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Research Interests

Theory and simulations of waves and nonlinear structures plasmas, relativistic laser-plasma interactions, ionospheric physics and radio wave propagation, quantum phenomena in plasmas. Also development of Vlasov-Maxwell simulation codes, numerical codes for wave propagation in the ionosphere and in laboratory plasmas, kinetic models of nonlinear water waves, etc. See extended homepage on http://personal.strath.ac.uk/bengt.eliasson/ Was awarded Fellow of American Physical Society 2012.

Significant publications:

  1. Bengt Eliasson: Instability of a thin conducting foil accelerated by a finite wavelength intense laser. New Journal of Physics 17, 033026, doi:10.1088/1367-2630/17/3/033026 (2015).
  2. Bengt Eliasson and K. Papadopoulos: Numerical study of anomalous absorption of O mode waves on magnetic field-aligned striations. Geophysical Research Letters 42(8), 2603-2611, doi:10.1002/2015GL063751 (2015).

  3. B. Eliasson and F. Haas: Trapping and instability of directional gravity waves in localized water currents. Physical Review E 89, 063014, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.89.063014 (2014).
  4. Bengt Eliasson: Full-scale simulations of ionospheric Langmuir turbulence. Modern Physics Letters B 27(8), 1330005 (27 pages), doi:10.1142/S0217984913300056 (2013).

  5. P. K. Shukla and B. Eliasson, Novel attractive force between ions in quantum plasmas. Physical Review Letters 108, 165007, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.165007 (2012).

  6. B. Eliasson, C.-L. Chang, and K. Papadopoulos, Generation of ELF and ULF electromagnetic waves by modulated heating of the ionospheric F2 region, Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics 117, A10320, doi:10.1029/2012JA017935 (2012).

  7. B. Eliasson, X. Shao, G. Milikh, E. V. Mishin, and K. Papadopoulos, Numerical modeling of artificial ionospheric layers driven by high-power HF-heating, Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics117, A10321, doi:10.1029/2012JA018105 (2012).

  8. B. Eliasson and P. K. Shukla, Relativistic X-ray free-electron lasers in the quantum regime, Physical Review E 85, 065401(R), doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.85.066401 (2012).

  9. B. Eliasson and P. K. Shukla, The formation of electrostatic shocks in quantum plasmas with relativistically degenerate electrons. Europhysics Letters (EPL) 97, 15001, doi:10.1209/0295-5075/97/15001 (2012).

  10. Eliasson and P. K. Shukla, Numerical Investigation of the Instability and Nonlinear Evolution of Narrow-Band Directional Ocean Waves. Physical Review Letters 105, 014501, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.014501 (2010).

  11. B. Eliasson: Numerical simulations of the Fourier transformed Vlasov-Maxwell system in higher dimensions – Theory and applications, Transport Theory and Statistical Physics 39(5&7), 387-465, doi:10.1080/00411450.2011.563711 (2010). 
  12. P. K. Shukla and B. Eliasson, Nonlinear theory for a quantum diode in a dense Fermi magnetoplasma, Physical Review Letters 100, 036801, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.036801 (2008).

  13. B. Eliasson, C. S. Liu, X. Shao, R. Z. Sagdeev, and P. K. Shukla, Laser acceleration of monoenergetic protons via a double layer emerging from an ultra-thin foil, New Journal of Physics 11, 073006, doi: 10.1088/1367-2630/11/7/073006 (2009).


  • Plasma physics. Ionized gases
  • Numerical analysis

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Projects 2015 2020

Research Output 2001 2019

Open Access
Langmuir turbulence
Electromagnetic waves
radio frequencies
electromagnetic radiation

Apparatus for investigating non-linear microwave interactions in magnetised plasma

Ronald, K., Phelps, A. D. R., Cairns, R. A., Bingham, R., Eliasson, B., Koepke, M. E., Cross, A. W., Speirs, D. C., Robertson, C. W. & Whyte, C. G., 31 Oct 2018, 45th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics (EPS 2018) . Coda, S., Lapenta, G., Michaut, C., Berndt, J., Mantsinen, M. & Weber, S. (eds.). p. 961-964 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
laser plasma interactions
electromagnetic radiation
fusion reactors
wave interaction


Fellow of American Physical Society

Bengt Eliasson (Recipient), Sep 2012

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 2004 2018

Vlasov Simulations of Wave-Wave and WaveParticle Interactions in Plasma

Bengt Eliasson (Speaker)
9 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

42nd IoP Plasma Physics Conference

Bengt Eliasson (Speaker)
1 Apr 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference