Stability of a viscous pinching thread

Jens Eggers*

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We consider the dynamics of a fluid thread near pinch-off, in the limit that inertial effects can be neglected. There exists an infinite hierarchy of similarity solutions corresponding to pinch-off. Only one of the similarity solutions (the "ground state") is stable, all other solutions are linearly unstable to perturbationsthus cannot be observed. Eigenvalues and eigenfunctions are calculated analytically.

Original languageEnglish
Article number072103
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2012

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