Stability of solitary waves in a magnetized non-thermal plasma

A A Mamun, R A Cairns

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A theoretical investigation is made of the stability of electrostatic wares in a magnetized non-ther mal plasma. The Zakharov-Kuznetsov equation (or Korteweg-de Vries equation in thr ee dimensions) for these solitary waves in this plasma system is derived, and their three-dimensional stability is studied by the small-k (long wavelength plane-wave) perturbation expansion method. The instability criterion and its growth rate depending on the magnetic field and the propagation directions of the solitary wave and its perturbation mode are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-185
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Plasma Physics
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1996


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