Alfvénic

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adjective Alf·vén·ic \¦al(f)-¦vā-nik, -¦ve-\

Definition of Alfvénic

  1. :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an Alfvén wave Alfvénic velocity In a magnetic nozzle the Alfvén speed plays a role similar to that of the sound speed in a conventional nozzle. The transition from sub-Alfvénic to super-Alfvénic flow delineates a boundary beyond which the flow downstream has no effect upstream—which ensures that the detachment exerts no drag on the rocket. — Franklin R. Chang Díaz, Scientific American, November 2000

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Origin and Etymology of alfvénic

Hannes Alfvén + 1-ic — more at Alfvén wave


First Known Use: 1964


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