Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 172, Issue 2, pp 317–320 | Cite as

Parametric instabilities and nucleation of coupled Langmuir and acoustic waves in a weakly-ionized plasma

  • L. Stenflo
  • P. K. Shukla
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A pair of coupled equations governing the nonlinear interaction between Langmuir and acoustic waves in partially-ionized plasmas are presented. Three-wave decay interactions, modulatinal instabilities, as well as the nucleation of coupled Langmuir and acoustic waves can then be studied. The results are of relevance to the lower part of the ionosphere, radio-frequency driven gas discharges, as well as the interstellar medium.


Acoustic Wave Nonlinear Interaction Interstellar Medium Couple Equation Parametric Instability 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Stenflo
    • 1
  • P. K. Shukla
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plasma PhysicsUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  2. 2.Institut für Theoretische Physik IVRuhr-Universität BochumBochumGermany

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