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Wave-breaking phenomena in a relativistic magnetized plasma.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Physical Review Letters
1079-7114
Publisher
American Physical Society
Publication Date
Volume
110
Issue
21
Pages
215002–215002
Identifiers
PMID: 23745888
Source
Medline
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Abstract

We study the wave-breaking phenomenon of relativistic upper-hybrid (UH) oscillations in a cold magnetoplasma. For our purposes, we use the electron continuity and relativistic electron momentum equations, together with Maxwell's equations, as well as introduce Lagrangian coordinates to obtain an exact nonstationary solution of the governing nonlinear equations. It is found that bursts in the electron density appear in a finite time as a result of relativistic electron mass variations in the UH electric field, indicating a phase mixing or breaking of relativistic UH oscillations. We highlight the relevance of our investigation of the UH wave phase-mixing or UH wave-breaking process to electron energization and plasma particle heating.

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