Accession Number : AD0777168

Title :   Resonant Alfven Waves in a Dipole Magnetic Field,

Descriptive Note : Rept. for Aug-Dec 73,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Chiu,Y. T.

Report Date : 19 MAR 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : The general problem of determining the plasma density distribution in a dipole magnetic field by means of the characteristics of resonant Alfven waves is discussed in terms of the theory of Hill's differential equation. It is shown that for a spectrum of power-law plasma density models the vector wave equation for resonant Alfven waves, guided along field lines of a static dipole magnetic field, can be solved exactly in terma of Mathieu functions. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Plasmas(Physics), Magnetic dipoles, Wave equations, Magnetosphere, Electron density, Numerical analysis

Subject Categories : Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE