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Field line coordinates are used to obtain a concise set of three coupled partial differential equations for the modes in dideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) plasmas of arbitrary geometry. Zero plasma pressure is assumed throughout. The shear AlfvÚn continuum and the pressureless remnant of the ballooning continuum are readily obtained. The equations are suitable, in particular, for the study of the spatial dependence of continuum modes close to singular magnetic surfaces or field lines.

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Authors: SALAT A, Max-Planck-Institut f³r Plasmaphysik, Euratom Association, Garching bei M³nchen (DE);TATARONIS J A, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin (US)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: IPP III/263 EN (2000) 15 pp
Availability: Available from the Max Planck Institut f³r Plasmaphysik, Euratom Association, Garching, M³nchen (DE)
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