Accession Number:

AD0741912

Title:

The Current Algebra of Global MHD Stability

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

MIAMI UNIV CORAL GABLES FL DEPT OF PHYSICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

54.0

Abstract:

A theory of nonlinear global magnetohydrodynamic stability is described. The formalism is an entirely new approach to the problem. The concepts of space-time and generalized gauge symmetries of the flow fields are invoked to find constants of the motion. The constants correspond to charge operators in a theory of the current algebra of the fields. The charges, in turn, are defined by integrals that are determined by the symmetries of the fields. The strengths of the individual components of the currents determine the amount of symmetry breaking in each physical situation. The constants of the motion corresponding to the charge operator are used in conjunction with the principle of least constraint to generate the Euler-Lagrange equations corresponding to stable plasma motion.

Subject Categories:

  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE