The tag has no wiki summary.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
1answer
170 views

Richtmyer Meshkov instability in MHD

In magnetohydrodynamics, the Richtmyer Meshkov instability is found to get suppressed by application of longitudinal magnetic field. Exactly what happens at the interface? Why instability gets ...
23
votes
5answers
2k views

Why do we deal only with large scale magnetic fields in astrophysics, and not electric fields?

In astrophysics there is a lot going on about strong, large scale magnetic fields: in stars (prominences), magnetic dynamos, compact accretors collimating jets, etc. There's even a special ...
4
votes
2answers
151 views

Why does this equation refer to magnetic tension?

The force density in a plasma, according to MHD, is $$ \mathbf{F} = -\nabla P -\nabla(\frac{B^2}{2\mu_0}) + \frac{1}{\mu_0}(\mathbf{B}\cdot\nabla)\mathbf{B} $$ where first term is the thermal ...
3
votes
1answer
70 views

What's the difference between “Ohmic dissipation”, “Joule heating”, “ion drag” and “resistive heating”?

The following terms are sometimes used to refer to ... more or less ... the same thing by different people and in different contexts (electronic circuits vs. plasma physics, etc.): Ohmic ...
4
votes
2answers
214 views

Dynamic ferrofluid sculptures [duplicate]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJJuq_pcyIQ What exactly is going on in the video example? I understand the phenomena occurs because of magnetism but I am trying to figure out the mechanics behind ...
1
vote
1answer
24 views

What causes the twisting of flux loops, leading to coronal mass ejections?

I understand that the loop twisting is the ultimate originator of the CMEs but what causes this twisting? The expansion of the loops is caused by a magnetic pressure differential between the top and ...