Volume 82, Number 3, May 2008
Article Number 35001
Number of page(s) 5
Section Physics of Gases, Plasmas and Electric Discharges
Published online 21 April 2008
EPL, 82 (2008) 35001
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/82/35001

Whistler wave propagation in field-aligned density duct plasma

N. Nassiri-Mofakham

Reactor and Accelerator Research Development School, Nuclear Science and Technology Institute Esfahan, 81465/1589, Iran

received 28 August 2007; accepted in final form 6 March 2008; published May 2008
published online 21 April 2008

In this study, the physical structure for the propagation of whistler waves in ducts of nonuniform cold plasma density is investigated by means of electrodynamics theory. Expressions for the solution of the field equations are determined analytically using perturbation technique, and power transmitted by modes is evaluated in terms of a parabolic model for the plasma density distribution. The set of eigenmodes and their spatial structure are analyzed and the dependencies of the eigenmode propagation properties on the duct characteristics are studied.

52.35.Hr - Electromagnetic waves (e.g., electron-cyclotron, Whistler, Bernstein, upper hybrid, lower hybrid).
94.20.Bb - Wave propagation.
94.30.-d - Physics of the magnetosphere.

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