Electrostatic and thermal fluctuations are the source of magnetic fields in unmagnetized inhomogeneous plasmas

Saleem, Hamid
August 2009
Physics of Plasmas;Aug2009, Vol. 16 Issue 8, p082102
Academic Journal
It is pointed out that electron thermal fluctuations can couple with the ion acoustic mode in an inhomogeneous plasma to generate a low frequency ion time scale electromagnetic wave. This electromagnetic wave can become unstable if the temperature and density gradients are parallel to each other, which can be the case in laser-plasmas similar to stellar cores. The comparisons of the present theoretical model with the previous investigations are also presented. The final result is applied to a classical laser induced plasma for illustration.


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