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Explosive instability and erupting flux tubes in a magnetized plasma

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JournalProceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
DatePublished - 7 Jul 2015
Issue number2180
Volume471
Number of pages24
Pages (from-to)1-24
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The eruption of multiple flux tubes in a magnetized plasma is proposed as a mechanism for explosive release of energy in plasmas. A significant fraction of the linearly stable isolated flux tubes are shown to be metastable in a box model magnetized atmosphere in which ends of the field lines are embedded in conducting walls. The energy released by destabilizing such field lines can be a large proportion of the gravitational energy stored in the system. This energy can be released in a fast dynamical time.

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  • Energy release, Metastable flux tubes, Plasmas

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