Solar coronal heating by high-frequency dispersive Alfvén waves

P.K. Shukla, R. Bingham, J.F. McKenzie, W.I. Axford

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It is shown that high-frequency dispersive kinetic Alfvén waves can cause significant electron heating in the solar corona. The heating is produced by collisionless electron Landau dissipation of the parallel electron current associated with high-frequency dispersive kinetic Alfvén waves, which have a parallel electric field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-66
Number of pages6
JournalSolar Physics
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - May 1999


  • Alfvén waves
  • solar corona
  • electrons

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