Turbulence generation during the head-on collision of Alfvénic wave packets
O. Pezzi ; F. Malara ; S. Servidio ; et al. ; - ASI Sponsor
Aug - 2017
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.96.023201

journal : Physical Review E

Volume : 96 ; Issue : 2
type: Article Journal

The description of the Moffatt and Parker problem recently revisited by O. Pezzi et al. [Astrophys. J. 834, 166 (2017)] is here extended by analyzing the features of the turbulence produced by the interaction of two colliding Alfvénic wave packets in a kinetic plasma. Although the approach based on the presence of linear modes features is still helpful in characterizing some low-energy fluctuations, other signatures, which go beyond the pure linear modes analysis, are recovered, such as the significant weakening of clear dispersion relations and the production of zero frequency fluctuations.

keywords : Gravitation, Cosmology & Astrophysics, Plasma Physics

Notes : Acknowledgements Research is supported by [...] Agenzia Spaziale Italiana under the Contract No. ASI-INAF 2015-039-R.O. “Missione M4 di ESA: Partecipazione Italiana alla fase di assessment della missione THOR.”