Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Al Fennelly, Thomas Bohuski, Ed Dorman

Degree Program

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Degree Type

Master of Science


A study of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) in an open universe is presented. We discuss the data and justification behind our choice of an open universe for investigation in this thesis, as opposed to the closed universe theory, which is more appealing in some ways. We explicitly define all parameters used in the analysis of magnetohydrodynamic Bianchi Type V cosmologies and outline the formulation behind them. We then proceed to present a solution to a Bianchi Type V magnetohydrodynamic cosmology with a diagonal metric. After that, the results are compared with present observations. Lastly, we conclude with an assessment of the model and discuss areas for future work, such as nondiagonal metrics and the role of perturbations of the models in galaxy formation.


Astrophysics and Astronomy | Physical Sciences and Mathematics