Picture water droplets

Developing mathematical theories of the physical world: Open Access research on fluid dynamics from Strathclyde

Strathprints makes available Open Access scholarly outputs by Strathclyde's Department of Mathematics & Statistics, where continuum mechanics and industrial mathematics is a specialism. Such research seeks to understand fluid dynamics, among many other related areas such as liquid crystals and droplet evaporation.

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics also demonstrates expertise in population modelling & epidemiology, stochastic analysis, applied analysis and scientific computing. Access world leading mathematical and statistical Open Access research!

Explore all Strathclyde Open Access research...

Cyclotron maser radiation from an inhomogeneous plasma

Cairns, R.A. and Vorgul, I. and Bingham, R. (2008) Cyclotron maser radiation from an inhomogeneous plasma. Physical Review Letters, 101 (21). ISSN 0031-9007

Full text not available in this repository. Request a copy from the Strathclyde author


Cyclotron maser radiation is important in both laboratory devices such as gyrotrons and in space physics applications to phenomena such as auroral kilometric radiation. To understand the behavior, especially in the latter case where there is generally a localized region of instability, requires an understanding of how such instabilities behave in an inhomogeneous plasma. Here we consider, for simplicity, a simple ring distribution of electrons in either a step function variation of magnetic field or a continuous gradient. In each case we show that there can exist localized regions of instability from which waves, growing in time, can be radiated outwards.