We present numerical evidence from two dimensional simulations that the growth of the Richtmyer–Meshkov instability is suppressed in the presence of a magnetic field. A bifurcation occurs during the refraction of the incident shock on the density interface which transports baroclinically generated vorticity away from the interface to a pair of slow or intermediate magnetosonic shocks. Consequently, the density interface is devoid of vorticity and its growth and associated mixing is completely suppressed.
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Letter| June 30 2003
Suppression of the Richtmyer–Meshkov instability in the presence of a magnetic field
Ravi Samtaney; Suppression of the Richtmyer–Meshkov instability in the presence of a magnetic field. Physics of Fluids 1 August 2003; 15 (8): L53–L56. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1591188
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