The eigenfrequency spectrum of linear magnetohydrodynamic perturbations in stationary equilibria: A variational principle

Jesse Andries

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The frequencies of the normal modes of oscillation of linear magnetohydrodynamic perturbations of a stationary equilibrium are related to the stationary points of a quadratic functional over the Hilbert space of Lagrangian displacement vectors, which is subject to a constraint. In the absence of a background flow (or of a uniform flow), the relation reduces to the well-known Rayleigha??Ritz variational principle. In contrast to the existing variational principles for perturbations of stationary equilibria, the present treatment does neither impose additional symmetry restrictions on the equilibrium, nor does it involve the generalization to bilinear functionals instead of quadratic forms. This allows a more natural interpretation of the quadratic forms as energy functionals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112106-1 - 112106-6
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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