Instabilities at Fluid Interfaces: Flames, Winds, and Magnetic Fields

02/18/2009 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Jonathan Dursi
Speaker affiliation: 
University of Toronto

The problem of mixing between two fluids arises in many astrophysical systems, from the surfaces of stars to that of merging galaxy clusters; this mixing is often mediated by instabilities at the interface between the fluids. These interfacial instabilities can be still more interesting when the interfaces have their own dynamics, such as in the case of flames or detonations. In this talk I discuss recent work on instabilities at astrophysical fluid interfaces in a variety of contexts.

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