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Probabilistic model of beam-plasma interaction in the randomly inhomogeneous solar wind

Abstract : This paper is dedicated to the effects of plasma density fluctuations in the solar wind on the relaxation of the electron beams ejected from the Sun. The density fluctuations are supposed to be responsible for the changes in the local phase velocity of the Langmuir waves generated by the beam instability. Changes in the wave phase velocity during the wave propagation can be described in terms of probability distribution function determined by distribution of the density fluctuations. Using these probability distributions, we describe resonant wave particle interactions by a system of equations, similar to a well-known quasi-linear approximation, where the conventional velocity diffusion coefficient and the wave growth rate are replaced by the averaged in the velocity space. It was shown that the process of relaxation of electron beam is accompanied by transformation of significant part of the beam kinetic energy to energy of the accelerated particles via generation and absorption of the Langmuir waves. We discovered that for the very rapid beams with beam velocity vb >15vt , where vt is a thermal velocity of background plasma, the relaxation process consists of two well-separated steps. On first step the major relaxation process occurs and the wave growth rate almost everywhere in the velocity space becomes close to zero or negative. At the second stage the system remains in the state close to state of marginal stability long enough to explain how the beam may be preserved traveling distances over 1 AU while still being able to generate the Langmuir waves.
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Vladimir Krasnoselskikh, Andrii Voshchepynets. Probabilistic model of beam-plasma interaction in the randomly inhomogeneous solar wind. Journal of Geophysical Research Space Physics, American Geophysical Union/Wiley, 2015, 120 (12), pp.10,139-10,158. ⟨10.1002/2015JA021705⟩. ⟨insu-01351956⟩



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