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Pressure anisotropy cannot stabilise the kinks with short axial wavelengths that , according to ideal magnetohydrodynamics, are unstable at an elliptic magnetic stagnation line. This result is derived by applying the guiding centre theory to the simple but generic case of circularly cylindrical Z-pinch equilibria with anisotropic Maxwellian distribution functions of ions and electrons.

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Authors: SPIES G O, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching bei München (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: The Physics of Fluids, Vol. 31 (1988), No. 11, pp. 3447-3448
Record Number: 198910677 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
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