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Ion-acoustic instability and anomalous thermal conductivity in the solar transition region

Central European Astrophysical Bulletin. 2011. Vol. 35. No. 1. P. 83-91.
Savina O. N., Bespalov P. A.

Within the framework of model calculations the possibility of occurrence of the ion-acoustic oscillation instability in a plasma without current and particle fluxes, but with an anisotropic distribution function, which corresponds to heat flux is shown. The model distribution function was selected taking into account the medium conditions. The increment of ion-acoustic oscillation is investigated as functional of the distribution function parameters. The threshold condition for the anisotropic part of the distribution function, under which the build-up of ion-acoustic oscillation with the wave vector opposite to the heat flux begins is studied. The critical heat flux, which corresponds to the threshold of ion-acoustic instability, is determined. For the solar conditions, the critical heat flux proved to be close to the heat flux from the corona into the chromosphere on the boundary of the transition region. The estimations show that outside of active regions and even in active regions with weaker magnetic fields ion-acoustic turbulence can be responsible for the formation of the sharp temperature jump. The generalized Wiedemann-Franz law for a non-isothermic quasi-neutral plasma with developed ion-acoustic turbulence is discussed. This law determines the relationship between electrical and thermal conductivities in a plasma with well-developed ion-acoustic turbulence. The anomalously low thermal conductivity responsible to the formation of high temperature gradients in the zone of the temperature jump is explained. The results are used to explain some properties of stellar atmosphere transition regions.