Journal of Plasma Physics


Particle acceleration by a large-amplitude wave associated with an ion beam in a magnetized plasma

a1 Theory and Computer Simulation Center, National Institute for Fusion Science, Oroshi-cho 322-6, Toki 509-5292, Japan
a2 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Soken-dai), Oroshi-cho 322-6, Toki 509-5292, Japan

Article author query
hasegawa h   [Google Scholar] 
ishiguro s   [Google Scholar] 
okamoto m   [Google Scholar] 


Large-amplitude waves associated with a relativistic ion beam in a magnetized plasma are investigated by means of relativistic electromagnetic particle simulations. In the simulations, it is shown that electromagnetic fields are induced by an ion bunch which has Gaussian density distribution and that their profiles are similar to those of magnetosonic solitons. Further, when an ion beam propagates obliquely to the external magnetic field, it is found that an induced electric field has a parallel component along the magnetic field. Then, as the next step, giving another positron bunch, it is observed that some particles in a positron bunch are accelerated by the parallel electric field.

(Received August 13 2005)
(Accepted December 19 2005)

p1 Present address: Earth Simulator Center, Japan Agency for Marine–Earth Science and Technology, 3173-25 Showa-machi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama 236-0001, Japan.