Stochastic generation of continuous wave spectra

J. Trulsen, K. B. Dysthe, Hans Pécseli

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    Wave packets of electromagnetic or Langmuir waves trapped in a well between oscillating reflectors are considered. An equation for the temporal evolution of the probability distribution for the carrier wave number is derived, and solved analytically in terms of moments in the limits of long and short wavelengths. The relevance of the results for self-generated stochasticity for harmonically oscillating reflectors is pointed out, and the physical implications of the results are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)353-356
    Publication statusPublished - 1983


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