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Tearing mode

tearing mode

(Science: radiobiology) A resistive magnetohydrodynamic instability which is spatially localised near a rational surface and which grows at a rate slower than the magnetohydrodynamic Alfven rate, but faster than the resistive skin diffusion rate. The instability tears magnetic field lines and reconnects them into a new state of lower magnetic energy.

Synonym: tearing instability


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