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It is shown that the electric field of Langmuir oscillations in a cold plasma contains a component, independent of time, setting ions in motion. Using Lagrange variables, one-dimensional dynamics of plasma in respect to the interaction between electron oscillations and ion movement is investigated. As a consequence of this interaction, the crossing of electron trajectories occurs even at small amplitudes at time tc, i.e., one-dimensional turbulence appears in the system. The expression for tc is derived. In time tc ion displacements as well as ion energy are found to depend only on the electron–ion mass relationship. © 1997 American Institute of Physics.
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