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The plasma filamentation instability in one dimension
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Visual Information Technology and Applications (VITA). Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Physics Department Warwick University, U.K..
Institute for Theoretical Physics IV Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.
2008 (English)In: 35th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics,2008, Switzerland: Europhysics Conference Abstracts , 2008, Vol. 32F, P4.182- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The filamentation instability between counter-propagating beams of electrons is important for the magnetic field generation in astrophysical jets. Here this instability is considered for equally dense counterpropagating electron beams. It is demonstrated that the plasma evolves into a state, in which the electric fields driven by the magnetic pressure gradient balance the magnetic forces. This system is stationary in the 1D PIC simulation. The size distribution of the current filaments closely follows a Gumbel distribution within the statistical limitations.

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Switzerland: Europhysics Conference Abstracts , 2008. Vol. 32F, P4.182- p.
Keyword [en]
plasma physics
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-42640Local ID: 67319OAI: diva2:263497
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2011-01-04

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