On the existence of Alfvénic solitary waves

C. E. Seyler, R. L. Lysak

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It is argued that dispersive Alfvén solitary waves of the nonoscillatory type do not exist in one dimension. Previous calculations that claim existence have neglected the nonlinear ion polarization drift in the low-frequency limit. If the nonlinear ion polarization term is retained or if no low-frequency assumption is made, solitary wave solutions are not found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4778-4780
Number of pages3
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 APS Centennial Meeting - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Mar 20 1999Mar 26 1999

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