Universal instability for wavelengths below the ion Larmor scale.


We demonstrate that the universal mode driven by the density gradient in a plasma slab can be absolutely unstable even in the presence of reasonable magnetic shear. Previous studies from the 1970s that reached the opposite conclusion used an eigenmode equation limited to L_{x}≫ρ_{i}, where L_{x} is the scale length of the mode in the radial direction, and… (More)

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