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Mod-01 Lec-18 Weibel Instability

Published: 2013/04/25

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2e The two-stream instability

Published: 2015/09/15

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Quark-gluon plasma instability

Published: 2011/11/17

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Quark-gluon plasma instability (with graphs)

Published: 2011/11/17

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Weibel School playground

Published: 2016/05/31

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18A Plasma Instabilities | Introduction to Plasma Physics by J D Callen

Published: 2015/12/24

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Mod-01 Lec-32 Electrostatic waves in magnetized plasma

Published: 2013/04/25

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Demystifying Medicine 2017: Glycoproteins, Allergy, and Other Diseases

Published: 2017/02/02

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Mod-01 Lec-12 Two Stream Instability

Published: 2013/04/25

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weibel

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Instability - Video Learning - WizScience.com

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Mod-01 Lec-13 Relativistic electron Beam- Plasma Interaction

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Simulation of Quark-Gluon Plasma Instabilities

Published: 2011/09/22

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Mod-01 Lec-09 Instability and Transition of Fluid Flows

Published: 2012/06/26

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thé-junior-weibel trailer

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Story Connection: Weibel Family Winery

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Weibel SWISS QUALITY OIL

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Mod-01 Lec-37 Anomalous resistivity in a plasma

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Hene Weibel - Gottardo 16 EM

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Quark-gluon plasma instability (2D slice)

Published: 2011/11/17

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Mod-01 Lec-01 Introduction to Plasmas

Published: 2013/04/25

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Yann Weibel Summer Sampler 09

Published: 2009/08/09

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Mod-01 Lec-19 Rayleigh Taylor Instability

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Mod-01 Lec-09 Electromagnetic Wave Propagation Inhomogeneous Plasma

Published: 2013/04/25

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Plasmas Torn Apart

Published: 2012/02/19

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Weibel's Youtube Edit

Published: 2011/03/30

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Mod-01 Lec-30 Electromagnetic propagation at oblique angles to magnetic field in a plasma

Published: 2013/04/25

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Farley - Buneman

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Mod-01 Lec-39 Diffusion in magnetized plasma

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Mod-01 Lec-34 VIasov theory of plasma waves

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Mod-01 Lec-41 Laser interaction with plasmas embedded with clusters

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Mod-01 Lec-15 Free Electron Laser

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Mod-01 Lec-11 Energy Flow with an Electrostatic Wave

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Mod-01 Lec-21 Plasma Physics Grad B and Curvature Drifts

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Mod-07 Lec-05 Consequences of special relativity-4

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Mod-01 Lec-17 Free Electron Laser: Wiggler Tapering and Compton Regime Operation

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Mod-01 Lec-25 Tokamak

Published: 2013/04/25

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Mission, Measles: The Story of a Vaccine (Merck Sharpe and Dohme and USPHS, 1964)

Published: 2015/06/02

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Plasma Stability Assay

Published: 2015/06/22

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Mod-01 Lec-36 Landau damping and growth of waves Contd

Published: 2013/04/25

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Mod-01 Lec-28 Electromagnetic waves propagation in magnetise plasma

Published: 2013/04/25

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Mod-06 Lec- 06 Electron Transport Proteins - II

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Mod-01 Lec-35 Landau damping and growth of waves

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Mod-01 Lec-27 Auxiliary heating and current drive in tokamak

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Mod-01 Lec-14 Cerenkov Free Electron Laser

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Mod-01 Lec-42 Current trends and epilogue

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Mod-01 Lec-31 Low frequency EM waves magnetized plasma

Published: 2013/04/25

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Mod-05 Lec-06 Vanderwaal\'s equation of states-part01

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Mod-08 Lec-04 Lens aberrations - Part II

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The **Weibel instability** is a plasma instability present in homogeneous or nearly homogeneous electromagnetic plasmas which possess an anisotropy in momentum (velocity) space. This anisotropy is most generally understood as two temperatures in different directions. Burton Fried showed that this instability can be understood more simply as the superposition of many counter-streaming beams. In this sense, it is like the two-stream instability except that the perturbations are electromagnetic and result in filamentation as opposed to electrostatic perturbations which would result in charge bunching. In the linear limit the instability causes exponential growth of electromagnetic fields in the plasma which help restore momentum space isotropy. In very extreme cases, the Weibel instability is related to one- or two-dimensional stream instabilities.

Consider an electron-ion plasma in which the ions are fixed and the electrons are hotter in the y-direction than in x or z-direction.

To see how magnetic field perturbation would grow, suppose a field B = B cos kx spontaneously arises from noise. The Lorentz force then bends the electron trajectories with the result that upward-moving-ev x B electrons congregate at B and downward-moving ones at A. The resulting current j = -en ve sheets generate magnetic field that enhances the original field and thus perturbation grows.

Weibel instability is also common in astrophysical plasmas, such as collisionless shock formation in supernova remnants and -ray bursts.

As a simple example of Weibel instability, consider an electron beam with density and initial velocity propagating in a plasma of density with velocity . The analysis below will show how an electromagnetic perturbation in the form of a plane wave gives rise to a Weibel instability in this simple anisotropic plasma system. We assume a non-relativistic plasma for simplicity.

We assume there is no background electric or magnetic field i.e. . The perturbation will be taken as an electromagnetic wave propagating along i.e. . Assume the electric field has the form

With the assumed spatial and time dependence, we may use and . From Faraday's Law, we may obtain the perturbation magnetic field

Consider the electron beam. We assume small perturbations, and so linearize the velocity and density . The goal is to find the perturbation electron beam current density

where second-order terms have been neglected. To do that, we start with the fluid momentum equation for the electron beam

which can be simplified by noting that and neglecting second-order terms. With the plane wave assumption for the derivatives, the momentum equation becomes

We can decompose the above equations in components, paying attention to the cross product at the far right, and obtain the non-zero components of the beam velocity perturbation:

To find the perturbation density , we use the fluid continuity equation for the electron beam

which can again be simplified by noting that and neglecting second-order terms. The result is

Using these results, we may use the equation for the beam perturbation current density given above to find

Analogous expressions can be written for the perturbation current density of the left-moving plasma. By noting that the x-component of the perturbation current density is proportional to , we see that with our assumptions for the beam and plasma unperturbed densities and velocities the x-component of the net current density will vanish, whereas the z-components, which are proportional to , will add. The net current density perturbation is therefore

The dispersion relation can now be found from Maxwell's Equations:

where is the speed of light in free space. By defining the effective plasma frequency , the equation above results in

This bi-quadratic equation may be easily solved to give the dispersion relation

In the search for instabilities, we look for ( is assumed real). Therefore, we must take the dispersion relation/mode corresponding to the minus sign in the equation above.

To gain further insight on the instability, it is useful to harness our non-relativistic assumption to simplify the square root term, by noting that

The resulting dispersion relation is then much simpler

is purely imaginary. Writing

we see that , indeed corresponding to an instability.

The electromagnetic fields then have the form

Therefore, the electric and magnetic fields are out of phase, and by noting that

so we see this is a primarily magnetic perturbation although there is a non-zero electric perturbation. The magnetic field growth results in the characteristic filamentation structure of Weibel instability. Saturation will happen when the growth rate is on the order of the electron cyclotron frequency

- E.S. Weibel, Phys. Rev. Lett. 2, 83 (1959); Spontaneously Growing Transverse Waves in a Plasma Due to an Anisotropic Velocity Distribution
- B.D. Fried, Phys. Fluids 2, 337 (1959); Mechanism for Instability of Transverse Plasma Waves
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