Influence of superthermal and trapped electrons on oblique propagation of ion-acoustic waves in magnetized plasma

Ahmadihojatabad, N.; Abbasi, H.; Pajouh, H. Hakimi
November 2010
Physics of Plasmas;Nov2010, Vol. 17 Issue 11, p112305
Academic Journal
Effects of superthermal and trapped electrons on the oblique propagation of linear and nonlinear ion-acoustic waves in an electron-ion plasma in the presence of a uniform external magnetic field are investigated. In order to model the superthermal electrons, a Lorentzian (kappa) velocity distribution function has been employed. The ions are cold and their dynamics are studied by hydrodynamic equations. First, the linear dispersion relation of the fast and slow modes are obtained. It is shown that the superthermal electrons cause the both modes to propagate with smaller phase velocities. Then, modified Korteweg-de Vries equations describing the propagation of nonlinear slow and fast ion-acoustic waves are derived. It is shown that the presence of superthermal and trapped electrons has great influence on the nature of magnetized ion-acoustic solitons. The dependency of soliton attributes to the parameters associated with the superthermality and trapping mechanism will be shown.


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