Accession Number:

AD0772090

Title:

A Self Consistent Theory of the Formation of Non-Thermal Ion Tails in the Ion Acoustic Instability.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C

Report Date:

1973-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

36.0

Abstract:

The rate at which ions are transported from the body to the non-thermal tail of the distribution function during the nonlinear stage of the ion acoustic instability is calculated self-consistently. The nonlinear stage is characterized by a very small growth rate and a tail whose population increases slowly in time. The calculation is done by conserving the energy and momentum of ions, electrons and electrostatic fields in the linear and non-linear regime. These two conservation laws give rise to two equations for growth rate and phase velocity. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE