Kinetic theory of the m = 1 kink instability in Z-pinches

Krishnamurthi, U. ; Sharma, A. S. ; Sen, A. (1988) Kinetic theory of the m = 1 kink instability in Z-pinches Nuclear Fusion, 28 (5). pp. 789-798. ISSN 0029-5515

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The kinetic theory of the m = 1 kink instability of a Z-pinch with Bennett profile is presented. The dominant particle trajectories in the equilibrium field are the large excursion betatron orbits. To deal with these orbits, an integral formulation of the stability analysis is adopted. In this case, the dispersion relation is expressed as the determinant of a matrix. In the limit where the electrostatic perturbation is neglected, the eigenmodes are computed numerically from this dispersion relation. Two methods are used to obtain the growth rates, and the computed values agree very well. The Landau damping of the mode is found to be strong enough to stabilize the mode at shorter wavelengths. This may explain the stability of the kink mode in some experiments.

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