Accession Number : AD0697369

Title :   EXPLOSIVE AND NON-EXPLOSIVE ONSETS OF INSTABILITY,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CALIF INST FOR PLASMA RESEARCH

Personal Author(s) : Sturrock,P. A.

Report Date : NOV 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : The central point of the note is the following proposition: if a physical system which is slowly evolving by a known mechanism, suddenly exhibits a catastrophic change of state, one may assert that there has been an explosive onset of instability in the sense already defined. It is suggested that solar flares, galactic explosions and Jupiter's decametric radio bursts are examples of explosive onsets of instability. This criterion has already been used in appraising models of solar flares; it is proposed that it may also be used to appraise theories of other catastrophic physical phenomena. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ASTROPHYSICS, PLASMA MEDIUM), (*PLASMA MEDIUM, STABILITY), NONLINEAR SYSTEMS, OSCILLATION, SOLAR FLARES, JUPITER(PLANET), ATMOSPHERICS, EXTRATERRESTRIAL RADIO WAVES

Subject Categories : Astrophysics
      Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE