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Gravitational instability of a rotating plasma

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The gravitational instability of an infinite homogeneous self-gravitating rotating plasma in the presence of a uniform vertical magnetic field has been studied to include the FLR effects. It has been found that the Jeans' criterion of instability remains unaffected even if rotation and FLR effects are included. The effect of rotation is to decrease the Larmor radius by an amount-depending upon the wavenumber of perturbation. The particular cases of the effect of FLR and rotation on the waves propagated along and perpendicular to the magnetic field have been discussed.

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Sharma, R.C. Gravitational instability of a rotating plasma. Astrophys Space Sci 29, L1–L4 (1974). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00642728

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  • Magnetic Field
  • Gravitational Instability
  • Larmor Radius
  • Vertical Magnetic Field
  • Uniform Vertical Magnetic Field