a type of oscillation of plasma particles, consisting of transverse waves propagating along the magnetic field lines in a plasma.
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Also called magnetohydromagnetic wave.
Origin of Alfvén wave
named after (Hannes O. G.) Alfvén
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British Dictionary definitions for alfven wave
/ (æˈvɛn) /
a generally transverse magnetohydrodynamic wave that is propagated in a plasma
Word Origin for Alfvén wave
C20: after Hannes Olaf Gösta Alfvén (1908–95), Swedish physicist
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