Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Physics and Astronomy
E. E. Scime.
Alfven waves are low frequency, long wavelength electromagnetic waves commonly found in space plasmas. As these waves typically have wavelengths on the order of kilometers, generating Alfven waves in the lab is quite difficult. At the appropriate plasma parameters, (e.g., high density and weak applied magnetic field strength), the wavelength of the Alfven wave will be small enough to fit into a reasonably sized experimental device. Here it will be shown that Alfven waves have been successfully propagated in the HELIX device in argon and helium plasmas.
Compton, Christopher S., "Propagation of Alfven waves in the WVU HELIX device" (2006). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 2450.