Accession Number:

AD0420936

Title:

ON THE PLASMA CERENKOV RADIATION,

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BOEING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH LABS SEATTLE WASH

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Report Date:

1963-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

128.0

Abstract:

A treatment is presented of the excitation of or Cerenkov radiation of longitudinal electric waves by a charge moving through a collisionless electron plasma with a velocity surpassing the electron thermal speed. Emphasis is placed on transient effects and the effects of finite projectile size. Transient effects are significant for a fast charge entering a bounded plasma, for a fast plasma electron whose path contains sharp corners due to close collisions, or for a fast neutron that undergoes beta decay while passing through a plasma. The study of the effect of finite projectile size is of importance in understanding the nature of the singularity of the mach cone that one finds using a point projectile. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE