Generalization of the Harris current sheet model for non-relativistic, relativistic and pair plasmas

M. Balikhin, M. Gedalin

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Abstract

Abstract Reconnection is believed to be responsible for plasma acceleration in a large number of space and astrophysical objects. Onset of reconnection is usually related to instabilities of current sheet equilibria. Analytical self-consistent models of an equilibrium current sheet (Harris equilibrium) are known for non-relativistic plasmas and some special cases of relativistic plasmas. We develop a description of generalized Harris equilibria in collisionless non-relativistic and relativistic plasmas. Possible shapes of the magnetic field are analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)749-763
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Plasma Physics
Volume74
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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