Two-wave interaction in ideal magnetohydrodynamics

T V Zaqarashvili, B Roberts

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Abstract

The weakly nonlinear interaction of sound and linearly polarised Alfven waves propagating in the same direction along an applied magnetic field is studied. It is found that a sound wave is coupled to the Alfven wave with double period and wavelength when the sound and Alfven speeds are equal. The Alfven wave drives the sound wave through the ponderomotive force, while the sound wave returns energy back to the Alfven wave through the parametric (swing) influence. As a result, the two waves alternately exchange their energy during propagation. The process of energy exchange is faster for waves with stronger amplitudes. The phenomenon can be of importance in astrophysical plasmas, including the solar atmosphere and solar wind.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1053-1058
Number of pages6
JournalExperimental Astronomy
Volume452
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

Keywords

  • magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)
  • waves
  • MAGNETIZED SOLAR ATMOSPHERE
  • SHEAR ALFVEN WAVES
  • RESONANT ABSORPTION
  • PHOTOSPHERIC OSCILLATIONS
  • CORONAL LOOPS
  • PLASMA
  • DYNAMICS
  • TRAINS
  • BETA

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