Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 155, Issue 2, pp 257–269 | Cite as

Rayleigh-Taylor instability of ionized viscous fluids with FLR-corrections and surface-tension

  • R. K. Chhajlani
  • D. S. Vaghela


The problem of Rayleigh-Taylor instability of superposed viscous magnetized fluids through porous medium is investigated in a partially-ionized medium. The fluid has ionized and neutralized particle components interacting with collisions. The effect of surface tension on R-T instability is also included in the present problem. The magnetohydrodynamic equations are modified for finite-Larmor radius corrections which is in the form of tensor. The equations of problem are linearized and using appropriate boundary condition, general dispersion relation is derived for two superposed fluids separated by horizontal boundary. The first part of the dispersion relation gives stable mode and condition is investigated using Hurwitz conditions. The second part of the dispersion relation shows that the growth rate of unstable system is reduced due to FLR corrections, viscosity, and collisional frequency of the neutrals. The role of surface tension on the system is also discussed.


Viscosity Surface Tension Porous Medium Dispersion Relation Viscous Fluid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. K. Chhajlani
    • 1
  • D. S. Vaghela
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Studies in PhysicsVikram UniversityUjjainIndia

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