On the conditions for the breaking of oscillations in a cold plasma


The Cauchy problem for a quasilinear system of hyperbolic equations describing plane one-dimensional relativistic oscillations of electrons in a cold plasma is considered. For some simplified formulation of the problem, a criterion for the existence of a global in time solutions is obtained. For the original problem, a sufficient condition for blow-up is found, as well as a sufficient condition for the solution to remain smooth at least for time \( 2 \pi \). In addition, it is shown that in the general case, arbitrarily small perturbations of the trivial state lead to the formation of singularities in a finite time. It is further proved that there are special initial data such that the respective solution remains smooth for all time, even in the relativistic case. Periodic in space traveling wave gives an example of such a solution. In order for such a wave to be smooth, the velocity of the wave must be greater than a certain constant that depends on the initial data. Nevertheless, arbitrary small perturbation of general form destroys these global in time smooth solutions. The nature of the singularities of the solutions is illustrated by numerical examples.

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Rozanova, O.S., Chizhonkov, E.V. On the conditions for the breaking of oscillations in a cold plasma. Z. Angew. Math. Phys. 72, 13 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00033-020-01440-3

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  • Quasilinear hyperbolic system
  • The Cauchy problem
  • Blow-up
  • Plasma oscillations
  • Breaking effect

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  • Primary 35Q60
  • Secondary 35L60
  • 35L67
  • 34M10