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(TH/P1-10) General Fluid Theories, Variational Principles and Self-Organization

S.M. Mahajan1), R.D. Hazeltine1
1) University of Texas, Austin, USA
2) Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract.  This paper reports two distinct but related advances: (1) The development and application of fluid theories that transcend conventional magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), in particular, theories that are valid in the long-mean-free-path limit and in which pressure anisotropy, heat flow, and arbitrarily strong sheared flows are treated consistently. (2) The discovery of new pressure-confining plasma configurations that are self-organized relaxed states.

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IAEA 2003