Phase-mixing in Dissipative Alfven Waves

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The phase-mixing mechanism first proposed as a coronal heating mechanism by Heyvaerts and Priest (1983) is examined using a length-scale analysis adapted from Cally (1991). This allows parameter ranges other than those studied by Heyvaerts and Priest (1983) to be described, together with a detailed examination of the transfer of energy to both longer and shorter length-scales as the Alfven wave front evolves in the solar corona. The results of Heyvaerts and Priest (1983) are largely confirmed, but with some notable differences. Energy initially at smaller length-scales decays faster than their rate, because the plasma is more strongly dissipative at smaller length-scales. The full inclusion of diffusion across field lines also leads to smoother Alfven wavefronts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)p.31-51.
Number of pages21
JournalSolar Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1997




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