Mechanism for an absolute parametric instability of an inhomogeneous plasma
Arkhipenko V. I. , Budnikov V. N. , Gusakov E. Z. , Romanchuk I. A. , Simonchik L.V.
The structure of plasma oscillations in a region of parametric spatial amplification has been studied experimentally for the first time. A new mechanism for an absolute parametric instability has been observed. This mechanism operates when a pump wave with a spatial structure more complicated than a plane wave propagates through a plasma which is inhomogeneous along more than one dimension.