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ABSTRACT

1.INTRODUCTION

2.WHIM HEATING AND ION TEMPERATURE EVOLUTION
2.1.Collisionless shock heating of the ions
2.2.Collisionless heating of the electrons

3.COULOMB RELAXATION OF TEMPERATURES IN THE WHIM
3.1.Relaxation of the ion temperature anisotropy
3.2.Relaxation of the ion and electron temperatures
3.3.Effect of postshock plasma micro-turbulence on the line widths

4.IONISATION STATE OF THE WHIM

5.CONCLUSIONS

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