Propagation of a global coronal wave and its interaction with large-scale coronal magnetic structures
The Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
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2 Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics, Department of Mathematics, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
3 Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence - SIDC, Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
4 Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Accepted: 9 February 2018
Context. Global coronal waves associated with solar eruptions (the so-called EIT waves) often encounter coronal holes and solar active regions and interact with these magnetic structures. This interaction leads to a number of observed effects such as wave reflection and transmission.
Aims. We consider the propagation of a large-scale coronal shock wave and its interaction with large-scale non-uniformities of the background magnetic field and plasma parameters.
Methods. Using the Lare2d code, we performed 2.5-dimensional simulations of the interaction of a large-scale single-pulse fast-mode magnetohydrodynamic shock wave of weak-to-moderate intensity with the region of enhanced Alfvén speed as well as with that of reduced Alfvén speed. We analysed simple models of non-uniformity and the surrounding plasma to understand the basic effects in wave propagation.
Results. We found the reflected waves of plasma compression and rarefaction, transmitted waves that propagate behind or ahead of the main part of the wave, depending on properties of the plasma non-uniformity, and secondary wave fronts. The obtained results are important to the correct interpretation of the global coronal wave propagation in the solar corona, understanding of theoretical aspects of the interaction of large-scale coronal shock waves with large-scale coronal magnetic structures, and diagnostics of coronal plasma parameters.
Key words: Sun: corona / waves / magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) / Sun: activity / methods: numerical
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