Island instability as a mechanism of destabilization and collapse of current sheets

@article{Shaikhislamov2005IslandIA,
  title={Island instability as a mechanism of destabilization and collapse of current sheets},
  author={I. F. Shaikhislamov},
  journal={Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion},
  year={2005},
  volume={47},
  pages={645 - 655}
}
  • I. Shaikhislamov
  • Published 1 April 2005
  • Physics
  • Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
The work shows that a single elongated island immersed in the quasi-neutral current sheet makes it MHD unstable. Typical values of growth rate are found to be several per cent of inverse Alfven time for broad sheets. Hall dynamics greatly enhance instability and growth rate reaches one-tenth of ion cyclotron frequency when sheet width is comparable to ion inertia length. A weak square-root dependence of increment on island width and length is derived both from numerical simulation and… 
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