The structure of the collisionless transient pinch

Author: 

Allen, J
Gibson, J

Publication Date: 

10 April 2017

Journal: 

Physics of Plasmas

Last Updated: 

2020-03-13T09:53:29.833+00:00

Volume: 

24

DOI: 

10.1063/1.4979999

page: 

042111-

abstract: 

The mechanism of the transient pinch at low densities, outlined in an early paper by Rosenbluth, has been studied in detail. The collapse velocity is comparable to the Alfvén velocity although the theory of magnetohydrodynamics is not applicable to collision-free plasmas. The thickness of the surface current layer is found to be the electron inertial length (c/xpe). The electron and ion trajectories have been calculated, the latter being essentially due to the electrostatic field which transfers the j x B force from the electrons to the positive ions.

Symplectic id: 

821927

Submitted to ORA: 

Submitted

Publication Type: 

Journal Article