Chiral plasma instabilities

Yukinao Akamatsu, Naoki Yamamoto

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Abstract

We study the collective modes in relativistic electromagnetic or quark-gluon plasmas with an asymmetry between left- and right-handed chiral fermions, based on the recently formulated kinetic theory with Berry curvature corrections. We find that there exists an unstable mode, signaling the presence of a plasma instability. We argue the fate of this "chiral plasma instability" including the effect of collisions, and briefly discuss its relevance in heavy ion collisions and compact stars.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052002
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume111
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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