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Two dimensional kinetic analysis of electrostatic harmonic plasma waves

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Two dimensional kinetic analysis of electrostatic harmonic plasma waves

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Título Two dimensional kinetic analysis of electrostatic harmonic plasma waves
Autor Pongutá, Éber Camilo Fonseca
Ziebell, Luiz Fernando
Gaelzer, Rudi
Yoon, Peter H.
Abstract Electrostatic harmonic Langmuir waves are virtual modes excited in weakly turbulent plasmas, first observed in early laboratory beam-plasma experiments as well as in rocket-borne active experiments in space. However, their unequivocal presence was confirmed through computer simulated experiments and subsequently theoretically explained. The peculiarity of harmonic Langmuir waves is that while their existence requires nonlinear response, their excitation mechanism and subsequent early time evolution are governed by essentially linear process. One of the unresolved theoretical issues regards the role of nonlinear wave-particle interaction process over longer evolution time period. Another outstanding issue is that existing theories for these modes are limited to one-dimensional space. The present paper carries out two dimensional theoretical analysis of fundamental and (first) harmonic Langmuir waves for the first time. The result shows that harmonic Langmuir wave is essentially governed by (quasi)linear process and that nonlinear wave-particle interaction plays no significant role in the time evolution of the wave spectrum. The numerical solutions of the two-dimensional wave spectra for fundamental and harmonic Langmuir waves are also found to be consistent with those obtained by direct particle-in-cell simulation method reported in the literature.
Contido em Physics of plasmas. Melville. Vol. 23, no. 6 (Jun. 2016), 062310, 12 p.
Assunto Análise numérica
Ondas de Langmuir em plasmas
Ondas eletrostáticas em plasmas
Teoria cinetica de plasmas
Origem Estrangeiro
Tipo Artigo de periódico
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10183/163679
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