Electrostatic Instability in Electron-Positron Pairs Injected in an External Electric Field

Abstract

Motivated by the particle acceleration problem in pulsars, we numerically investigate electrostatic instability of electron-positron pairs injected in an external electric field. The electric field is expected to be so strong that we cannot neglect effects of spatial variation in the 0-th order distribution functions on the scale of the plasma oscillation… (More)

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