Photon Landau damping

R. Bingham, J. T. Mendonca, J. M. Dawson

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We present a general description describing the nonlinear dispersion relation of electron plasma waves or electromagnetic waves propagating in a plasma with intense radiation or turbulence. We find that a spectrum of photons behaves similarly to particles and can Landau damp electron plasma waves. We derive a linear Landau damping coefficient and a quasilinear equation for this process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-249
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 1997


  • electron
  • particles
  • plasma
  • plasma waves
  • spectra
  • spectrum
  • turbulence
  • waves
  • electromagnetic waves
  • general
  • radiation


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