The envelope properties of ion-acoustic waves in a two-electron-temperature plasma are studied. The nonlinear Schrödinger equation describing the envelope of these waves is obtained from the plasma fluid equations by employing the Krylov-Bogoliubov-Mitropolsky perturbation method. It is shown that the ion-acoustic waves can be modulationally unstable or stable depending on the ratios of the densities and the temperatures of the hot and the cold electron components. Even a small fraction of the cold electron component can drastically affect the stability of the system.
Volume 94, 2020
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