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  1. Parametric instabilities of parallel-propagating Alfven waves: Some analytical results

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    Jayanti, V.; Hollweg, Joseph V.

    1993-01-01

    We consider the stability of a circularly polarized Alfven wave (the pump wave) which propagates parallel to the ambient magnetic field. Only parallel-propagating perturbations are considered, and we ignore dispersive effects due to the ion cyclotron frequency. The dissipationless MHD equations are used throughout; thus possibibly important effects arising from Landau and transit time damping are omitted. We derive a series of analytical approximations to the dispersion relation using A = (Delta B/B(sub O))(exp 2) as a small expansion parameter; Delta B is the pump amplitude, and B(sub O) is the ambient magnetic field strength. We find that the plasma beta (the square of the ratio of the sound speed to the Alfven speed) plays a crucial role in determining the behavior of the parametric instabilities of the pump. If 0 less than beta less than 1 we find the familiar result that the pump decays into a forward propagating sound wave and a backward propagating Alfven wave with maximum growth rate gamma(sub max) varies A(sup 1/2), but beta cannot be too close to 0 or to 1. If beta approx. 1, we find gamma(sub max) varies A(sup 3/4), if beta greater than 1, we find gamma(sub max) varies A(sup 3/2), while if beta approx. 0, we obtain gamma(sub max) varies A(sup 1/3); moreover, if beta approx. 0 there is a nearly purely growing instability. In constrast to the familiar decay instability, for which the backward propagating Alfven wave has lower frequency and wavenumber than the pump, we find that if beta greater than or approx. equal to 1 the instability is really a beat instability which is dominated by a transverse wave which is forward propagating and has frequency and wavenumber which are nearly twice the pump values. Only the decay instability for 0 less than beta less than 1 can be regarded as producing two recognizable normal modes, namely, a sound wave and an Alfven wave. We discuss how the different characteristics of the instabilities may affect the evolution of

  2. Parametric instabilities of parallel-propagating Alfven waves: Some analytical results

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    Jayanti, V.; Hollweg, Joseph V.

    1993-01-01

    We consider the stability of a circularly polarized Alfven wave (the pump wave) which propagates parallel to the ambient magnetic field. Only parallel-propagating perturbations are considered, and we ignore dispersive effects due to the ion cyclotron frequency. The dissipationless MHD equations are used throughout; thus possibibly important effects arising from Landau and transit time damping are omitted. We derive a series of analytical approximations to the dispersion relation using A = (Delta B/B(sub O))(exp 2) as a small expansion parameter; Delta B is the pump amplitude, and B(sub O) is the ambient magnetic field strength. We find that the plasma beta (the square of the ratio of the sound speed to the Alfven speed) plays a crucial role in determining the behavior of the parametric instabilities of the pump. If 0 less than beta less than 1 we find the familiar result that the pump decays into a forward propagating sound wave and a backward propagating Alfven wave with maximum growth rate gamma(sub max) varies A(sup 1/2), but beta cannot be too close to 0 or to 1. If beta approx. 1, we find gamma(sub max) varies A(sup 3/4), if beta greater than 1, we find gamma(sub max) varies A(sup 3/2), while if beta approx. 0, we obtain gamma(sub max) varies A(sup 1/3); moreover, if beta approx. 0 there is a nearly purely growing instability. In constrast to the familiar decay instability, for which the backward propagating Alfven wave has lower frequency and wavenumber than the pump, we find that if beta greater than or approx. equal to 1 the instability is really a beat instability which is dominated by a transverse wave which is forward propagating and has frequency and wavenumber which are nearly twice the pump values. Only the decay instability for 0 less than beta less than 1 can be regarded as producing two recognizable normal modes, namely, a sound wave and an Alfven wave. We discuss how the different characteristics of the instabilities may affect the evolution of

  3. Absolute and convective instabilities of parallel propagating circularly polarized Alfven waves: Beat instability

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    Simpson, D.; Ruderman, M.S.

    2005-06-15

    Ruderman and Simpson [Phys. Plasmas 11, 4178 (2004)] studied the absolute and convective decay instabilities of parallel propagating circularly polarized Alfven waves in plasmas where the sound speed c{sub S} is smaller than the Alfven speed {upsilon}{sub A}. We extend their analysis for the beat instability which occurs in plasmas with c{sub S}>{upsilon}{sub A}. We assume that the dimensionless amplitude of the circularly polarized Alfven wave (pump wave), a, is small. Applying Briggs' method we study the problem analytically using expansions in power series with respect to a. It is shown that the pump wave is absolutely unstable in a reference frame moving with the velocity U with respect to the rest plasma if U{sub l}U{sub r}, the instability is convective. The signaling problem is studied in a reference frame where the pump wave is convectively unstable. It is shown that the spatially amplifying waves exist only when the signaling frequency is in two narrow symmetric frequency bands with the widths of the order of a{sup 3}. These results enable us to extend for the case when c{sub S}>{upsilon}{sub A} the conclusions, previously made for the case when c{sub S}<{upsilon}{sub A}, that circularly polarized Alfven waves propagating in the solar wind are convectively unstable in a reference frame of any spacecraft moving with the velocity not exceeding a few tens of km/s in the solar reference frame. The characteristic scale of spatial amplification for these waves exceeds 1 a.u.

  4. Parametric instabilities of parallel propagating incoherent Alfven waves in a finite ion beta plasma

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    Nariyuki, Y.; Hada, T.; Tsubouchi, K.

    2007-12-15

    Large amplitude, low-frequency Alfven waves constitute one of the most essential elements of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence in the fast solar wind. Due to small collisionless dissipation rates, the waves can propagate long distances and efficiently convey such macroscopic quantities as momentum, energy, and helicity. Since loading of such quantities is completed when the waves damp away, it is important to examine how the waves can dissipate in the solar wind. Among various possible dissipation processes of the Alfven waves, parametric instabilities have been believed to be important. In this paper, we numerically discuss the parametric instabilities of coherent/incoherent Alfven waves in a finite ion beta plasma using a one-dimensional hybrid (superparticle ions plus an electron massless fluid) simulation, in order to explain local production of sunward propagating Alfven waves, as suggested by Helios/Ulysses observation results. Parameter studies clarify the dependence of parametric instabilities of coherent/incoherent Alfven waves on the ion and electron beta ratio. Parametric instabilities of coherent Alfven waves in a finite ion beta plasma are vastly different from those in the cold ions (i.e., MHD and/or Hall-MHD systems), even if the collisionless damping of the Alfven waves are neglected. Further, ''nonlinearly driven'' modulational instability is important for the dissipation of incoherent Alfven waves in a finite ion beta plasma regardless of their polarization, since the ion kinetic effects let both the right-hand and left-hand polarized waves become unstable to the modulational instability. The present results suggest that, although the antisunward propagating dispersive Alfven waves are efficiently dissipated through the parametric instabilities in a finite ion beta plasma, these instabilities hardly produce the sunward propagating waves.

  5. Effects of alpha beam on the parametric decay of a parallel propagating circularly polarized Alfven wave: Hybrid simulations

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    Gao, Xinliang; Lu, Quanming; Tao, Xin; Hao, Yufei; Wang, Shui

    2013-09-15

    Alfven waves with a finite amplitude are found to be unstable to a parametric decay in low beta plasmas. In this paper, the parametric decay of a circularly polarized Alfven wave in a proton-electron-alpha plasma system is investigated with one-dimensional (1-D) hybrid simulations. In cases without alpha particles, with the increase of the wave number of the pump Alfven wave, the growth rate of the decay instability increases and the saturation amplitude of the density fluctuations slightly decrease. However, when alpha particles with a sufficiently large bulk velocity along the ambient magnetic field are included, at a definite range of the wave numbers of the pump wave, both the growth rate and the saturation amplitude of the parametric decay become much smaller and the parametric decay is heavily suppressed. At these wave numbers, the resonant condition between the alpha particles and the daughter Alfven waves is satisfied, therefore, their resonant interactions might play an important role in the suppression of the parametric decay instability.

  6. The effect of microscale random Alfven waves on the propagation of large-scale Alfven waves

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    Namikawa, T.; Hamabata, H.

    1983-04-01

    The ponderomotive force generated by random Alfven waves in a collisionless plasma is evaluated taking into account mean magnetic and velocity shear and is expressed as a series involving spatial derivatives of mean magnetic and velocity fields whose coefficients are associated with the helicity spectrum function of random velocity field. The effect of microscale random Alfven waves through ponderomotive and mean electromotive forces generated by them on the propagation of large-scale Alfven waves is also investigated.

  7. Generation and propagation of Alfvenic waves in spicules

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    De Pontieu, B.; Okamoto, T. J.; Rouppe van der Voort, L.; Hansteen, V. H.; Carlsson, M.

    2011-12-01

    Both spicules and Alfven waves have recently been implicated in playing a role in the heating of the outer atmosphere. Yet we do not know how spicules or Alfven waves are generated. Here we focus on the properties of Alfvenic waves in spicules and their role in forming spicules. We use high-resolution observations taken with the Solar Optical Telescope onboard Hinode, and with the CRISP Fabry-Perot Interferometer at the Swedish Solar Telescope (SST) in La Palma to study the generation and propagation of Alfvenic waves in spicules and their disk counterparts. Using automated detection algorithms to identify propagating waves in limb spicules, we find evidence for both up- and downward propagating as well as standing waves. Our data suggests significant reflection of waves in and around spicules and provides constraints for theoretical models of spicules and wave propagation through the chromosphere. We also show observational evidence (using SST data) of the generation of Alfven waves and the role they play in forming spicules.

  8. Alfven wave transport effects in the time evolution of parallel cosmic-ray-modified shocks

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    Jones, T. W.

    1993-01-01

    This paper presents a numerical study of the time evolution of plane, cosmic-ray modified shocks with magnetic field parallel to the shock normal, based on the diffusive shock acceleration formalism and including the effects from the finite propagation speed and energy of Alfven waves responsible for controlling the transport of the cosmic rays. The simulations discussed are based on a three-fluid model for the dynamics, but a more complete formalism is laid out for future work. The results of the simulations confirm earlier steady state analyses that found these Alfven transport effects to be potentially important when the upstream Alfven speed and the gas sound speed are comparable, i.e., when the plasma and magnetic pressures are similar. It is also clear, however, that the impact of Alfven transport effects, which tend to slow shock evolution and reduce the time asymptotic cosmic-ray pressure in the shock, is strongly dependent upon uncertain details in the transport models. Both cosmic-ray advection tied to streaming Alfven waves and dissipation of wave energy are important to include in the models. Further, Alfven transport properties on both sides of the shock are also influential.

  9. Propagation of global shear Alfven waves in gyrokinetic tokamak plasmas

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    Nishimura, Y.; Lin, Z.; Holod, I.; Chen, L.; Decyk, V.; Klasky, S.; Ma, K.; Adams, M.; Ethier, S.; Hahm, T.; Lee, W.; Lewandowski, J.; Rewoldt, G.; Wang, W.

    2006-04-01

    Employing the electromagnetic gyrokinetic simulation models, Alfven wave dynamics in global tokamak geometry is studied. Based on a small parameter expansion by the square-root of the electron-ion mass ratio, the fluid-kinetic hybrid electron model solves the adiabatic response in the lowest order and solves the kinetic response in the higher orders. We verify the propagation of shear Alfven waves in the absence of drives or damping mechanisms by perturbing the magnetic field lines at t=0 in a global eigenmode structure. The Alfven wave experiences continuum damping. In the presence of energetic particles, excitations of toroidal Alfven eigenmode (TAE) is expected within the frequency gap. With the ηi gradient drive, at a critical β value, the kinetic ballooning mode (KBM) is excited below the ideal MHD limit. W.W.Lee et al., Phys. Plasmas 8, 4435 (2001). Z.Lin and L.Chen, Phys. Plasmas 8, 1447 (2001). J.A.Tataronis and W. Grossman, Z. Phys. 14, 203 (1973). C.Z.Cheng, L.Chen, and M.S.Chance, Ann.Phys. 161, 21 (1984). C.Z.Cheng, Nucl. Fusion 22, 773 (1982).

  10. Propagation and Damping of Kinetic Alfven Waves Generated During Magnetic Reconnection

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    Sharma, P.; Shay, M. A.; Haggerty, C. C.; Parashar, T.

    2015-12-01

    Magnetospheric waves have the potential to convert to Kinetic Alfven Waves (KAW) at scales close to the ion larmor radius and the electron inertial length. At this length scale, it is observed that KAW generated at reconnection propagates super-Alfvenically and the wave is responsible for the parallel propagation of the Hall magnetic field near the separatrice from the magnetotial region. The pointing flux associated with this Hall magnetic field is also consistent with observed Cluster data observations [1]. An important question is whether this KAW energy will be able to propagate all the way to the Earth, creating aurora associated with a substorm. If this KAW propagation can be well understood, then this will provide valuable insight as to the relative timing of substorm onset versus reconnection onset in the magnetotail. The difficulty currently is that the nonlinear damping of KAW is not well understood even in a homogenous system, let alone more realistic magnetotail geometries including changes to density, magnetic field strength, and magnetic orientation. We study the propagation, dispersion, and damping of these KAWs using P3D, a kinetic particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation code. Travelling waves are initialized based on a fluid model and allowed to propagate for substantial time periods. Damping of the waves are compared with Landau damping predictions. The waves are simulated in both homogenous and varying equilibrium meant to determine the effect on propagation. Implications for energetic electron production and Poynting flux input into the ionosphere are discussed. [1] Shay, M. A., J. F. Drake, J. P. Eastwood, and T. D. Phan, Super-Alfvenic propagation of substorm reconnection signatures and Poynting flux,, Physics Review Letters, Vol. 107, 065001, 2011.

  11. A Study of Alfven Wave Propagation and Heating the Chromosphere

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    Tu, J.; Song, P.

    2013-12-01

    Alfven wave propagation, reflection and heating of the solar atmosphere are studied for a one-dimensional solar atmosphere by self-consistently solving plasma and neutral fluid equations and Maxwell's equations with incorporation of the Hall effect, strong electron-neutral, electron-ion, and ion-neutral collisions. The governing equations are very stiff because of the strong coupling between the charged and neutral fluids. We have developed a numerical model based on an implicit backward difference formula (BDF2) of second order accuracy both in time and space to overcome the stiffness. A non-reflecting boundary condition is applied to the top boundary of the simulation domain so that the wave reflection within the domain due to the density gradient can be unambiguously determined. It is shown that the Alfven waves are partially reflected throughout the chromosphere. The reflection is increasingly stronger at higher altitudes and the strongest reflection occurs at the transition region. The waves are damped in the lower chromosphere dominantly through Joule dissipation due to electron collisions with neutrals and ions. The heating resulting from the wave damping is strong enough to balance the radiation energy loss for the quiet chromosphere. The collisional dissipation of the Alfven waves in the weakly collisional corona is negligible. The heating rates are larger for weaker background magnetic fields. In addition, higher frequency waves are subject to heavier damping. There is an upper cutoff frequency, depending on the background magnetic field, above which the waves are completely damped. At the frequencies below which the waves are not strongly damped, the waves may be strongly reflected at the transition region. The reflected waves interacting with the upward propagating waves may produce power at their double frequencies, which leads to more damping. Due to the reflection and damping, the energy flux of the waves transmitted to the corona is one order of

  12. Experiment to Study Alfven Wave Propagation in Plasma Loops

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    Kendall, Mark; Bellan, Paul

    2010-11-01

    Arched plasma-filled twisted magnetic flux tubes are generated in the laboratory using pulsed power techniques (J.F. Hansen, S.K.P. Tripathi, P.M. Bellan, 2004). Their structure and time evolution exhibit similarities with both solar coronal loops and spheromaks. We are now developing a method to excite propagating torsional Alfven wave modes in such plasma loops by superposing a ˜10kA, ˜100ns current pulse upon the ˜50kA, 10μs main discharge current that flows along the ˜20cm long, 2cm diameter arched flux tube. To achieve this high power 100ns pulse, a magnetic pulse compression technique based on saturable reactors is employed. A low power prototype has been successfully tested, and design and construction of a full-power device is nearing completion. The full-power device will compress an initial 2μs pulse by a factor of nearly 20; the final stage utilizes a water-filled transmission line with ultra-low inductance to attain the final timescale. This new pulse device will subsequently be used to investigate interactions between Alfven waves and the larger-scale loop evolution; one goal will be to directly image the wave using high-speed photography. Attention will be paid to wave propagation including dispersion and reflection, as well as dissipation mechanisms and possible energetic particle generation.

  13. Effect of two ion species on the propagation of shear Alfven waves of small transverse scale

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    Vincena, S. T.; Morales, G. J.; Maggs, J. E.

    2010-05-15

    The results of a theoretical modeling study and experimental investigation of the propagation properties of shear Alfven waves of small transverse scale in a plasma with two ion species are reported. In the two ion plasma, depending on the mass of the heavier species, ion kinetic effects can become prominent, and significant parallel electric fields result in electron acceleration. The theory predicts the appearance of frequency propagation gaps at the ion-ion hybrid frequency and between harmonics of the lower cyclotron frequency. Within these frequency bands spatial structures arise that mix the cone-propagation characteristics of Alfven waves with radially expanding ion Bernstein modes. The experiments, performed at the Basic Plasma Science Facility (BaPSF) at UCLA, consist of the spatial mapping of shear waves launched by a loop antenna. Although a variety of two ion-species combinations were explored, only results from a helium-neon mix are reported. A clear signature of a shear wave propagation gap, as well as propagation between multiple harmonics, is found for this gas combination. The evanescence of shear waves beyond the reflection point at the ion-ion hybrid frequency in the presence of an axial magnetic field gradient is also documented.

  14. Super-alfvenic propagation of cosmic rays: The role of streaming modes

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    Morrison, P. J.; Scott, J. S.; Holman, G. D.; Ionson, J. A.

    1980-01-01

    Numerous cosmic ray propagation and acceleration problems require knowledge of the propagation speed of relativistic particles through an ambient plasma. Previous calculations indicated that self-generated turbulence scatters relativistic particles and reduces their bulk streaming velocity to the Alfven speed. This result was incorporated into all currently prominent theories of cosmic ray acceleration and propagation. It is demonstrated that super-Alfvenic propagation is indeed possible for a wide range of physical parameters. This fact dramatically affects the predictions of these models.

  15. Propagation velocity of Alfven wave packets in a dissipative plasma

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    Amagishi, Y.; Nakagawa, H. ); Tanaka, M. )

    1994-09-01

    We have experimentally studied the behavior of Alfven wave packets in a dissipative plasma due to ion--neutral-atom collisions. It is urged that the central frequency of the packet is observed to gradually decrease with traveling distance in the absorption range of frequencies because of a differential damping among the Fourier components, and that the measured average velocity of its peak amplitude is not accounted for by the conventional group velocity, but by the prediction derived by Tanaka, Fujiwara, and Ikegami [Phys. Rev. A 34, 4851 (1986)]. Furthermore, when the initial central frequency is close to the critical frequency in the anomalous dispersion, the wave packet apparently collapses when traveling along the magnetic field; however, we have found that it is decomposed into another two wave packets with the central frequencies being higher or lower than the critical frequency.

  16. Peculiarities of Alfven wave propagation along a nonuniform magnetic flux tube

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    Erkaev, N.V.; Shaidurov, V.A.; Semenov, V.S.; Langmayr, D.; Biernat, H.K.

