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The Hose-Pipe Instability in Stellar Systems

  • R. M. Kulsrud
  • James W. K. Mark
  • A. Caruso
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 31)

Abstract

Indications are that instabilities play an important role in many of the phenomena of stellar dynamics. Examples of such phenomena are: the formation of spiral arms, and the evolution of stellar clusters at a rate faster than one would expect from normal two-body collisions. The analogy with the situation in plasma physics, where similar phenomena are known to be dominated by instabilities, is very suggestive that one might seek for instabilities in stellar dynamics that correspond to similar ones in plasma physics.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. M. Kulsrud
    • 1
  • James W. K. Mark
    • 1
  • A. Caruso
    • 2
  1. 1.Plasma Physics LaboratoryPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.Mathematics DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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