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Title: Cumulative effect of the filamentation and Weibel instabilities in counterstreaming thermal plasmas

Abstract

Introducing a thermal particle distribution is important for a realistic investigation of counterstreaming plasmas with finite temperatures. Such counterstreaming thermal plasmas are described by the particle distributions, which include the counterstreams and thermal distribution as well. Two nonrelativistic counterstreams are considered here, with a bi-Maxwellian thermal anisotropy for each of them. This type of distribution is often expected to be found in both laboratory or cosmic plasmas, and it is able to cumulate the effects of the filamentation and Weibel instability. Comparing with the growth rates of each of these instabilities, the cumulative effect provides larger values, if they are emitted in the same direction. If the thermal anisotropy is negative, which means that Weibel instability develops on a perpendicular direction with respect to the filamentation instability, then their cumulative effect will suppress the instability. In both of these cases, the cumulative effect of the filamentation and Weibel instabilities can modify significantly the effective growth rate of the electromagnetic unstable modes.

Authors:
; ;  [1]
  1. Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Lehrstuhl IV: Weltraum- und Astrophysik, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, D-44780 Bochum (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20860286
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Physics of Plasmas
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 13; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: DOI: 10.1063/1.2357047; (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; ANISOTROPY; DISTRIBUTION; ELECTRON TEMPERATURE; EMISSION; ION TEMPERATURE; PLASMA; PLASMA INSTABILITY; RADIATION TRANSPORT

Citation Formats

Lazar, M, Schlickeiser, R, and Shukla, P K. Cumulative effect of the filamentation and Weibel instabilities in counterstreaming thermal plasmas. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1063/1.2357047.
Lazar, M, Schlickeiser, R, & Shukla, P K. Cumulative effect of the filamentation and Weibel instabilities in counterstreaming thermal plasmas. United States. doi:10.1063/1.2357047.
Lazar, M, Schlickeiser, R, and Shukla, P K. Sun . "Cumulative effect of the filamentation and Weibel instabilities in counterstreaming thermal plasmas". United States. doi:10.1063/1.2357047.
@article{osti_20860286,
title = {Cumulative effect of the filamentation and Weibel instabilities in counterstreaming thermal plasmas},
author = {Lazar, M and Schlickeiser, R and Shukla, P K},
abstractNote = {Introducing a thermal particle distribution is important for a realistic investigation of counterstreaming plasmas with finite temperatures. Such counterstreaming thermal plasmas are described by the particle distributions, which include the counterstreams and thermal distribution as well. Two nonrelativistic counterstreams are considered here, with a bi-Maxwellian thermal anisotropy for each of them. This type of distribution is often expected to be found in both laboratory or cosmic plasmas, and it is able to cumulate the effects of the filamentation and Weibel instability. Comparing with the growth rates of each of these instabilities, the cumulative effect provides larger values, if they are emitted in the same direction. If the thermal anisotropy is negative, which means that Weibel instability develops on a perpendicular direction with respect to the filamentation instability, then their cumulative effect will suppress the instability. In both of these cases, the cumulative effect of the filamentation and Weibel instabilities can modify significantly the effective growth rate of the electromagnetic unstable modes.},
doi = {10.1063/1.2357047},
journal = {Physics of Plasmas},
issn = {1070-664X},
number = 10,
volume = 13,
place = {United States},
year = {2006},
month = {10}
}