Accession Number : ADA188886

Title :   A Quadratic-Form Analysis of the Collisionless Tearing Mode.

Descriptive Note : Memorandum rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Chen, James ; Lee, Y C

PDF Url : ADA188886

Report Date : 28 Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : A quadratic form method is developed to study the collisionless tearing mode properties in the neutral sheet geometry in cases where complicated orbit integrals must be evaluated even at marginal stability. The method is based on a quadratic form of a self-adjoint integro-differential operator describing the linear tearing mode. The equilibrium orbits are included exactly and analytically. The objective of the paper is to provide a rigorous theoretical basis for the method. Application to physical systems is illustrated using an example. This method is particularly suited for problems where the repeated numerical evaluation of the orbit integrals is time-consuming. In such cases, the present method can yield stability criteria with minimal computation. Keywords: Collisionless tearing instability; Eigenmode structure; Quadratic form analysis.

Descriptors :   *INTEGRALS, *NUMERICAL ANALYSIS, *PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, *SHEETS, *STABILITY, *TEARING, EQUILIBRIUM(GENERAL), GEOMETRY, NEUTRAL, ORBITS, YIELD

Subject Categories : Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
      Numerical Mathematics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE