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Theory of Rayleigh-Taylor bubbles in the equatorial ionosphere

Authors

  • Edward Ott


Abstract

We present a theory of rising bubbles (or sharp density depletions) in the equatorial ionosphere. Both ion inertia and ion-neutral collisions are included. In the collision-dominated case the bubble velocity is independent of its size, while in the collisionless case it is proportional to the square root of the bubble size.

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