TITLE

Alternative ion-acoustic solitary waves in magnetized low beta plasma consisting of warm adiabatic ions, nonthermal electrons, and electrons having a vortexlike distribution

AUTHOR(S)
Islam, Sk Anarul; Bandyopadhyay, Anup; Das, K. P.
PUB. DATE
February 2009
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Feb2009, Vol. 16 Issue 2, pN.PAG
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The solitary wave structures of the ion-acoustic waves propagating obliquely to an external uniform magnetic field have been considered in a low beta plasma consisting of warm adiabatic ions, nonthermal electrons, due to Cairns et al. [Geophys. Res. Lett. 22, 2709 (1995)], which generates the fast energetic electrons and electrons having a vortexlike distribution, due to Schamel [Plasma Phys. 13, 491 (1971); 14, 905 (1972)], taking care of both free and trapped electrons, immersed in a uniform static magnetic field. The nonlinear dynamics of ion-acoustic waves in such a plasma is shown to be governed by Schamel’s modified Korteweg–de Vries–Zakharov–Kuznetsov equation. When the coefficient of the nonlinear term of this equation vanishes, the vortexlike velocity distribution function of electrons simply becomes the isothermal velocity distribution function of electrons and the nonlinear behavior of the same ion-acoustic wave is described by a Korteweg–de Vries–Zakharov–Kuznetsov (KdV-ZK) equation. A combined Schamel’s modified Korteweg–de Vries–Zakharov–Kuznetsov (S-KdV-ZK) equation is shown to describe the nonlinear behavior of ion-acoustic wave when the vortexlike velocity distribution function of electrons approaches the isothermal velocity distribution function of electrons, i.e., when the contribution of trapped electrons tends to zero. This combined S-KdV-ZK equation admits an alternative solitary wave solution having profile different from sech4 or sech2. The condition for the existence of this alternative solitary wave solution has been obtained. It is found that this alternative solitary wave solution approaches the solitary wave solution (sech2-profile) of the KdV-ZK equation when the contribution of trapped electrons tends to zero.
ACCESSION #
36810459

 

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