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Abstract
A detailed discussion is presented of the VlasovMaxwell equilibrium for the forcefree Harris sheet recently found by Harrison and Neukirch [Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 135003 (2009)]. The derivation of the distribution function and a discussion of its general properties and their dependence on the distribution function parameters will be given. In particular, the distribution function can be singlepeaked or multipeaked in two of the velocity components, with possible implications for stability. The dependence of the shape of the distribution function on the values of its parameters will be investigated and the relation to macroscopic quantities such as the current sheet thickness will be discussed.
Original language  English 

Article number  122102 
Number of pages  10 
Journal  Physics of Plasmas 
Volume  16 
Issue number  12 
DOIs  
Publication status  Published  Dec 2009 
Keywords
 Maxwell equations
 Plasma instability
 Plasma magnetohydrodynamics
 Plasma simulation
 Vlasov equation
 Magneticfield
 Plasma
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Solar&Magnetospheric Plasma Theory PP/E1: Solar and Magnetospheric Plasma Theory
Neukirch, T., Hood, A. W., Parnell, C. E., Priest, E., Roberts, B. & Wright, A. N.
1/04/07 → 31/03/12
Project: Standard