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ANGEO | Articles | Volume 37, issue 5
Ann. Geophys., 37, 971–988, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-37-971-2019
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Ann. Geophys., 37, 971–988, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-37-971-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Regular paper 24 Oct 2019

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Electron pairing in mirror modes: surpassing the quasi-linear limit

Rudolf A. Treumann and Wolfgang Baumjohann
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The mirror mode starts as a zero-frequency ion fluid instability and saturates quasi-linearly at very low magnetic level, while forming extended magnetic bubbles. These trap the adiabatically bouncing electron component which forms pairs near the mirror points. The large pair anisotropy causes further growth beyond quasilinear level. Including pressure equilibrium gives and estimate of the required pair density.
The mirror mode starts as a zero-frequency ion fluid instability and saturates quasi-linearly at...
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