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Title: Combined electron firehose and electromagnetic ion cyclotron instabilities: quasilinear approach
ABSTRACT Various plasma waves and instabilities are abundantly present in the solar wind plasma, as evidenced by spacecraft observations. Among these, propagating modes and instabilities driven by temperature anisotropies are known to play a significant role in the solar wind dynamics. In situ measurements reveal that the threshold conditions for these instabilities adequately explain the solar wind conditions at large heliocentric distances. This paper pays attention to the combined effects of electron firehose instability driven by excessive parallel electron temperature anisotropy (T⊥e < T∥e) at high beta conditions, and electromagnetic ion cyclotron instability driven by excessive perpendicular proton temperature anisotropy (T⊥i > T∥i). By employing quasilinear kinetic theory based upon the assumption of bi-Maxwellian velocity distribution functions for protons and electrons, the dynamical evolution of the combined instabilities and their mutual interactions mediated by the particles is explored in depth. It is found that while in some cases, the two unstable modes are excited and saturated at distinct spatial and temporal scales, in other cases, the two unstable modes are intermingled such that a straightforward interpretation is not so easy. This shows that when the dynamics of protons and electrons are mutually coupled and when multiple unstable modes are excited more » in the system, the dynamical consequences can be quite complex. « less
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Award ID(s):
1842643
Publication Date:
NSF-PAR ID:
10212481
Journal Name:
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume:
499
Issue:
1
Page Range or eLocation-ID:
659 to 667
ISSN:
0035-8711
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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