Brief Communication: Weibel, Firehose and Mirror mode relations

Treumann, R. A.; Baumjohann, W.

Excitation of Weibel magnetic fields in an initially non-magnetized though anisotropic plasma may trigger other low-frequency instabilities fed by pressure anisotropy. It is shown that under Weibel-like stable conditions the Weibel-like thermal fluctuation magnetic field allows for restricted Firehose-mode growth. In addition, low-frequency Whistlers can also propagate in the plasma under certain anisotropic conditions. When the Weibel-like mode becomes unstable, Firehose instability ceases but Mirror modes take over. This will cause bubble structures in the Weibel-like field in addition to filamentation.

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Treumann, R. A. / Baumjohann, W.: Brief Communication: Weibel, Firehose and Mirror mode relations. 2014. Copernicus Publications.

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