We re-analyze the quasi-linear self-consistent dynamics for the beam-plasma instability, by comparing the theory predictions to numerical simulations of the corresponding Hamiltonian system. While the diffusive features of the asymptotic dynamics are reliably predicted, the early temporal mesoscale transport appears less efficient in reproducing the convective feature of the self-consistent scenario. As a result, we identify the origin of the observed discrepancy in the underlying quasi-linear model assumption that the distribution function is quasi-stationary. Furthermore, we provide a correction to the instantaneous quasi-linear growth rate based on a linear expansion of the distribution function time dependence, and we successfully test this revised formulation for the spectral evolution during the temporal mesoscale.

Quasi-linear model for the beam-plasma instability: Analysis of the self-consistent evolution

Montani G.;
2019

Abstract

We re-analyze the quasi-linear self-consistent dynamics for the beam-plasma instability, by comparing the theory predictions to numerical simulations of the corresponding Hamiltonian system. While the diffusive features of the asymptotic dynamics are reliably predicted, the early temporal mesoscale transport appears less efficient in reproducing the convective feature of the self-consistent scenario. As a result, we identify the origin of the observed discrepancy in the underlying quasi-linear model assumption that the distribution function is quasi-stationary. Furthermore, we provide a correction to the instantaneous quasi-linear growth rate based on a linear expansion of the distribution function time dependence, and we successfully test this revised formulation for the spectral evolution during the temporal mesoscale.
Nonlinear phenomena; Particle beam interactions in plasmas; Plasma kinetic equations
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