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Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD for the experts) is often impressive for its complexity. However, it is only the dynamics of electrically conducting fluids. It is indeed complicated because of a new vector field that enters the game, namely the magnetic field. The dynamics is different because of a new force: the Laplace force. Since conducting fluids support electric currents that may generate magnetic fields, we easily imagine that the evolution of both velocity and magnetic fields may be quite complex. In this chapter we wish to remain introductive and therefore we shall focus only on the very basis of magnetohydrodynamics.


Magnetic Field Magnetic Reynolds Number Perfect Conductor Induction Equation Magnetosonic Wave 
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  1. 1.Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et PlanétologieUniversité Paul SabatierToulouseFrance

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