Indexed on: 26 Aug '07Published on: 26 Aug '07Published in: Physics - Plasma Physics
Riemann and sectional curvatures of magnetic twisted flux tubes in Riemannian manifold are computed to investigate the stability of the plasma astrophysical tubes. The geodesic equations are used to show that in the case of thick magnetic tubes, the curvature of planar (Frenet torsion-free) tubes have the effect ct of damping the flow speed along the tube. Stability of geodesic flows in the Riemannian twisted thin tubes (almost filaments), against constant radial perturbations is investigated by using the method of negative sectional curvature for unstable flows. No special form of the flow like Beltrami flows is admitted, and the proof is general for the case of thin magnetic flux tubes. In the magnetic equilibrium state, the twist of the tube is shown to display also a damping effect on the toroidal velocity of the plasma flow. It is found that for positive perturbations and angular speed of the flow, instability is achieved, since the sectional Ricci curvature of the magnetic twisted tube metric is negative. Solar flare production may appear from these geometrical instabilities of the twisted solar loops.