Possible phase transition in plasma mirror modes


Mirror modes in collisionless high-temperature plasmas represent macroscopic high-temperature quasi-superconductors. We explicitly calculate the bouncing electron contribution to the ion-mode growth rate, diamagnetic surface current responsible for the Meissner effect, and the weak attracting electric field. The mean electric field turns out to be negligible. Pairing is a second-order effect of minor importance. The physically important effect is the resonant interaction between bouncing electrons and the thermal ion-sound background. It is responsible for the mirror mode to evolve as a phase transition from normal to quasi-superconducting state.

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  author = {Treumann, R. A. and Baumjohann, W.},
  journal = {arXiv},
  language = {en},
  number = {2012.08209},
  title = {Possible phase transition in plasma mirror modes},
  url = {http://arxiv.org/abs/2012.08209},
  volume = {2012.08209},
  year = {2020},
%O Journal Article
%A Treumann, R. A.
%A Baumjohann, W.
%J arXiv
%G en
%N 2012.08209
%T Possible phase transition in plasma mirror modes
%U http://arxiv.org/abs/2012.08209
%V 2012.08209
%D 2020