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Geometrical description of non-linear electrostatic oscillations in relativistic thermal plasmas.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2008
Publication StatusUnpublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


We develop a method for investigating the relationship between the shape of a 1-particle distribution and non-linear electrostatic oscillations in a collisionless plasma, incorporating transverse thermal motion. A general expression is found for the maximum sustainable electric field, and is evaluated for a particular highly anisotropic distribution.