Electron acoustic double layers in a plasma with a q-nonextensive electron velocity distribution
Source: Astrophysics and Space Science, Volume 334, Number 1, July 2011 , pp. 45-53(9)
Abstract:Electron-acoustic double-layers (EA-DLs) are addressed in a plasma with a q-nonextensive electron velocity distribution. The domain of their allowable Mach numbers depends drastically on the plasma parameters and, in particular, on the electron nonextensivity. As the electrons evolve far away from their thermodynamic equilibrium, the negative EA-DLs shrinks and may develop into compressive EA-DLs. Our results may be relevant to the double-layers observed both in the auroral region and the plasma sheet of Earth's magnetosphere (during enhanced magnetic activity). These DLs associated parallel electric fields are thought to be responsible for particle (electrons and ions) acceleration. Furthermore, our theoretical analysis brings a possibility to develop more refined theories of nonlinear cosmic DLs that may occur in astrophysical plasmas.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Physics, Islamic Azad University, Bojnourd Branch, Bojnourd, Iran, Email: email@example.com 2: Theoretical Physics Laboratory, Plasma Physics Group, Faculty of Sciences-Physics, University of Bab-Ezzouar, USTHB, BP 32, El Alia, Algiers, 16111, Algeria, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 2011-07-01