On the cosmic ray driven firehose instability

Robyn Scott, Brian Reville, Anatoly Spitkovsky

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The role of the non-resonant firehose instability in conditions relevant to the precursors of supernova remnant shocks is considered. Using a second order tensor expansion of the Vlasov-Fokker-Planck equation we illustrate the necessary conditions for the firehose to operate. It is found that for very fast shocks, the diffusion approximation predicts that the linear firehose growth rate is marginally faster than it's resonant counterpart. Preliminary hybrid MHD-Vlasov-Fokker-Planck simulation results using young supernova relevant parameters are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHigh Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy
Subtitle of host publication6th International Meeting on High Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy
EditorsFelix A. Aharonian, Felix A. Aharonian, Frank M. Rieger, Werner Hofmann
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735414563
StatePublished - Jan 4 2017
Event6th International Symposium on High Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy - Heidelberg, Germany
Duration: Jul 11 2016Jul 15 2016

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other6th International Symposium on High Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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