Physics of Intense Beams in Plasmas is a comprehensive description of the interaction between extremely intense particle beams and plasmas. The emphasis is on experimental beam-plasma physics, but the necessary theory is also explained-much of which is innovative and original. Central to the book is the discussion of beam instabilities, emphasizing their hydrodynamic nature.
Introduction and general overview. Aperiodic beam instabilities (theory). Oscillatory beam instabilities (theory). Beam instabilities as a result of active coupling between waves of different signs of energy. Electron, ion and plasma beams in laboratory plasma. Experimental data on instabilities and limiting currents of electron, ion and plasma beams. Mechanisms of current limitations (disruption) in beams. Acceleration and heating of plasma ions in a regime close to the limiting beam current. Instability of intense ion beam with neutralized space charge in magnetic field. Electric double layers in electron, ion and plasma beams and the mechanism of Aurora Borealis. Langmuir solitons in electron (plasma) beams. Novel methods of generation and amplification of electromagnetic waves by relativistic electron beams. Index.