    2005-01-01

    Within the framework of the assumption of large azimuthal wave numbers, the equations for Alfven and slow magnetosonic waves are obtained using frozen-in material coordinates. These equations are specified for the case of a nonuniform magnetic field with axial symmetry. Assuming a meridional polarization of the magnetic field and velocity perturbations, the effects of Alfven wave propagation are analyzed which are related to geometric characteristics of a nonuniform magnetic field: (a) A finite curvature radius of the magnetic field lines and (b) convergence of magnetic field lines. The interaction between the Alfven and magnetosonic waves is found to be strongly dependent on the curvature radius of the magnetic tube and the local plasma {beta} parameter. The electric field amplitude and the length scale of a wave front are found to increase very strongly in the course of the Alfven wave propagation along a converging magnetic flux tube. Also studied is a temporal decrease of the wave perturbations which is caused by dissipation at the conducting boundary.

  17. Parametric instabilities of large amplitude Alfven waves with obliquely propagating sidebands

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    Vinas, A. F.; Goldstein, M. L.

    1992-01-01

    This paper presents a brief report on properties of the parametric decay and modulational, filamentation, and magnetoacoustic instabilities of a large amplitude, circularly polarized Alfven wave. We allow the daughter and sideband waves to propagate at an arbitrary angle to the background magnetic field so that the electrostatic and electromagnetic characteristics of these waves are coupled. We investigate the dependance of these instabilities on dispersion, plasma/beta, pump wave amplitude, and propagation angle. Analytical and numerical results are compared with numerical simulations to investigate the full nonlinear evolution of these instabilities.

  18. Small scales formation via Alfven wave propagation in compressible nonuniform media

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    Malara, F.; Primavera, L.; Veltri, P.

    1995-01-01

    In weakly dissipative media governed by the magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) equations, any efficient mechanism of energy dissipation requires the formation of small scales. The possibility to produce small scales has been studied by Malara et al. in the case of MHD disturbances propagating in an incompressible and inhomogeneous medium, for a strictly 2D geometry. We extend the work of Malara et al. to include both compressibility and the third component for vector quantities. Using numerical simulations we show that, when an Alfven wave propagates in a compressible nonuniform medium, the two dynamical effects responsible for the small scales formation in the incompressible case are still at work: energy pinching and phase-mixing. Moreover, the interaction between the initial Alfven wave and the inhomogeneity gives rise to the formation of compressible perturbations (fast and slow waves or a static entropy wave). Some of these compressive fluctuations are subject to the steepening of the wave front and become shock waves, which are extremely efficient in dissipating their energy, their dissipation being independent of the Reynolds number. A rough estimate of the typical times which the various dynamical processes take to produce small scales and then to dissipate the energy show that these times are consistent with those required to dissipate inside the solar corona the energy of Alfven waves of photospheric origin.

  19. Small scales formation via Alfven wave propagation in compressible nonuniform media

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    Malara, F.; Primavera, L.; Veltri, P.

    1995-01-01

    In weakly dissipative media governed by the magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) equations, any efficient mechanism of energy dissipation requires the formation of small scales. The possibility to produce small scales has been studied by Malara et al. in the case of MHD disturbances propagating in an incompressible and inhomogeneous medium, for a strictly 2D geometry. We extend the work of Malara et al. to include both compressibility and the third component for vector quantities. Using numerical simulations we show that, when an Alfven wave propagates in a compressible nonuniform medium, the two dynamical effects responsible for the small scales formation in the incompressible case are still at work: energy pinching and phase-mixing. Moreover, the interaction between the initial Alfven wave and the inhomogeneity gives rise to the formation of compressible perturbations (fast and slow waves or a static entropy wave). Some of these compressive fluctuations are subject to the steepening of the wave front and become shock waves, which are extremely efficient in dissipating their energy, their dissipation being independent of the Reynolds number. A rough estimate of the typical times which the various dynamical processes take to produce small scales and then to dissipate the energy show that these times are consistent with those required to dissipate inside the solar corona the energy of Alfven waves of photospheric origin.

  20. Generation of Non-Propagating Electromagnetic-Plasma Structures and Formation of Quasi-Static and Alfvenic Discrete Auroras

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    Song, Y.; Lysak, R. L.

    2013-12-01

    The nonlinear interaction of incident and reflected Alfven wave packets in auroral acceleration regions can create non-propagating electromagnetic-plasma structures, such as transverse Alfvenic double layers and charge holes. These dynamical structures are often characterized by localized strong electrostatic electric fields, localized density cavities and enhanced magnetic or mechanical stresses, and are responsible for auroral particle acceleration and the formation of both Alfvenic and quasi-static inverted-V discrete auroras. Similar electromagnetic-plasma structures should also be generated in other cosmic plasmas, and would constitute effective high energy accelerators of charged particles in cosmic plasmas.

  1. Propagation of large amplitude Alfven waves in the solar wind neutral sheet

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    Malara, F.; Primavera, L.; Veltri, P.

    1995-01-01

    Analysis of solar wind fluctuation data show that the correlation between velocity and magnetic field fluctuations decreases when going farther away from the Sun. This decorrelation can be attributed either to the time evolution of the fluctuations, carried away by the solar wind, or to the interaction between the solar wind neutral sheet and Alfven waves. To check this second hypothesis we have numerically studied the propagation of Alfven waves in the solar wind neutral sheet. The initial conditions have been set up in order to guarantee B(exp 2) = const, so that the following numerical evolution is only due to the inhomogeneity in the background magnetic field. The analysis of the results shows that compressive structures are formed, mainly in the neutral sheet where they have been identified as pressure balanced structures, i.e., tangential discontinuities. Fast perturbations, which are also produced, have a tendency to leave the simulation domain, propagating also perpendicularly to the mean magnetic field. For this reason the level of fast perturbations is always smaller with respect to the previously cited plasma balanced structures, which are slow mode perturbations. A comparison between the numerical results and some particular observational issues is also presented.

  2. Propagation of large amplitude Alfven waves in the solar wind neutral sheet

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    Malara, F.; Primavera, L.; Veltri, P.

    1995-01-01

    Analysis of solar wind fluctuation data show that the correlation between velocity and magnetic field fluctuations decreases when going farther away from the Sun. This decorrelation can be attributed either to the time evolution of the fluctuations, carried away by the solar wind, or to the interaction between the solar wind neutral sheet and Alfven waves. To check this second hypothesis we have numerically studied the propagation of Alfven waves in the solar wind neutral sheet. The initial conditions have been set up in order to guarantee B(exp 2) = const, so that the following numerical evolution is only due to the inhomogeneity in the background magnetic field. The analysis of the results shows that compressive structures are formed, mainly in the neutral sheet where they have been identified as pressure balanced structures, i.e., tangential discontinuities. Fast perturbations, which are also produced, have a tendency to leave the simulation domain, propagating also perpendicularly to the mean magnetic field. For this reason the level of fast perturbations is always smaller with respect to the previously cited plasma balanced structures, which are slow mode perturbations. A comparison between the numerical results and some particular observational issues is also presented.

  3. Experiment to Study Alfv'en Wave Propagation in Plasma Loops

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    Kendall, Mark; Bellan, Paul

    2009-11-01

    Solar coronal loops are simulated in the laboratory using pulsed power techniques [1]. We are now developing a method to excite propagating Alfv'en wave modes by superposing a current pulse of roughly 10kA and width 100ns upon the ˜50kA, 10 microsecond main discharge current that flows along the ˜10cm long, 1cm diameter arched flux tube. To achieve this short 100ns pulsed timescale at such high power, a magnetic pulse compression technique based on saturable reactors will be employed. A low power prototype has been successfully tested, and design and construction of a full-power device is underway. Upon completion, the fast current pulse device will be used to investigate interactions between the Alfv'en waves and the larger-scale loop evolution. Particular attention will be paid to wave propagation including dispersion and reflection, as well as dissipation mechanisms and possible energetic particle generation.[4pt] [1] J. F. Hansen, S. K. P. Tripathi, P. M. Bellan, ``Co- and Counter-helicity Interaction Between Two Adjacent Laboratory Prominences,'' Phys. Plasmas, vol. 11, issue 6, p. 3177 (2004)

  4. Non-WKB Alfven waves in the solar wind: Propagation and reflection of pulses

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    Hollweg, J. V.

    1995-01-01

    The non-WKB propagation of Alfven waves has been studied either for harmonic waves, or in terms of the evolution of power spectra. Here we present analytical and numerical solutions for the propagation of pulses, the goal being to understand how waves reflect in a smoothly varying medium. We here limit our discussion to a radial magnetic field. If we launch an outward-propagating delta function, it leaves behind an inward-propagaing signal which is roughly a square wave whose amplitude is proportional to the area under the initial pulse. The inward-propagating signal also reflects, producing an outward propagating pulse which is roughly triangular in shape and which grows with time. These signals also oscillate if v is less than v(A), but they grow if v is greater than v(A). The result reported by us earlier, that the 'ingoing Elsasser variable' can have outgoing phase, is now understood to be a consequence of interference. The inward-propagating signal depends to lowest order on the integral of the outgoing waves which have preceded it. Thus the ingoing signal can be expected to develop as a random walk. This will affect the radial evolution of cross-helicity in the solar wind.

  5. NONLINEAR PROPAGATION OF ALFVEN WAVES DRIVEN BY OBSERVED PHOTOSPHERIC MOTIONS: APPLICATION TO THE CORONAL HEATING AND SPICULE FORMATION

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    Matsumoto, Takuma; Shibata, Kazunari

    2010-02-20

    We have performed MHD simulations of Alfven wave propagation along an open flux tube in the solar atmosphere. In our numerical model, Alfven waves are generated by the photospheric granular motion. As the wave generator, we used a derived temporal spectrum of the photospheric granular motion from G-band movies of Hinode/Solar Optical Telescope. It is shown that the total energy flux at the corona becomes larger and the transition region's height becomes higher in the case when we use the observed spectrum rather than the white/pink noise spectrum as the wave generator. This difference can be explained by the Alfven wave resonance between the photosphere and the transition region. After performing Fourier analysis on our numerical results, we have found that the region between the photosphere and the transition region becomes an Alfven wave resonant cavity. We have confirmed that there are at least three resonant frequencies, 1, 3, and 5 mHz, in our numerical model. Alfven wave resonance is one of the most effective mechanisms to explain the dynamics of the spicules and the sufficient energy flux to heat the corona.

  6. Nonlinear Propagation of Alfven Waves Driven by Observed Photospheric Motions: Application to the Coronal Heating and Spicule Formation

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    Matsumoto, Takuma; Shibata, Kazunari

    We have performed MHD simulations of Alfven wave propagation along an open ux tube in the solar atmosphere. In our numerical model, Alfven waves are generated by the photospheric granular motion. As the wave generator, we used a derived temporal spectrum of the photo-spheric granular motion from G-band movies of Hinode/SOT. It is shown that the total energy ux at the corona becomes larger and the transition region height becomes higher in the case when we use the observed spectrum rather than white/pink noise spectrum as the wave gener-ator. This difference can be explained by the Alfven wave resonance between the photosphere and the transition region. After performing Fourier analysis on our numerical results, we have found that the region between the photosphere and the transition region becomes an Alfven wave resonant cavity. We have conrmed that there are at least three resonant frequencies, 1, 3 and 5 mHz, in our numerical model. Alfven wave resonance is one of the most effective mechanisms to explain the dynamics of the spicules and the sufficient energy ux to heat the corona.

  7. The Consequences of Alfven Waves and Parallel Potential Drops in the Auroral Zone

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    Schriver, David

    2003-01-01

    The goal of this research is to examine the causes of field-aligned plasma acceleration in the auroral zone using satellite data and numerical simulations. A primary question to be addressed is what causes the field-aligned acceleration of electrons (leading to precipitation) and ions (leading to upwelling ions) in the auroral zone. Data from the Fast Auroral SnapshoT (FAST) and Polar satellites is used when the two satellites are in approximate magnetic conjunction and are in the auroral region. FAST is at relatively low altitudes and samples plasma in the midst of the auroral acceleration region while Polar is at much higher altitudes and can measure plasmas and waves propagating towards the Earth. Polar can determine the sources of energy streaming earthward from the magnetotail, either in the form of field-aligned currents, electromagnetic waves or kinetic particle energy, that ultimately leads to the acceleration of plasma in the auroral zone. After identifying and examining several events, numerical simulations are run that bridges the spatial region between the two satellites. The code is a one-dimensional, long system length particle in cell simulation that has been developed to model the auroral region. A main goal of this research project is to include Alfven waves in the simulation to examine how these waves can accelerate plasma in the auroral zone.

  8. Alfven wave transport effects in the time evolution of parallel cosmic-ray modified shocks

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    Jones, T. W.

    1993-01-01

    Some of the issues associated with a more complete treatment of Alfven transport in cosmic ray shocks are explored qualitatively. The treatment is simplified in some important respects, but some new issues are examined and for the first time a nonlinear, time dependent study of plane cosmic ray mediated shocks with both the entropy producing effects of wave dissipation and effects due to the Alfven wave advection of the cosmic ray relative to the gas is included. Examination of the direct consequences of including the pressure and energy of the Alfven waves in the formalism began.

  9. Satellite and Ground Signatures of Kinetic and Inertial Scale ULF Alfven Waves Propagating in Warm Plasma in Earth's Magnetosphere

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    Rankin, R.; Sydorenko, D.

    2015-12-01

    Results from a 3D global numerical model of Alfven wave propagation in a warm multi-species plasma in Earth's magnetosphere are presented. The model uses spherical coordinates, accounts for a non-dipole magnetic field, vertical structure of the ionosphere, and an air gap below the ionosphere. A realistic density model is used. Below the exobase altitude (2000 km) the densities and the temperatures of electrons, ions, and neutrals are obtained from the IRI and MSIS models. Above the exobase, ballistic (originating from the ionosphere and returning to ionosphere) and trapped (bouncing between two reflection points above the ionosphere) electron populations are considered similar to [Pierrard and Stegen (2008), JGR, v.113, A10209]. Plasma parameters at the exobase provided by the IRI are the boundary conditions for the ballistic electrons while the [Carpenter and Anderson (1992), JGR, v.97, p.1097] model of equatorial electron density defines parameters of the trapped electron population. In the simulations that are presented, Alfven waves with frequencies from 1 Hz to 0.01 Hz and finite azimuthal wavenumbers are excited in the magnetosphere and compared with Van Allen Probes data and ground-based observations from the CARISMA array of ground magnetometers. When short perpendicular scale waves reflect form the ionosphere, compressional Alfven waves are observed to propagate across the geomagnetic field in the ionospheric waveguide [e.g., Lysak (1999), JGR, v.104, p.10017]. Signals produced by the waves on the ground are discussed. The wave model is also applied to interpret recent Van Allen Probes observations of kinetic scale ULF waves that are associated with radiation belt electron dynamics and energetic particle injections.

  10. Nonlinear Landau damping of Alfven waves.

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    Hollweg, J. V.

    1971-01-01

    Demonstration that large-amplitude linearly or elliptically polarized Alfven waves propagating parallel to the average magnetic field can be dissipated by nonlinear Landau damping. The damping is due to the longitudinal electric field associated with the ion sound wave which is driven (in second order) by the Alfven wave. The damping rate can be large even in a cold plasma (beta much less than 1, but not zero), and the mechanism proposed may be the dominant one in many plasmas of astrophysical interest.

  11. Numerical study of the existence criterion for the reversed shear Alfven eigenmode in the presence of a parallel equilibrium current

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    Shahzad, M.; Rizvi, H.; Panwar, A.; Ryu, C. M.

    2017-06-01

    We have re-visited the existence criterion of the reverse shear Alfven eigenmodes (RSAEs) in the presence of the parallel equilibrium current by numerically solving the eigenvalue equation using a fast eigenvalue solver code KAES. The parallel equilibrium current can bring in the kink effect and is known to be strongly unfavorable for the RSAE. We have numerically estimated the critical value of the toroidicity factor Qtor in a circular tokamak plasma, above which RSAEs can exist, and compared it to the analytical one. The difference between the numerical and analytical critical values is small for low frequency RSAEs, but it increases as the frequency of the mode increases, becoming greater for higher poloidal harmonic modes.

  12. PROPAGATION OF ALFVENIC WAVES FROM CORONA TO CHROMOSPHERE AND CONSEQUENCES FOR SOLAR FLARES

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    Russell, A. J. B.; Fletcher, L.

    2013-03-10

    How do magnetohydrodynamic waves travel from the fully ionized corona, into and through the underlying partially ionized chromosphere, and what are the consequences for solar flares? To address these questions, we have developed a two-fluid model (of plasma and neutrals) and used it to perform one-dimensional simulations of Alfven waves in a solar atmosphere with realistic density and temperature structure. Studies of a range of solar features (faculae, plage, penumbra, and umbra) show that energy transmission from corona to chromosphere can exceed 20% of incident energy for wave periods of 1 s or less. Damping of waves in the chromosphere depends strongly on wave frequency: waves with periods 10 s or longer pass through the chromosphere with relatively little damping, however, for periods of 1 s or less, a substantial fraction (37%-100%) of wave energy entering the chromosphere is damped by ion-neutral friction in the mid- and upper chromosphere, with electron resistivity playing some role in the lower chromosphere and in umbras. We therefore conclude that Alfvenic waves with periods of a few seconds or less are capable of heating the chromosphere during solar flares, and speculate that they could also contribute to electron acceleration or exciting sunquakes.

  13. Alfven waves in the solar atmosphere. III - Nonlinear waves on open flux tubes

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    Hollweg, J. V.; Jackson, S.; Galloway, D.

    1982-01-01

    Consideration is given the nonlinear propagation of Alfven waves on solar magnetic flux tubes, where the tubes are taken to be vertical, axisymmetric and initially untwisted and the Alfven waves are time-dependent axisymmetric twists. The propagation of the waves into the chromosphere and corona is investigated through the numerical solution of a set of nonlinear, time-dependent equations coupling the Alfven waves into motions that are parallel to the initial magnetic field. It is concluded that Alfven waves can steepen into fast shocks in the chromosphere, pass through the transition region to produce high-velocity pulses, and then enter the corona, which they heat. The transition region pulses have amplitudes of about 60 km/sec, and durations of a few tens of seconds. In addition, the Alfven waves exhibit a tendency to drive upward flows, with many of the properties of spicules.

  14. Alfven wave resonances and flow induced by non-linear Alfven waves in a stratified atmosphere

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    Stark, B. A.; Musielak, Z. E.; Suess, S. T.

    1995-01-01

    A nonlinear, time-dependent, ideal MHD code has been developed and used to compute the flow induced by nonlinear Alfven waves propagating in an isothermal, stratified, plane-parallel atmosphere. The code is based on characteristic equations solved in a Lagrangian frame and is highly accurate. Results show that resonance behavior of Alfven waves exists in the presence of a continuous density gradient and that the waves with periods corresponding to resonant peaks exert considerably more force on the medium than off-resonance periods; this leads to enhanced flow. If only off-peak periods are considered, the relationship between the wave period and induced longitudinal velocity shows that short period WKB waves push more on the background medium than longer period, non-WKB, waves. The results also show the development of the longitudinal waves produced by the finite amplitude of the Alfven waves. The longitudinal wave becomes strong as the Alfven wave relative amplitude grows above 10 percent and will lead to strong damping of the Alfven waves.

  15. Dynamical Generation of Quasi-Stationary Alfvenic Double Layers and Charge Holes and Unified Theory of Quasi-Static and Alfvenic Auroral Arc Formation

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    Song, Y.; Lysak, R. L.

