Shear instability in magnetized, collisional dusty plasmas

B. P. Pandey*, S. V. Vladimirov, A. A. Samarian

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The shear instability of magnetized, collisional dusty plasma is investigated in the present work. It is demonstrated that the relative drift between the charged dust and magnetised electrons and ions which give rise to the Hall effect is crucial to this instability. Although the nature of present shear instability is similar to the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, the role of magnetic field in the present case is important in destabilising waves. The maximum growth rate of the instability is proportional only to the shear gradient and is independent of the ambient magnetic field strength. Most unstable wavenumber is a function of ambient dust parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063702
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

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