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SOLAR PHYSICS

A new way for turbulence to heat the corona

Recent advances in plasma turbulence theory have led to a new way of explaining the heating of the solar corona and many of the observed features of the solar wind.

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Fig. 1: Photograph of the solar corona taken during a solar eclipse, with a schematic showing Alfvén waves from the Sun developing into turbulence, leading to the generation of high-frequency ion-cyclotron waves.

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Chen, C.H.K. A new way for turbulence to heat the corona. Nat Astron 6, 637–638 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-022-01716-w

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