Journal of Plasma Physics

Research Article

Large-amplitude ion-acoustic waves in a plasma with a relativistic electron beam

Yasunori Nejoha1

a1 Hachinohe Institute of Technology, 88-1, Myo-Obiraki, Hachinohe, 031, Japan

Abstract

Nonlinear wave structures of large-amplitude ion-acoustic waves in a plasma with a relativistic electron beam are studied using the pseudopotential method. The region of existence of large-amplitude ion-acoustic waves is examined, and it is shown that the condition for their existence depends sensitively on parameters such as the relativistic effect of the electron beam, the ion temperature, the electrostatic potential and the electron beam density. It turns out that the region of existence spreads as the relativistic effect (Mach number) increases and the ion temperature decreases. New properties of large-amplitude ion-acoustic waves in a plasma with a relativistic electron beam are predicted.

(Received August 29 1995)

(Revised October 30 1995)