Articles | Volume 7, issue 3/4
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 7, 167–172, 2000
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-7-167-2000
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 7, 167–172, 2000
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-7-167-2000

  31 Dec 2000

31 Dec 2000

Three-dimensional simulation of the electromagnetic ion/ion beam instability: cross field diffusion

H. Kucharek1, M. Scholder1,2, and A. P. Matthews3 H. Kucharek et al.
  • 1Max-Planck Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, 85741 Garching, Germany
  • 2STEL, Nagoya University, Toyokawa, 442, Japan
  • 3Department of Physics, University of Natal, Rep. of South Africa

Abstract. In a system with at least one ignorable spatial dimension charged particles moving in fluctuating fields are tied to the magnetic field lines. Thus, in one-and two-dimensional simulations cross-field diffusion is inhibited and important physics may be lost. We have investigated cross-field diffusion in self-consistent 3-D magnetic turbulence by fully 3-dimensional hybrid simulation (macro-particle ions, massless electron fluid). The turbulence is generated by the electromagnetic ion/ion beam instability. A cold, low density, ion beam with a high velocity stream relative to the background plasma excites the right-hand resonant instability. Such ion beams may be important in the region of the Earth's foreshock. The field turbulence scatters the beam ions parallel as well as perpendicular to the magnetic field. We have determined the parallel and perpendicular diffusion coefficient for the beam ions in the turbulent wave field. The result compares favourably well (within a factor 2) with hard-sphere scattering theory for the cross-field diffusion coefficient. The cross-field diffusion coefficient is larger than that obtained in a static field with a Kolmogorov type spectrum and similar total fluctuation power. This is attributed to the resonant behaviour of the particles in the fluctuating field.