5 Coronal Heating and Solar Wind Acceleration

Despite more than a half-century of study, the basic physical processes that are responsible for heating the million-degree corona and accelerating the supersonic solar wind are not known. This section broadens the topic of this paper a bit beyond just coronal holes, since an understanding of solar wind acceleration naturally encompasses not only the question of why fast solar wind streams are fast, but also why (various kinds of) slow solar wind streams are slow. Section 5.1 summarizes some of the major issues regarding coronal energy deposition. The next two subsections describe two alternate views of solar wind acceleration via waves and turbulence in open flux tubes (Section 5.2) and reconnection between open and closed flux tubes (Section 5.3). Lastly, Section 5.4 reviews how collisionless kinetic effects in coronal holes (i.e., preferential ion heating and temperature anisotropies) can be used to more conclusively identify the detailed physical processes that produce the solar wind.

 5.1 Sources of energy
 5.2 The Wave/Turbulence-Driven (WTD) solar wind idea
 5.3 The Reconnection/Loop-Opening (RLO) solar wind idea
 5.4 Kinetic microphysics

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