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Tilting Instability of Magnetically Confined Spheromaks

@inproceedings{Mehta2020TiltingIO,
  title={Tilting Instability of Magnetically Confined Spheromaks},
  author={Riddhi Mehta and Maxim V. Barkov and Lorenzo Sironi and Maxim Lyutikov},
  year={2020}
}
  • Riddhi Mehta, Maxim V. Barkov, +1 author Maxim Lyutikov
  • Published 2020
  • Physics
  • We consider the tilting instability of a magnetically confined spheromak using 3D MHD and relativistic PIC calculations with an application to astrophysical plasmas, specifically those occurring in magnetar magnetospheres. The instability is driven by the counter alignment of the spheromak’s intrinsic magnetic dipole with the external magnetic field. Initially the spheromak rotates tilts trying to lower its magnetic potential energy. As a result a current sheet forms between the internal… CONTINUE READING

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