Kinetic interpretation of the classical Rayleigh-Taylor instability.

  title={Kinetic interpretation of the classical Rayleigh-Taylor instability.},
  author={J. A. Rodman and Petr Cagas and Ammar H. Hakim and Bhuvana Srinivasan},
  journal={Physical review. E},
  volume={105 6-2},
Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) instabilities are prevalent in many physical regimes ranging from astrophysical to laboratory plasmas and have primarily been studied using fluid models, the majority of which have been ideal fluid models. This work presents a five-dimensional (two spatial dimensions, three velocity space dimensions) simulation using the continuum-kinetic model to study the effect of the collisional mean free path and transport on the instability growth. The continuum-kinetic model provides… 

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