Spiral structures in magnetized rotating plasmas

Mitsuo Kono, Masayoshi Y. Tanaka

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    A theory of spiral structure formation has been formulated to show that spiral structures are rather basic entities in magnetized rotating plasmas subjected to various types of instabilities such as collisional drift wave instability, flute mode instability due to centrifugal force, and Kelvin-Helmhotz instability. The characteristic features of spiral structures observed experimentally in electron cyclotron resonance plasmas are reproduced by our theory.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4369-4372
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhysical review letters
    Issue number19
    Publication statusPublished - 2000

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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