Shear stabilization of the Rayleigh-Taylor modes

Eliezer Hameiri

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The effect of flow shear on the stability of rotating ideal magnetohydrodynamic equilibria is investigated. It is found that a large enough shear can sometimes completely stabilize the flute(k = 0) modes. The most notable result is a theorem which provides for an analytical determination of the exact number of unstable modes. A weaker sufficient condition for stability is also derived.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-98
Number of pages10
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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