Transition of electromagnetic wave by suddenly created magneto plasma

Spencer P. Kuo

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The theory of the interaction of electromagnetic waves with a suddenly created magneto plasma is presented. It is shown that a linearly polarized wave propagating along the magnetic field is converted into a frequency upshifted two forward and two backward propagating waves; in each propagation direction, one is right hand circular polarization and the other one is left hand circular polarization. A static wiggler magnetic field is also produced. The combined forward and backward waves are amplitude modulated with rotating polarizations. The extent of the frequency upshift increases with the increases of the plasma density and the background magnetic field intensity. By increasing the background magnetic field, the required plasma density for the frequency upshift is reduced; consequently, the drop rate of the conversion efficiency with the increase in the frequency upshift of the combined forward wave can be reduced considerably; the conversion efficiency of the combined backward wave also increases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number022112
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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