TY - JOUR
T1 - Drift-Alfve'n vortices with finite ion gyroradius and electron inertia effects
JF - Physics of Plasmas
Y1 - 1999
A1 - Kuvshinov, B. N.
A1 - Pegoraro, F.
A1 - Rem, J.
A1 - Schep, T. J.
AB - A two-fluid plasma model is used to analyze drift-Alfven vortices in a magnetized, inhomogeneous, warm plasma. This low-beta model retains the effects of finite electron mass and of finite ion gyroradii. The vortices are described by two potentials: the electrostatic potential and one component of the vector potential. The background plasma is assumed to have locally a linear density profile. Solutions in the form of dipoles, which propagate with constant velocity across a strong, uniform magnetic field, are analyzed. A general dispersion relation between the eigenvalues inside and outside the separatrix is derived. The analysis of this dispersion relation and of the spatial vortex structure leads to a general classification of two-potential vortices. Explicit solutions are presented for dipole vortices in the limit of zero electron inertia where finite gyroradius effects are retained and in the limit of cold ions where finite electron mass is taken into account. (C) 1999 American Institute of Physics. [S1070-664X(99)03403-5].
VL - 6
SN - 1070-664X
U5 - 81539a49724cd1753b8fa9ea6eec6803
ER -