Volume 79, Number 3, August 2007
Article Number 35001
Number of page(s) 6
Section Physics of Gases, Plasmas and Electric Discharges
Published online 16 July 2007
EPL, 79 (2007) 35001
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/79/35001

Interaction of short-pulse ultrarelativistic electron bunch with plasmas

C. T. Zhou1, 2, 3, M. Y. Yu3, 4, X. T. He1, 2, 3, Y. H. Liu5 and B. Qiao2

1  Center for Applied Physics and Technology, Peking University - Beijing 100871, PRC
2  Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics - Beijing 100088, PRC
3  Institute for Fusion Theory and Simulation, Zhejiang University - Hangzhou 310027, PRC
4  Institut für Theoretische Physik I, Ruhr-Universität Bochum - D-44780 Bochum, Germany
5  School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University - 637616 Singapore

received 30 April 2007; accepted in final form 14 June 2007; published August 2007
published online 16 July 2007

Interaction of a short-pulse relativistic electron bunch with plasmas at different densities is investigated using cylindrically symmetric particle-in-cell simulation. The evolution of the bunch electrons as well as the background plasma electrons and ions are studied and compared for three different background plasma densities. Occurrence of large current peaks and turbulent small-scale plasma waves are shown.

52.40.-w - Plasma interactions (nonlaser). - Plasma waves and instabilities.
41.75.Ht - Relativistic electron and positron beams.

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