Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
Research article
26 Oct 2010
Research article |  | 26 Oct 2010

Stability of the strahl electron distribution function and its dynamics

V. I. Shevchenko and V. L. Galinsky

Abstract. It is shown that core-strahl electron system in the solar wind plasma is unstable with respect to excitation of the lower hybrid waves at anomalous Doppler resonance due to anisotropy of the strahl electron velocity distribution. Dynamics of the strahl electron distribution due to interaction with excited waves is studied.