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Self-consistency vanishes in the plateau regime of the bump-on-tail instability

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arXiv ID: 0807.1839
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Using the Vlasov-wave formalism, it is shown that self-consistency vanishes in the plateau regime of the bump-on-tail instability if the plateau is broad enough. This shows that, in contrast with the "turbulent trapping" Ansatz, a renormalization of the Landau growth rate or of the quasilinear diffusion coefficient is not necessarily related to the limit where the Landau growth time becomes large with respect to the time of spreading of the particle positions due to velocity diffusion.

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