Publications by Katherine Blundell

Cosmic ray acceleration in hydromagnetic flux tubes

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Oxford University Press 487 (2019) 4571-4579

AR Bell, J Matthews, KM Blundell, AT Araudo

We find that hydromagnetic flux tubes in back-flows in the lobes of radio galaxies offer a suitable environment for the acceleration of cosmic rays (CR) to ultra-high energies. We show that CR can reach the Hillas (1984) energy even if the magnetized turbulence in the flux tube is not sufficiently strong for Bohm diffusion to apply. First-order Fermi acceleration by successive weak shocks in a hydromagnetic flux tube is shown to be equivalent to second-order Fermi acceleration by strong turbulence.

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