Excitation of ion wakefields by electromagnetic pulses in dense plasmas

P.K. Shukla

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The excitation of electrostatic ion wakefields by electromagnetic pulses in a very dense plasma is considered. For this purpose, a wave equation for the ion wakefield in the presence of the ponderomotive force of the electromagnetic waves is obtained. Choosing a typical profile for the electromagnetic pulse, the form of the ion wakefields is deduced. The electromagnetic wave-generated ion wakefields can trap protons and accelerate them to high energies in dense plasmas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Plasma Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009


  • ion wakefields
  • electromagnetic pulses
  • dense plasmas

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