ion-acoustic wave

ion-acoustic wave

[¦ī‚än ə¦kü·stik ′wāv]
(plasma physics)
A longitudinal compression wave in the ion density of a plasma which can occur at high electron temperatures and low frequencies, caused by a combination of ion inertia and electron pressure.
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Nonlinear ion-acoustic waves and solitons in a magnetized plasma, Phys.