Kinetic instability of electrostatic ion cyclotron waves in inter-penetrating plasmas

M. F. Bashir, R. Ilie, G. Murtaza

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The Electrostatic Ion Cyclotron (EIC) instability that includes the effect of wave-particle interaction is studied owing to the free energy source through the flowing velocity of the inter-penetrating plasmas. It is shown that the origin of this current-less instability is different from the classical current driven EIC instability. The threshold conditions applicable to a wide range of plasma parameters and the estimate of the growth rate are determined as a function of the normalized flowing velocity (u0/vtfe), the temperature (Tf/Ts) and the density ratios (nf0/ns0) of flowing component to static one. The EIC instability is driven by either flowing electrons or flowing ions, depending upon the different Doppler shifted frequency domains. It is found that the growth rate for electron-driven instability is higher than the ion-driven one. However, in both cases, the denser (hotter) is the flowing plasma, the lesser (greater) is the growth rate. The possible applications related to the terrestrial solar plasma environment are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number052114
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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