Physical mechanisms for electron mirror and field swelling modes
2013 (English)In: Physica Scripta, ISSN 0031-8949, E-ISSN 1402-4896, Vol. 87, no 6, 065303- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Ion mirror instability is dominant in planetary and cometary magnetosheaths and other high-beta plasmas where the ions are hotter than the electrons. It is associated with a zero-frequency non-propagating mode with the wave vector nearly perpendicular to the ambient magnetic field. The counterparts of this instability in hot electron plasmas are the field swelling and electron mirror instabilities. A theory for these instabilities was developed more than two decades ago (Basu B and Coppi B 1982 Phys. Rev. Lett. 48 799, 1984 Phys. Fluids 27 1187) within the framework of a fluid model. The connection between the two types of instabilities has been analyzed in (Migliuolo S 1986 J. Geophys. Res. 91 7981). In contrast to these papers, we shall here adopt the standard quasi-hydrodynamic approach that is usually used for the study of mirror instabilities. To analyze the electron mirror and field swelling instabilities, we will only use the perpendicular balance condition and the Liouville theorem. We have found that such a description is easier to understand and gives us increased physical insight into the basic physical features of both these instabilities.
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Institute of Physics , 2013. Vol. 87, no 6, 065303- p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-96127DOI: 10.1088/0031-8949/87/06/065303ISI: 000319816800011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-96127DiVA: diva2:640759