Electromagnetic rogue waves in beam-plasma interactions

G.P. Veldes, J. Borhanian, M. McKerr, V. Saxena, D.J. Frantzeskakis, I. Kourakis

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The occurrence of rogue waves (freak waves) associated with electromagnetic pulse propagation interacting with a plasma is investigated, from first principles. A multiscale technique is employed to solve the fluid Maxwell equations describing weakly nonlinear circularly polarized electromagnetic pulses in magnetized plasmas. A nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) type equation is shown to govern the amplitude of the vector potential. A set of non-stationary envelope solutions of the NLS equation are considered as potential candidates for the modeling of rogue waves (freak waves) in beam-plasma interactions, namely in the form of the Peregrine soliton, the Akhmediev breather and the Kuznetsov-Ma breather. The variation of the structural properties of the latter structures with relevant plasma parameters is investigated, in particular focusing on the ratio between the (magnetic field dependent) cyclotron (gyro-)frequency and the plasma frequency.
Original languageEnglish
Article number064003
JournalJournal of Optics (United Kingdom)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 04 Jun 2013


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