    2015-12-01

    Parallel E-fields play a crucial role for the acceleration of charged particles, creating discrete aurorae. However, once the parallel electric fields are produced, they will disappear right away, unless the electric fields can be continuously generated and sustained for a fairly long time. Thus, the crucial question in auroral physics is how to generate such a powerful and self-sustained parallel electric fields which can effectively accelerate charge particles to high energy during a fairly long time. We propose that nonlinear interaction of incident and reflected Alfven wave packets in inhomogeneous auroral acceleration region can produce quasi-stationary non-propagating electromagnetic plasma structures, such as Alfvenic double layers (DLs) and Charge Holes. Such Alfvenic quasi-static structures often constitute powerful high energy particle accelerators. The Alfvenic DL consists of localized self-sustained powerful electrostatic electric fields nested in a low density cavity and surrounded by enhanced magnetic and mechanical stresses. The enhanced magnetic and velocity fields carrying the free energy serve as a local dynamo, which continuously create the electrostatic parallel electric field for a fairly long time. The generated parallel electric fields will deepen the seed low density cavity, which then further quickly boosts the stronger parallel electric fields creating both Alfvenic and quasi-static discrete aurorae. The parallel electrostatic electric field can also cause ion outflow, perpendicular ion acceleration and heating, and may excite Auroral Kilometric Radiation.

  16. Effect of temperature anisotropy on Alfven waves in multi-component magnetospheric plasma

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    Ahirwar, V. P.; Ahirwar, G.

    2017-05-01

    The main objective of the present investigation is to examine the effect of temperature anisotropy on Alfven waves in multi-component plasma by using the method of kinetic approach and using different plasma parameters in auroral acceleration region. In this paper, we are considering the multi-component (Ions and electrons) plasma for the calculations of dispersion relation, growth/damping rate and growth length on Alfven waves. Dispersion relation, growth/damping rate and growth length of Alfven waves are measured in multi-component plasma consisting of mixture of Hydrogen (H+), Helium (He+) and Oxygen (O+) ions. An Alfven waves is an important electromagnetic wave that transports electromagnetic energy in many space and astrophysical regions. These waves parallel propagate along the magnetic field with parallel wave vector in the x-z plane. Curves show that the damping rate increases of waves with increases temperature anisotropy.

  17. A laboratory search for plasma erosion by Alfven waves

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    Vincena, S.; Gekelman, W.; Pribyl, P.

    2007-12-01

    Obliquely propagating shear Alfven waves with transverse wavelengths on the order of the electron inertial length or even the ion gyro-radius are commonly observed in the earth's low-altitude auroral zones. These regions are also replete with observations of electron beams and transversely heated ions. A kinetic treatment of shear Alfven wave-particle interaction reveals how these waves can be responsible for some of the observed particle acceleration. The auroral plasma environment is further enriched by the presence of field-aligned depletions in plasma density, and it has been suggested* that the Alfven waves may, in fact, be the cause of the erosion of ionospheric density. In this laboratory experiment, shear waves will be launched using a variety of proven antennas, and also allowed to grow spontaneously as Drift-Alfven modes in seeded density depletions**. Detailed measurements of the wave magnetic fields in the perpendicular density gradient regions will be presented which demonstrate the generation of short perpendicular wave scales due to the perpendicular gradient in parallel wave phase speed. Miniature in-situ particle diagnostics will also be used to look for electron and ion acceleration. The waves will also be launched into an increasing region of background magnetic field in an attempt to model the ratios of Alfven speed to electron thermal speed, and density gradient scale length to electron inertial length appropriate to the earth's auroral zone. Preliminary results will be presented on the efficacy of shear Alfven waves to self-generate plasma density depletions, or deepen ambient density inhomogeneities. The experiments are conducted at UCLA's Basic Plasma Science Facility in the Large Plasma Device. *Chaston, et al., "Ionospheric erosion by Alfven Waves," JGR, V 111, A03206, 2006. **Penano, et al., "Drift-Alfven fluctuations associated with a narrow pressure striation," Phys. Plasmas, V 7, Issue 1, pp. 144-157 (2000).

  18. Electromagnetic fluctuation spectrum associated with the drift Alfven-cyclotron instability

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    Rha, Kicheol; Ryu, Chang-Mo; Yoon, Peter H.

    2012-07-15

    The present paper investigates the electromagnetic fluctuation spectrum associated with the drift Alfven-cyclotron instability by means of a two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulation, which may be plausibly associated with a current disruption event. The current disruption event shows localized high-amplitude electromagnetic fluctuations. In recent theories, these fluctuation characteristics are shown to correspond to the drift Alfven-cyclotron instability. A simulation is carried out to clarify this instability. The simulation shows that the drift Alfven-cyclotron instabilities are excited in two frequency regimes, a relatively low frequency mode propagating in a quasi-perpendicular direction while the second high-frequency branch propagating in a predominantly parallel propagation direction, consistent with observations as well as with a recent theory.

  19. Alfven Wave Generated Electron Time Dispersion

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    Kletzing, C. A.; Hu, S.

    2001-01-01

    The results from a model of kinetic Alfven waves which includes varying magnetic field and density show that time-dispersed bursts of auroral electrons can be accelerated by Alfven, wave pulses propagating from the magnetosphere to the ionosphere. The modeled electron signatures have similar energy range and temporal structure to those observed on sounding rockets and satellites suggesting that electron time dispersion is generated by Alfven waves.

  20. Alfven Wave Generated Electron Time Dispersion

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    Kletzing, C. A.; Hu, S.

    2001-01-01

    The results from a model of kinetic Alfven waves which includes varying magnetic field and density show that time-dispersed bursts of auroral electrons can be accelerated by Alfven, wave pulses propagating from the magnetosphere to the ionosphere. The modeled electron signatures have similar energy range and temporal structure to those observed on sounding rockets and satellites suggesting that electron time dispersion is generated by Alfven waves.

  1. Elastic wave propagation along a set of parallel fractures

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    Nakagawa, Seiji; Nihei, Kurt T.; Myer, Larry R.

    2002-08-01

    Previous studies on elastic wave propagation in fractured media have demonstrated that a single planar fracture supports fracture interface waves and that two plane parallel fractures support fracture channel waves. Here, the results are presented for plane wave propagation through an infinite number of plane parallel fractures with equal fracture spacing and fracture stiffnesses. Analysis of the dispersion equations for this fractured system demonstrates that these waves exhibit symmetric and antisymmetric particle motions, degenerate to classical Rayleigh-Lamb plate waves when the fractures are completely open, and possess dispersive velocities that are functions of both the fracture stiffness and spacing. Time-frequency analysis performed on a series of laboratory ultrasonic transmission measurements on a fractured rock analog shows good agreement with the theoretical predictions.

  2. Parametric instability of a monochromatic Alfven wave: Perpendicular decay in low beta plasma

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    Gao, Xinliang; Lu, Quanming; Shan, Lican; Wang, Shui; Li, Xing

    2013-07-15

    Two-dimensional hybrid simulations are performed to investigate the parametric decay of a monochromatic Alfven wave in low beta plasma. Both the linearly and left-hand polarized pump Alfven waves are considered in the paper. For the linearly polarized pump Alfven wave, either a parallel or obliquely propagating wave can lead to the decay along the perpendicular direction. Initially, the parametric decay takes place along the propagating direction of the pump wave, and then the decay occurs in the perpendicular direction. With the increase of the amplitude and the propagating angle of the pump wave (the angle between the propagating direction of the pump wave and the ambient magnetic field), the spectral range of the excited waves becomes broad in the perpendicular direction. But the effects of the plasma beta on the spectral range of the excited waves in perpendicular direction are negligible. However, for the left-hand polarized pump Alfven wave, when the pump wave propagates along the ambient magnetic field, the parametric decay occurs nearly along the ambient magnetic field, and there is no obvious decay in the perpendicular direction. Significant decay in the perpendicular direction can only be found when the pump wave propagates obliquely.

  3. Decay of magnetic helicity producing polarized Alfven waves

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    Yoshida, Z.; Mahajan, S.M.

    1994-02-01

    When a super-Alfvenic electron beam propagates along an ambient magnetic field, the left-hand circularly polarized Alfven wave is Cherenkov-emitted (two stream instability). This instability results in a spontaneous conversion of the background plasma helicity to the wave helicity. The background helicity induces a frequency (energy) shift in the eigenmodes, which changes the critical velocity for Cherenkov emission, and it becomes possible for a sub-Alfvenic electron beam to excite a nonsingular Alfven mode.

  4. Kinetic theory of turbulence for parallel propagation revisited: Formal results

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    Yoon, Peter H.

    2015-08-15

    In a recent paper, Gaelzer et al. [Phys. Plasmas 22, 032310 (2015)] revisited the second-order nonlinear kinetic theory for turbulence propagating in directions parallel/anti-parallel to the ambient magnetic field. The original work was according to Yoon and Fang [Phys. Plasmas 15, 122312 (2008)], but Gaelzer et al. noted that the terms pertaining to discrete-particle effects in Yoon and Fang's theory did not enjoy proper dimensionality. The purpose of Gaelzer et al. was to restore the dimensional consistency associated with such terms. However, Gaelzer et al. was concerned only with linear wave-particle interaction terms. The present paper completes the analysis by considering the dimensional correction to nonlinear wave-particle interaction terms in the wave kinetic equation.

  5. Sound propagation through parallel jets exhausting from ducts

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    Ting, L.

    1980-01-01

    The method of matched asymptotic expansions is employed to construct the solution for the propagation of sound through parallel jets which exit from long ducts and are surrounded by a uniform parallel stream. Parts of the duct walls are lined with acoustically absorbent material. The small parameter for the expansion is the ratio of the inner jet thickness to the accoustic wavelength. The problem is further simplified when the condition is imposed that the speed of the outer stream, which accounts for the forward motion speed of the ducts, is much smaller than the speeds of the jets. This condition is valid during landing and takeoff operations. Farfield pressure distributions are obtained for the case in which the inner jet is much faster than the outer jet and the case in which the two jets are the same.

  6. Two dimensional PIC simulations of plasma heating by the dissipation of Alfven waves

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    Liewer, P. C.; Kruecken, T. J.; Ferraro, R. D.; Decyk, V. K.; Goldstein, B. E.

    1992-01-01

    Two dimensional plasma particle simulations of the evolution of large amplitude circularly polarized Alfven waves propagating parallel to the magnetic field show that the waves decay via both one- and two- dimensional parametric decay instabilities. For parameters studied, one-dimensional processes dominate the simulations, but two-dimensional decay processes, including the recently predicted filamentation instability are also observed. The daughter waves generated by the parametric decay are primarily damped by the ions, leading to ion heating. The parametric decay processes efficiently convert the ordered fluid ion motion in the Alfven wave into ion thermal energy. These processes may be important for the dissipation of Alfven waves in the solar wind, the corona and other space plasma environments. The computations were performed on the Intel Touchstone parallel supercomputer.

  7. Nonlinear dynamics of the 3D FMS and Alfven wave beams propagating in plasma of ionosphere and magnetosphere

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    Belashov, Vasily

    We study the formation, structure, stability and dynamics of the multidimensional soliton-like beam structures forming on the low-frequency branch of oscillation in the ionospheric and magnetospheric plasma for cases when beta=4pinT/B(2) <<1 and beta>1. In first case with the conditions omega>{k_{yz}}(2,) v_{x}$<propagating in the ionosphere and magnetosphere near-to-parallel to the field B is described by the 3D derivative nonlinear Schrödinger (3-DNLS) equation for the magnetic field of the wave h=(B_{y}+iB_{z})/2B/1-beta/ [3]. To study the stability of multidimensional solitons in both cases we use the method developed in [2] and investigated the Hamiltonian bounding with its deformation conserving momentum by solving the corresponding variation problem. To study evolution of solitons and their collision dynamics the proper equations were being integrated numerically using the codes specially developed and described in detail in [3]. As a result, we have obtained that in both cases for a single solitons on a level with wave spreading and collapse the formation of multidimensional solitons can be observed. These results may be interpreted in terms of self-focusing phenomenon for the FMS and Alfvén waves’ beam as stationary beam formation, scattering and self-focusing of wave beam. The soliton collisions on a level with known elastic interaction can lead to formation of complex structures including the multisoliton bound states. For all cases the problem of multidimensional soliton dynamics in the ionospheric and

  8. Formation of quasiparallel Alfven solitons

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    Hamilton, R. L.; Kennel, C. F.; Mjolhus, E.

    1992-01-01

    The formation of quasi-parallel Alfven solitons is investigated through the inverse scattering transformation (IST) for the derivative nonlinear Schroedinger (DNLS) equation. The DNLS has a rich complement of soliton solutions consisting of a two-parameter soliton family and a one-parameter bright/dark soliton family. In this paper, the physical roles and origins of these soliton families are inferred through an analytic study of the scattering data generated by the IST for a set of initial profiles. The DNLS equation has as limiting forms the nonlinear Schroedinger (NLS), Korteweg-de-Vries (KdV) and modified Korteweg-de-Vries (MKdV) equations. Each of these limits is briefly reviewed in the physical context of quasi-parallel Alfven waves. The existence of these limiting forms serves as a natural framework for discussing the formation of Alfven solitons.

  9. Damping of long-wavelength kinetic alfven fluctuations: linear theory

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    Gary, S Peter; Borovsky, Joseph E

    2008-01-01

    The full electromagnetic linear dispersion equation for kinetic Alfven fluctuations in a homogeneous, isotropic, Maxwellian electron-proton plasma is solved numerically in the long wavelength limit. The solutions are summarized by an analytic expression for the damping rate of such modes at propagation sufficiently oblique to the background magnetic field B{sub o} which scales as k{sub {perpendicular}}{sup 2} k{sub {parallel}} where the subscripts denote directions relative to B{sub o}. This damping progressively (although not monotonically) increases with increasing electron {beta}, corresponding to four distinct damping regimes: nonresonant, electron Landau, proton Landau, and proton transit-time damping.

  10. Adiabatic trapping in coupled kinetic Alfven-acoustic waves

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    Shah, H. A.; Ali, Z.; Masood, W.

    2013-03-15

    In the present work, we have discussed the effects of adiabatic trapping of electrons on obliquely propagating Alfven waves in a low {beta} plasma. Using the two potential theory and employing the Sagdeev potential approach, we have investigated the existence of arbitrary amplitude coupled kinetic Alfven-acoustic solitary waves in both the sub and super Alfvenic cases. The results obtained have been analyzed and presented graphically and can be applied to regions of space where the low {beta} assumption holds true.

  11. Stellar winds driven by Alfven waves

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    Belcher, J. W.; Olbert, S.

    1973-01-01

    Models of stellar winds were considered in which the dynamic expansion of a corona is driven by Alfven waves propagating outward along radial magnetic field lines. In the presence of Alfven waves, a coronal expansion can exist for a broad range of reference conditions which would, in the absence of waves, lead to static configurations. Wind models in which the acceleration mechanism is due to Alfven waves alone and exhibit lower mass fluxes and higher energies per particle are compared to wind models in which the acceleration is due to thermal processes. For example, winds driven by Alfven waves exhibit streaming velocities at infinity which may vary between the escape velocity at the coronal base and the geometrical mean of the escape velocity and the speed of light. Upper and lower limits were derived for the allowed energy fluxes and mass fluxes associated with these winds.

  12. Transmission and Reflection of Dispersive Alfven Waves in the Io Plasma Torus

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    Stauffer, B. H.; Delamere, P. A.; Damiano, P. A.

    2016-12-01

    The motion of Io through Jupiter's magnetosphere generates dispersive Alfven waves that constitute an excellent case study of magntosphere/ionosphere (MI) coupling. Wave formation begins with mass loading as Io passes through the plasma torus. Io's atmosphere acts as an obstacle to flow as pickup ions are added to the plasma, generating an aniostropic distribution (perpendicular temperature greater than parallel temperature). Alfven wave formation begins as momentum is transferred from the magnetosphere to accelerate the new plasma to corotation with the torus. In addition, electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves form as a result of the temperature anisotropy. The latitudinal density gradient of the plasma torus is a dispersive factor for the generated waves. We investigate the transmission and reflection of dispersive Alfven waves using a hybrid (kinetic ion/fluid electron) plasma simulation with a physically realistic density gradient. In one dimension, we investigate the power transmission and the spectral character of the waves at higher latitudes. We also investigate the propagation of kinetic Alfven waves in two dimesions at a reduced scale. We couple our results to a gyrokinetic fluid model to examine the propagation of the waves in the rarefied plasma at high latitudes.

  13. Alfven solitons in a relativistic electron-positron plasma. I - Hydrodynamic theory. II - Kinetic theory

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    Mikhailovskii, A. B.; Onishchenko, O. G.; Tatarinov, E. G.

    1985-05-01

    Nonlinear Alfven waves propagating along an equilibrium magnetic field, are studied on the basis of relativistic isotropic hydrodynamics. Alfven solitons of moving-wave and wave-packet type are considered. The results of Sakai and Kawata (1980) concerning the Alfven solitons of moving-wave type are revised. New expressions for the parameters characterizing these solitons are obtained.

  14. Nonlinear Landau damping and Alfven wave dissipation

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    Vinas, Adolfo F.; Miller, James A.

    1995-01-01

    Nonlinear Landau damping has been often suggested to be the cause of the dissipation of Alfven waves in the solar wind as well as the mechanism for ion heating and selective preacceleration in solar flares. We discuss the viability of these processes in light of our theoretical and numerical results. We present one-dimensional hybrid plasma simulations of the nonlinear Landau damping of parallel Alfven waves. In this scenario, two Alfven waves nonresonantly combine to create second-order magnetic field pressure gradients, which then drive density fluctuations, which in turn drive a second-order longitudinal electric field. Under certain conditions, this electric field strongly interacts with the ambient ions via the Landau resonance which leads to a rapid dissipation of the Alfven wave energy. While there is a net flux of energy from the waves to the ions, one of the Alfven waves will grow if both have the same polarization. We compare damping and growth rates from plasma simulations with those predicted by Lee and Volk (1973), and also discuss the evolution of the ambient ion distribution. We then consider this nonlinear interaction in the presence of a spectrum of Alfven waves, and discuss the spectrum's influence on the growth or damping of a single wave. We also discuss the implications for wave dissipation and ion heating in the solar wind.

  15. Cusp Dynamics-Particle Acceleration by Alfven Waves

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    Ergun, Robert E.; Parker, Scott A.

    2005-01-01

    Successful results were obtained from this research project. This investigation answered and/or made progresses on each of the four important questions that were proposed: (1) How do Alfven waves propagate on dayside open field lines? (2) How are precipitating electrons influenced by propagating Alfven waves? (3) How are various cusp electron distributions generated? (4) How are Alfven waves modified by electrons? During the first year of this investigation, the input parameters, such as density and temperature altitude profiles, of the gyrofluid code on the cusp field lines were constructed based on 3-point satellite observations. The initial gyrofluid result was presented at the GEM meeting by Dr. Samuel Jones.

