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Magnetic helicity as a constraint on coronal dissipation

Choudhuri, Arnab Rai (1986) Magnetic helicity as a constraint on coronal dissipation. In: NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center Coronal and Prominence Plasmas . pp. 451-456.

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The Taylor hypothesis has provided a model for the relaxed magnetic configurations of not only laboratory plasmas, but also of astrophysical plasmas. However, energy dissipation is possible only for systems which depart from a strict Taylor state, and hence a parameter describing that departure must be introduced, when the Taylor hypothesis is used to estimate the dissipation. An application of the Taylor hypothesis to the problem of coronal heating provides an insight into this difficult problem. When particular sorts of footpoint motions put energy and helicity in the corona, the conservation of helicity puts a constraint on how much of the energy can be dissipated. However, on considering a random distribution of footpoint motions, this constraint gets washed away, and the Taylor hypothesis is probably not going to play any significant role in the actual calculation of relevant physical quantities in the coronal heating problem.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center Coronal and Prominence Plasmas
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2010 10:22
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2010 10:22
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/25655

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