Interaction of plasma vortices with resonant particles

D. Jovanovic, Hans Pécseli, J. Juul Rasmussen

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    Kinetic effects associated with the electron motion along magnetic field lines in low‐beta plasmas are studied. Using the gyrokinetic description of electrons, a kinetic analog of the reduced magnetohydrodynamic equations is derived, and it is shown that in the strongly nonlinear regime they possess localized solutions in the form of dipolar vortices, which can efficiently interact with resonant electrons. In the adiabatic limit, evolution equations are derived for the vortex parameters, describing exchange of the energy, enstrophy, and of the Poynting vector between the vortex and resonant particles. The evolution equations indicate the possibility of excitation of plasma vortices by electron beams.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPhysics of Fluids B: Plasma Physics
    Pages (from-to)2035-2041
    Publication statusPublished - 1990

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