We consider the construction of asymptotic solutions of Maxwells equations for a diffracting wave beam in the high frequency limit and address the description of the wave energy flux transported by the beam. With this aim, the complex eikonal method is applied. That is a generalization of the standard geometrical optics method in which the phase function is assumed to be complex valued, with the non-negative imaginary part accounting for the finite width of the beam cross section. In this framework, we propose an argument which simplifies significantly the analysis of the transport equation for the wave field amplitude and allows us to derive the wave energy flux. The theoretical analysis is illustrated numerically for the case of electron cyclotron beams in tokamak plasmas by using the GRAY code [D. Farina, Fusion Sci. Technol. 52, 154 (2007)], which is based upon the complex eikonal theory. The results are compared to those of the paraxial beam tracing code TORBEAM [E. Poli, Comput. Phys. Commun. 136, 90 (2001)], which provides an independent calculation of the energy flow. © 2013 EURATOM.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
Maj, O., Mariani, A., Poli, E., & Farina, D. (2013). The wave energy flux of high frequency diffracting beams in complex geometrical optics. Physics of Plasmas, 20(4), -. . https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4802935