Consider, I want to make very strong magnetic field in some spot in space ( focus ) but I cannot put any solid material ( like metal conductor, or superconductor ) close to that spot (e.g. because there is very high temperature or radiation, like in some thermonuclear reactor ).
So my idea is that maybe Ion beam can be used instead of solid conductor.
The problem is that a ion beam which would simply bend into a circle by homogeneous magnetic field will decrease (rather than increase ) the field inside the loop enclosed by the beam. ( This follows my previous question. ).
So I come up with configuration where a cusp of high magnetic filed is created in between several ion beam loops almost touching each other from outside. It looks like this:
EDIT: Figure description - blue curve is a trajectory of particles ( shape of ion beam deformed by magnetic field ); red circle is electromagnetic coil (e.g. copper or superconductor ); arrows is direction of current; circle-with-cross (X) mark is magnetic field going behind screen plane, circle with dot (.) is magnetic field going in front of plane. Red marks show field created by coil, blue shows field created by beam. Arrows shows direction of current (i.e. positive charge by convention). ( NOTE: clearly the ion beam would need some re-focusation and re-acceleration ... which can be done e.g. in the outside ears of its trajectory - this is not drawn )
Everywhere a two beams with opposite orientation came close they repel each other. In principle I use here inertia of the particles to overcome this repulsion. Therefore, Ion beam is better suited than electron beam for this purpose ( I guess ).
A weak point of this picture probably is that it considers just situation in 2D. In 3D it would be probably very unstable.
Now the questions:
- Will that work ? ( especially considering it in 3D )
- Do you know about some better configuration (of magnetic coils and charged particle beams ) which creates strong magnetic field at some spot ( considerably more intense than the coil alone )
- Is this concept ( to create or intensify magnetic field using ion beams ) used somewhere in practice?
- Is there any science / theory about this topic?