An improved Laplace transform theory for investigating the initial response of a stable slab plasma equlirium to a suddenly applied wall perturbation in the so-called Taylor problem was developed. The novel feature of thie new theory was that it does not employ asymptotic matching. When the wall perturbation was switched on slowly compared to the Alfven time, it was found that the plasma response eventually asymptotes to that predicted by conventional asymptotic matching theory.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics