Definition of Alfvén wave in English:

Alfvén wave

Line breaks: Alf¦vén wave
Pronunciation: /ˈalfveɪn
 
, -vən/

noun

Physics
A transverse magnetohydrodynamic wave travelling in the direction of the magnetic field in a magnetized plasma. The velocity of such waves (the Alfvén velocity or speed) is characteristic for a plasma of given properties.
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  • Magnetohydrodynamic waves (Alfvén waves) are produced by coupling forces between the magnetic field and highly conductive fluids.
  • At the cyclotron frequency the Alfvén wave becomes resonant, and the wavelength goes to zero.
  • In the present experiments only one module of the Alfvén wave antenna system has been used.

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