Friday, July 12, 2013

1307.2928 (K. -I. Nishikawa et al.)

Magnetic field generation in a jet-sheath plasma via the kinetic Kelvin-Helmholtz instability    [PDF]

K. -I. Nishikawa, P. Hardee, B. Zhang, I. Dutan, M. Medvedev, E. J. Choi, K. W. Min, J. Niemiec, Y. Mizuno, A. Nordlund, J. T. Frederiksen, H. Sol, M. Pohl, D. H. Hartmann
We have investigated generation of magnetic fields associated with velocity shear between an unmagnetized relativistic jet and an unmagnetized sheath plasma. We have examined the strong magnetic fields generated by kinetic shear (Kelvin-Helmholtz) instabilities. Compared to the previous studies using counter-streaming performed by Alves et al. (2012), the structure of KKHI of our jet-sheath configuration is slightly different even for the global evolution of the strong transverse magnetic field. In our simulations the major components of growing modes are the electric field $E_{\rm z}$ and the magnetic field $B_{\rm y}$. After the $B_{\rm y}$ component is excited, an induced electric field $E_{\rm x}$ becomes significant. However, other field components remain small. We find that the structure and growth rate of KKHI with mass ratios $m_{\rm i}/m_{\rm e} = 1836$ and $m_{\rm i}/m_{\rm e} = 20$ are similar. In our simulations saturation in the nonlinear stage is not as clear as in counter-streaming cases. The growth rate for a mildly-relativistic jet case ($\gamma_{\rm j} = 1.5$) is larger than for a relativistic jet case ($\gamma_{\rm j} = 15$).
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