Accession Number : ADA181129

Title :   Transverse Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability with Parallel Electron Dynamics and Coulomb Collisions.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORP MCLEAN VA

Personal Author(s) : Satyanarayana,P ; Lee,Y C ; Huba,J D

PDF Url : ADA181129

Report Date : 20 May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : Electron parallel dynamics and Coulomb collisions are included in the analysis of the transverse Kelvin-Helmholtz instability. The electrons are treated kinetically while the ions are treated in the fluid limit. It is shown that, in the collisionless case, for an in homogeneous velocity profile v(x)=v sub tanh (x/L the kelvin-Helmholtz instability is stable for k sub z/k sub y v sub 0)/(L omega sub lh)) k u L(1-k y sq rt in the limit w-ky v sub 0 k sube x V sube e. Here V sub o is the flow velocity, L is the scale length of the velocity shear layer, k sub z v sube k sube are the parallel and perpendicular wavenumbers, respectively, omega sub l h = sq. rt.(Omega sub e) (Omega sub i), and v sube is the compressional energy given to the electrons parallel to B. In the collisional limit, Coulomb collisions are shown to increase the unstable kz domain because they inhibit the electron motion parallel to B. Applications to the high latitude ionosphere are discussed. Keywords: Kelvin Helmholtz instability; High latitude ionosphere; Velocity shears.

Descriptors :   *IONOSPHERIC DISTURBANCES, ELECTRODYNAMICS, PARALLEL ORIENTATION, FLUIDS, LIMITATIONS, ELECTRONS, IONS

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE