Magnetohydrodynamic instability in plasmas with intrinsic magnetization

Bychkov, Vitaly; Modestov, Mikhail; Marklund, Mattias
November 2010
Physics of Plasmas;Nov2010, Vol. 17 Issue 11, p112107
Academic Journal
From a magnetofluid description with intrinsic magnetization, a new plasma instability is obtained. The plasma magnetization is produced by the collective electron spin. The instability develops in a nonuniform plasma when the electron concentration and temperature vary along an externally applied magnetic field. Alfvén waves play an important role in the instability. The instability properties are numerically investigated for a particular example of an ultrarelativistic degenerate plasma in exploding white dwarfs.


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