International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 21 (1998), Issue 2, Pages 381-386

On the reflection of Alfvén waves in an ideal magnetoatmosphere

Hadi Yahya Alkahby1 and M. A. Mahrous2

1Department of Mathematics, Dillard University, New Orleans 70122, LA, USA
2Department of Mathematics, Universty of New Orleans, New Orleans 70148, LA, USA

Received 20 March 1996

Copyright © 1998 Hadi Yahya Alkahby and M. A. Mahrous. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A lineafized theory ofmagnetoatmospheric waves is developed where the restoring forces are those of compressibility and magnetic pressure. An equation for resonance is derived. Reflection and tunneling of upward propagating Alfvén waves in an ideal Magnetoatmosphere are considered. It is shown that the magnetic field produces a reflecting nonabsorbing critical layer. Below the critical layer, the solution of the problem can be written as a linear combination of an upward and a downward propagating wave and above it the solution decays exponentially with the altitude. The location of the critical layer and the magnitude of the reflection coefficient are determined and the conclusions are discussed in cormeetion with the heating mechanism of the solar atmosphere