The relaxation of strongly anisotropic magnetized plasmas by electromagnetic ion-cyclotron instability

S. Cuperman*, A. Sternlieb

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Abstract

A computer simulation is used to investigate the non-linear behaviour of the electromagnetic ion cyclotron instability in a homogeneous plasma. The results indicate (i) a fast build up of left-hand (proton-like) polarized electromagnetic waves: the peak-value energy is about 230 times larger than the initial one and represents about 10% of the total energy in the system; (ii) a significant relaxation (isothermalisation) of the initial thermal anisotropy value of 100 to a minimum value of about '3' (at peak field value); (iii) the establishment of a quasi-equilibrium state (from the collective point of view).

Original languageEnglish
Article number008
Pages (from-to)699-705
Number of pages7
JournalPlasma Physics
Volume17
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1975

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