Jeans length


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Jeans length

[′jēnz ‚leŋkth]
(astrophysics)
A critical length such that oscillations in homogeneous, infinite media with wavelengths greater than this length are gravitationally unstable.
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Measure the desired jeans length along the inseam; record.
It is clear from equation (20) that the Jeans length is reduced due to thermal conduction [as [gamma] > 1], thus the system is destabilized.