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Exploring Born-Infeld electrodynamics using plasmas.

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Article number095501
Journal publication date10/02/2011
JournalJournal of Physics -London- a Mathematical and General
Journal number9
Number of pages11
Original languageEnglish


The behaviour of large amplitude electrostatic waves in cold plasma is investigated in the context of Born–Infeld electrodynamics. Equations of motion for a relativistic electron fluid in a fixed ion background are established using an unconstrained action principle. A simple expression for the maximum electric field of 'quasi-static' electric waves in a cold Born–Infeld plasma is deduced and its properties are analysed. A lower bound on their wavelength is established and an approximation to their frequency is determined for ultrarelativistic phase velocities.

Bibliographic note

arXiv:1006.2246 [physics.plasm-ph]