Freak waves in negative-ion plasmas: an experiment revisited

Ioannis Kourakis, Ibrahem Elkamash, Brian Reville

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Extreme events in the form of rogue waves (freak waves) occur widely in the open sea. These are space- and time-localised excitations, which appear unexpectedly and are characterised by a significant amplitude.Beyond ocean dynamics, the mechanisms underlying rogue wave formation are now being investigated in various physical contexts, including materials science, nonlinear optics and plasma physics, to mention but a few. We have undertaken an investigation, from first principles, of the occurrence of rogue waves associated with the propagation of electrostatic wave packets in plasmas. Motivated by recent experimental considerations involving freak waves in negative-ion plasmas (NIP), we have addresed the occurrence of freak waves in NIP from first principles. An extended range of plasma parameter values was identified,where freak wave formation is possible, in terms of relevant plasma parameters. Our results extend -and partly contradict- the underlying assumptions in the interpretation of the aforementioned experiment,where a critical plasma configuration was considered and a Gardner equation approach was adopted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180
Number of pages1
JournalBulletin of the American Physical Society
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


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