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ANGEO | Articles | Volume 36, issue 4
Ann. Geophys., 36, 1015–1026, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-36-1015-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Ann. Geophys., 36, 1015–1026, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-36-1015-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Regular paper 26 Jul 2018

Regular paper | 26 Jul 2018

The mirror mode: a “superconducting” space plasma analogue

Rudolf A. Treumann and Wolfgang Baumjohann

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The physics of the magnetic mirror mode in its final state of saturation, the thermodynamic equilibrium, is re-examined to demonstrate that the mirror mode is the classical analogue of a superconducting effect in an anisotropic-pressure space plasma. Three different spatial correlation scales are identified which control the behaviour of its evolution into large-amplitude chains of mirror bubbles.
The physics of the magnetic mirror mode in its final state of saturation, the thermodynamic...
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