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Definition of the noun Alfvén

What does Alfvén mean as a name of something?

proper noun

  1. surname, Swedish, from Swedish

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Google previewA Dictionary of Astronomy (2012)

by Ian Ridpath

Alfvén surface The surface of the region surrounding a neutron star within which ionized gas is pulled around by the star's magnetic field as it spins. It is named after H. O. G. *Alfvén. Alfvén wave A transverse wave that occurs in a region ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units (2002)

by Donald Fenna

AI rheology See Alfvén number. aleph [Anglicised name of N, first letter of Hebrew alphabet] See infinity. Alfvén number [H. O. G. Alfvén; Sweden 1908-95] rheology. Symbol A1. A dimensionless quantity characterizing the steady flow past ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Scientists (1999)

by Derek Gjertsen

Alfvén, Hannes Olof Gösta (1908– 1995) Swedish physicist Alfvén, who was born in Norrkoeping, Sweden, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (2013)

by Michael Allaby

Alfvén waves Magnetohydrodynarnic waves that are produced by coupling forces between the *geomagnetic field and highly conductive fluids. Alfvén waves travel along magnetic field lines when jets of highly conductive fluid or charged ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Physical Sciences (1976)

by John Daintith

Alfvén waves. Magnetohydrodynamic waves propagated through a plasma under certain conditions. Alfvén waves travel in the direction of the magnetic field, and the particles of plasma oscillate in a plane perpendicular to this direction.

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Astronomy (2009)

by John Daintith, William Gould

Alfvén waves /al-ven/ Disturbances transmitted through a PLASMA in the presence of a magnetic field. The direction of propagation is parallel to the mean magnetic field, with the plasma particles vibrating at right angles to this direction.

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Abbreviations (1998)

by Oxford University Press

' Physics Alfvén wave(s) - Armstrong Whitworth (aircraft) ~ Articles of War ~ atomic warfare ' British vehicle registration for Shrewsbury AIW actual weight ~ airworthy ~ artwork AWA ...

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There is no rational reason to doubt that the universe has existed indefinitely, for an infinite time. It is only myth that attempts to say how the universe came to be, either four thousand or twenty billion years ago. (Hannes Alfven)
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