Heating of the background plasma by obliquely propagating Alfven waves excited in the electromagnetic alpha/proton instability

Xinliang Gao, Quanming Lu, Xing Li, Can Huang, Shui Wang

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Abstract

Previous studies have shown that obliquely propagating Alfven waves may be excited in the electromagnetic alpha/proton instability. In this paper, two-dimensional hybrid simulations are performed to investigate the nonlinear evolution of the electromagnetic alpha/proton instability. We further find that the obliquely propagating Alfven waves excited by the alpha/proton instability have nearly linear polarization. The background proton component, as well as the alpha component, can be resonantly heated by the oblique Alfven waves. The implications of our results to the unsolved solar coronal hearing problem are also discussed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Article number032901
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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