Alpha Particle Induced Magnetoacoustic Instability in a Thermonuclear Plasma

Christopher Bishop, R. Fitzpatrick, R. J. Hastie, J. C. Jackson

Plasma Physics | , Vol 31: 431

We show that in a thermonuclear plasma the magnetosonic wave propagating normal to the magnetic field can be unstable. The growth rate is small, however, and the wave is easily stabilized by perpendicular thermal conduction.