Solar Wind

  • Victor Montagud-CampsEmail author
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The first hydrodynamic theory of the origin of thesolar wind was published by Parker [12]. He remarked that a strong difference in thermal pressure between the high atmosphere (corona) and interstellar plasma could lead to a global supersonic wind at a few solar radii. Parker’s theory required a source of internal (thermal) energy which had to be transported from surface to the high corona and at larger distances. Direct in situ spacecraft observations then confirmed the existence of the supersonic solar wind which cools with distance more slowly than predicted by the fluid equations. In this chapter we will give an overview of solar wind properties.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surface and Plasma ScienceCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic

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