A detailed investigation of the properties of a Vlasov-Maxwell equilibrium for the force-free Harris sheet

Thomas Neukirch, F. Wilson, M. G. Harrison

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Abstract

A detailed discussion is presented of the Vlasov-Maxwell equilibrium for the force-free 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 single-peaked 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 languageEnglish
Article number122102
Number of pages10
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Volume16
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Maxwell equations
  • Plasma instability
  • Plasma magnetohydrodynamics
  • Plasma simulation
  • Vlasov equation
  • Magnetic-field
  • Plasma

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