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Generation of wakefields by electromagnetic waves in a magnetized electron-positron-ion plasma
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics. Institut für Theoretische Physik IV, Ruhr-Universität Bochum D-44780 Bochum, Germany; Scottish Universities Physics Alliance Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland; Centre for Fundamental Physics, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, UK; GoLP/Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear, Instituto Superior Técnico, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal; School of Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 4000 Durban, South Africa.
2009 (English)In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, ISSN 0741-3335, E-ISSN 1361-6587, Vol. 51, no 2, 024013Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

The generation of electrostatic wakefields by an ordinary mode radiation and a magnetic field-aligned circularly polarized electromagnetic (CPEM) wave in a magnetized electron-positron-ion (e-p-i) plasma is considered. It is found that the presence of the ions is essential for the generation of upper-hybrid wakefields by the ordinary mode radiation, while the magnetic field-aligned electron plasma wakefields are created by the ponderomotive force of CPEM only if either the ions or the external magnetic field is present in an e-p-i magnetoplasma. The electromagnetic wave generated wakefields can trap both the electrons and the positrons and accelerate them to very high energies.

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Institute of Physics (IOP), 2009. Vol. 51, no 2, 024013
Keyword [en]
gamma-ray bursts, nonlinear propagation, field generation, pair production, laser-pulses, accelerator, beams, pulsars, instabilities, radiation
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Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-116029DOI: 10.1088/0741-3335/51/2/024013ISI: 000262585400014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-116029DiVA: diva2:904704
Available from: 2016-02-19 Created: 2016-02-08 Last updated: 2016-02-19Bibliographically approved

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