Accession Number : AD0720244

Title :   Arbitrary Amplitude Magneto-Acoustic Waves under Gravity: An Exact Solution.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for Jun-Dec 70,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Chiu,Yam T.

Report Date : 15 MAR 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : The author obtains exact Riemannian wave solution to the magnetohydrodynamic equations for a compressible medium under the influence of a gravitational field. The method of solution consists of an application of Hamburger's subsidiary equations previously found useful in the analysis of such three-dimensional waves in compressible hydrodynamics under gravity. The resultant magneto-acoustic waves cannot be classified as slow and fast modes, and their propagation characteristics are found to be quite different from those in a uniform medium. In particular, the phenomenon of large amplitude wave ducting is examined. Certain wave properties correspond exceedingly well with the observed fine structure of waves propagating away from solar flares. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SOLAR FLARES, *MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS), WAVE FUNCTIONS, SUPERSONIC FLOW, SHOCK WAVES, DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS

Subject Categories : Astrophysics
      Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE