Accession Number:

AD0697369

Title:

EXPLOSIVE AND NON-EXPLOSIVE ONSETS OF INSTABILITY,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

STANFORD UNIV CALIF INST FOR PLASMA RESEARCH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1965-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

The central point of the note is the following proposition if a physical system which is slowly evolving by a known mechanism, suddenly exhibits a catastrophic change of state, one may assert that there has been an explosive onset of instability in the sense already defined. It is suggested that solar flares, galactic explosions and Jupiters decametric radio bursts are examples of explosive onsets of instability. This criterion has already been used in appraising models of solar flares it is proposed that it may also be used to appraise theories of other catastrophic physical phenomena. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Astrophysics
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE