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Title: Thermal fluctuation levels of magnetic and electric fields in unmagnetized plasma: The rigorous relativistic kinetic theory

Any fully ionized collisionless plasma with finite random particle velocities contains electric and magnetic field fluctuations. The fluctuations can be of three different types: weakly damped, weakly propagating, or aperiodic. The kinetics of these fluctuations in general unmagnetized plasmas, governed by the competition of spontaneous emission, absorption, and stimulated emission processes, is investigated, extending the well-known results for weakly damped fluctuations. The generalized Kirchhoff radiation law for both collective and noncollective fluctuations is derived, which in stationary plasmas provides the equilibrium energy densities of electromagnetic fluctuations by the ratio of the respective spontaneous emission coefficient and the true absorption coefficient. As an illustrative example, the equilibrium energy densities of aperiodic transverse collective electric and magnetic fluctuations in an isotropic thermal electron-proton plasmas of density n{sub e} are calculated as |δB|=√((δB){sup 2})=2.8(n{sub e}m{sub e}c{sup 2}){sup 1/2}g{sup 1/2}β{sub e}{sup 7/4} and |δE|=√((δE){sup 2})=3.2(n{sub e}m{sub e}c{sup 2}){sup 1/2}g{sup 1/3}β{sub e}{sup 2}, where g and β{sub e} denote the plasma parameter and the thermal electron velocity in units of the speed of light, respectively. For densities and temperatures of the reionized early intergalactic medium, |δB|=6·10{sup −18}G and |δE|=2·10{sup −16}G result.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [3]
  1. Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742 (United States)
  2. (Korea, Republic of)
  3. Institut für Theoretische Physik, Lehrstuhl IV: Weltraum und Astrophysik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum (Germany)
  4. (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22251936
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ABSORPTION; COLLISIONLESS PLASMA; ELECTRIC FIELDS; ELECTRONS; ENERGY DENSITY; EQUILIBRIUM; FLUCTUATIONS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; PROTONS; RELATIVISTIC RANGE; STIMULATED EMISSION