Formation of nonquasineutral vortex plasma structures with a zero net current
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- Gordeev, A.V. Plasma Phys. Rep. (2006) 32: 921. doi:10.1134/S1063780X06110067
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A nonquasineutral vortex structure with a zero net current is described that arises as a result of electron drift in crossed magnetic and electric fields, the latter being produced by charge separation on a spatial scale of about the magnetic Debye radius rB = |B|/(4πene). In such a structure with a radius of r ∼ rB, the magnetic field is maintained by a drift current on the order of the electron Alfvén current JAe = mec3/(2e) and can become as strong as B ≃ mec2/(er). Estimates show that, in a plasma with a density of ne = 1021−1023 cm−3 and with nonzero electron vorticity driven by high-power laser radiation on a time scale on the order of θpe−1, magnetic fields with a strength of B ∼ 108−109 G are generated on micron and submicron scales. The system with closed current that is considered in the present paper can also serve as a model of hot spots in the channel of a Z-pinch.