Vlasov-poisson simulations of strong wave-plasma interaction in conditions of relevance for radio frequency plasma heating

Francesco Califano, Maurizio Lontano

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The nonlinear aspects of the interaction between externally applied electrostatic oscillations and a one-dimensional electron-ion plasma is investigated by numerically integrating the Vlasov-Poisson system of equations. The forcing field is in the form of a broad symmetric k spectrum which simulates that used in low-frequency wave-heating experiments in tokamak plasmas. It is shown that, for realistic values of the plasma and field parameters, numerous nonlinear effects accompany the wave-plasma interaction, as, for example, the formation of density cavities by the action of ponderomotive forces, the acceleration of charged particles, and the nonlinear plasma heating. © 1999 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96 - 99
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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