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Title: Stabilization of beam-weibel instability by equilibrium density ripples

In this paper, we present an approach to achieve suppression/complete stabilization of the transverse electromagnetic beam Weibel instability in counter streaming electron beams by modifying the background plasma with an equilibrium density ripple, shorter than the skin depth; this weakening is more pronounced when thermal effects are included. On the basis of a linear two stream fluid model, it is shown that the growth rate of transverse electromagnetic instabilities can be reduced to zero value provided certain threshold values for ripple parameters are exceeded. We point out the relevance of the work to recent experimental investigations on sustained (long length) collimation of fast electron beams and integral beam transport for laser induced fast ignition schemes, where beam divergence is suppressed with the assistance of carbon nano-tubes.
Authors:
; ; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar 382428 (India)
  2. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai 400005 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22252149
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; BEAM TRANSPORT; ELECTRON BEAMS; EQUILIBRIUM; INSTABILITY; STABILIZATION; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE