Electron hole generation and propagation in an inhomogeneous collisionless plasma

F. Califano, M. Lontano

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The generation of âœtrainsâ of electron holes in phase space due to an external electrostatic disturbance is investigated by using a Vlasov-Ampere code with open boundary conditions. Electron holes are produced mostly during the initial phase of the wave-plasma interaction, with a given drift velocity which is maintained until they exit the integration box, even in the presence of plasma inhomogeneities. They present macroscopic features, a dipolar electrostatic field and an electron density perturbation, which can be exploited for diagnostic purposes. Their equilibrium is intrinsically kinetic, in that they are accompanied by a stationary hole in the electron distribution function. © 2005 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number245002
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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