  16. Riemann solvers and Alfven waves in black hole magnetospheres

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    Punsly, Brian; Balsara, Dinshaw; Kim, Jinho; Garain, Sudip

    2016-09-01

    In the magnetosphere of a rotating black hole, an inner Alfven critical surface (IACS) must be crossed by inflowing plasma. Inside the IACS, Alfven waves are inward directed toward the black hole. The majority of the proper volume of the active region of spacetime (the ergosphere) is inside of the IACS. The charge and the totally transverse momentum flux (the momentum flux transverse to both the wave normal and the unperturbed magnetic field) are both determined exclusively by the Alfven polarization. Thus, it is important for numerical simulations of black hole magnetospheres to minimize the dissipation of Alfven waves. Elements of the dissipated wave emerge in adjacent cells regardless of the IACS, there is no mechanism to prevent Alfvenic information from crossing outward. Thus, numerical dissipation can affect how simulated magnetospheres attain the substantial Goldreich-Julian charge density associated with the rotating magnetic field. In order to help minimize dissipation of Alfven waves in relativistic numerical simulations we have formulated a one-dimensional Riemann solver, called HLLI, which incorporates the Alfven discontinuity and the contact discontinuity. We have also formulated a multidimensional Riemann solver, called MuSIC, that enables low dissipation propagation of Alfven waves in multiple dimensions. The importance of higher order schemes in lowering the numerical dissipation of Alfven waves is also catalogued.

  17. NUMERICAL SIMULATIONS OF CONVERSION TO ALFVEN WAVES IN SUNSPOTS

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    Khomenko, E.; Cally, P. S. E-mail: paul.cally@monash.edu

    2012-02-10

    We study the conversion of fast magnetoacoustic waves to Alfven waves by means of 2.5D numerical simulations in a sunspot-like magnetic configuration. A fast, essentially acoustic, wave of a given frequency and wave number is generated below the surface and propagates upward through the Alfven/acoustic equipartition layer where it splits into upgoing slow (acoustic) and fast (magnetic) waves. The fast wave quickly reflects off the steep Alfven speed gradient, but around and above this reflection height it partially converts to Alfven waves, depending on the local relative inclinations of the background magnetic field and the wavevector. To measure the efficiency of this conversion to Alfven waves we calculate acoustic and magnetic energy fluxes. The particular amplitude and phase relations between the magnetic field and velocity oscillations help us to demonstrate that the waves produced are indeed Alfven waves. We find that the conversion to Alfven waves is particularly important for strongly inclined fields like those existing in sunspot penumbrae. Equally important is the magnetic field orientation with respect to the vertical plane of wave propagation, which we refer to as 'field azimuth'. For a field azimuth less than 90 Degree-Sign the generated Alfven waves continue upward, but above 90 Degree-Sign downgoing Alfven waves are preferentially produced. This yields negative Alfven energy flux for azimuths between 90 Degree-Sign and 180 Degree-Sign . Alfven energy fluxes may be comparable to or exceed acoustic fluxes, depending upon geometry, though computational exigencies limit their magnitude in our simulations.

  18. Ion gyroradius effects on particle trapping in kinetic Alfven waves along auroral field lines

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    Damiano, P. A.; Johnson, J. R.; Chaston, C. C.

    2016-11-10

    In this study, a 2-D self-consistent hybrid gyrofluid-kinetic electron model is used to investigate Alfven wave propagation along dipolar magnetic field lines for a range of ion to electron temperature ratios. The focus of the investigation is on understanding the role of these effects on electron trapping in kinetic Alfven waves sourced in the plasma sheet and the role of this trapping in contributing to the overall electron energization at the ionosphere. This work also builds on our previous effort by considering a similar system in the limit of fixed initial parallel current, rather than fixed initial perpendicular electric field.more » It is found that the effects of particle trapping are strongest in the cold ion limit and the kinetic Alfven wave is able to carry trapped electrons a large distance along the field line yielding a relatively large net energization of the trapped electron population as the phase speed of the wave is increased. However, as the ion temperature is increased, the ability of the kinetic Alfven wave to carry and energize trapped electrons is reduced by more significant wave energy dispersion perpendicular to the ambient magnetic field which reduces the amplitude of the wave. This reduction of wave amplitude in turn reduces both the parallel current and the extent of the high-energy tails evident in the energized electron populations at the ionospheric boundary (which may serve to explain the limited extent of the broadband electron energization seen in observations). Here, even in the cold ion limit, trapping effects in kinetic Alfven waves lead to only modest electron energization for the parameters considered (on the order of tens of eV) and the primary energization of electrons to keV levels coincides with the arrival of the wave at the ionospheric boundary.« less

  19. Ion gyroradius effects on particle trapping in kinetic Alfven waves along auroral field lines

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    Damiano, P. A.; Johnson, J. R.; Chaston, C. C.

    2016-11-10

    In this study, a 2-D self-consistent hybrid gyrofluid-kinetic electron model is used to investigate Alfven wave propagation along dipolar magnetic field lines for a range of ion to electron temperature ratios. The focus of the investigation is on understanding the role of these effects on electron trapping in kinetic Alfven waves sourced in the plasma sheet and the role of this trapping in contributing to the overall electron energization at the ionosphere. This work also builds on our previous effort by considering a similar system in the limit of fixed initial parallel current, rather than fixed initial perpendicular electric field. It is found that the effects of particle trapping are strongest in the cold ion limit and the kinetic Alfven wave is able to carry trapped electrons a large distance along the field line yielding a relatively large net energization of the trapped electron population as the phase speed of the wave is increased. However, as the ion temperature is increased, the ability of the kinetic Alfven wave to carry and energize trapped electrons is reduced by more significant wave energy dispersion perpendicular to the ambient magnetic field which reduces the amplitude of the wave. This reduction of wave amplitude in turn reduces both the parallel current and the extent of the high-energy tails evident in the energized electron populations at the ionospheric boundary (which may serve to explain the limited extent of the broadband electron energization seen in observations). Here, even in the cold ion limit, trapping effects in kinetic Alfven waves lead to only modest electron energization for the parameters considered (on the order of tens of eV) and the primary energization of electrons to keV levels coincides with the arrival of the wave at the ionospheric boundary.

  20. Stress Wave Propagation Across a Rock Mass with Two Non-parallel Joints

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    Chai, S. B.; Li, J. C.; Zhang, Q. B.; Li, H. B.; Li, N. N.

    2016-10-01

    A rock mass includes a number of joints, which govern the mechanical behavior of the rock mass and greatly affect stress wave propagation. Generally, joints do not parallel with each other, resulting in multiple wave reflections between joints and complex wave propagation process in rock masses. The present study presents an approach to analyze stress wave propagation through a rock mass with two non-parallel joints when the angle between the two joints is <10°. For incident P-wave impinging on this kind of rock mass, multiple reflections take place between the two joints. Meanwhile, transmitted waves are generated and propagate successively away from the joints. The mathematical expressions for P-wave propagation across the two joints are established in time domain by analyzing the wave field in the rock mass. By comparing with the result from numerical simulation, the new approach is proved to be effective to analyze wave propagation across two non-parallel joints, where the influence of joint tips on wave propagation is neglected. Parametric studies show that the joint stiffness, joint angle and frequency of incident wave have different effects on transmission and reflection coefficients.

  1. Parallel Implicit Runge-Kutta Methods Applied to Coupled Orbit/Attitude Propagation

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    Hatten, Noble; Russell, Ryan P.

    2016-12-01

    A variable-step Gauss-Legendre implicit Runge-Kutta (GLIRK) propagator is applied to coupled orbit/attitude propagation. Concepts previously shown to improve efficiency in 3DOF propagation are modified and extended to the 6DOF problem, including the use of variable-fidelity dynamics models. The impact of computing the stage dynamics of a single step in parallel is examined using up to 23 threads and 22 associated GLIRK stages; one thread is reserved for an extra dynamics function evaluation used in the estimation of the local truncation error. Efficiency is found to peak for typical examples when using approximately 8 to 12 stages for both serial and parallel implementations. Accuracy and efficiency compare favorably to explicit Runge-Kutta and linear-multistep solvers for representative scenarios. However, linear-multistep methods are found to be more efficient for some applications, particularly in a serial computing environment, or when parallelism can be applied across multiple trajectories.

  2. On the dimensionally correct kinetic theory of turbulence for parallel propagation

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    Gaelzer, R. E-mail: yoonp@umd.edu E-mail: luiz.ziebell@ufrgs.br; Ziebell, L. F. E-mail: yoonp@umd.edu E-mail: luiz.ziebell@ufrgs.br; Yoon, P. H. E-mail: yoonp@umd.edu E-mail: luiz.ziebell@ufrgs.br; Kim, Sunjung E-mail: yoonp@umd.edu E-mail: luiz.ziebell@ufrgs.br

    2015-03-15

    Yoon and Fang [Phys. Plasmas 15, 122312 (2008)] formulated a second-order nonlinear kinetic theory that describes the turbulence propagating in directions parallel/anti-parallel to the ambient magnetic field. Their theory also includes discrete-particle effects, or the effects due to spontaneously emitted thermal fluctuations. However, terms associated with the spontaneous fluctuations in particle and wave kinetic equations in their theory contain proper dimensionality only for an artificial one-dimensional situation. The present paper extends the analysis and re-derives the dimensionally correct kinetic equations for three-dimensional case. The new formalism properly describes the effects of spontaneous fluctuations emitted in three-dimensional space, while the collectively emitted turbulence propagates predominantly in directions parallel/anti-parallel to the ambient magnetic field. As a first step, the present investigation focuses on linear wave-particle interaction terms only. A subsequent paper will include the dimensionally correct nonlinear wave-particle interaction terms.

  3. Decay instability of finite-amplitude circularly polarized Alfven waves - A numerical simulation of stimulated Brillouin scattering

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    Terasawa, T.; Hoshino, M.; Sakai, J.-I.; Hada, T.

    1986-04-01

    By means of a numerical simulation, the nonlinear evolution of large amplitude dispersive Alfven waves is studied. An energy transfer from the parent wave to two daughter Alfven-like waves and a soundlike wave is observed (a stimulated Brillouin scattering process). The observed growth rates and propagation characteristics of these daughter waves agree with the analytical results, which are obtained by extending the previous treatments by Goldstein (1978), Sakai (1978), and Sonnerup (1983). Ions are first trapped by the electrostatic potential of the daughter soundlike waves. Along with the eventual decay (ion Landau damping) of the soundlike waves, ions are phase-mixed and left heated in the parallel direction. The increased parallel energy of ions is transferred to the perpendicular thermal energy through the nonresonant scattering process in the colliding Alfven waves (parent and daughter waves). It is observed that the daughter Alfven waves, which still have a large amplitude, are also unstable for further decay, and that the wave energy is continuously transferred to the longer wavelength regime (inverse cascading process).

  4. Preferential Heating of Oxygen 5+ Ions by Finite-Amplitude Oblique Alfven Waves

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    Maneva, Yana G.; Vinas, Adolfo; Araneda, Jamie; Poedts, Stefaan

    2016-01-01

    Minor ions in the fast solar wind are known to have higher temperatures and to flow faster than protons in the interplanetary space. In this study we combine previous research on parametric instability theory and 2.5D hybrid simulations to study the onset of preferential heating of Oxygen 5+ ions by large-scale finite-amplitude Alfven waves in the collisionless fast solar wind. We consider initially non-drifting isotropic multi-species plasma, consisting of isothermal massless fluid electrons, kinetic protons and kinetic Oxygen 5+ ions. The external energy source for the plasma heating and energization are oblique monochromatic Alfven-cyclotron waves. The waves have been created by rotating the direction of initial parallel pump, which is a solution of the multi-fluid plasma dispersion relation. We consider propagation angles theta less than or equal to 30 deg. The obliquely propagating Alfven pump waves lead to strong diffusion in the ion phase space, resulting in highly anisotropic heavy ion velocity distribution functions and proton beams. We discuss the application of the model to the problems of preferential heating of minor ions in the solar corona and the fast solar wind.

  5. Nonlinear evolution of Alfven waves in a finite beta plasma

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    Som, B.K. ); Dasgupta, B.; Patel, V.L. ); Gupta, M.R. )

    1989-12-01

    A general form of the derivative nonlinear Schroedinger (DNLS) equation, describing the nonlinear evolution of Alfven waves propagating parallel to the magnetic field, is derived by using two-fluid equations with electron and ion pressure tensors obtained from Braginskii (in {ital Reviews} {ital of} {ital Plasma Physics} (Consultants Bureau, New York, 1965), Vol. 1, p. 218). This equation is a mixed version of the nonlinear Schroedinger (NLS) equation and the DNLS, as it contains an additional cubic nonlinear term that is of the same order as the derivative of the nonlinear terms, a term containing the product of a quadratic term, and a first-order derivative. It incorporates the effects of finite beta, which is an important characteristic of space and laboratory plasmas.

  6. Emission of radiation induced by pervading Alfven waves

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    Zhao, G. Q.; Wu, C. S.

    2013-03-15

    It is shown that under certain conditions, propagating Alfven waves can energize electrons so that consequently a new cyclotron maser instability is born. The necessary condition is that the plasma frequency is lower than electron gyrofrequency. This condition implies high Alfven speed, which can pitch-angle scatter electrons effectively and therefore the electrons are able to acquire free energy which are needed for the instability.

  7. Nonlinear standing Alfven wave current system at Io: Theory

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    Neubauer, F.M.

    1980-03-01

    We present a nonlinear analytical model of the Alfven current tubes continuing the currents through Io (or rather its ionosphere) generated by the unipolar inductor effect due to Io's motion relative to the magnetospheric plasma. We thereby extend the linear work by Drell et al. (1965) to the fully nonlinear, sub-Alfvenic situation also including flow which is not perpendicular to the background magnetic field. The following principal results have been obtained: (1) The portion of the currents feeding Io is aligned with the Alfven characteristics at an angle theta/sub A/ is the Alfven Mach number. (2) The Alfven tubes act like an external conductance ..sigma../sub A/=1/(..mu../sub 0/V/sub A/(1+M/sub A//sup 2/+2M/sub A/ sin theta)/sup 1/2/ where V/sub A/ is the Alfven wave propagation. Hence the Jovian ionospheric conductivity is not necessary for current closure. (3) In addition, the Alfven tubes may be reflected from either the torus boundary or the Jovian ionosphere. The efficiency of the resulting interaction with these boundaries varies with Io position. The interaction is particularly strong at extreme magnetic latitudes, thereby suggesting a mechanism for the Io control of decametric emissions. (4) The reflected Alfven waves may heat both the torus plasma and the Jovian ionosphere as well as produce increased diffusion of high-energy particles in the torus. (5) From the point of view of the electrodynamic interaction, Io is unique among the Jovian satellites for several reasons: these include its ionosphere arising from ionized volcanic gases, a high external Alfvenic conductance ..sigma../sub A/, and a high corotational voltage in addition to the interaction phenomenon with a boundary. (6) We find that Amalthea is probably strongly coupled to Jupiter's ionosphere while the outer Galilean satellites may occasionally experience super-Alfvenic conditions.

  8. Lunar electromagnetic scattering. 1: Propagation parallel to the diamagnetic cavity axis

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    Schwartz, K.; Schubert, G.

    1972-01-01

    An analytic theory is developed for the time dependent magnetic fields inside the Moon and the diamagnetic cavity when the interplanetary electromagnetic field fluctuation propagates parallel to the cavity axis. The Moon model has an electrical conductivity which is an arbitrary function of radius. The lunar cavity is modelled by a nonconducting cylinder extending infinitely far downstream. For frequencies less than about 50 Hz, the cavity is a cylindrical waveguide below cutoff. Thus, cavity field perturbations due to the Moon do not propagate down the cavity, but are instead attenuated with distance downstream from the Moon.

  9. Generation of polarized shear Alfven waves by a rotating magnetic field source

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    Gigliotti, A.; Gekelman, W.; Pribyl, P.; Vincena, S.; Karavaev, A.; Shao, X.; Sharma, A. Surjalal; Papadopoulos, D.

    2009-09-15

    Experiments are performed in the Large Plasma Device at the University of California, Los Angeles to study the propagation of field-aligned, polarized kinetic shear Alfven waves radiated from a rotating magnetic field source created via a novel phased orthogonal loop antenna. Both right and left hand circular polarizations are generated at a wide range of frequencies from 0.21{<=}{omega}/{omega}{sub ci}<0.93. Propagation parallel to the background magnetic field near the Alfven velocity is observed along with a small parallel wave magnetic field component implying a shear mode. The peak-to-peak magnitude of the wave magnetic field, 33 cm away from the antenna, is on the order of 0.8% of the background field and drops off in the far field. The full width at half maximum of the wave energy changes little over a distance of 2.5 parallel wavelengths while the exponential decrease in wave energy as a function of distance can be attributed to collisional damping. Evidence of electron heating and ionization is observed during the pulse.

  10. Parallel Simulation of Wave Propagation in Three-Dimensional Poroelastic Media

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    Sheen, D.; Baag, C.; Tuncay, K.; Ortoleva, P. J.

    2003-12-01

    Parallelized velocity-stress staggered-grid finite-difference method to simulate wave propagation in 3-D heterogeneous poroelastic media is presented. Biot­_s poroelasticity theory is used to study the behavior of wavefield in fluid saturated media. In the poroelasticity theory, the fluid velocities and pressure are included as additional field variables to those for the pure elasticity in order to describe the interaction between pore fluid and solid. Discretization of governing equations for finite-difference approximation is performed for total of 13 components of field variables in 3-D Cartesian coordinates: six components for velocity, six components for solid stress, and a component for fluid pressure. The scheme has fourth-order accuracy in space and second-order accuracy in time. Also, to simulate wave propagation in an unbounded medium, the perfectly matched layer (PML) method is used as an absorbing boundary condition. In contrast with the pure elastic problem, the larger number of components to describe the poroelasticity requires a huge sum of core memory inevitably. In the case of modeling in a realistic scale, the computation is hardly to run on serial platforms. Therefore, the computationally efficient scheme to run on a large parallel environment is required. The parallel implementation is achieved by using a spatial decomposition and the portable message passing interface (MPI) for communication between neighboring processors. Direct comparisons are made for serial and parallel computations. The inevitability and efficiency of parallelization for the poroelastic wave modeling are also demonstrated using model examples.

  11. Formation of electron kappa distributions due to interactions with parallel propagating whistler waves

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    Tao, X. Lu, Q.

    2014-02-15

    In space plasmas, charged particles are frequently observed to possess a high-energy tail, which is often modeled by a kappa-type distribution function. In this work, the formation of the electron kappa distribution in generation of parallel propagating whistler waves is investigated using fully nonlinear particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations. A previous research concluded that the bi-Maxwellian character of electron distributions is preserved in PIC simulations. We now demonstrate that for interactions between electrons and parallel propagating whistler waves, a non-Maxwellian high-energy tail can be formed, and a kappa distribution can be used to fit the electron distribution in time-asymptotic limit. The κ-parameter is found to decrease with increasing initial temperature anisotropy or decreasing ratio of electron plasma frequency to cyclotron frequency. The results might be helpful to understanding the origin of electron kappa distributions observed in space plasmas.

  12. Rapid, parallel path planning by propagating wavefronts of spiking neural activity.

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    Ponulak, Filip; Hopfield, John J

    2013-01-01

    Efficient path planning and navigation is critical for animals, robotics, logistics and transportation. We study a model in which spatial navigation problems can rapidly be solved in the brain by parallel mental exploration of alternative routes using propagating waves of neural activity. A wave of spiking activity propagates through a hippocampus-like network, altering the synaptic connectivity. The resulting vector field of synaptic change then guides a simulated animal to the appropriate selected target locations. We demonstrate that the navigation problem can be solved using realistic, local synaptic plasticity rules during a single passage of a wavefront. Our model can find optimal solutions for competing possible targets or learn and navigate in multiple environments. The model provides a hypothesis on the possible computational mechanisms for optimal path planning in the brain, at the same time it is useful for neuromorphic implementations, where the parallelism of information processing proposed here can fully be harnessed in hardware.

