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Entropy 2008, 10(4), 621-634; doi:10.3390/e10040621

Relaxed Plasma Equilibria and Entropy-Related Plasma Self-Organization Principles

1,* , 1, 1, 1 and 2
1 Plasma and Fluids Theory Group, Research School of Physics & Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia 2 Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, PO Box 451, Princeton, N.J. 08543, USA
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Received: 3 June 2008 / Accepted: 1 October 2008 / Published: 14 November 2008
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The concept of plasma relaxation as a constrained energy minimization is reviewed. Recent work by the authors on generalizing this approach to partially relaxed threedimensional plasma systems in a way consistent with chaos theory is discussed, with a view to clarifying the thermodynamic aspects of the variational approach used. Other entropy-related approaches to finding long-time steady states of turbulent or chaotic plasma systems are also briefly reviewed.
Keywords: Plasma; Fusion; Relaxation; Chaos; Turbulence Plasma; Fusion; Relaxation; Chaos; Turbulence
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Dewar, R.L.; Hole, M.J.; McGann, M.; Mills, R.; Hudson, S.R. Relaxed Plasma Equilibria and Entropy-Related Plasma Self-Organization Principles. Entropy 2008, 10, 621-634.

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