Magnetohydrodynamic Relaxation Theory
This chapter is concerned with the magnetic relaxation problem, in which an electrically conducting fluid is initialised in some non-trivial state, and is subsequently allowed to relax to some minimum-energy state, subject to the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations. No driving or forcing is applied during this relaxation process and some form of dissipation allows energy to decrease until the system reaches a relaxed state. Our problem is simple: can we understand or predict this relaxed state?
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