Theory of relativistic electron holes in hot plasmas

B. Eliasson, P.K. Shukla

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Abstract

We present a theory for finite-amplitude relativistic electron holes, which are localized Bernstein–Greene–Kruskal (BGK) solutions characterized by a trapped population of electrons moving with the electron hole. We find that the relativistic effects can drastically modify the electron hole, which becomes wider and is associated with a larger electrostatic potential, accelerating the electrons to highly relativistic energies. The theory has relevance for understanding the properties of strong localized electric fields in high-energy laser-plasma experiments and in supernovae remnants, where relativistic electron holes are a natural product of streaming instabilities.
LanguageEnglish
Pages237–242
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters A
Volume338
Issue number1-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2005

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  • electron holes

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Eliasson, B. ; Shukla, P.K. / Theory of relativistic electron holes in hot plasmas. In: Physics Letters A. 2005 ; Vol. 338, No. 1-4. pp. 237–242.
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In: Physics Letters A, Vol. 338, No. 1-4, 06.06.2005, p. 237–242.

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