The Farley Instability: A Laboratory Test

N. D'Angelo, Hans Pécseli, P. I. Petersen

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    An experiment is described that was performed in an alkali plasma (Cs) device in order to test the theory of the Farley instability. With υ E×B > Cs (the speed of sound) and νι ≳ ω cι (ν e ≪ ω ce ) wave excitation occurs, the waves traveling normal to the magnetic field B at the υ E×B speed. The perturbations are strongly elongated along the B field lines, with λ∥ ≫ λ⊥. A comparison with theoretical predictions is given for the observed excitation conditions of the instability.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
    Issue number31
    Pages (from-to)4747-4751
    Publication statusPublished - 1974


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