Two-fluid tearing instability in force-free magnetic configuration

V. V. Mirnov, C. C. Hegna, S. C. Prager

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The use of two-fluid tearing instability on short scales by shear Alfven (SA) and slow magnetoacoustic (MA) modes was analyzed. The tearing equations were derived on the basis of plasma compressibility and Hall term. The resistive diffusion of magnetic field perturbation was obtained by using hot plasma model. The result shows the use of tearing equations in transition from cold to hot plasma when SA was involved in the dynamics of instability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4468-4482
Number of pages15
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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