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This paper is intended as a short introduction to situations in plasma physics, which can be described by particular dynamical systems. The basic physical and mathematical concepts used for describing a plasma are reviewed. Some general properties of plasmas are discussed, which lead to the possibility of describing certain physical phenomena in terms of relatively simple dynamical systems. Typical cases are considered; the magnetic field in a torus, a charged particle in an electric potential wave and a dissipative system describing nonlinear coupling of waves. Finally, mathematical and numerical results on successive bifurcations in magneto-hydrodynamic problems are explained.

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Authors: MASCHKE E K, CEA, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Controlée, CEN/Cadarache, 13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance Cédex (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EUR-CEA-FC 1360 EN (1988)
Availability: Available from CEA, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR)
Record Number: 198910439 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en