Well-directed flux of megawatt sub-mm radiation generated by a relativistic electron beam in a magnetized plasma with strong density gradients

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Abstract

The power of electromagnetic emission near the plasma frequency during collective electron beam-plasma interaction is found to be significantly increased in a plasma with preformed large-amplitude density perturbations. Laboratory experiments at the GOL-PET facility show that injection of a kiloampere relativistic electron beam into a magnetized plasma with strong radial density gradients is accompanied with an order of magnitude more intense generation of sub-millimeter waves than in the case of smooth density profile. As a possible mechanism for the enhanced generation of the longitudinal radiation flux observed in these experiments, we discuss the direct beam pumping of longitudinally propagating electromagnetic plasma modes due to their coupling with the Doppler shifted beam branch in the presence of oblique modulation of plasma density.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045002
Number of pages8
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Volume62
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Beam-plasma interaction
  • Electromagnetic emission
  • Generation of terahertz radiation
  • SYSTEM
  • LASER
  • beam-plasma interaction
  • electromagnetic emission
  • PULSES
  • SUBTERAHERTZ RADIATION
  • WAVES
  • SPECTROSCOPY
  • 2-STREAM INSTABILITY
  • generation of terahertz radiation
  • TURBULENCE
  • EMISSION
  • OSCILLATIONS

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