Alfvénic

adjective Alf·vén·ic \ ¦al(f)-¦vā-nik , -¦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 DíazScientific AmericanNovember 2000

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Origin and Etymology of alfvénic

Hannes Alfvén +1-ic


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