Stabilization of the Alfven-ion cyclotron instability through short plasmas: Fully kinetic simulations in a high-beta regime

October 2023 | B. Nicks | Physics of Plasmas | Paper

The Alfven-ion cyclotron (AIC) mode is an instability that can be driven in magnetized plasmas with anisotropic pressure. Its chief deleterious effect is the driving of enhanced pitch-angle scattering of ions