Description: It is shown that in an imploding spherical shell the surface instabilities are of two different types. The first, which occurs at the outer surfaces, is the Rayleigh-Taylor instability. The second instability occurs at the inner surface. This latter instability is not as disruptive as R-T modes, but it has three basic properties which differ considerably from those of the R-T instability: (1) it is oscillatory at early times; (2) it grows faster in the long wavelength modes; (3) it depends on the equation of state. It is further shown that this new instability is driven by amplified sound waves in the shell.
Date: January 1, 1983
Creator: Han, S.J.
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