Turbulent relaxation of compressible plasmas

Eliezer Hameiri, James H. Hammer

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Relaxation of plasmas via turbulence is treated by the use of a maximum entropy principle. The relaxed states are always stable to ideal modes. Taylor's theory of field reversal is extended to finite pressure plasmas and given a rigorous support by using symmetries in the equations to determine preferred conservation laws. Relaxed states of field reversed θ pinches are predicted, some with self-reversal of the magnetic field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1855-1862
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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