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Development of overheat instability in the plasma of a high pressure space discharge. (English. Russian original) Zbl 0639.76056
U.S.S.R. Comput. Math. Math. Phys. 26, No. 3, 51-58 (1986); translation from Zh. Vychisl. Mat. Mat. Fiz. 26, No. 5, 723-733 (1986).
A hydrodynamic model of quasistreamer breakdown based on the system of equations of magnetohydrodynamcs is studied. A third-order linear partial differential equation is obtaind for the density disturbance of the plasma neutral component. Cauchy problems for this equation with localized and non-localized disturbances are solved by asymptotic methods (D. Ludwig’s method [Commun. Pure Appl. Math. 13, 473-508 (1960; Zbl 0098.296)] and the WKB method). In the disturbed domain, anisotropic generation of three modes (one entropy and two acoustic modes) occurs. The shot-term solutions obtained give a picture of the development of instability in satisfactory agreement with experimental data. The absolute instability of the homogeneous plasma of non-selfsustained and selfsustained gas discharge is proved.
76E25 Stability and instability of magnetohydrodynamic and electrohydrodynamic flows
76X05 Ionized gas flow in electromagnetic fields; plasmic flow
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