Accession Number : AD0257449

Title :   ON MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC STABILITY OF A SELF-GRAVITATING PLASMA

Corporate Author : MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK INST FOR FLUID DYNAMICS AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS

Personal Author(s) : JAGGI,R.K.

Report Date : FEB 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Following Kruskal and Schwarzschild (Proc. Roy. Soc. A223:348, 1954) boundary conditions are deduced which apply on the free surface of a self-gravitating plasma. These equations are applied to study the stability problems of a self-gravitating plasma. It is proved that the stable length of the compression waves in an infinite homogeneous plasma is increased by the presence of a uniform magnetic field. The stability of a self-gravitating plasma cylinder of infinite length is worked out and it is seen that a magnetic field of the order of 5.10 to the 6th power gauss increases the stable length of the plasma cylinder by more than ten times. (Author)

Descriptors :   *MAGNETIC FIELDS, *MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS, *OSCILLATION, *PLASMAS(PHYSICS), GRAVITY, MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS, PERTURBATION THEORY, PLASMAS(PHYSICS), STABILITY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE