Instability of MHD Motion and Astrophysical MHD Turbulence

  • Gregory D. Fleishman
  • Igor N. Toptygin
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 388)


Let us define the stable states as such medium motion or rest states, in which small random perturbations of macroscopic parameters do not increase, while they can oscillate with some damping rate and so eventually dissipate. In astrophysics, however, there are numerous examples of the states, which are not stable. Instead, an instability takes place in many cases: small random perturbations of the macroscopic parameters rise at the expense of either mechanical or magnetic energy.


Magnetic Field Shock Wave Rayleigh Number Shock Front Contact Discontinuity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory D. Fleishman
    • 1
  • Igor N. Toptygin
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Theoretical PhysicsSt. Petersburg State Polytechnical UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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