Heating of the partially ionized solar chromosphere by waves in magnetic structures

Sergiy Shelyag, Elena Khomenko, Angel de Vicente, Damien Przybylski

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Abstract

In this paper, we show a "proof of concept" of the heating mechanism of the solar chromosphere due to wave dissipation caused by the effects of partial ionization. Numerical modeling of non-linear wave propagation in a magnetic flux tube, embedded in the solar atmosphere, is performed by solving a system of single-fluid quasi-MHD equations, which take into account the ambipolar term from the generalized Ohm's law. It is shown that perturbations caused by magnetic waves can be effectively dissipated due to ambipolar diffusion. The energy input by this mechanism is continuous and shown to be more efficient than dissipation of static currents, ultimately leading to chromospheric temperature increase in magnetic structures
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L11
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Volume819
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2016

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