Plasma microinstabilities driven by loss-cone distributions

  title={Plasma microinstabilities driven by loss-cone distributions},
  author={Danny Summers and Richard M. Thorne},
Electromagnetic and electrostatic instabilities driven by loss-cone particle distributions have been invoked to explain a variety of plasma phenomena observed in space and in the laboratory. In this paper we analyse how the loss-cone feature (as determined by the loss-cone index or indices) influences the growth of such instabilities in a fully ionized, homogeneous, hot plasma in a uniform magnetic field. Specifically, we consider three loss-cone distributions : a generalized Lorentzian (kappa… CONTINUE READING