Exponential nonlinear growth of a resistive m=1 island

Xiaogang Wang, A. Bhattacharjee

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An analytical model is given for the exponential growth of a m=1 resistive island in the late nonlinear stage of its dynamics, observed in a recent numerical simulation [A. Aydemir, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 4406 (1997)]. This late nonlinear exponential growth phase follows the linear exponential growth phase and an early nonlinear algebraic growth phase. It is shown that the transition from the early nonlinear phase of algebraic growth in time to exponential growth occurs due to change in the geometric structure of the current sheet. Analytical predictions are in reasonable accord with simulation results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1674-1676
Number of pages3
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number5 II
StatePublished - May 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1998 40th Annual Meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics of the American Physical Society - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Nov 16 1998Nov 20 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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