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Title: Strength of the spontaneously emitted collective aperiodic magnetic field fluctuations in the reionized early intergalactic medium

Nonmagnetized, fully ionized plasmas spontaneously emit aperiodic turbulent magnetic field fluctuations. Its fluctuation intensities are dominated by the contribution from a recently discovered collective, damped mode, which modifies the earlier estimate of the total magnetic field strength in a thermal nonrelativistic electron-proton plasma to |δB|=24β{sub e}{sup 1/4}(gn{sub e}m{sub e}c{sup 2}){sup 1/2} G, where g denotes the plasma parameter and β {sub e} the thermal electron velocity in units of the speed of light, in the case of no collisional damping. Accounting for simultaneous viscous damping reduces the estimate to |δB|{sub eq} = 2305g(n{sub e}m{sub e}c {sup 2}){sup 1/2} G, depending only on the plasma parameter g and the electron density n{sub e} . For the unmagnetized intergalactic medium, immediately after the reionization onset the field strengths from this mechanism are about 6.8 × 10{sup –13} G for no collisional damping and 1.5 × 10{sup –16} G for viscous damping. Maximum spatial scales of 10{sup 15} cm of the emitted aperiodic fluctuations in cosmic voids are possible.
Authors:
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  1. Institut für Theoretische Physik, Lehrstuhl IV: Weltraum- und Astrophysik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22342034
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 778; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ACCOUNTING; DAMPING; ELECTRON DENSITY; ELECTRONS; EMISSION; FLUCTUATIONS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; PLASMA; PROTONS; STARS; TURBULENCE; VELOCITY; VISIBLE RADIATION