The reductive perturbation technique is employed to investigate the modulational instability of dust-acoustic (DA) waves propagating in a four-component dusty plasma. The dusty plasma consists of both positive- and negative-charge dust grains, characterized by a different mass, temperature and density, in addition to a background of Maxwellian electrons and ions. Relying on a multi-fluid plasma model and employing a multiple scales technique, a nonlinear Schrodinger type equation (NLSE) is obtained for the electric potential amplitude perturbation. The occurrence of localized electrostatic wavepackets is shown, in the form of oscillating structures whose modulated envelope is modelled as a soliton (or multi-soliton) solution of the NLSE. The DA wave characteristics, as well as the associated stability thresholds, are studied analytically and numerically. The relevance of these theoretical results with dusty plasmas observed in cosmic and laboratory environments is analysed in detail, by considering realistic multi-component plasma configurations observed in the polar mesosphere, as well as in laboratory experiments.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
El-Taibany, W. F., Kourakis, Y., & Wadati, M. (2008). Low frequency localized wavepackets in dusty plasmas with opposite charge polarity dust components. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 50(7), . https://doi.org/10.1088/0741-3335/50/7/074003