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Magnetic energy storage and conversion in the solar atmosphereAccording to the approach employed in this investigation, particularly important simple configurations of magnetic field and plasma are identified, and it is attempted to achieve an understanding of the large-scale dynamic processes and transformations which these systems can undergo. Fundamental concepts are discussed, taking into account aspects of magnetic energy generation, ideal MHD theory, non-MHD properties, the concept of 'anomalous' resistivity, and global electrodynamic coupling. Questions of magnetically controlled energy conversion are examined, giving attention to magnetic modifications of plasma transport, the transition region structure and flows, channeling and acceleration of plasma, channeling and dissipation of MHD waves, and anomalous dissipation of field-aligned currents. A description of the characteristics of magnetohydrodynamic energy conversion is also provided, and outstanding questions are discussed.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Spicer, D. S. (Hulburt (E. O.) Center for Space Research Washington, DC, United States)
Mariska, J. T. (Hulburt (E. O.) Center for Space Research Washington, DC, United States)
Boris, J. P. (U.S. Navy, E. O. Hulburt Center for Space Research and Laboratory for Computational Physics, Washington DC, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1986
Subject Category
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