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The linear Rayleigh-Taylor instability of two superposed incompressible magnetized fluids is investigated incorporating the effects of suspended dust particles and viscosity. The basic magnetohydrodynamic set of equations have been constructed and linearized. The dispersion relation for 2-D and 3-D perturbations is obtained by applying the appropriate boundary conditions. The condition of Rayleigh-Taylor instability is investigated for potentially stable and unstable modes, which depends upon magnetic field, viscosity and suspended dust particles. The stability of the system is discussed by applying the Routh-Hurwitz criterion. It is found that the Alfven mode comes into the dispersion relation for perturbations in x, y-directions and in only x-direction, while it does not come into y-directional perturbation. The stable configuration is found to remain stable even in the presence of suspended dust particles. Numerical calculations have been performed to see the effects of various parameters on the growth rate of Rayleigh-Taylor instability. It is found that magnetic field and relaxation frequency of suspended dust particles both have destabilizing influence on the growth rate of Rayleigh-Taylor instability. The effects of kinematic viscosity and mass concentration of dust particles are found to have stabilized the growth rate of linear Rayleigh-Taylor instability.
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