Parametric decays of a circularly polarized wave propagating along a constant magnetic field in an electron-positron plasma are studied. Fully relativistic effects on the particle velocity in the wave field are considered, as well as kinetic effects in the parallel direction, by means of a one-dimensional relativistic Vlasov equation. In this approximation, a dispersion relation is found for the parametric decays which describes the coupling between normal modes of the system, namely electromagnetic sideband modes and Langmuir waves.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Space and Planetary Science