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Numerical simulations of BGK modes

  • Lucio Demeio (a1) and James Paul Holloway (a2)

Solutions of the full nonlinear Vlasov–Poisson system for a one-dimensional unmagnetized plasma that correspond to undamped travelling waves near Maxwellian equilibria are analysed numerically using the splitting scheme algorithm. The numerical results are clearly in favour of the existence of such waves and confirm that there is a critical phase velocity below which they cannot be constructed.

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