Cosmic ray moderation of the thermal instability
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK e-mail: email@example.com
2 Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
Accepted: 6 November 2004
We apply the Hermite-Bieler theorem in the analysis of the effect of cosmic rays on the thermal stability of an initially uniform, static background. The cosmic rays were treated in a fluid approximation and the diffusion coefficient was assumed to be constant in time and space. The inclusion of cosmic rays does not alter the criterion for the thermal stability of a medium subjected to isobaric perturbations. It does alter the criteria for the stability of a medium perturbed by small amplitude sound waves. In the limit of a high background cosmic ray pressure to thermal pressure ratio, the instability in response to high frequency sound waves is suppressed.
Key words: ISM: kinematics and dynamics / ISM: cosmic rays / hydrodynamics / instabilities
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