Title 



Nonlinear periodic solutions for isothermal magnetostatic atmospheres
 
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Abstract 



Magnetohydrodynamic equilibria for a plasma in a gravitational field are investigated analytically. For equilibria with one ignorable spatial coordinate, the equations reduce to a single nonlinear elliptic equation for the magnetic potential A, known as the GradShafranov equation. Specifying the arbitrary functions in the latter equation, one obtains three types of nonlinear elliptic equations (a Liouville equation, a sinh Poisson equation, and a generalization of those with a sum of exponentials). Analytical solutions are obtained using the tanh method; this is elaborated in the Appendix. The solutions are adequate to describe an isothermal atmosphere in a uniform gravitational field showing parallel filaments of diffuse, magnetized plasma suspended horizontally in equilibrium.   
Language 



English
 
Source (journal) 



Physics of plasmas.  Woodbury, N.Y.  
Publication 



Woodbury, N.Y. : 2008
 
ISSN 



1070664X
 
Volume/pages 



15:12(2008), p. 122903,1122903,12
 
ISI 



000262228500040
 
Full text (Publisher's DOI) 


  
