- Conference date: 5-9 Oct 1998
- Location: Nantucket, Massachusetts (USA)
Recent SOHO/UVCS observations indicate that the perpendicular proton and ion temperatures are much larger than electron temperatures (Kohl et al. 1997). In the present study we simulate numerically the solar wind flow in a coronal hole with the two-fluid approach. For simplicity, we neglect electron inertia. We investigate the effects of electron and proton temperatures on the solar wind acceleration by nonlinear waves. In the model the nonlinear waves are generated by Alfvén waves with frequencies in the range, driven at the base of the coronal hole. The resulting electron and proton flow profile exhibits density and velocity fluctuations. The fluctuations may steepen into shocks as they propagate away from the sun. We construct the proton velocity distribution and a synthetic Ly-α line profile by including the combined effects of temperature and velocity fluctuations in the model, and compare them to the UVCS observations.
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