Quasi-stationary states of two-dimensional electron plasma trapped in magnetic field

Ryo Kawahara, Hiizu Nakanishi

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We have performed numerical simulations on a pure electron plasma system under a strong magnetic field, in order to examine quasi-stationary states that the system eventually evolves into. We use ring states as the initial states, changing the width, and find that the system evolves into a vortex crystal state from a thinner-ring state while a state with a single-peaked density distribution is obtained from a thicker-ring initial state. For those quasi-stationary states, density distribution and macroscopic observables are defined on the basis of a coarse-grained density field. We compare our results with experiments and some statistical theories, which include the Gibbs-Boltzmann statistics, Tsallis statistics, the fluid entropy theory, and the minimum enstrophy state. From some of those initial states, we obtain the quasi-stationary states which are close to the minimum enstrophy state, but we also find that the quasi-stationary states depend upon initial states, even if the initial states have the same energy and angular momentum, which means the ergodicity does not hold.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054001
Journaljournal of the physical society of japan
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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