Alfvénic

adjective
Alf·​vén·​ic | \ ¦al(f)-¦vā-nik How to pronounce Alfvénic (audio) , -¦ve- \

Definition of Alfvénic

: 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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First Known Use of Alfvénic

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Alfvénic

Hannes Alfvén + -ic entry 1

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“Alfvénic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Alfv%C3%A9nic. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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