Suppression of the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability in the presence of a magnetic field

Ravindra Samtaney*

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We present numerical evidence from two dimensional simulations that the growth of the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability is suppressed in the presence of a magnetic field. A bifurcation occurs during the refraction of the incident shock on the density interface which transports baroclinically generated vorticity away from the interface to a pair of slow or intermediate magnetosonic shocks. Consequently, the density interface is devoid of vorticity and its growth and associated mixing is completely suppressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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