Three-dimensional MHD simulation of the wave/turbulence-driven solar wind
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
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Using a three-dimensional compressible magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulation, we have reproduced the fast solar wind in a direct and self-consistent manner, based on the wave/turbulence-driven scenario. As a natural consequence of Alfvénic perturbations at the coronal base, highly compressional and turbulent fluctuations are generated, leading to heating and acceleration of the solar wind. The analysis of power spectra and structure functions reveals that the turbulence is characterized by its imbalanced (in the sense of outward Alfvénic fluctuations) and anisotropic nature. The density fluctuation originates from the parametric decay instability (PDI) of outwardly propagating Alfvén waves and plays a significant role in the Alfvén-wave reflection that triggers turbulence. Our conclusion is that the fast solar wind is heated and accelerated by compressible MHD turbulence driven by PDI and resultant Alfvén-wave reflection.
About Speaker :
Munehito Shoda is JSPS fellow at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan