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Relaxed plasma equilibria and entropy-related plasma self-organization principles

Dewar, Robert; Hole, Matthew; McGann, Mathew; Mills, Ruth; Hudson, Stuart R


The concept of plasma relaxation as a constrained energy minimization is reviewed. Recent work by the authors on generalizing this approach to partially relaxed threedimensional plasma systems in a way consistent with chaos theory is discussed, with a view to clarifying the thermodynamic aspects of the variational approach used. Other entropy-related approaches to finding long-time steady states of turbulent or chaotic plasma systems are also briefly reviewed.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008-11-14
Type: Journal article
Source: Entropy
DOI: 10.3390/e10040621


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