Turbulent Heating and Anisotropy in the Solar Wind

A Numerical Study

  • Victor Montagud-Camps

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. The Maltese Cross Revisited

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-52
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  4. Can the Maltese Cross heat?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
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  5. Conclusions and Future Work

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      Pages 109-109
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 119-123

About this book


This book presents two important new findings. First, it demonstrates from first principles that turbulent heating offers an explanation for the non-adiabatic decay of proton temperature in solar wind. Until now, this was only proved with reduced or phenomenological models. Second, the book demonstrates that the two types of anisotropy of turbulent fluctuations that are observed in solar wind at 1AU originate not only from two distinct classes of conditions near the Sun but also from the imbalance in Alfvén wave populations. These anisotropies do not affect the overall turbulent heating if we take into account the relation observed in solar wind between anisotropy and Alfvén wave imbalance. 

In terms of the methods used to obtain these achievements, the author shows the need to find a very delicate balance between turbulent decay and expansion losses, so as to directly solve the magnetohydrodynamic equations, including the wind expansion effects. 


Solar Wind Fluid Turbulence MHD Turbulence Numerical Simulations Plasma Physics Turbulent Heating Wave-vector Anisotropy Alfvén Wave Populations

Authors and affiliations

  • Victor Montagud-Camps
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surface and Plasma ScienceCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-30382-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-30383-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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