI:10.1017/S002237781500015X
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    ABSTRACT: The dynamics of burning plasma is very complicated physics, which is dominated by multi-scale and multi-physics phenomena. To understand such phenomena, numerical simulations are indispensable. Fundamentals of numerical methods used in fusion science numerical modeling are briefly discussed in this paper. In addition, the parallelization technique such as open multi processing (OpenMP) and message passing interface (MPI) parallel programing are introduced and the loop-level parallelization is shown as an example.
    Journal of Plasma Physics 04/2015; 81(02):1-12. DOI:10.1017/S0022377815000069
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    ABSTRACT: The Lorentzian renormalization plasma shielding effects on the elastic electron-atom collision are investigated in generalized Lorentzian semiclassical plasmas. The eikonal analysis and the effective interaction potential are employed to obtain the eikonal scattering phase shift, differential eikonal collision cross section, and total eikonal collision cross section as functions of the collision energy, impact parameter, nonthermal renormalization parameter, and spectral index of the Lorentzian plasma. It is found that the influence of Lorentzian renormalization shielding suppresses the eikonal scattering phase shift and, however, enhances the eikonal collision cross section in Lorentzian semiclassical plasmas. Additionally, the energy dependence on the total collision cross section in nonthermal plasmas is found to be more significant than that in thermal plasmas.
    Journal of Plasma Physics 04/2015; 81(02):1-11. DOI:10.1017/S0022377814001317
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    ABSTRACT: A new equation for the kinetics of nonlinear conversion of Langmuir waves to electromagnetic waves is developed. Based on this, the former vision of Langmuir turbulence energy thermalization via stochastic plasma electron acceleration (Erofeev 2010 J. Fusion Energy 29, 337) is adapted to weakly turbulent plasmas in which this three-wave process occurs. Respective analysis of wave energy dissipation is extended to account for previously unrecognized terms in the kinetics of plasma electrons. It is stated that, cumulatively, these terms do not lead to substantial changes in the picture of Langmuir turbulence dissipation in the corresponding nonlinear plasma
    Journal of Plasma Physics 03/2015; 81(3):905810322. DOI:10.1017/S0022377815000240
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    ABSTRACT: In the Earth's magnetosphere, the boundary layer regions are the sources for inhomogeneous plasmas and are natural laboratories to study wave phenomena. In these regions, particles distributions also differ from Maxwellian and are found to be non-thermal. Therefore, amplitude of the waves propagating through these regions can vary differently compared to the homogeneous plasmas. In this study, propagation of ion-acoustic waves (IAWs) in an inhomogeneous, warm electron-ion plasma is examined. The electrons are considered to be having non-thermal Cairn's type distribution and ions follow the fluid dynamical equations. Further, inhomogeneity is assumed in equilibrium density of the electrons and ions. The evolution of the nonlinear IAWs is governed by the Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation with variable coefficients. Analytical solution of the KdV equation shows that for a cold ion plasma and non-thermal electrons, the amplitude and the width of the nonlinear IAWs decreases and increases, respectively with the inclusion of the non-thermal distribution of electrons. It is interesting to note that nonlinear IAWs in this model can not propagate for whole range of non-thermal parameter, α. The novel result of this study is that for nonlinear IAWs to propagate in the inhomogeneous two component plasma with ions and non-thermal electrons, the non-thermal parameter, α ≤ 0.155. Results from our study may have impact on the propagation of the IAWs in the boundary layer regions of the Earth's magnetosphere where density inhomogeneities are appreciable.
    Journal of Plasma Physics 01/2015; DOI:10.1017/S0022377815000094
  • Journal of Plasma Physics 01/2015; DOI:10.1017/S0022377815000367
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    ABSTRACT: Experimental evidence supporting the theory of hot tail runaway electron (RE) generation has been identified in TEXTOR disruptions. With higher temperature, more REs are generated during the thermal quench. Increasing the RE generation by increasing the temperature, an obvious RE plateau is observed even with low toroidal magnetic field (1.7 T). These results explain the previously found electron density threshold for RE generation.
    Journal of Plasma Physics 01/2015; DOI:10.1017/S0022377815000380
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    ABSTRACT: The method of perturbation has been applied to derive a general dispersion relation for a free-electron laser (FEL) with background plasma and helical wiggler in the presence of an axial magnetic field. This dispersion relation is solved numerically to find unstable interactions among all of the wave modes. Numerical calculations show that new coupling between the left wave and positive-energy space-charge of electron beam are found when wiggler induced velocity is large. This coupling does not change with increasing the plasma density. The growth rate of FEL is changed with increasing the plasma density and the normalized axial magnetic field.
    Journal of Plasma Physics 01/2015; DOI:10.1017/S0022377815000033
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    ABSTRACT: We construct nonlinear toroidal equilibria of fixed diverted boundary shaping with reversed magnetic shear and flows parallel to the magnetic field. The equilibria have hole-like current density and the reversed magnetic shear increases as the equilibrium nonlinearity becomes stronger. Also, application of a sufficient condition for linear stability implies that the stability is improved as the equilibrium nonlinearity correlated to the reversed magnetic shear gets stronger with a weaker stabilizing contribution from the flow. These results indicate synergetic stabilizing effects of reversed magnetic shear, equilibrium nonlinearity and flow in the establishment of Internal Transport Barriers (ITBs).
    Journal of Plasma Physics 01/2015; DOI:10.1017/S0022377815000343
  • Journal of Plasma Physics 01/2015; DOI:10.1017/S0022377814001159