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On the scattering of sound by a magnetic field in a MHD fluid

  • F. Pétrélis
  • F. Lund
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Abstract.

We investigate the effect of a localized magnetic field on the propagation of sound in an infinite fluid described by the magnetohydrodynamic equations (MHD). An externally imposed magnetic field will scatter an acoustic wave, and the scattered wave is related to the spatial structure of the magnetic field. Measuring it is thus a non-intrusive probe for the magnetic field. Simple examples likely to be encountered in practice are worked out, and estimates are given that suggest the practical feasability of this diagnostic tool in current MHD experiments.

Keywords

Magnetic Field Diagnostic Tool Spatial Structure Acoustic Wave Scattered Wave 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Pétrélis
    • 1
  • F. Lund
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique StatistiqueÉcole NormaleParis Cedex 05France
  2. 2.Centro para la Investigación Interdisciplinaria Avanzada en Ciencias de Materiales (CIMAT), and Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, Universidad de ChileSantiagoChile

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