alfvén-wave

Alfvén wave

noun
a type of oscillation of plasma particles, consisting of transverse waves propagating along the magnetic field lines in a plasma.


Origin:
named after Hannes O. G. Alfvén

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Alfvén wave (æˈvɛn)
 
n
a generally transverse magnetohydrodynamic wave that is propagated in a plasma
 
[C20: after Hannes Olaf Gösta Alfvén (1908--95), Swedish physicist]

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