Soliton reflection in magnetized plasma: Effect of ion temperature and nonisothermal electrons

Malik, Hitendra K.
July 2008
Physics of Plasmas;Jul2008, Vol. 15 Issue 7, p072105
Academic Journal
Reflection of solitons in magnetized inhomogeneous plasma is studied theoretically under the effect of ion temperature and low temperature nonisothermal electrons. The effect of ion temperature is to enhance (reduce) the amplitude (width) of the incident and reflected solitons, and this effect is more prominent in the case of a large number of nonisothermal electrons. The solitons are downshifted after the reflection and the stronger reflection is achieved when the ions of lower temperature and nonisothermal electrons with larger concentration are present in the plasma. The solitons shift more after the reflection for higher ion and electron temperatures, large concentration of the electrons, but the shift becomes smaller in the presence of stronger magnetic field. Both the incident and reflected solitons evolve with higher amplitudes if the temperature of nonisothermal electrons is raised, but the solitons are reflected weakly under this situation. The effect of magnetic field is to reduce the amplitudes of both the solitons, and the reduction in the amplitude of reflected soliton is at a faster rate, due to which the soliton reflection gets weaker. The magnetic field affects soliton reflection more significantly when it is applied at a larger angle with the direction of wave propagation.


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