Double Layers and Circuits in Astrophysics

@article{Alfvn1986DoubleLA,
  title={Double Layers and Circuits in Astrophysics},
  author={H. Alfv{\'e}n},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science},
  year={1986},
  volume={14},
  pages={779-793}
}
  • H. Alfvén
  • Published 1986
  • Physics
  • IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
As the rate of energy release in a double layer with voltage ¿V is P ¿ I¿V, a double layer must be treated as a part of a circuit which delivers the current I. As neither double layer nor circuit can be derived from magnetofluid models of a plasma, such models are useless for treating energy transfer by means of double layers. They must be replaced by particle models and circuit theory. A simple circuit is suggested which is applied to the energizing of auroral particles, to solar flares, and… Expand

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