Collective effect in an electron plasma system catalyzed by a localized electromagnetic wave

Richard W. Ziolkowski, Michael K. Tippett

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The possibility of the existence of an essentially single-species plasma state represented by a stable packet of charged particles moving collectively through space-time is examined. The collective plasma state is catalyzed by a localized electromagnetic wave. Condensation to this state is shown to occur on a very short time scale. The model treats the particle packet as a warm electron plasma (fluid) and self-consistently incorporates the resulting electromagnetic field. Predicted characteristics of the localized particle packet and its associated electromagnetic fields compare favorably with recent experimental data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3066-3072
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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