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dc.contributor.authorStark, C. R.
dc.contributor.authorNeukirch, T.
dc.identifier.citationStark , C R & Neukirch , T 2012 , ' Collisionless distribution function for the relativistic force-free Harris sheet ' , Physics of Plasmas , vol. 19 , no. 1 , 012115 .
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dc.description.abstractA self-consistent collisionless distribution function for the relativistic analogue of the force-free Harris sheet is presented. This distribution function is the relativistic generalization of the distribution function for the non-relativistic collisionless force-free Harris sheet recently found by Harrison and Neukirch [Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 135003 (2009)], as it has the same dependence on the particle energy and canonical momenta. We present a detailed calculation which shows that the proposed distribution function generates the required current density profile (and thus magnetic field profile) in a frame of reference in which the electric potential vanishes identically. The connection between the parameters of the distribution function and the macroscopic parameters such as the current sheet thickness is discussed. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. [doi: 10.1063/1.3677268]
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dc.subjectPlasma confinementen
dc.subjectPlasma kinetic theoryen
dc.subjectPlasma simulationen
dc.subjectPlasma thermodynamicsen
dc.subjectRelativistic plasmasen
dc.subjectQC Physicsen
dc.titleCollisionless distribution function for the relativistic force-free Harris sheeten
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorThe Leverhulme Trusten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Applied Mathematicsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Physics and Astronomyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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