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Title: Magnetic ionization-thermal instability
Authors: Dudorov, A. E.
Stepanov, C. E.
Fomin, S. O.
Khaibrakhmanov, S. A.
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Magnetic ionization-thermal instability / A. E. Dudorov, C. E. Stepanov, S. O. Fomin, et al. — DOI 10.1093/mnras/stz1335 // Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. — 2019. — Vol. 487. — Iss. 1. — P. 942-951.
Abstract: Linear analysis of the stability of diffuse clouds in the cold neutral medium with uniform magnetic field is performed. We consider that gas in equilibrium state is heated by cosmic rays, X-rays, and electronic photoeffect on the surface of dust grains, and it is cooled by the collisional excitation of fine levels of the C II. Ionization by cosmic rays and radiative recombinations is taken into account. A dispersion equation is solved analytically in the limiting cases of small and large wavenumbers, as well as numerically in the general case. In particular cases, the dispersion equation describes thermal instability of Field (1965) and ionization-coupled acoustic instability of Flannery and Press (1979). We pay our attention to magnetosonic waves arising in the presence of magnetic field, in thermally stable region, 35 ≤ T ≤ 95 K and density n ≲ 103 cm-3. We have shown that these modes can be unstable in the isobarically stable medium. The instability mechanism is similar to the mechanism of ionization-coupled acoustic instability. We determine maximum growth rates and critical wavelengths of the instability of magnetosonic waves depending on gas temperature, magnetic field strength, and the direction of wave vector with respect to the magnetic field lines. The minimum growth time of the unstable slow magnetosonic waves in diffuse clouds is of 4- 60 Myr, minimum and the most unstable wavelengths lie in ranges 0.05-0.5 and 0.5-5 pc, respectively.We discuss the application of considered instability to the formation of small-scale structures and the generation of MHD turbulence in the cold neutral medium. © 2018 The Author(s).
Access: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
SCOPUS ID: 85071180961
PURE ID: 10305266
ISSN: 358711
DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz1335
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