  13. Rapid, parallel path planning by propagating wavefronts of spiking neural activity

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    Ponulak, Filip; Hopfield, John J.

    2013-01-01

    Efficient path planning and navigation is critical for animals, robotics, logistics and transportation. We study a model in which spatial navigation problems can rapidly be solved in the brain by parallel mental exploration of alternative routes using propagating waves of neural activity. A wave of spiking activity propagates through a hippocampus-like network, altering the synaptic connectivity. The resulting vector field of synaptic change then guides a simulated animal to the appropriate selected target locations. We demonstrate that the navigation problem can be solved using realistic, local synaptic plasticity rules during a single passage of a wavefront. Our model can find optimal solutions for competing possible targets or learn and navigate in multiple environments. The model provides a hypothesis on the possible computational mechanisms for optimal path planning in the brain, at the same time it is useful for neuromorphic implementations, where the parallelism of information processing proposed here can fully be harnessed in hardware. PMID:23882213

  14. Lunar electromagnetic scattering. I - Propagation parallel to the diamagnetic cavity axis.

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    Schwartz, K.; Schubert, G.

    1973-01-01

    A general analytic solution is obtained for the interaction of the moon and its downstream cavity with a linearly polarized plane electromagnetic wave propagating parallel to the cavity axis. The solution is formulated in terms of a spherical moon model with arbitrary radially dependent electromagnetic parameters and a nonconducting cylindrical downstream cavity. Use is made of a number of approximations that are consistent with the physical nature of the interaction between the moon and the solar wind.

  15. Parallel iterative procedures for approximate solutions of wave propagation by finite element and finite difference methods

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    Kim, S.

    1994-12-31

    Parallel iterative procedures based on domain decomposition techniques are defined and analyzed for the numerical solution of wave propagation by finite element and finite difference methods. For finite element methods, in a Lagrangian framework, an efficient way for choosing the algorithm parameter as well as the algorithm convergence are indicated. Some heuristic arguments for finding the algorithm parameter for finite difference schemes are addressed. Numerical results are presented to indicate the effectiveness of the methods.

  16. Characteristics of Short Wavelength Compressional Alfven Eigenmodes

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    Fredrickson, E D; Podesta, M; Bortolon, A; Crocker, N A; Gerhardt, S P; Bell, R E; Diallo, A; LeBlanc, B; Levinton, F M

    2012-12-19

    Most Alfvenic activity in the frequency range between Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes and roughly one half of the ion cyclotron frequency on NSTX [M. Ono, et al., Nucl. Fusion 40 (2000) 557], that is, approximately 0.3 MHz up to ≈ 1.2 MHz, are modes propagating counter to the neutral beam ions. These have been modeled as Compressional and Global Alfven Eigenmodes (CAE and GAE) and are excited through a Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonance with the beam ions. There is also a class of co-propagating modes at higher frequency than the counter-propagating CAE and GAE. These modes have been identified as CAE, and are seen mostly in the company of a low frequency, n=1 kink-like mode. In this paper we present measurements of the spectrum of these high frequency CAE (hfCAE), and their mode structure. We compare those measurements to a simple model of CAE and present evidence of a curious non-linear coupling of the hfCAE and the low frequency kink-like mode.

  17. Propagation of electromagnetic waves parallel to the magnetic field in the nightside Venus ionosphere

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    Huba, J. D.; Rowland, H. L.

    1993-01-01

    The propagation of electromagnetic waves parallel to the magnetic field in the nightside Venus ionosphere is presented in a theoretical and numerical analysis. The model assumes a source of electromagnetic radiation in the Venus atmosphere, such as that produced by lightning. Specifically addressed is wave propagation in the altitude range z = 130-160 km at the four frequencies detectable by the Pioneer Venus Orbiter Electric Field Detector: 100 Hz, 730 Hz, 5.4 kHz, and 30 kHz. Parameterizations of the wave intensities, peak electron density, and Poynting flux as a function of magnetic field are presented. The waves are found to propagate most easily in conditions of low electron density and high magnetic field. The results of the model are consistent with observational data.

  18. Propagation of electromagnetic waves parallel to the magnetic field in the nightside Venus ionosphere

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    Huba, J. D.; Rowland, H. L.

    1993-03-01

    The propagation of electromagnetic waves parallel to the magnetic field in the nightside Venus ionosphere is presented in a theoretical and numerical analysis. The model assumes a source of electromagnetic radiation in the Venus atmosphere, such as that produced by lightning. Specifically addressed is wave propagation in the altitude range z = 130-160 km at the four frequencies detectable by the Pioneer Venus Orbiter Electric Field Detector: 100 Hz, 730 Hz, 5.4 kHz, and 30 kHz. Parameterizations of the wave intensities, peak electron density, and Poynting flux as a function of magnetic field are presented. The waves are found to propagate most easily in conditions of low electron density and high magnetic field. The results of the model are consistent with observational data.

  19. A Parallel Time-Propagation Solver for the Non-Linear Schroedinger Equation.

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    Nygaard, Nicolai; Simula, Tapio; Schneider, Barry I.

    2007-06-01

    We describe a powerful numerical method for solving the time-dependent non-linear Schr"odinger equation. Our method is based on the finite-element discrete variable representation. The time-propagation is facilitated either by the Lanczos-Arnoldi method or by split-operator formulas of different orders. The ground-state solution is found by propagation in imaginary time using an adaptive time stepping algorithm, and the absolute convergence of the propagation is faithfully characterized by a positive-definite error norm. Parallelization of this method is transparent, and we have utilized an MPI implementation demonstrating linear scaling of wall-clock computation time with the number of processors used.

  20. Kinetic theory of turbulence for parallel propagation revisited: Low-to-intermediate frequency regime

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    Yoon, Peter H.

    2015-09-15

    A previous paper [P. H. Yoon, “Kinetic theory of turbulence for parallel propagation revisited: Formal results,” Phys. Plasmas 22, 082309 (2015)] revisited the second-order nonlinear kinetic theory for turbulence propagating in directions parallel/anti-parallel to the ambient magnetic field, in which the original work according to Yoon and Fang [Phys. Plasmas 15, 122312 (2008)] was refined, following the paper by Gaelzer et al. [Phys. Plasmas 22, 032310 (2015)]. The main finding involved the dimensional correction pertaining to discrete-particle effects in Yoon and Fang's theory. However, the final result was presented in terms of formal linear and nonlinear susceptibility response functions. In the present paper, the formal equations are explicitly written down for the case of low-to-intermediate frequency regime by making use of approximate forms for the response functions. The resulting equations are sufficiently concrete so that they can readily be solved by numerical means or analyzed by theoretical means. The derived set of equations describe nonlinear interactions of quasi-parallel modes whose frequency range covers the Alfvén wave range to ion-cyclotron mode, but is sufficiently lower than the electron cyclotron mode. The application of the present formalism may range from the nonlinear evolution of whistler anisotropy instability in the high-beta regime, and the nonlinear interaction of electrons with whistler-range turbulence.

  1. Resonant Alfven Wave Excitation

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    Hameiri, Eliezer

    1999-11-01

    Much of the theory of the Alfven wave resonance phenomenon was developed for a tokamak configuration where the magnetic field winds around the torus without entering the boundary. Thus, boundary conditions did not have to be considered.( J. Tataronis and W. Grossmann, Z. Phys. 261), 203 (1973). In most space plasma situations such as the magnetosphere or the Sun, as well as in the scrape-off layer of a divertor tokamak, this is not the case. When boundary conditions are considered, it is generally assumed for simplicity that the boundary is perfectly conducting, which implies that the Alfven wave bounce frequencies are real and the resonance phenomenon can be detected by some singularity in the equations. The nature of the singularity is usually described in terms of a Frobenius series.( A.N. Wright and M.J. Thompson, Phys. Plamsas 1), 691 (1994). In this work we consider resistive boundaries, which imply that the fast wave eigenfrequency is real, but the Alfven frequency is not. Thus, there is no exact resonance and no singularity in the equations. The solution of the problem is carried out asymptotically by finding an exact Laplace integral representation for the solution and then matching various regions. The energy transferred to the Alfven wave appears to be rather small.

  2. On field line resonances of hydromagnetic Alfven waves in dipole magnetic field

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    Chen, Liu; Cowley, S.C.

    1989-07-01

    Using the dipole magnetic field model, we have developed the theory of field line resonances of hydromagnetic Alfven waves in general magnetic field geometries. In this model, the Alfven speed thus varies both perpendicular and parallel to the magnetic field. Specifically, it is found that field line resonances do persist in the dipole model. The corresponding singular solutions near the resonant field lines as well as the natural definition of standing shear Alfven eigenfunctions have also been systematically derived. 11 refs.

  3. Conventional and nonconventional global Alfven eigenmodes in stellarators

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    Kolesnichenko, Ya. I.; Lutsenko, V. V.; Weller, A.; Werner, A.; Yakovenko, Yu. V.; Geiger, J.; Fesenyuk, O. P.

    2007-10-15

    Conditions of the existence of the Global Alfven Eigenmodes (GAE) and Nonconventional Global Alfven Eigenmodes (NGAE) predicted for stellarators by Ya. I. Kolesnichenko et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 165004 (2005)] have been obtained. It is found that they depend on the nature of the rotational transform and that conditions for NGAE can be most easily satisfied in currentless stellarators. It is shown that the plasma compressibility may play an important role for the modes with the frequency about or less than that of the Toroidicity-induced Alfven Eigenmodes. It is found that features of the Alfven continuum in the vicinity of the k{sub parallel}=0 radius (k{sub parallel}) is the longitudinal wave number) can be very different, depending on a parameter which we refer to as 'the sound parameter'. Specific calculations modeling low-frequency Alfven instabilities in the stellarator Wendelstein 7-AS [A. Weller et al., Phys. Plasmas 8, 931 (2001)] are carried out, which are in reasonable agreement with the observations. It is emphasized that experimental data on low-frequency Alfvenic activity can be used for the reconstruction of the profile of the rotational transform. The mentioned results are obtained with the use of the equations derived in this paper for the GAE/NGAE modes and of the codes COBRAS and BOA-fe.

  4. Electron acceleration by Alfven waves in the magnetosphere

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    Hui, C.-H.; Seyler, C. E.

    1992-01-01

    The self-consistent electron kinetics of Alfven waves on the electron inertial scale is studied using a 2D hybrid-kinetic description. The ions follow a fluid description for Alfven waves at frequencies below the ion cyclotron frequency. The parallel electron dynamics is treated kinetically using particle-in-cell techniques. In this model, the electron plasma mode is eliminated, and only the physics of the Alfven waves is retained. At sufficiently large amplitudes, it is found that oblique Alfven waves break due to finite electron inertia in a cold plasma. The consequence of wave breaking is the formation of an electron beam which can be unstable to the beam-plasma instability. The electrons supporting the parallel current thermalize into a non-Maxwellian distribution with an energetic tail up to several keV, assuming a reasonable magnetospheric Alfven speed. In hot plasma simulations, electron trapping is the principal mechanism of electron acceleration. It is proposed that wave breaking or electron trapping of oblique Alfven waves at 1 R(E) can result in electron acceleration and may explain some observed auroral phenomena.

  5. Spatial Parallelism of a 3D Finite Difference, Velocity-Stress Elastic Wave Propagation Code

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    MINKOFF,SUSAN E.

    1999-12-09

    Finite difference methods for solving the wave equation more accurately capture the physics of waves propagating through the earth than asymptotic solution methods. Unfortunately. finite difference simulations for 3D elastic wave propagation are expensive. We model waves in a 3D isotropic elastic earth. The wave equation solution consists of three velocity components and six stresses. The partial derivatives are discretized using 2nd-order in time and 4th-order in space staggered finite difference operators. Staggered schemes allow one to obtain additional accuracy (via centered finite differences) without requiring additional storage. The serial code is most unique in its ability to model a number of different types of seismic sources. The parallel implementation uses the MP1 library, thus allowing for portability between platforms. Spatial parallelism provides a highly efficient strategy for parallelizing finite difference simulations. In this implementation, one can decompose the global problem domain into one-, two-, and three-dimensional processor decompositions with 3D decompositions generally producing the best parallel speed up. Because i/o is handled largely outside of the time-step loop (the most expensive part of the simulation) we have opted for straight-forward broadcast and reduce operations to handle i/o. The majority of the communication in the code consists of passing subdomain face information to neighboring processors for use as ''ghost cells''. When this communication is balanced against computation by allocating subdomains of reasonable size, we observe excellent scaled speed up. Allocating subdomains of size 25 x 25 x 25 on each node, we achieve efficiencies of 94% on 128 processors. Numerical examples for both a layered earth model and a homogeneous medium with a high-velocity blocky inclusion illustrate the accuracy of the parallel code.

  6. The transmission of Alfven waves through the Io plasma torus

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    Wright, A. N.; Schwartz, S. J.

    1989-04-01

    The nature of Alfven wave propagation through the Io plasma torus was investigated using a one-dimensional model with uniform magnetic field and an exponential density decrease to a constant value. The solution was interpreted in terms of a wave that is incident upon the torus, a reflected wave, and a wave that is transmitted through the torus. The results obtained indicate that Io's Alfven waves may not propagate completely through the plasma torus, and, thus, the WKB theory and ray tracing may not provide meaningful estimates of the energy transport.

  7. Generation of Alfvenic Waves and Turbulence in Magnetic Reconnection Jets

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    Hoshino, M.

    2014-12-01

    The magneto-hydro-dynamic (MHD) linear stability for the plasma sheet with a localized bulk plasma flow parallel to the neutral sheet is investigated. We find three different unstable modes propagating parallel to the anti-parallel magnetic field line, and we call them as "streaming tearing'', "streaming sausage'', and "streaming kink'' mode. The streaming tearing and sausage modes have the tearing mode-like structure with symmetric density fluctuation to the neutral sheet, and the streaming kink mode has the asymmetric fluctuation. The growth rate of the streaming tearing mode decreases with increasing the magnetic Reynolds number, while those of the streaming sausage and kink modes do not strongly depend on the Reynolds number. The wavelengths of these unstable modes are of the order of the thickness of plasma sheet, which behavior is almost same as the standard tearing mode with no bulk flow. Roughly speaking the growth rates of three modes become faster than the standard tearing mode. The situation of the plasma sheet with the bulk flow can be realized in the reconnection exhaust with the Alfvenic reconnection jet, and the unstable modes may be regarded as one of the generation processes of Alfvenic turbulence in the plasma sheet during magnetic reconnection.

  8. Parametric decay of a parallel propagating monochromatic whistler wave: Particle-in-cell simulations

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    Ke, Yangguang; Gao, Xinliang; Lu, Quanming; Wang, Shui

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, by using one-dimensional (1-D) particle-in-cell simulations, we investigate the parametric decay of a parallel propagating monochromatic whistler wave with various wave frequencies and amplitudes. The pump whistler wave can decay into a backscattered daughter whistler wave and an ion acoustic wave, and the decay instability grows more rapidly with the increase of the frequency or amplitude. When the frequency or amplitude is sufficiently large, a multiple decay process may occur, where the daughter whistler wave undergoes a secondary decay into an ion acoustic wave and a forward propagating whistler wave. We also find that during the parametric decay a considerable part of protons can be accelerated along the background magnetic field by the enhanced ion acoustic wave through the Landau resonance. The implication of the parametric decay to the evolution of whistler waves in Earth's magnetosphere is also discussed in the paper.

  9. Global Alfven eigenmodes in WELDELSTEIN 7-AS

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    Weller, A.; Goerner, C.; Jaenicke, R.

    1995-09-01

    In the presence of fast particle populations marginally stable global modes in the shear Alfven branch can be destabilized by wave particle resonances. This is particularly of concern in future large devices, where losses of resonant particles ({alpha}-particles in a reactor) may then limit the available heating power and also may cause damage of the first wall. In tokamaks TAE modes inside toroidicity induced gaps of the shear Alfven continua have been found. In stellarators with very weak shear like W7-AS low-n TAE-gaps do not occur but gaps below the shear Alfven continua with mode numbers m and n, if the resonant values {tau} = n/m do not exist in the plasma volume (k{sub {parallel}} = (m{sm_bullet}{tau} - n )/R {ne} 0 ). Under these conditions GAE modes with frequencies {omega}{sub GAE} < (k{sub {parallel}}{sm_bullet}V{sub A}){sub min} are the favoured modes. The investigation of GAE modes could also be of relevance in the case of advanced tokamak equilibria with flat or inverted q-profiles in the central region.

  10. Steepening of parallel propagating hydromagnetic waves into magnetic pulsations - A simulation study

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    Akimoto, K.; Winske, D.; Onsager, T. G.; Thomsen, M. F.; Gary, S. P.

    1991-01-01

    The steepening mechanism of parallel propagating low-frequency MHD-like waves observed upstream of the earth's quasi-parallel bow shock has been investigated by means of electromagnetic hybrid simulations. It is shown that an ion beam through the resonant electromagnetic ion/ion instability excites large-amplitude waves, which consequently pitch angle scatter, decelerate, and eventually magnetically trap beam ions in regions where the wave amplitudes are largest. As a result, the beam ions become bunched in both space and gyrophase. As these higher-density, nongyrotropic beam segments are formed, the hydromagnetic waves rapidly steepen, resulting in magnetic pulsations, with properties generally in agreement with observations. This steepening process operates on the scale of the linear growth time of the resonant ion/ion instability. Many of the pulsations generated by this mechanism are left-hand polarized in the spacecraft frame.

  11. FREQUENCY FILTERING OF TORSIONAL ALFVEN WAVES BY CHROMOSPHERIC MAGNETIC FIELD

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    Fedun, V.; Erdelyi, R.; Verth, G.; Jess, D. B.

    2011-10-20

    In this Letter, we demonstrate how the observation of broadband frequency propagating torsional Alfven waves in chromospheric magnetic flux tubes can provide valuable insight into their magnetic field structure. By implementing a full nonlinear three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic numerical simulation with a realistic vortex driver, we demonstrate how the plasma structure of chromospheric magnetic flux tubes can act as a spatially dependent frequency filter for torsional Alfven waves. Importantly, for solar magnetoseismology applications, this frequency filtering is found to be strongly dependent on magnetic field structure. With reference to an observational case study of propagating torsional Alfven waves using spectroscopic data from the Swedish Solar Telescope, we demonstrate how the observed two-dimensional spatial distribution of maximum power Fourier frequency shows a strong correlation with our forward model. This opens the possibility of beginning an era of chromospheric magnetoseismology, to complement the more traditional methods of mapping the magnetic field structure of the solar chromosphere.

  12. Parallel Construction Heuristic Combined with Constraint Propagation for the Car Sequencing Problem

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    Zhang, Xiangyang; Gao, Liang; Wen, Long; Huang, Zhaodong

    2017-03-01

    For the car sequencing(CS) problem, the drawbacks of the "sliding windows" technique used in the objective function have not been rectified, and no high quality initial solution has been acquired to accelerate the improvement of the solution quality. Firstly, the objective function is improved to solve the double and bias counting of violations broadly discussed. Then, a new method combining heuristic with constraint propagation is proposed which constructs initial solutions under a parallel framework. Based on constraint propagation, three filtering rules are designed to intersecting with three greedy functions, so the variable domain is narrowed in the process of the construction. The parallel framework is served to show its robustness in terms of the quality of the solution since it greatly increases the performance of obtaining the best solution. In the computational experiments, 109 instances of 3 sets from the CSPLib's benchmarks are used to test the performance of the proposed method. Experiment results show that the proposed method outperforms others in acquiring the best-known results for 85 best-known results of 109 are obtained with only one construction. The proposed research provides an avenue to remedy the deficiencies of "sliding windows" technique and construct high quality initial solutions.

