Explicitly covariant dispersion relations and self-induced transparency

S. M. Mahajan, Felipe A. Asenjo

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Explicitly covariant dispersion relations for a variety of plasma waves in unmagnetized and magnetized plasmas are derived in a systematic manner from a fully covariant plasma formulation. One needs to invoke relatively little known invariant combinations constructed from the ambient electromagnetic fields and the wave vector to accomplish the program. The implication of this work applied to the self-induced transparency effect is discussed. Some problems arising from the inconsistent use of relativity are pointed out.

Original languageEnglish
Article number905830101
JournalJournal of Plasma Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • magnetized plasmas
  • plasma waves


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