Effects of the interaction between plasma and neutrals on the stability of the cometary ionopause

@article{Ershkovich1986EffectsOT,
  title={Effects of the interaction between plasma and neutrals on the stability of the cometary ionopause},
  author={A. Ershkovich and D. Mendis},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={1986},
  volume={302},
  pages={849}
}
It is pointed out that plasma in the cometary ionosphere is collisionally coupled to neutrals which flow out from the nucleus. The present study is concerned with the effects of this coupling on the stability of the cometary ionopause. Because of this coupling, a damping of waves occurs. However, it is found that the coupling alone cannot quench the Kelvin-Helmholtz (K-H) instability, in contradiction to the assumption by Galeev and Lipatov (1984). Notwithstanding the plasma-neutral drag, the… Expand
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