Finite ion temperature effects on oblique modulational stability and envelope excitations of dust-ion acoustic waves

  • I. KourakisEmail author
  • P. K. Shukla


Theoretical and numerical investigations are carried out for the amplitude modulation of dust-ion acoustic waves (DIAW) propagating in an unmagnetized weakly coupled collisionless fully ionized plasma consisting of isothermal electrons, warm ions and charged dust grains. Modulation oblique (by an angle \(\theta\)) to the carrier wave propagation direction is considered. The stability analysis, based on a nonlinear Schrödinger-type equation (NLSE), exhibits a sensitivity of the instability region to the modulation angle \(\theta\), the dust concentration and the ion temperature. It is found that the ion temperature may strongly modify the wave’s stability profile, in qualitative agreement with previous results, obtained for an electron-ion plasma. The effect of the ion temperature on the formation of DIAW envelope excitations (envelope solitons) is also discussed.


Dust Soliton Instability Region Dust Concentration Modulational Stability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische Physik IV, Fakultät für Physik und AstronomieRuhr-Universität BochumBochumGermany

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