Articles | Volume 36, issue 6
ANGEO Communicates
13 Dec 2018
ANGEO Communicates |  | 13 Dec 2018

On heating of solar wind protons by the parametric decay of large-amplitude Alfvén waves

Horia Comişel, Yasuhiro Nariyuki, Yasuhito Narita, and Uwe Motschmann

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Space plasmas are assumed to be highly active and dynamic systems including waves and turbulence. Electromagnetic waves such as Alfven waves interact with one another, producing daughter waves. In our study based on three-dimensional hybrid simulations, we emphasize the role of obliquely propagating daughter waves in particle heating in low-temperature (or low-beta) plasmas. The evolutions of plasma turbulence, wave dissipation, and heating are essential problems in astrophysics.