Instability of a current-carrying finite-beta collisional plasma

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The linear microstability of a cross-field-carrying plasma was studied using a dispersion relation that includes kinetic and finite-beta effects as well as those of electron collisions. Comparisons were made to the better-documented cases of purely electrostatic modes (βe=0) or collisionless electrons (νe=0). Conclusions pertaining to the change in the fundamental character of the instability for the case of an equithermal plasma (Ti/Te∼1) in which electron collisions are important were drawn.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)066413/1-066413/11
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number6 II
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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