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The effects of nonthermal electron distributions on ion-temperature-gradient driven drift-wave instabilities in electron-ion plasma

Batool, Nazia ; Masood, W. ; Mirza, Arshad M.

Physics of Plasmas, August 2012, Vol.19(8) [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    The effects of nonthermal electron distributions on ion-temperature-gradient driven drift-wave instabilities in electron-ion plasma
  • Autor: Batool, Nazia ; Masood, W. ; Mirza, Arshad M.
  • Assuntos: Articles
  • É parte de: Physics of Plasmas, August 2012, Vol.19(8)
  • Descrição: The effects of nonthermal electron distributions on electrostatic ion-temperature-gradient (ITG) driven drift-wave instabilities in the presence of equilibrium density, temperature, and magnetic field gradients are investigated here. By using Braginskii’s transport equations for ions and Cairns as well as Kappa distribution for electrons, the coupled mode equations are derived. The modified ITG driven modes are derived, and it is found both analytically as well as numerically that the nonthermal distribution of electrons significantly modify the real frequencies as well as the growth rate of the ITG driven drift wave instability. The growth rate of ion-temperature-gradient driven instability is found to be maximum for Cairns, intermediate for Kappa, and minimum for the Maxwellian distributed electron case. The results of present investigation might be helpful to understand several wave phenomena in space and laboratory plasmas in the presence of nonthermal electrons.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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