Volume 135, Number 3, August 2021
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Physics of Gases, Plasmas and Electric Discharges|
|Published online||18 October 2021|
Quantum electrodynamic effects on the two-stream instability
ETSI Industriales, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha - 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain and Instituto de Investigaciones Energéticas y Aplicaciones Industriales, Campus Universitario de Ciudad Real 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain
Received: 5 July 2021
Accepted: 17 August 2021
We consider the quantum electrodynamic corrections to the two-stream instability. We find these corrections vanish at first order unless a guiding magnetic field is considered. With respect to the classical version of the instability, quantum electrodynamic effects reduce the most unstable wave vector and its growth rate by a factor , with , where α is the fine-structure constant and Bcr the Schwinger critical magnetic field. Although derived for a cold system, these results are valid for the kinetic case. The results are valid in the range and, actually, up to linear corrections in ξ.
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