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Resonant Alfven Waves in a Dipole Magnetic Field,
Rept. for Aug-Dec 73,
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS
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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 Hills 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
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