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

Richard W Ziolkowski, Michael K. Tippett

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Abstract

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
Volume43
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Collective effect in an electron plasma system catalyzed by a localized electromagnetic wave. / Ziolkowski, Richard W; Tippett, Michael K.

In: Physical Review A, Vol. 43, No. 6, 1991, p. 3066-3072.

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