Publications by James Holloway

Dense plasma heating by crossing relativistic electron beams

Physical Review E American Physical Society 95 (2016) 013211

N Ratan, NJ Sircombe, LA Ceurvorst, J Sadler, MF Kasim, J Holloway, MC Levy, R Trines, R Bingham, P Norreys

Here we investigate, using relativistic fluid theory and Vlasov-Maxwell simulations, the local heating of a dense plasma by two crossing electron beams. Heating occurs as an instability of the electron beams drives Langmuir waves which couple nonlinearly into damped ion-acoustic waves. Simulations show a factor 2.8 increase in electron kinetic energy with a coupling efficiency of 18%. Our results support applications to the production of warm dense matter and as a driver for inertial fusion plasmas.

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