Electron shear-flow-driven instability in magnetized plasmas with magnetic field gradient

Hamid Saleem, Bengt Eliasson

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It is found that the zero-order current associated with electron shear flow produces a drift wave in magnetized plasmas, which can become unstable under certain conditions. This wave will be particularly important in low density and low temperature plasmas of heavy ions. As an example, numerical estimates are presented for a barium plasma with parameters compatible with experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Article number052103
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2011


  • electron shear flow
  • magnetized plasma
  • magnetic field gradient

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