Kinetic theory of electromagnetic plane wave obliquely incident on bounded plasma slab

Angus, J. R.; Krasheninnikov, S. I.; Smolyakov, A. I.
October 2010
Physics of Plasmas;Oct2010, Vol. 17 Issue 10, p102115
Academic Journal
The effects of electromagnetic plane waves obliquely incident on a warm bounded plasma slab of finite length L are studied by solving the coupled Vlasov-Maxwell set of equations. It is shown that the solution can be greatly simplified in the limit where thermal effects are most important by expanding in small parameters and introducing self-similar variables. These solutions reveal that the coupling of thermal effects with the angle of incidence is negligible in the region of bounce resonance and anomalous skin effect. In the region of the anomalous skin effect, the heating is shown to scale linearly with the anomalous skin depth δa when δaL, the heating is shown to decay with 1/δa3. The transmission is found to be exponentially larger than that predicted from a local theory in the appropriate region of the anomalous skin effect.


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