Instabilities in Astrophysical Jets

M. Birkinshaw*

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The observed properties of astrophysical jets are reviewed, and the techniques used to estimate the parameters of the underlying beams are described. This information is then used in a theoretical treatment of the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability of the flows, and the relevance of this instability to the persistence of the observed structures is emphasised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-91
Number of pages75
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996


  • Beams
  • Jets
  • Magnetohydrodynainics
  • Radio galaxies


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