Tuesday, June 25, 2013

1306.5593 (R. C. Tautz et al.)

Interstellar Turbulent Magnetic Field Generation by Plasma Instabilities    [PDF]

R. C. Tautz, J. Triptow
The maximum magnetic field strength generated by Weibel-type plasma instabilities is estimated for typical conditions in the interstellar medium. The relevant kinetic dispersion relations are evaluated by conducting a parameter study both for Maxwellian and for suprathermal particle distributions showing that micro Gauss magnetic fields can be generated. It is shown that, depending on the streaming velocity and the plasma temperatures, either the longitudinal or a transverse instability will be dominant. In the presence of an ambient magnetic field, the filamentation instability is typically suppressed while the two-stream and the classic Weibel instability are retained.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.5593

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