Turbulent heating of parametric instabilities in unmagnetized plasmas

S. P. Kuo, B. R. Cheo

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Consideration of the effect of a uniform pump field on the particle orbits in a Vlasov plasma leads to a modified diffusion coefficient. When the particles oscillate in the pump field, the turbulent wave phase velocity seen by the particles is Doppler shifted by multiples of ω 0/k (ω0 is the pump frequency). Hence, strong interactions between the particles and various components of the turbulent field will take place. It is shown that when the pump field is sufficiently strong: E0≥(4πn0Te)1/2, bulk heating can dominate over tail heating and excitation of electrons to energy levels higher than the normal suprathermal values is possible. This field strength is within the range of laser fusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1104-1109
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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