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.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics|
|Early online date||29 Mar 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2018|