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The structure of the collisionless transient pinch

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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 transf...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1063/1.4979999

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Mathematical Institute
Oxford college:
University College
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics Publisher's website
Journal:
Physics of Plasmas Journal website
Volume:
24
Pages:
042111
Publication date:
2017-04-10
Acceptance date:
2017-03-24
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EISSN:
1089-7674
ISSN:
1070-664X
Pubs id:
pubs:821927
URN:
uri:c6ca9571-b2c1-4c95-a6dd-51897d816b3b
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uuid:c6ca9571-b2c1-4c95-a6dd-51897d816b3b
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pubs:821927

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