Electron drift effects on magnetic islands in a hot-electron plasma are stu
died. The slab approximation is used. The electron temperature gradient is
neglected. The authors analyze the properties of the electrostatic potentia
l profile function and the density profile function in the presence of the
electron drift effects and the problem of regularization of these profile f
unctions near the island separatrix. It is emphasized that the electron dri
ft frequency depends on the island magnetic flux and, as a result of this d
ependence, the resonant interaction of magnetic islands with the electron d
rift waves is possible. It is shown that, allowing for the finiteness of th
e "effective" ion Larmor radius rho (s) (the ion sound radius), the polariz
ation current effect proves to be dependent on the electron drift effects.
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