An Eigenvalue Analysis of Damping in Optical Thin Plasmas


  • J. Fajardo
  • Pedro L. Contreras Universidad de Los Andes
  • M. H. Ibañez S.



Thin optical plasmas, magnetosonic waves, Alfven waves, thermal waves, magnetic diffusion, astrophysical plasmas


In this work, the behaviour of magneto-hydrodynamic waves in optically thin plasmas considering dissipative processes, thermal and magnetic diffusion, a given ionization, and the heating and cooling functions are investigated for several particular cases. A numerical eigenvalues analysis of the dimensionless secular equations according to various cases is performed for the entire set of MHD equations.


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