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G. 71) for model I (plasma confined inside a rigid wall). 23) which is linear in the eigenvalue ω 2 . This implies that the eigenvalues ω are no longer restricted to the real and imaginary axes but may be genuinely complex, so that overstable modes occur. This represents a major complication in the theory of waves and instabilities of plasmas with background flow, as will be extensively illustrated in the following sections. From now on, we will drop the hat on ξˆ (we need it for a different purpose in the following section) leaving it understood that this time-independent part of ξ is meant if normal modes are being considered.
Instead, a quasi-Lagrangian representation will be exploited, where the position vector r of a fluid element of the perturbed flow is connected to the position vector r0 of that same element on the unperturbed flow: r = r(r0 , t) = r0 + ξ(r0 , t) . 27), with a superscript 0 on all variables and ∇ → ∇0 ≡ ∂/∂r0 . In the end, we will drop these superscripts again, but for now we keep them in order to distinguish perturbed and 18 Waves and instabilities of stationary plasmas unperturbed quantities.
From now on, we will drop the hat on ξˆ (we need it for a different purpose in the following section) leaving it understood that this time-independent part of ξ is meant if normal modes are being considered. 69). As a first step, we will prove that the generalized force operator G itself is actually self-adjoint. 27). 2 Spectral theory of stationary plasmas 23 − [ρ(v · ∇v) × ∇] × ξ + (∇p) ∇ · ξ + ξ · ∇∇p = B × (j · ∇ξ) − j × (B · ∇ξ) − ρ(∇ξ) · ∇Φ + ρ(∇Φ) ∇ · ξ − ρ(∇ξ) · (v · ∇v) + ρ(v · ∇v) ∇ · ξ + (∇p) ∇ · ξ + ξ · ∇∇p , j × Q = j × (B · ∇ξ) − j × B ∇ · ξ − ξ · ∇(j × B) − B × (ξ · ∇j) , (∇Φ) ∇ · (ρξ) = ρ(∇Φ) ∇ · ξ + (∇Φ) (∇ρ) · ξ , ∇ · (ρξv · ∇v) = ξ · ∇ (ρv · ∇v) + ρ(v · ∇v) ∇ · ξ .