Plasma Physics pp 122-141 | Cite as

Coupling Saturation in the Nonlinear Theory of Parametric Decay Instabilities

  • D. F. DuBois
  • B. Bezzerides
Part of the Nobel Symposium Committee (1976) book series (NOFS, volume 36)


An understanding of the nonlinear stage of parametric instabilities is needed to predict the anomalous absorption of the pump mode in laser or microwave interactions with a plasma. The waves excited in the linear stage of the instability grow up from thermal noise until some nonlinear mechanism limits their growth resulting in a saturated (perhaps quasi-steady state) level of waves.


Pump Wave Langmuir Wave Nonlinear Saturation Decay Instability Strong Pump 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. F. DuBois
    • 1
  • B. Bezzerides
    • 1
  1. 1.Theoretical DivisionLos Alamos Scientific LaboratoryLos AlamosMexico

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