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Nonlinear propagation of intense electromagnetic waves in weakly ionized plasmas
Author(s): P. K. Shukla
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Paper Abstract

The nonlinear propagation of intense electromagnetic waves in weakly-ionized plasmas is considered. Stimulated scattering mechanisms involving electromagnetic and acoustic waves in an unmagnetized plasma are investigated. The growth rate and threshold for three-wave decay interactions as well as modulational and filamentation instabilities are presented. Furthermore, the electromagnetic wave modulation theory is generalized for weakly ionized collisional magnetoplasmas. Here, the radiation envelope is generally governed by a nonlinear Schrodinger equation. Accounting for the dependence of the attachment frequency on the radiation intensity, ponderomotive force, as well as the differential Joule heating nonlinearity, we derive the equations for the nonthermal electron density and temperature perturbations. The various nonlinear terms in the electron motion are compared. The problems of self- focusing and wave localization are discussed. The relevance of our investigation to ionospheric modification by powerful electromagnetic waves is pointed out.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 1993
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1928, International Symposium on Laser-Plasma Interactions, (10 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.155757
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P. K. Shukla, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1928:
International Symposium on Laser-Plasma Interactions

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