A kinetic approach to cosmic ray induced streaming instability at supernova shocks

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We show here that a purely kinetic approach to the excitation of waves by cosmic rays in the vicinity of a shock front leads to predict the appearance of a non-alfvenic fastly growing mode which has the same dispersion relation as that previously found by Bell (2004) by treating the plasma in the MHD approximation. The kinetic approach allows us to investigate the dependence of the dispersion relation of these waves on the microphysics of the current which compensates the cosmic ray flow. We also show that a resonant and a non-resonant mode may appear at the same time and ... continued below

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Amato, Elena; Observ., /Arcetri; Blasi, Pasquale & Sasso, /Arcetri Observ. /Fermilab /Gran June 1, 2008.

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We show here that a purely kinetic approach to the excitation of waves by cosmic rays in the vicinity of a shock front leads to predict the appearance of a non-alfvenic fastly growing mode which has the same dispersion relation as that previously found by Bell (2004) by treating the plasma in the MHD approximation. The kinetic approach allows us to investigate the dependence of the dispersion relation of these waves on the microphysics of the current which compensates the cosmic ray flow. We also show that a resonant and a non-resonant mode may appear at the same time and one of the two may become dominant on the other depending on the conditions in the acceleration region. We discuss the role of the unstable modes for magnetic field amplification and particle acceleration in supernova remnants at different stages of the remnant evolution.

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Amato, Elena; Observ., /Arcetri; Blasi, Pasquale & Sasso, /Arcetri Observ. /Fermilab /Gran. A kinetic approach to cosmic ray induced streaming instability at supernova shocks, article, June 1, 2008; Batavia, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc901752/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.