Ion-acoustic feature of collective Thomson scattering in non-equilibrium two-stream plasmas

K. Sakai, T. Nishimoto, S. Isayama, S. Matsukiyo, Y. Kuramitsu

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We theoretically and numerically investigate the ion-acoustic features of collective Thomson scattering (CTS) in two-stream plasmas. When the electron distribution functions of two (stationary and moving) components overlap with each other at the phase velocities corresponding to the two resonant peaks of the ion-acoustic feature, the theoretical spectrum shows asymmetry because the rate of electron Landau damping is different for the two peaks. The results of numerical simulations agree well with the theoretical spectra. We also demonstrate the effect of a two-stream-type instability in the ion-acoustic feature. The simulated spectrum in the presence of the instability shows an asymmetry with the opposite trend to the overlapped case, which results from the temporal change of the electron distribution function caused by the instability. Our results show that two-stream plasmas have significant effects on CTS spectra and that the waves resulting from instabilities can be observed in the ion-acoustic feature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012105
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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