Journal of Plasma Physics


Nonlinear dynamics of electromagnetic pulses in cold relativistic plasmas

A. BONATTO a1, R. PAKTER a1 and F. B. RIZZATO a1
a1 Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Caixa Postal 15051, 91501-970 Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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In the present analysis we study the self-consistent propagation of nonlinear electromagnetic pulses in a one-dimensional relativistic electron–ion plasma, from the perspective of nonlinear dynamics. We show how a series of Hamiltonian bifurcations give rise to the electric fields which are of relevance in the subject of particle acceleration. Connections between these bifurcated solutions and the results of earlier analysis are made.

(Published Online November 21 2005)
(Received October 30 2004)
(Revised April 8 2005)
(Accepted April 12 2005)