ENERGY TRANSFER FROM A TEST ELECTRON TO A COLLISIONLESS PLASMA.
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AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS
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The perturbation of a collisionless plasma by a nonrelativistic test electron is derived in closed form. The electron loses energy driving currents in the plasma. No energy is lost to electromagnetic or electro-acoustic waves. However, electro-acoustic waves do occur in the Mach cone behind the test electron and provide a mechanism to couple test electrons over large distances. Author
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics