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Ideal Magnetohydrodynamics

  • Kyoji Nishikawa
  • Masahiro Wakatani
Part of the Springer Series on Atoms+Plasmas book series (SSAOPP, volume 8)


The simplest model to describe the dynamics of plasmas immersed in a magnetic field is the one-fluid magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), which treats the plasma composed of many charged particles with locally neutral charge as a continuous single fluid [10.1]. This theory does not provide information on the velocity distribution and neglects the physics relating to wave-particle interactions, as does the two-fluid theory as well. It does have the advantage that the macroscopic dynamics of the magnetized plasma can be analyzed in realistic three-dimensional geometries. From this point of view the one-fluid MHD is often more useful than the two-fluid theory.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kyoji Nishikawa
    • 1
  • Masahiro Wakatani
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringKinki UniversityTakaya, Higashihiroshima, HiroshimaJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Energy ScienceKyoto UniversityGakasho, Uji, KyotoJapan

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