Cometary Linear Instabilities: from Profusion to Perspective
- Alan Johnstone
Published Online: 26 MAR 2013
Copyright 1991 by the American Geophysical Union.
Cometary Plasma Processes
How to Cite
Brinca, A.L. (1991) Cometary Linear Instabilities: from Profusion to Perspective, in Cometary Plasma Processes (ed A. Johnstone), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM061p0211
- Published Online: 26 MAR 2013
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1991
Print ISBN: 9780875900278
Online ISBN: 9781118663660
- Space plasmas;
This theoretical review of linear cometary instabilities attempts to provide some guidance to the nonspecialist on the interpretation of the large variety of growing wave modes fed by newborn particles. It emphasizes the underlying phenomenology, presents stability criteria of general applicability, and draws attention to a few caveats. Outlines of standard, and alternative models for the description of the intervening plasma media precede the statement of stability results, and the discussion of wave-particle interactions, resonant and nonresonant instabilities, parallel and oblique propagation, multiple-ion effects and electrostatic modes.