Electrostatic supersolitons in three-species plasmas

Frank Verheest, Manfred A. Hellberg, Ioannis Kourakis

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Superficially, electrostatic potential profiles of supersolitons look like those of traditional solitons. However, their electric field profiles are markedly different, having additional extrema on the wings of the standard bipolar structure. This new concept was recently pointed out in the literature for a plasma model with five species. Here, it is shown that electrostatic supersolitons are not an artefact of exotic, complicated plasma models, but can exist even in three-species plasmas and are likely to occur in space plasmas. Further, a methodology is given to delineate their existence domains in a systematic fashion by determining the specific limiting factors.

Original languageBritish English
Article number012302
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


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