Transport in sheared stochastic magnetic fields

E. Vanden Eijnden, R. Balescu

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The transport of test particles in a stochastic magnetic field with a sheared component is studied. Two stages in the particle dynamics are distinguished depending on whether the collisional effects perpendicular to the main field are negligible or not. Whenever the perpendicular collisions are unimportant, the particles show a subdiffusive behavior which is slower in the presence of shear. The particle dynamics is then inhomogeneous and non-Markovian and no diffusion coefficient may be properly defined. When the perpendicular collision frequency is small, this subdiffusive stage may be very long. In the truly asymptotic stage, however, the perpendicular collisions must be accounted for and the particle motion eventually becomes diffusive. Here again, however, the shear is shown to reduce the anomalous diffusion coefficient of the system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-276
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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