  13. Parallel Construction Heuristic Combined with Constraint Propagation for the Car Sequencing Problem

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    Zhang, Xiangyang; Gao, Liang; Wen, Long; Huang, Zhaodong

    2017-03-01

    For the car sequencing(CS) problem, the drawbacks of the "sliding windows" technique used in the objective function have not been rectified, and no high quality initial solution has been acquired to accelerate the improvement of the solution quality. Firstly, the objective function is improved to solve the double and bias counting of violations broadly discussed. Then, a new method combining heuristic with constraint propagation is proposed which constructs initial solutions under a parallel framework. Based on constraint propagation, three filtering rules are designed to intersecting with three greedy functions, so the variable domain is narrowed in the process of the construction. The parallel framework is served to show its robustness in terms of the quality of the solution since it greatly increases the performance of obtaining the best solution. In the computational experiments, 109 instances of 3 sets from the CSPLib's benchmarks are used to test the performance of the proposed method. Experiment results show that the proposed method outperforms others in acquiring the best-known results for 85 best-known results of 109 are obtained with only one construction. The proposed research provides an avenue to remedy the deficiencies of "sliding windows" technique and construct high quality initial solutions.

  14. Propagation of acoustic shock waves between parallel rigid boundaries and into shadow zones

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    Desjouy, C. Ollivier, S.; Dragna, D.; Blanc-Benon, P.; Marsden, O.

    2015-10-28

    The study of acoustic shock propagation in complex environments is of great interest for urban acoustics, but also for source localization, an underlying problematic in military applications. To give a better understanding of the phenomenon taking place during the propagation of acoustic shocks, laboratory-scale experiments and numerical simulations were performed to study the propagation of weak shock waves between parallel rigid boundaries, and into shadow zones created by corners. In particular, this work focuses on the study of the local interactions taking place between incident, reflected, and diffracted waves according to the geometry in both regular or irregular – also called Von Neumann – regimes of reflection. In this latter case, an irregular reflection can lead to the formation of a Mach stem that can modify the spatial distribution of the acoustic pressure. Short duration acoustic shock waves were produced by a 20 kilovolts electric spark source and a schlieren optical method was used to visualize the incident shockfront and the reflection/diffraction patterns. Experimental results are compared to numerical simulations based on the high-order finite difference solution of the two dimensional Navier-Stokes equations.

  15. Propagation of acoustic shock waves between parallel rigid boundaries and into shadow zones

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    Desjouy, C.; Ollivier, S.; Marsden, O.; Dragna, D.; Blanc-Benon, P.

    2015-10-01

    The study of acoustic shock propagation in complex environments is of great interest for urban acoustics, but also for source localization, an underlying problematic in military applications. To give a better understanding of the phenomenon taking place during the propagation of acoustic shocks, laboratory-scale experiments and numerical simulations were performed to study the propagation of weak shock waves between parallel rigid boundaries, and into shadow zones created by corners. In particular, this work focuses on the study of the local interactions taking place between incident, reflected, and diffracted waves according to the geometry in both regular or irregular - also called Von Neumann - regimes of reflection. In this latter case, an irregular reflection can lead to the formation of a Mach stem that can modify the spatial distribution of the acoustic pressure. Short duration acoustic shock waves were produced by a 20 kilovolts electric spark source and a schlieren optical method was used to visualize the incident shockfront and the reflection/diffraction patterns. Experimental results are compared to numerical simulations based on the high-order finite difference solution of the two dimensional Navier-Stokes equations.

  16. Dissipative solitary kinetic Alfven wave and energetic electron acceleration

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    Wu, D. J.

    Some recent studies of observations in situ by space satellites show that low frequency electromagnetic fluctuations in the auroral ionosphere and magnetosphere can often be identified as soliatry kinetic Alfven waves (SKAWs), and further analyses of data reveal clearly that electron collisional dissipation can considerably affect the structure and evolution of SKAWs. Here, we report a model of nonlinear kinetic Alfven waves that takes dissipative effect into account, called a dissipative SKAW (DSKAW). The results show that DSKAW can produce a local shock-like structure with a net parallel electric potential drop, in which the associated parallel electric field is primarily caused by nonlinear electron inertia. In particular, it is argued that DSKAW can accelerate electrons efficiently to the order of the local Alfven velocity. We suggest that DSKAW can provide an efficient acceleration mechanism for energetic electrons of tens keV, which can frequently be encountered in solar micro-wave radio and hard X-ray bursts.

  17. COUPLED ALFVEN AND KINK OSCILLATIONS IN CORONAL LOOPS

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    Pascoe, D. J.; Wright, A. N.; De Moortel, I.

    2010-03-10

    Observations have revealed ubiquitous transverse velocity perturbation waves propagating in the solar corona. However, there is ongoing discussion regarding their interpretation as kink or Alfven waves. To investigate the nature of transverse waves propagating in the solar corona and their potential for use as a coronal diagnostic in MHD seismology, we perform three-dimensional numerical simulations of footpoint-driven transverse waves propagating in a low beta plasma. We consider the cases of both a uniform medium and one with loop-like density structure and perform a parametric study for our structuring parameters. When density structuring is present, resonant absorption in inhomogeneous layers leads to the coupling of the kink mode to the Alfven mode. The decay of the propagating kink wave as energy is transferred to the local Alfven mode is in good agreement with a modified interpretation of the analysis of Ruderman and Roberts for standing kink modes. Numerical simulations support the most general interpretation of the observed loop oscillations as a coupling of the kink and Alfven modes. This coupling may account for the observed predominance of outward wave power in longer coronal loops since the observed damping length is comparable to our estimate based on an assumption of resonant absorption as the damping mechanism.

  18. Evolution of large amplitude Alfven waves in solar wind plasmas: Kinetic-fluid models

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    Nariyuki, Y.

    2014-12-01

    Large amplitude Alfven waves are ubiquitously observed in solar wind plasmas. Mjolhus(JPP, 1976) and Mio et al(JPSJ, 1976) found that nonlinear evolution of the uni-directional, parallel propagating Alfven waves can be described by the derivative nonlinear Schrodinger equation (DNLS). Later, the multi-dimensional extension (Mjolhus and Wyller, JPP, 1988; Passot and Sulem, POP, 1993; Gazol et al, POP, 1999) and ion kinetic modification (Mjolhus and Wyller, JPP, 1988; Spangler, POP, 1989; Medvedev and Diamond, POP, 1996; Nariyuki et al, POP, 2013) of DNLS have been reported. Recently, Nariyuki derived multi-dimensional DNLS from an expanding box model of the Hall-MHD system (Nariyuki, submitted). The set of equations including the nonlinear evolution of compressional wave modes (TDNLS) was derived by Hada(GRL, 1993). DNLS can be derived from TDNLS by rescaling of the variables (Mjolhus, Phys. Scr., 2006). Nariyuki and Hada(JPSJ, 2007) derived a kinetically modified TDNLS by using a simple Landau closure (Hammet and Perkins, PRL, 1990; Medvedev and Diamond, POP, 1996). In the present study, we revisit the ion kinetic modification of multi-dimensional TDNLS through more rigorous derivations, which is consistent with the past kinetic modification of DNLS. Although the original TDNLS was derived in the multi-dimensional form, the evolution of waves with finite propagation angles in TDNLS has not been paid much attention. Applicability of the resultant models to solar wind turbulence is discussed.

  19. Anomalous skin effects in relativistic parallel propagating weakly magnetized electron plasma waves

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    Abbas, Gohar; Bashir, M. F.; Murtaza, G.

    2011-10-15

    Fully relativistic analysis of anomalous skin effects for parallel propagating waves in a weakly magnetized electron plasma is presented and general expressions for longitudinal and transverse permittivites are derived. It is found that the penetration depth for R- and L-waves increases as we move from non-relativistic to highly relativistic regime. The ambient magnetic field reduces/enhances the skin effects for R-wave/L-wave as the strength of the field is increased. In general, the weak magnetic field effects are pronounced for the weakly relativistic regime as compared with other relativistic cases. The results are also graphically illustrated. On switching off the magnetic field, previous results for field free case are retrieved [A. F. Alexandrov, A. S. Bogdankevich, and A. A. Rukhadze, Priniples of Plasma Electrodynamics (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, 1984), Vol. 9, p. 106].

  20. In situ evidence of the modification of the parallel propagation of EMIC waves by heated He+ ions

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    Yuan, Zhigang; Yu, Xiongdong; Wang, Dedong; Huang, Shiyong; Li, Haimeng; Yu, Tao; Qiao, Zheng; Wygant, John R.; Funsten, Herbert O.

    2016-07-01

    With observations of the Van Allen Probe B, we report in situ evidence of the modification of the parallel propagating electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves by heated He+ ions. In the outer boundary of the plasmasphere, accompanied with the He+ ion heating, the frequency bands of H+ and He+ for EMIC waves merged into each other, leading to the disappearance of a usual stop band between the gyrofrequency of He+ ions (ΩHe+) and the H+ cutoff frequency (ωH+co) in the cold plasma. Moreover, the dispersion relation for EMIC waves theoretically calculated with the observed plasma parameters also demonstrates that EMIC waves can indeed parallel propagate across ΩHe+. Therefore, the paper provides an in situ evidence of the modification of the parallel propagation of EMIC waves by heated He+ ions.

  1. On reflection of Alfven waves in the solar wind

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    Krogulec, M.; Musielak, Z. E.; Suess, S. T.; Moore, R. L.; Nerney, S. F.

    1993-01-01

    We have revisited the problem of propagation of toroidal and linear Alfven waves formulated by Heinemann and Olbert (1980) to compare WKB and non-WKB waves and their effects on the solar wind. They considered two solar wind models and showed that reflection is important for Alfven waves with periods of the order of one day and longer, and that non-WKB Alfven waves are no more effective in accelerating the solar wind than WKB waves. There are several recently published papers which seem to indicate that Alfven waves with periods of the order of several minutes should be treated as non-WKB waves and that these non-WKB waves exert a stronger acceleration force than WKB waves. The purpose of this paper is to study the origin of these discrepancies by performing parametric studies of the behavior of the waves under a variety of different conditions. In addition, we want to investigate two problems that have not been addressed by Heinemann and Olbert, namely, calculate the efficiency of Alfven wave reflection by using the reflection coefficient and identify the region of strongest wave reflection in different wind models. To achieve these goals, we investigated the influence of temperature, electron density distribution, wind velocity and magnetic field strength on the waves. The obtained results clearly demonstrate that Alfven wave reflection is strongly model dependent and that the strongest reflection can be expected in models with the base temperatures higher than 10(exp 6) K and with the base densities lower than 7 x 10(exp 7) cm(exp -3). In these models as well as in the models with lower temperatures and higher densities, Alfven waves with periods as short as several minutes have negligible reflection so that they can be treated as WKB waves; however, for Alfven waves with periods of the order of one hour or longer reflection is significant, requiring a non-WKB treatment. We also show that non-WKB, linear Alfven waves are always less effective in accelerating the

  2. Reflection of Alfven waves in the solar wind

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    Krogulec, M.; Musielak, Z. E.; Suess, S. T.; Nerney, S. F.; Moore, R. L.

    1994-01-01

    We have revisited the problem of propagation of toroidal and linear Alfven waves formulated by Heinemann and Olbert (1980) to compare Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (WKB) and non-WKB waves and their effects on the solar wind. They considered two solar wind models and showed that reflection is important for Alfven waves with periods of the order of one day and longer and that non-WKB Alfven waves are no more effective in accelerating the solar wind than in WKB waves. There are several recently published papers that seem to indicate that Alfven waves with periods of the order of several minutes should be treated as non-WKB waves and that these non-WKB waves exert a stronger acceleration force than WKB waves. The purposse of this paper is to study the origin of these discrepancies by performing parametric studies of the behavior of the waves under a variety of different conditions. In addition, we want to investigate two problems that have not been addressed by Heinimann and Olbert, namely, calculate the efficieny of Alfven wave reflection by using the reflection coefficient and identfy the region of strongest wave reflection in different wind models. To achieve these goals, we investigate the influence of temperature, electron desity distribution, wind velocity, and magnetic field strength on te waves. The obtained results clearly demonstrate that Alfven wave reflection is strongly model dependent and that the strongest reflection can be expected in models with the base temperatures higher than 10(exp 6) K and with the base densities lower than 7 x 10(exp 7)/cu cm. In these models as well as in the models with lower temperatures and higher densities Alfven waves with periods as short as several minutes have negligible reflection so that they can be treated as WKB waves; however, for Alfven waves with periods of the order of one hour or longer reflection is significant, requiring a non-WKB treatment. We also show that non-WKB, linear Alfven waves are always less effective

  3. Magnetospheric filter effect for Pc 3 Alfven mode waves

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    Zhang, X.; Comfort, R. H.; Gallagher, D. L.; Green, J. L.; Musielak, Z. E.; Moore, T. E.

    1995-01-01

    We present a ray-tracing study of the propagation of Pc 3 Alfven mode waves originating at the dayside magnetopause. This study reveals interesting features of magnetospheric filter effect for these waves. Pc 3 Alfven mode waves cannot penetrate to low Earth altitudes unless the wave frequency is below approximately 30 mHz. Configurations of the dispersion curves and the refractive index show that the gyroresonance and pseudo-cutoff introduced by the heavy ion O(+) block the waves. When the O(+) concentration is removed from the plasma composition, the barriers caused by the O(+) no longer exist, and waves with much higher frequencies than 30 mHz can penetrate to low altitudes. The result that the 30 mHz or lower frequency Alfven waves can be guided to low altitudes agrees with ground-based power spectrum observation at high altitudes.

  4. Magnetospheric filter effect for Pc 3 Alfven mode waves

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    Zhang, X.; Comfort, R. H.; Gallagher, D. L.; Green, J. L.; Musielak, Z. E.; Moore, T. E.

    1994-01-01

    We present a ray-tracing study of the propagation of Pc 3 Alfven mode waves originating at the dayside magnetopause. This study reveals interesting features of a magnetospheric filter effect for these waves. Pc 3 Alfven mode waves cannot penetrate to low Earth altitudes unless the wave frequency is below approximately 30 mHz. Configurations of the dispersion curves and the refractive index show that the gyroresonance and pseudo-cutoff introduced by the heavy ion O(+) block the waves. When the O(+) concentration is removed from the plasma composition, the barriers caused by the O(+) no longer exist, and waves with much higher frequencies than 30 mHz can penetrate to low altitudes. The result that the 30 mHz or lower frequency Alfven waves can be guided to low altitudes agrees with ground-based power spectrum observations at high latitudes.

  5. Absolute and convective instabilities of parallel propagating circularly polarized Alfvén waves: Beat instability

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    Simpson, D.; Ruderman, M. S.

    2005-06-01

    Ruderman and Simpson [Phys. Plasmas 11, 4178 (2004)] studied the absolute and convective decay instabilities of parallel propagating circularly polarized Alfvén waves in plasmas where the sound speed cS is smaller than the Alfvén speed υA. We extend their analysis for the beat instability which occurs in plasmas with cS>υA. We assume that the dimensionless amplitude of the circularly polarized Alfvén wave (pump wave), a, is small. Applying Briggs' method we study the problem analytically using expansions in power series with respect to a. It is shown that the pump wave is absolutely unstable in a reference frame moving with the velocity U with respect to the rest plasma if UlUr, the instability is convective. The signaling problem is studied in a reference frame where the pump wave is convectively unstable. It is shown that the spatially amplifying waves exist only when the signaling frequency is in two narrow symmetric frequency bands with the widths of the order of a3. These results enable us to extend for the case when cS>υA the conclusions, previously made for the case when cS<υA, that circularly polarized Alfvén waves propagating in the solar wind are convectively unstable in a reference frame of any spacecraft moving with the velocity not exceeding a few tens of km/s in the solar reference frame. The characteristic scale of spatial amplification for these waves exceeds 1a.u.

  6. Influence of Electron Nongyrotropy and Anisotropy on Parallel Wave Propagation: Numerical Analyses

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    Alves, M. Virginia; Simões, Fernando J. R., Jr.

    2010-05-01

    Observations in space plasma have shown that high energy particles have some degree of gyrophase organization. The importance of nongyrotropic electron distribution in the upstream of the Earth's bow shock is yet not fully understood. A nongyrotropic magnetoplasmas with a background magnetic field B0 in the x direction have at least one particle population whose unperturbed distribution function depends on the gyrophase angle φ = arctan(vz/vy), where vz and vyare the velocity components perpendicular to B0. This work investigates the influence of a nongyrotropic electron beam on the coupling between the electromagnetic modes of parallel propagation in the presence of a background gyrotropic plasma. We use plasma parameters based on observational data from the Earth's bow shock. We assume that the distribution functions are of type F(vk, v⊥), in which the velocities are considered both parallel (vk), and perpendicular (v⊥) to the background magnetic field. Positive ions provide an immobile neutralizing background. We numerically solve the dispersion relation to find what conditions are necessary to generate plasma instability and mode coupling. We explore the importance of the relevant parameters in driving instabilities: the ratio of electron plasma frequency to electron cyclotron frequency, the gyrophase angle, and the temperature anisotropy. We confirm previous results that nongyrotropy can bring mode coupling. However, it occurs only for specific degrees of nongyrotropy. More important, we observe that when the anisotropy in the system brings sufficient free energy to start instabilities, the presence of nongyrotropic electrons plays an important role to change the growth rate, both in amplitude and in the range of wave number.

  7. Parallel Scene Generation/Electromagnetic Modeling of Complex Targets in Complex Clutter and Propagation Environments

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    2005-10-01

    COMPLEX TARGETS IN COMPLEX CLUTTER AND PROPAGATION ENVIRONMENTS Black River Systems Company APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE... PROPAGATION ENVIRONMENTS 6. AUTHOR(S) Milissa Benincasa, Tapan Sarkar, Christopher Card, Carl Thomas, Eric Mokole, Douglas Taylor, Richard Schneible, Ravi...targets (today’s capability) to accurate modeling of complex targets in complex environments with all their associated scattering and propagation

  8. Kinetic Alfven wave instability in a Lorentzian dusty magnetoplasma

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    Rubab, N.; Biernat, H. K.; Erkaev, N. V.; Langmayr, D.

    2010-10-15

    This study presents a theoretical approach to analyze the influence of kappa distributed streaming ions and magnetized electrons on the plasma wave propagation in the presence of dust by employing two-potential theory. In particular, analytical expressions under certain conditions are derived for various modes of propagation comprising of kinetic Alfven wave streaming instability, two stream instability, and dust acoustic and whistler waves. A dispersion relation for kinetic Alfven-like streaming instability has been derived. The effects of dust particles and Lorentzian index on the growth rates and the threshold streaming velocity for the excitation of the instability are examined. The streaming velocity is observed to be destabilizing for slow motion and stabilizing for fast streaming motions. It is also observed that the presence of magnetic field and superthermal particles hinders the growth rate of instability. Possible applications to various space and astrophysical situations are discussed.

