Wakefield acceleration in planetary atmospheres: A possible source of MeV electrons. The collisionless case

Manuel Arrayas, David Cubero, Joan Montanya, Rebecca Seviour, J. L. Trueba

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Abstract

Intense electromagnetic pulses interacting with a plasma can create a wake of plasma oscillations. Electrons trapped in such oscillations can be accelerated under certain conditions to very high energies. We study the optimal conditions for the wakefield acceleration to produce MeV electrons in planetary plasmas under collisionless conditions. The conditions for the optimal plasma densities can be found in the Earth atmosphere at higher altitudes than 10–15 km, which are the altitudes where lightning leaders can take place.
LanguageEnglish
Pages69-74
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Volume172
Early online date29 Mar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018

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Wakefield acceleration in planetary atmospheres : A possible source of MeV electrons. The collisionless case. / Arrayas, Manuel; Cubero, David; Montanya, Joan; Seviour, Rebecca; Trueba, J. L.

In: Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Vol. 172, 01.07.2018, p. 69-74.

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