Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Al Fennelly, Thomas Bohuski, Ed Dorman
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Master of Science
We review the evidence for existence of a magnetic field of the galaxy and whatever evidence there is of an intergalactic magnetoionic medium. We then consider the magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) of such a medium. The formation of galaxies through purely gravitational means in an expanding universe is then reviewed. Next the role of magnetohydrodynamics in such a universe is analyzed for their effects on galaxy formation. Finally, the importance of MED behavior in the early universe is emphasized from physical considerations and from present day evidence. Appendices discuss isotropic cosmologies, magnetic fields in such a background, the detailed MHD perturbations, and similar MHD studies.
Astrophysics and Astronomy | External Galaxies | Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Evans, Charles, "Magnetohydrodynamic Effects on the Growth of Condensations in an Expanding Universe & the Formation of Galaxies" (1979). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 2308.