Stationary striations in an argon plasma as a bifurcation phenomenon

Ronald A. Goldstein, Manuel A. Huerta, James C. Nearing

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The formation of stationary striations in an argon plasma due to the development of an instability is studied using the equations for the competing plasma population species. The nonlinear dynamic stability of the system is analyzed using a two-time perturbation procedure. The unstable uniform steady state bifurcates to a new state with a sinusoidal density variation in space leading to the formation of balls of glowing plasma. This is analogous to phenomena of structure formation that appear in chemical reactions and biological processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-240
Number of pages10
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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