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Fluid & MHD Theory

The Vlasov equations are introduced as a starting point for both kinetic theory and fluid theory in a plasma. The equations of fluid theory are derived by taking moments of Boltzmann's equation. The fluid theory for a magnetized plasma is called magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). Various properties of the MHD equations are outlined with reference to the frozen-in flux condition, magnetic pressure and tension, and MHD waves.


Iver Cairns