Propagation of high power electromagnetic beam in relativistic magnetoplasma: Higher order paraxial ray theory

Gill, Tarsem Singh; Kaur, Ravinder; Mahajan, Ranju
September 2010
Physics of Plasmas;Sep2010, Vol. 17 Issue 9, p093101
Academic Journal
This paper presents an analysis of self-consistent, steady-state, theoretical model, which explains the ring formation in a Gaussian electromagnetic beam propagating in a magnetoplasma, characterized by relativistic nonlinearity. Higher order terms (up to r4) in the expansion of the dielectric function and the eikonal have been taken into account. The condition for the formation of a dark and bright ring derived earlier by Misra and Mishra [J. Plasma Phys. 75, 769 (2009)] has been used to study focusing/defocusing of the beam. It is seen that inclusion of higher order terms does significantly affect the dependence of the beam width on the distance of propagation. Further, the effect of the magnetic field and the nature of nonlinearity on the ring formation and self-focusing of the beam have been explored.


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