  9. Analysis and gyrokinetic simulation of MHD Alfven wave interactions

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    Nielson, Kevin Derek

    The study of low-frequency turbulence in magnetized plasmas is a difficult problem due to both the enormous range of scales involved and the variety of physics encompassed over this range. Much of the progress that has been made in turbulence theory is based upon a result from incompressible magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), in which energy is only transferred from large scales to small via the collision of Alfven waves propagating oppositely along the mean magnetic field. Improvements in laboratory devices and satellite measurements have demonstrated that, while theories based on this premise are useful over inertial ranges, describing turbulence at scales that approach particle gyroscales requires new theory. In this thesis, we examine the limits of incompressible MHD theory in describing collisions between pairs of Alfven waves. This interaction represents the fundamental unit of plasma turbulence. To study this interaction, we develop an analytic theory describing the nonlinear evolution of interacting Alfven waves and compare this theory to simulations performed using the gyrokinetic code AstroGK. Gyrokinetics captures a much richer set of physics than that described by incompressible MHD, and is well-suited to describing Alfvenic turbulence around the ion gyroscale. We demonstrate that AstroGK is well suited to the study of physical Alfven waves by reproducing laboratory Alfven dispersion data collected using the LAPD. Additionally, we have developed an initialization alogrithm for use with AstroGK that allows exact Alfven eigenmodes to be initialized with user specified amplitudes and phases. We demonstrate that our analytic theory based upon incompressible MHD gives excellent agreement with gyrokinetic simulations for weakly turbulent collisions in the limit that k⊥rho i << 1. In this limit, agreement is observed in the time evolution of nonlinear products, and in the strength of nonlinear interaction with respect to polarization and scale. We also examine the

  10. Ion Acceleration in Plasmas with Alfven Waves

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    O.Ya. Kolesnychenko; V.V. Lutsenko; R.B. White

    2005-06-15

    Effects of elliptically polarized Alfven waves on thermal ions are investigated. Both regular oscillations and stochastic motion of the particles are observed. It is found that during regular oscillations the energy of the thermal ions can reach magnitudes well exceeding the plasma temperature, the effect being largest in low-beta plasmas (beta is the ratio of the plasma pressure to the magnetic field pressure). Conditions of a low stochasticity threshold are obtained. It is shown that stochasticity can arise even for waves propagating along the magnetic field provided that the frequency spectrum is non-monochromatic. The analysis carried out is based on equations derived by using a Lagrangian formalism. A code solving these equations is developed. Steady-state perturbations and perturbations with the amplitude slowly varying in time are considered.

  11. Non-linear modulation of short wavelength compressional Alfven eigenmodes

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    Fredrickson, E. D.; Gorelenkov, N. N.; Podesta, M.; Gerhardt, S. P.; Bell, R. E.; Diallo, A.; LeBlanc, B.; Bortolon, A.; Crocker, N. A.; Levinton, F. M.; Yuh, H.

    2013-04-15

    Most Alfvenic activity in the frequency range between toroidal Alfven eigenmodes and roughly one half of the ion cyclotron frequency on National Spherical Torus eXperiment [Ono et al., Nucl. Fusion 40, 557 (2000)], that is, approximately 0.3 MHz up to Almost-Equal-To 1.2 MHz, are modes propagating counter to the neutral beam ions. These have been modeled as Compressional and Global Alfven Eigenmodes (CAE and GAE) and are excited through a Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonance with the beam ions. There is also a class of co-propagating modes at higher frequency than the counter-propagating CAE and GAE. These modes have been identified as CAE, and are seen mostly in the company of a low frequency, n = 1 kink-like mode. In this paper, we present measurements of the spectrum of these high frequency CAE (hfCAE) and their mode structure. We compare those measurements to a simple model of CAE and present a predator-prey type model of the curious non-linear coupling of the hfCAE and the low frequency kink-like mode.

  12. Reconstruction of a Broadband Spectrum of Alfvenic Fluctuations

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    Vinas, Adolfo F.; Fuentes, Pablo S. M.; Araneda, Jaime A.; Maneva, Yana G.

    2014-01-01

    Alfvenic fluctuations in the solar wind exhibit a high degree of velocities and magnetic field correlations consistent with Alfven waves propagating away and toward the Sun. Two remarkable properties of these fluctuations are the tendencies to have either positive or negative magnetic helicity (-1 less than or equal to sigma(sub m) less than or equal to +1) associated with either left- or right- topological handedness of the fluctuations and to have a constant magnetic field magnitude. This paper provides, for the first time, a theoretical framework for reconstructing both the magnetic and velocity field fluctuations with a divergence-free magnetic field, with any specified power spectral index and normalized magnetic- and cross-helicity spectrum field fluctuations for any plasma species. The spectrum is constructed in the Fourier domain by imposing two conditions-a divergence-free magnetic field and the preservation of the sense of magnetic helicity in both spaces-as well as using Parseval's theorem for the conservation of energy between configuration and Fourier spaces. Applications to the one-dimensional spatial Alfvenic propagation are presented. The theoretical construction is in agreement with typical time series and power spectra properties observed in the solar wind. The theoretical ideas presented in this spectral reconstruction provide a foundation for more realistic simulations of plasma waves, solar wind turbulence, and the propagation of energetic particles in such fluctuating fields.

  13. BENCHMARKING FAST-TO-ALFVEN MODE CONVERSION IN A COLD MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC PLASMA

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    Cally, Paul S.; Hansen, Shelley C. E-mail: shelley.hansen@monash.edu

    2011-09-10

    Alfven waves may be generated via mode conversion from fast magnetoacoustic waves near their reflection level in the solar atmosphere, with implications both for coronal oscillations and for active region helioseismology. In active regions this reflection typically occurs high enough that the Alfven speed a greatly exceeds the sound speed c, well above the a = c level where the fast and slow modes interact. In order to focus on the fundamental characteristics of fast/Alfven conversion, stripped of unnecessary detail, it is therefore useful to freeze out the slow mode by adopting the gravitationally stratified cold magnetohydrodynamic model c {yields} 0. This provides a benchmark for fast-to-Alfven mode conversion in more complex atmospheres. Assuming a uniform inclined magnetic field and an exponential Alfven speed profile with density scale height h, the Alfven conversion coefficient depends on three variables only: the dimensionless transverse-to-the-stratification wavenumber {kappa} = kh, the magnetic field inclination from the stratification direction {theta}, and the polarization angle {phi} of the wavevector relative to the plane containing the stratification and magnetic field directions. We present an extensive exploration of mode conversion in this parameter space and conclude that near-total conversion to outward-propagating Alfven waves typically occurs for small {theta} and large {phi} (80{sup 0}-90{sup 0}), though it is absent entirely when {theta} is exactly zero (vertical field). For wavenumbers of helioseismic interest, the conversion region is broad enough to encompass the whole chromosphere.

  14. ENERGY CONTENT AND PROPAGATION IN TRANSVERSE SOLAR ATMOSPHERIC WAVES

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    Goossens, M.; Van Doorsselaere, T.; Soler, R.; Verth, G.

    2013-05-10

    Recently, a significant amount of transverse wave energy has been estimated propagating along solar atmospheric magnetic fields. However, these estimates have been made with the classic bulk Alfven wave model which assumes a homogeneous plasma. In this paper, the kinetic, magnetic, and total energy densities and the flux of energy are computed for transverse MHD waves in one-dimensional cylindrical flux tube models with a piecewise constant or continuous radial density profile. There are fundamental deviations from the properties for classic bulk Alfven waves. (1) There is no local equipartition between kinetic and magnetic energy. (2) The flux of energy and the velocity of energy transfer have, in addition to a component parallel to the magnetic field, components in the planes normal to the magnetic field. (3) The energy densities and the flux of energy vary spatially, contrary to the case of classic bulk Alfven waves. This last property has the important consequence that the energy flux computed with the well known expression for bulk Alfven waves could overestimate the real flux by a factor in the range 10-50, depending on the flux tube equilibrium properties.

  15. Big Data: A Parallel Particle Swarm Optimization-Back-Propagation Neural Network Algorithm Based on MapReduce.

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    Cao, Jianfang; Cui, Hongyan; Shi, Hao; Jiao, Lijuan

    2016-01-01

    A back-propagation (BP) neural network can solve complicated random nonlinear mapping problems; therefore, it can be applied to a wide range of problems. However, as the sample size increases, the time required to train BP neural networks becomes lengthy. Moreover, the classification accuracy decreases as well. To improve the classification accuracy and runtime efficiency of the BP neural network algorithm, we proposed a parallel design and realization method for a particle swarm optimization (PSO)-optimized BP neural network based on MapReduce on the Hadoop platform using both the PSO algorithm and a parallel design. The PSO algorithm was used to optimize the BP neural network's initial weights and thresholds and improve the accuracy of the classification algorithm. The MapReduce parallel programming model was utilized to achieve parallel processing of the BP algorithm, thereby solving the problems of hardware and communication overhead when the BP neural network addresses big data. Datasets on 5 different scales were constructed using the scene image library from the SUN Database. The classification accuracy of the parallel PSO-BP neural network algorithm is approximately 92%, and the system efficiency is approximately 0.85, which presents obvious advantages when processing big data. The algorithm proposed in this study demonstrated both higher classification accuracy and improved time efficiency, which represents a significant improvement obtained from applying parallel processing to an intelligent algorithm on big data.

  16. Big Data: A Parallel Particle Swarm Optimization-Back-Propagation Neural Network Algorithm Based on MapReduce

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    Cao, Jianfang; Cui, Hongyan; Shi, Hao; Jiao, Lijuan

    2016-01-01

    A back-propagation (BP) neural network can solve complicated random nonlinear mapping problems; therefore, it can be applied to a wide range of problems. However, as the sample size increases, the time required to train BP neural networks becomes lengthy. Moreover, the classification accuracy decreases as well. To improve the classification accuracy and runtime efficiency of the BP neural network algorithm, we proposed a parallel design and realization method for a particle swarm optimization (PSO)-optimized BP neural network based on MapReduce on the Hadoop platform using both the PSO algorithm and a parallel design. The PSO algorithm was used to optimize the BP neural network’s initial weights and thresholds and improve the accuracy of the classification algorithm. The MapReduce parallel programming model was utilized to achieve parallel processing of the BP algorithm, thereby solving the problems of hardware and communication overhead when the BP neural network addresses big data. Datasets on 5 different scales were constructed using the scene image library from the SUN Database. The classification accuracy of the parallel PSO-BP neural network algorithm is approximately 92%, and the system efficiency is approximately 0.85, which presents obvious advantages when processing big data. The algorithm proposed in this study demonstrated both higher classification accuracy and improved time efficiency, which represents a significant improvement obtained from applying parallel processing to an intelligent algorithm on big data. PMID:27304987

  17. Spatio-temporal PLC activation in parallel with intracellular Ca2+ wave propagation in mechanically stimulated single MDCK cells.

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    Tsukamoto, Akira; Hayashida, Yasunori; Furukawa, Katsuko S; Ushida, Takashi

    2010-03-01

    Intracellular Ca2+ transients are evoked either by the opening of Ca2+ channels on the plasma membrane or by phospholipase C (PLC) activation resulting in IP3 production. Ca2+ wave propagation is known to occur in mechanically stimulated cells; however, it remains uncertain whether and how PLC activation is involved in intracellular Ca2+ wave propagation in mechanically stimulated cells. To answer these questions, it is indispensable to clarify the spatio-temporal relations between intracellular Ca2+ wave propagation and PLC activation. Thus, we visualized both cytosolic Ca2+ and PLC activation using a real-time dual-imaging system in individual Mardin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cells. This system allowed us to simultaneously observe intracellular Ca2+ wave propagation and PLC activation in a spatio-temporal manner in a single mechanically stimulated MDCK cell. The results showed that PLC was activated not only in the mechanically stimulated region but also in other subcellular regions in parallel with intracellular Ca2+ wave propagation. These results support a model in which PLC is involved in Ca2+ signaling amplification in mechanically stimulated cells.

  18. Existence and damping of toroidicity-induced Alfven eigenmodes

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    Mahajan, S.M.; Mett, R.R.

    1991-12-01

    A new method of analyzing the toroidicity-induced Alfven eigenmode (TAE) from kinetic theory is presented. The analysis includes electron parallel dynamics non-perturbatively, an effect which is found to strongly influence the character and damping of the TAE -- contrary to previous theoretical predictions. The normal electron Landau damping of the TAE is found to be higher than previously expected, and may explain recent experimental measurements of the TAE damping coefficient. 11 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab.

  19. Effects of propagation parallel to the magnetic field on the type 1 electrojet irregularity instability

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    Lee, K.; Kennel, C. F.

    1972-01-01

    A simple analysis is presented which indicates that Type 1 irregularities which have a slight component of propagation along the magnetic field may be more unstable than those which propagate across the field. It was found that significant irregularity amplitudes may occur at the northern or southern extremities of the equatorial electrojet from those modes with large north-south group velocity, and they could significantly change our understanding of nonlinear solutions of the electrojet instability.

  20. Drift-Alfven instabilities of a finite beta plasma shear flow along a magnetic field

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    Mikhailenko, V. V.; Mikhailenko, V. S.; Lee, Hae June

    2016-02-01

    It was derived that the drift-Alfven instabilities with the shear flow parallel to the magnetic field have significant difference from the drift-Alfven instabilities of a shearless plasma when the ion temperature is comparable with electron temperature for a finite plasma beta. The velocity shear not only modifies the frequency and the growth rate of the known drift-Alfven instability, which develops due to the inverse electron Landau damping, but also triggers a combined effect of the velocity shear and the inverse ion Landau damping, which manifests the development of the ion kinetic shear-flow-driven drift-Alfven instability. The excited unstable waves have the phase velocities along the magnetic field comparable with the ion thermal velocity, and the growth rate is comparable with the frequency. The development of this instability may be the efficient mechanism of the ion energization in shear flows.

  1. Global SH-wave propagation in a 2D whole Moon model using the parallel hybrid PSM/FDM method

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    Jiang, Xianghua; Wang, Yanbin; Qin, Yanfang; Takenaka, Hiroshi

    2015-06-01

    We present numerical modeling of SH-wave propagation for the recently proposed whole Moon model and try to improve our understanding of lunar seismic wave propagation. We use a hybrid PSM/FDM method on staggered grids to solve the wave equations and implement the calculation on a parallel PC cluster to improve the computing efficiency. Features of global SH-wave propagation are firstly discussed for a 100-km shallow and 900-km deep moonquakes, respectively. Effects of frequency range and lateral variation of crust thickness are then investigated with various models. Our synthetic waveforms are finally compared with observed Apollo data to show the features of wave propagation that were produced by our model and those not reproduced by our models. Our numerical modeling show that the low-velocity upper crust plays significant role in the development of reverberating wave trains. Increasing frequency enhances the strength and duration of the reverberations. Surface multiples dominate wavefields for shallow event. Core-mantle reflections can be clearly identified for deep event at low frequency. The layered whole Moon model and the low-velocity upper crust produce the reverberating wave trains following each phases consistent with observation. However, more realistic Moon model should be considered in order to explain the strong and slow decay scattering between various phases shown on observation data.

  2. Weakening of magnetohydrodynamic interchange instabilities by Alfven waves

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    Benilov, E. S.; Hassam, A. B.

    2008-02-15

    Alfven waves, made to propagate along an ambient magnetic field and polarized transverse to a gravitational field g, with wave amplitude stratified along g, are shown to reduce the growth rate of interchange instability by increasing the effective inertia by a factor of 1+(B{sub y}{sup '}/B{sub z}k{sub z}){sup 2}, where B{sub z} is the ambient magnetic field, k{sub z} is the wavenumber, and B{sub y}{sup '} is the wave amplitude shear. Appropriately placed Alfven wave power could thus be used to enhance the stability of interchange and ballooning modes in tokamaks and other interchange-limited magnetically confined plasmas.

  3. The interaction of Io's Alfven waves with the Jovian magnetosphere

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    Wright, A. N.

    1987-09-01

    A numerical solution for the propagation of the Alfven waves produced by Io is presented. The waves are shown to interact strongly with the torus and magnetic-field inhomogeneities. Substantial reflection occurs from the magnetospheric medium, and only about a quarter of the wave power will reach the ionosphere on its first pass. It is concluded that both WKB and ray-tracing arguments are inappropriate, contrary to previous studies. A more realistic picture may be that of a whole field line or L shell resonating in an eigenmode. The Alfven structure behind Io and some possible features that it may exhibit are discussed. In particular, it may be possible to produce decametric arcs that are more closely spaced than ray tracing permits by exciting higher-harmonic eigenmodes of Io's L shell.

  4. Super-Alfvenic particle streaming in astrophysical settings

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    Holman, G. D.; Morrison, P. J.; Scott, J. S.; Ionson, J. A.

    1979-01-01

    The pitch angle scattering of relativistic particles by self-generated hydromagnetic waves is discussed. It is shown that in a hot background plasma, because of the resonant damping of short wavelength waves by thermal protons, cosmic rays need not slow down to a mean streaming speed which is of order the Alfven speed. The effects of a high cosmic ray energy density upon the destabilized wave model are also discussed. Recent work indicates that when the cosmic ray energy density is on the order of or exceeds the energy density in the ambient magnetic field, the velocity of the amplified waves is significantly greater than the Alfven speed. These effects have important implications for recent cosmic ray acceleration models and are important for studies of particle propagation in many astrophysical plasmas.

  5. Super-Alfvenic particle streaming in astrophysical settings

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    Holman, G. D.; Morrison, P. J.; Scott, J. S.; Ionson, J. A.

    1979-01-01

    The pitch angle scattering of relativistic particles by self-generated hydromagnetic waves is discussed. It is shown that in a hot background plasma, because of the resonant damping of short wavelength waves by thermal protons, cosmic rays need not slow down to a mean streaming speed which is of order the Alfven speed. The effects of a high cosmic ray energy density upon the destabilized wave model are also discussed. Recent work indicates that when the cosmic ray energy density is on the order of or exceeds the energy density in the ambient magnetic field, the velocity of the amplified waves is significantly greater than the Alfven speed. These effects have important implications for recent cosmic ray acceleration models and are important for studies of particle propagation in many astrophysical plasmas.

  6. Anisotropic Alfven-ballooning modes in the Earth's magnetosphere

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    Chan, A.A. . Dept. of Physics and Astronomy); Xia, Mengfen . Dept. of Physics); Chen, Liu . Plasma Physics Lab.)

