Influence of the return current effects on the diocotron instability of a relativistic hollow electron beam
Abstract
Influence of the return current effects on the diocotron instability of a relativistic hollow electron beam propagating through a background plasma is investigated within the framework of a cold fluid model. The return current density induced in the background plasma is taken to be steadily proportional to the axial electron beam current density. By making use of the linearized fluidMaxwell equations, a dispersion relation for the eigenfrequencies of the system is derived and used to examine instabilities. It is found that as the fraction of current neutralization increases, lower mode instabilities become dominant while higher mode perturbations are stabilized except in the case of very thin beams. It is also observed that for all values of the fraction of current neutralization, increasing the plasma density gradient or decreasing the beam thickness causes a destabilizing influence.
 Publication:

Journal of Applied Physics
 Pub Date:
 July 1989
 DOI:
 10.1063/1.343912
 Bibcode:
 1989JAP....66..108C
 Keywords:

 Beam Plasma Amplifiers;
 Magnetohydrodynamic Stability;
 Plasma Currents;
 Plasma Oscillations;
 Relativistic Electron Beams;
 Current Density;
 Electron Density Profiles;
 Maxwell Equation;
 Plasma Physics