Accession Number:

AD0773408

Title:

Electromagnetic Instabilities, Filamentation, and Focussing of Relativistic Electron Beams.

Descriptive Note:

Memorandum rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

The authors report nonlinear studies of the Weibel instability of a relativistic electron beam in a plasma. If n sub b n sub p, the beam splits into self-pinched filaments at density n sub p. These filaments then recombine into a single dense beam, from which the return current is expelled. A fraction about nugamma of the beam energy is lost to magnetic energy, and significant plasma heating occurs. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE