Non-collisional cross-field diffusion of relativistic electrons
INAF/Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Largo E. Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy
Corresponding author: E. Amato, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 7 February 2003
We investigate the diffusion of relativistic particles in the presence of a time constant, spatially non-homogeneous magnetic field. We show that the intrinsic dynamical instability of the particle trajectories can provide an important source of non-collisional diffusion even in the absence of time-dependent phenomena and for the simplest possible field structure that still allows microscopic chaos.
Key words: relativity / instabilities / magnetic fields / plasmas / shock waves
© ESO, 2003