Force-free collisionless current sheet models with non-uniform temperature and density profiles
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We present a class of one-dimensional, strictly neutral, Vlasov-Maxwell equilibrium distribution functions for force-free current sheets, with magnetic fields defined in terms of Jacobian elliptic functions, extending the results of Abraham-Shrauner48 to allow for non-uniform density and temperature pro les. To achieve this, we use an approach previously applied to the force-free Harris sheet by Kolotkov et al.49. In one limit of the parameters, we recover the model of Kolotkov et al.49, while another limit gives a linear force-free field. We discuss conditions on the parameters such that the distribution functions are always positive, and give expressions for the pressure, density, temperature and bulk- ow velocities of the equilibrium, discussing differences from previous models. We also present some illustrative plots of the distribution function in velocity space.
Wilson , F , Neukirch , T & Allanson , O D 2017 , ' Force-free collisionless current sheet models with non-uniform temperature and density profiles ' Physics of Plasmas , vol 24 , no. 9 , 092105 . DOI: 10.1063/1.4997703
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DescriptionThe authors acknowledge the support of the Science and Technology Facilities Council via the consolidated grants ST/K000950/1 and ST/N000609/1 and the doctoral training grant ST/K502327/1 (O. A.), and the Natural Environment Research Council via grant no. NE/P017274/1 (Rad-Sat) (O. A.). F. W. and T. N. would also like to thank the University of St Andrews for general financial support
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