Strongly turbulent stabilization of electron beamplasma interactions
Abstract
The stabilization of electron beam interactions due to strongly turbulent nonlinearities is studied analytically and numerically for a wide range of plasma parameters. A fluid mode coupling code is described in which the effects of electron and ion Landau damping and linear growth due to the energetic electron beam are included in a phenomenological manner. Stabilization of the instability is found to occur when the amplitudes of the unstable modes exceed the threshold of the oscillating two stream instability. The coordinate space structure of the turbulent spectrum which results clearly shows that solitonlike structures are formed by this process. Phenomenological models of both the initial stabilization and the asymptotic states are developed. Scaling laws between the beamplasma growth rate and the fluctuations in the fields and plasma density are found in both cases, and shown to be in good agreement with the results of the simulation.
 Publication:

Interim Report Science Applications
 Pub Date:
 November 1979
 Bibcode:
 1979sai..rept.....F
 Keywords:

 Electron Beams;
 Magnetohydrodynamic Stability;
 Plasma Interactions;
 Plasma Turbulence;
 Computer Programs;
 Landau Damping;
 Linear Systems;
 Mathematical Models;
 Nonlinear Systems;
 Plasma Physics