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Magnetothermal instability in laser plasmas including hydrodynamic effects

Bissell, J.J.; Kingham, R.J.; Ridgers, C.P.

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J.J. Bissell

R.J. Kingham

C.P. Ridgers


The impact of both density gradients and hydrodynamics on the evolution of the field compressing magnetothermal instability is considered [J. J. Bissell et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 175001 (2010)]. Hydrodynamic motion is found to have a limited effect on overall growth-rates; however, density gradients are shown to introduce an additional source term corresponding to a generalised description of the field generating thermal instability [D. Tidman and R. Shanny, Phys. Fluids 17, 1207 (1974)]. The field compressing and field generating source terms are contrasted, and the former is found to represent either the primary or sole instability mechanism for a range of conditions, especially those with Hall parameter v > 101. The generalised theory is compared to numerical simulation in the context of a recent nano-second gas-jet experiment [D. H. Froula et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 135001 (2007)] and shown to be in good agreement: exhibiting peak growth-rates and wavelengths of order 10 ns1 and 50 lm, respectively. The instability’s relevance to other experimental conditions, including those in inertial confinement fusion (I.C.F.) hohlraums, is also discussed.


Bissell, J., Kingham, R., & Ridgers, C. (2012). Magnetothermal instability in laser plasmas including hydrodynamic effects. Physics of Plasmas, 19(5), Article 052107.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2012
Deposit Date May 30, 2012
Publicly Available Date Jul 20, 2012
Journal Physics of Plasmas
Print ISSN 1070-664X
Electronic ISSN 1089-7674
Publisher American Institute of Physics
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 5
Article Number 052107


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