The Tearing Instability of Resistive Magnetohydrodynamics

  • David MacTaggartEmail author
Part of the CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 591)


In this chapter we explore the linear onset of one of the most important instabilities of resistive magnetohydrodynamics, the tearing instability. In particular, we focus on two important aspects of the onset of tearing: asymptotic (modal) stability and transient (non-modal) stability. We discuss the theory required to understand these two aspects of stability, both of which have undergone significant development in recent years.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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