Alfvén Waves

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Science  17 Aug 1962:
Vol. 137, Issue 3529, pp. 511-514
DOI: 10.1126/science.137.3529.511


We have described a set of laboratory experiments which establish the primary properties of Alfvén waves and have mentioned natural phenomena in which these waves exert a strong influence. To date, there have been few technological applications of Alfvén waves, although the waves are being considered for use in hydromagnetic amplifiers and in connection with plasma heating techniques associated with controlled thermonuclear fusion devices. As with any new findings, detailed prediction of future applications is impossible.