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The stability of magnetohydrostatic atmospheres

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Abstract

Using the analysis of Schindler et al. (1983) and Hood (1983), the ‘local’ stability of Zweibel (1981) is extended to include the previously neglected magnetic tension terms. A particular magnetohydrostatic field is shown to be stable if the parameter, 2βH, is small enough. This is in contradiction to the previous ‘local’ analysis.

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Hood, A.W. The stability of magnetohydrostatic atmospheres. Sol Phys 89, 235–242 (1983). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00217247

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Keywords

  • Atmosphere
  • Tension Term
  • Magnetic Tension