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Title: Particle-in-cell simulations of an RF emission mechanism associated with hypervelocity impact plasmas

Radio frequency (RF) emission from hypervelocity impacts has been detected in multiple experiments, but the physical mechanism responsible is not well understood. Plasma is created by these impacts and rapidly expands into the surrounding vacuum; it’s been argued that the observed RF emission is associated with a process in the plasma. A recent model proposes that coherent oscillations from a large scale charge separation due to the expansion of the plasma can produce RF. Here in this article, we use a discontinuous Galerkin particle-in-cell technique to simulate this process. Initial conditions are drawn from hydrocode impact simulations, and the results are compared to experimental measurements. Under the assumption that there exists a difference in bulk speed of electrons and ions at a certain point in the expansion, we do find that radiation is produced by the plasma.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Boston Univ., MA (United States). Center for Space Physics; Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States). Lab. for Nuclear Science
  2. Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Aeronautics and Astronautics
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0010390
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics of Plasmas
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 24; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Boston Univ., MA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY
OSTI Identifier:
1465747
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1375644