    1993-05-01

    We have carried out a theoretical analysis of the stability and parallel structure of coupled shear-Alfven and slow-magnetosonic waves in the Earth's inner magnetosphere including effects of finite anisotropic plasma pressure. Multiscale perturbation analysis of the anisotropic Grad-Shafranov equation yields an approximate self-consistent magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equilibrium. This MHD equilibrium is used in the numerical solution of a set of eigenmode equations which describe the field line eigenfrequency, linear stability, and parallel eigenmode structure. We call these modes anisotropic Alfven-ballooning modes. The main results are: The field line eigenfrequency can be significantly lowered by finite pressure effects. The parallel mode structure of the transverse wave components is fairly insensitive to changes in the plasma pressure but the compressional magnetic component can become highly peaked near the magnetic equator due to increased pressure, especially when P[perpendicular] > P[parallel]. For the isotropic case ballooning instability can occur when the ratio of the plasma pressure to the magnetic pressure, exceeds a critical value [beta][sub o][sup B] [approx] 3.5 at the equator. Compared to the isotropic case the critical beta value is lowered by anisotropy, either due to decreased field-line-bending stabilization when P[parallel] > P[perpendicular], or due to increased ballooning-mirror destabilization when P[perpendicular] > P[parallel]. We use a [beta]-6 stability diagram'' to display the regions of instability with respect to the equatorial values of the parameters [bar [beta

  7. Highly Alfvenic Slow Solar Wind

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    Roberts, D. Aaron

    2010-01-01

    It is commonly thought that fast solar wind tends to be highly Alfvenic, with strong correlations between velocity and magnetic fluctuations, but examples have been known for over 20 years in which slow wind is both Alfvenic and has many other properties more typically expected of fast solar wind. This paper will present a search for examples of such flows from more recent data, and will begin to characterize the general characteristics of them. A very preliminary search suggests that such intervals are more common in the rising phase of the solar cycle. These intervals are important for providing constraints on models of solar wind acceleration, and in particular the role waves might or might not play in that process.

  8. Kinetic PIC simulations of reconnection signal propagation parallel to magnetic field lines: Implifications for substorms

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    Shay, M. A.; Drake, J. F.

    2009-12-01

    In a recent substorm case study using THEMIS data [1], it was inferred that auroral intensification occurred 96 seconds after reconnection onset initiated a substorm in the magnetotail. These conclusions have been the subject of some controversy [2,3]. The time delay between reconnection and auroral intensification requires a propagation speed significantly faster than can be explained by Alfvén waves. Kinetic Alfvén waves, however, can be much faster and could possibly explain the time lag. To test this possiblity, we simulate large scale reconnection events with the kinetic PIC code P3D and examine the disturbances on a magnetic field line as it propagates through a reconnection region. In the regions near the separatrices but relatively far from the x-line, the propagation physics is expected to be governed by the physics of kinetic Alfvén waves. Indeed, we find that the propagation speed of the magnetic disturbance roughly scales with kinetic Alfvén speeds. We also examine energization of electrons due to this disturbance. Consequences for our understanding of substorms will be discussed. [1] Angelopoulos, V. et al., Science, 321, 931, 2008. [2] Lui, A. T. Y., Science, 324, 1391-b, 2009. [3] Angelopoulos, V. et al., Science, 324, 1391-c, 2009.

  9. Alfven Continuum and Alfven Eigenmodes in the National Compact Stellarator Experiment

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    Fesenyuk, O. P.; Kolesnichenko, Ya. I.; Lutsenko, V. V.; White, R. B.; Yakovenko, Yu. V.

    2004-09-17

    The Alfven continuum (AC) in the National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX) is investigated with the AC code COBRA. The resonant interaction of Alfven eigenmodes and the fast ions produced by neutral beam injection is analyzed. Alfven eigenmodes residing in one of the widest gaps of the NCSX AC, the ellipticity-induced gap, are studied with the code BOA-E.

  10. Dynamics of Alfven solitons in inhomogeneous plasmas

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    Xu Tao; Li Lili; Lue Xing; Zhang Cheng; Tian Bo

    2008-10-15

    To provide an analytical scheme for the dynamical behavior of nonlinear Alfven waves in inhomogeneous plasmas, this paper investigates a generalized variable-coefficient derivative nonlinear Schroedinger equation. In the sense of admitting the Lax pair and infinitely many conservation laws, the integrability of this equation is established under certain coefficient constraint which suggests which inhomogeneities support stable Alfven solitons. The Hirota method is adopted to construct the one- and multi-Alfven-soliton solutions. The inhomogeneous soliton features are also discussed through analyzing some important physical quantities. A sample model is treated with our results, and graphical illustration presents two energy-radiating Alfven soliton structures.

  11. The cause of high-intensity long-duration continuous AE activity (HILDCAAS) - Interplanetary Alfven wave trains

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    Tsurutani, Bruce T.; Gonzalez, Walter D.

    1987-01-01

    It is shown that high intensity (AE of greater than 1,000 nT), long duration (T of greater than 2d) continuous auroral activity events are caused by outward (from the sun) propagating interplanetary Alfven wave trains. The Alfven waves are often (but not always) detected several days after major interplanetary events, such as shocks and solar wind density enhancements. Presumably, magnetic reconnection between the southward components of the Alfven wave magnetic fields and magnetospheric fields is the mechanism for transfer of solar wind energy to the magnetosphere.

  12. Winds from Luminous Late-Type Stars: II. Broadband Frequency Distribution of Alfven Waves

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    Airapetian, V.; Carpenter, K. G.; Ofman, L.

    2010-01-01

    We present the numerical simulations of winds from evolved giant stars using a fully non-linear, time dependent 2.5-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) code. This study extends our previous fully non-linear MHD wind simulations to include a broadband frequency spectrum of Alfven waves that drive winds from red giant stars. We calculated four Alfven wind models that cover the whole range of Alfven wave frequency spectrum to characterize the role of freely propagated and reflected Alfven waves in the gravitationally stratified atmosphere of a late-type giant star. Our simulations demonstrate that, unlike linear Alfven wave-driven wind models, a stellar wind model based on plasma acceleration due to broadband non-linear Alfven waves, can consistently reproduce the wide range of observed radial velocity profiles of the winds, their terminal velocities and the observed mass loss rates. Comparison of the calculated mass loss rates with the empirically determined mass loss rate for alpha Tau suggests an anisotropic and time-dependent nature of stellar winds from evolved giants.

  13. WINDS FROM LUMINOUS LATE-TYPE STARS. II. BROADBAND FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF ALFVEN WAVES

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    Airapetian, V.; Ofman, L.; Carpenter, K. G.

    2010-11-10

    We present the numerical simulations of winds from evolved giant stars using a fully nonlinear, time-dependent 2.5-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) code. This study extends our previous fully nonlinear MHD wind simulations to include a broadband frequency spectrum of Alfven waves that drive winds from red giant stars. We calculated four Alfven wind models that cover the whole range of the Alfven wave frequency spectrum to characterize the role of freely propagated and reflected Alfven waves in the gravitationally stratified atmosphere of a late-type giant star. Our simulations demonstrate that, unlike linear Alfven wave-driven wind models, a stellar wind model based on plasma acceleration due to broadband nonlinear Alfven waves can consistently reproduce the wide range of observed radial velocity profiles of the winds, their terminal velocities, and the observed mass-loss rates. Comparison of the calculated mass-loss rates with the empirically determined mass-loss rate for {alpha} Tau suggests an anisotropic and time-dependent nature of stellar winds from evolved giants.

  14. Parallel-propagated frame along null geodesics in higher-dimensional black hole spacetimes

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    Kubiznak, David; Frolov, Valeri P.; Connell, Patrick; Krtous, Pavel

    2009-01-15

    In [arXiv:0803.3259] the equations describing the parallel transport of orthonormal frames along timelike (spacelike) geodesics in a spacetime admitting a nondegenerate principal conformal Killing-Yano 2-form h were solved. The construction employed is based on studying the Darboux subspaces of the 2-form F obtained as a projection of h along the geodesic trajectory. In this paper we demonstrate that, although slightly modified, a similar construction is possible also in the case of null geodesics. In particular, we explicitly construct the parallel-transported frames along null geodesics in D=4, 5, 6 Kerr-NUT-(A)dS spacetimes. We further discuss the parallel transport along principal null directions in these spacetimes. Such directions coincide with the eigenvectors of the principal conformal Killing-Yano tensor. Finally, we show how to obtain a parallel-transported frame along null geodesics in the background of the 4D Plebanski-Demianski metric which admits only a conformal generalization of the Killing-Yano tensor.

  15. Ion gyroradius effects on Alfvenic field aligned currents and electron energization in planetary magnetospheres.

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    Damiano, P. A.; Johnson, J.; Chaston, C. C.; Fox, W. R., II; Delamere, P. A.; Stauffer, B. H.

    2015-12-01

    Alfvenic current systems are a ubiquitous feature of planetary magnetospheres that can be generated by several mechanisms including the braking of flows (e.g. associated with reconnection at substorm onset) and via moon-planet interactions. The energetic electrons needed to carry the field-aligned currents are generally thought to be accelerated on either electron inertial or ion acoustic gyroradius scale lengths in the limit of inertial and kinetic Alfven waves respectively. Recent 2D dipolar hybrid gyrofluid-kinetic electron simulations of kinetic Alfven waves (Damiano et al., JGR, 2015), associated with the braking of fast flows in the terrestrial magnetotail, have illustrated that hot ion effects can act to limit the extent of the parallel current (all along the field line) from what would be expected in the cold ion limit. This correspondingly affects the characteristics of the electron energization, reducing both the parallel elongation in the electron distribution function associated with electron trapping in the kinetic Alfven wave regime and the extent of high energy tails evident in the inertial Alfven wave region above the ionosphere. In this presentation, we build on these initial simulation results analyzing the characteristics of the parallel current system and electron acceleration (associated with both inertial and kinetic Alfven waves) for a range of wave amplitudes and ratios of the electron to ion temperature. One finding is that for a given ion temperature, increasing wave amplitude recovers some of the features of the electron energization evident in the cold ion limit, but this is modulated by the effect of wave energy dispersion perpendicular to the ambient magnetic field. These results will be summarized and the relevance and extension of this work to consider Alfvenic aurora in the Jupiter magnetosphere (e.g. via either interchange motion or the Io-Jupiter interaction) will also be discussed.

  16. Parallel Visualization of the optical pulse propagation through a doped optical fiber

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    Santos-Neto, Elizeu; Tenorio, Luiz; Fonseca, Eduardo; Cavalcanti, Solange; Hickmann, Jandir

    2001-06-01

    The numerical simulation of the simultaneous propagation of a pair of light pulses through a nonlinear doped optical fiber has recently provided many interesting results such as cloning, breakup and soliton interactions. This type of propagation is investigated within the framework of a pair of nonlinear Schrödinger equations together with a set of Bloch equations. The numerical simulations of these equations produce an enormous amount of data that are not easily interpreted depending on the resolution that these results are obtained. This problem is circumvented if one uses scientific visualization and the latter is significantly improved by using high performance computing. Therefore, in this work we have implemented an adaptation of both Visualization Tool Kit (VTK an open visualization library) and the Message Passing Interface (MPI) to run these applications on a cluster of computers. The basic idea is to produce a detailed visualization of the numerical data produced by the simulations of the propagation of a pair of optical pulses through nonlinear waveguide improving significantly the physical interpretation of the processes of cloning, breakup and soliton interactions.

  17. Surface/interface effects on the effective propagation constants of coherent waves in composites with random parallel nanofibers.

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    Kong, Zhi; Wei, Peijun; Jiao, Fengyu

    2016-07-01

    The effective propagation constants of elastic waves in an inhomogeneous medium with randomly distributed parallel cylindrical nanofibers are studied. First, the surface energy theory proposed by Huang and Wang (Handbook of Micromechanics and Nanomechanics, 2013) is used to derive the nontraditional boundary conditions on the surfaces of the nanoholes and the interfaces between the nanofibers and the host. Then, the scattering matrix of individual scatterer (cylindrical hole or nanofiber) is derived from the nontraditional boundary condition. The total wave field is obtained by considering the multiple scattering processes among the dispersive scatterers. The configuration average of the total wave field results in the coherent waves or the averaged waves. By using the corrected Linton-Martin formula, the effective propagation constants (effective speed and effective attenuation) of the coherent waves are estimated. The in-plane waves (P and SV waves) and the anti-plane waves (SH wave) are considered, respectively, and the numerical results are shown graphically. Apart from the effects of surface elasticity, the effects of inertia of surface/interface and the effects of residual surface tension (which are often ignored in the previous literature) are also considered. Moreover, the influences of the nonsymmetric parts of in-plane surface stress and the out-of-plane parts of the surface stress are both discussed first based on the numerical examples. These investigations show the underestimation and overestimation of effective propagation constants caused by various simplifications.

  18. Neurite, a Finite Difference Large Scale Parallel Program for the Simulation of Electrical Signal Propagation in Neurites under Mechanical Loading

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    García-Grajales, Julián A.; Rucabado, Gabriel; García-Dopico, Antonio; Peña, José-María; Jérusalem, Antoine

    2015-01-01

    With the growing body of research on traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, computational neuroscience has recently focused its modeling efforts on neuronal functional deficits following mechanical loading. However, in most of these efforts, cell damage is generally only characterized by purely mechanistic criteria, functions of quantities such as stress, strain or their corresponding rates. The modeling of functional deficits in neurites as a consequence of macroscopic mechanical insults has been rarely explored. In particular, a quantitative mechanically based model of electrophysiological impairment in neuronal cells, Neurite, has only very recently been proposed. In this paper, we present the implementation details of this model: a finite difference parallel program for simulating electrical signal propagation along neurites under mechanical loading. Following the application of a macroscopic strain at a given strain rate produced by a mechanical insult, Neurite is able to simulate the resulting neuronal electrical signal propagation, and thus the corresponding functional deficits. The simulation of the coupled mechanical and electrophysiological behaviors requires computational expensive calculations that increase in complexity as the network of the simulated cells grows. The solvers implemented in Neurite—explicit and implicit—were therefore parallelized using graphics processing units in order to reduce the burden of the simulation costs of large scale scenarios. Cable Theory and Hodgkin-Huxley models were implemented to account for the electrophysiological passive and active regions of a neurite, respectively, whereas a coupled mechanical model accounting for the neurite mechanical behavior within its surrounding medium was adopted as a link between electrophysiology and mechanics. This paper provides the details of the parallel implementation of Neurite, along with three different application examples: a long myelinated axon, a segmented

  19. The stationary Alfven wave in laboratory and space regimes

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    Finnegan, S. M.

    In this thesis, a non-linear, collisional, two-fluid model of uniform plasma convection across field-aligned current (FAC) sheets, describing stationary Alfven (StA) waves is developed in support of laboratory experiments performed to test the hypothesis that a stationary inertial Alfven wave pattern forms within a channel of parallel electron current across which plasma is convected. In a previous work, Knudsen (D. J. Knudsen, J. Geophys. Res. 101, 10,761 (1996)) showed that, for cold, collisionless plasma, stationary inertial Alfven (StIA) waves can accelerate electrons parallel to a background magnetic field and cause large, time-independent plasma-density variations having spatial periodicity in the direction of the convective flow over a broad range of spatial scales and energies. Here, Knudsen's model has been generalized for warm, collisional, anisotropic plasma. The inclusion of parallel electron thermal pressure introduces dispersive effects which extend the model to the kinetic (beta > me/mi) regime. The effects of both ion-neutral and electron-ion collisional resistivity on StIA and stationary kinetic Alfven (StKA) wave solutions is studied. Conditions for both periodic and solitary wave solutions are identified. In the small amplitude limit, it is shown that the StA wave equation reduces to the differential equation describing the behavior of a forced harmonic oscillator. Analytical solutions are obtained for both a step and impulse, of finite width, forcing functions. Plasma rotation experiments in the West Virginia University Q-machine (WVUQ) demonstrate that an electron-emitting spiral electrode produces controllable, parabolic radial profile of floating potential, while the space potential showed no such structure. Laser-induced fluorescence measurements confirmed that the azimuthal ion drift velocity is inconsistent with a drift due to a gradient in the space potential. Experiments designed to produce StIA wave signatures were performed in the

  20. Alfven Waves in the Solar Wind, Magnetosheath, and Outer Magnetosphere

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    Sibeck, D. G.

    2007-01-01

    Alfven waves Propagating outward from the Sun are ubiquitous in the solar wind and play a major role in the solar wind-magnetosphere interaction. The passage of the waves generally occurs in the form of a series of discrete steepened discontinuities, each of which results in an abrupt change in the interplanetary magnetic field direction. Some orientations of the magnetic field permit particles energized at the Earth's bow shock to gain access to the foreshock region immediately upstream from the Earth's bow shock. The thermal pressure associated with these particles can greatly perturb solar wind plasma and magnetic field parameters shortly prior to their interaction with the Earth's bow shock and magnetosphere. The corresponding dynamic pressure variations batter the magnetosphere, driving magnetopause motion and transient compressions of the magnetospheric magnetic field. Alfven waves transmit information concerning the dynamic pressure variations applied to the magnetosphere to the ionosphere, where they generate the traveling convection vortices (TCVs) seen in high-latitude ground magnetograms. Finally, the sense of Alfvenic perturbations transmitted into the magnetosheath reverses across local noon because magnetosheath magnetic field lines drape against the magnetopause. The corresponding change in velocity perturbations must apply a weak torque to the Earth's magnetosphere.

  1. HEATING OF THE SOLAR CHROMOSPHERE AND CORONA BY ALFVEN WAVE TURBULENCE

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    Van Ballegooijen, A. A.; Cranmer, S. R.; DeLuca, E. E.; Asgari-Targhi, M.

    2011-07-20

    A three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) model for the propagation and dissipation of Alfven waves in a coronal loop is developed. The model includes the lower atmospheres at the two ends of the loop. The waves originate on small spatial scales (less than 100 km) inside the kilogauss flux elements in the photosphere. The model describes the nonlinear interactions between Alfven waves using the reduced MHD approximation. The increase of Alfven speed with height in the chromosphere and transition region (TR) causes strong wave reflection, which leads to counter-propagating waves and turbulence in the photospheric and chromospheric parts of the flux tube. Part of the wave energy is transmitted through the TR and produces turbulence in the corona. We find that the hot coronal loops typically found in active regions can be explained in terms of Alfven wave turbulence, provided that the small-scale footpoint motions have velocities of 1-2 km s{sup -1} and timescales of 60-200 s. The heating rate per unit volume in the chromosphere is two to three orders of magnitude larger than that in the corona. We construct a series of models with different values of the model parameters, and find that the coronal heating rate increases with coronal field strength and decreases with loop length. We conclude that coronal loops and the underlying chromosphere may both be heated by Alfvenic turbulence.

  2. Solitary kinetic Alfven waves in dusty plasmas

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    Li Yangfang; Wu, D. J.; Morfill, G. E.

    2008-08-15

    Solitary kinetic Alfven waves in dusty plasmas are studied by considering the dust charge variation. The effect of the dust charge-to-mass ratio on the soliton solution is discussed. The Sagdeev potential is derived analytically with constant dust charge and then calculated numerically by taking the dust charge variation into account. We show that the dust charge-to-mass ratio plays an important role in the soliton properties. The soliton solutions are comprised of two branches. One branch is sub-Alfvenic and the soliton velocity is obviously smaller than the Alfven speed. The other branch is super-Alfvenic and the soliton velocity is very close to or greater than the Alfven speed. Both compressive and rarefactive solitons can exist. For the sub-Alfvenic branch, the rarefactive soliton is bell-shaped and it is much narrower than the compressive one. However, for the super-Alfvenic branch, the compressive soliton is bell-shaped and narrower, and the rarefactive one is broadened. When the charge-to-mass ratio of the dust grains is sufficiently high, the width of the rarefactive soliton, in the super-Alfvenic branch, will broaden extremely and a electron depletion will be observed. It is also shown that the bell-shaped soliton can transition to a cusped structure when the velocity is sufficiently high.

  3. The propagation of the shock wave from a strong explosion in a plane-parallel stratified medium: the Kompaneets approximation

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    Olano, C. A.

    2009-11-01

    Context: Using certain simplifications, Kompaneets derived a partial differential equation that states the local geometrical and kinematical conditions that each surface element of a shock wave, created by a point blast in a stratified gaseous medium, must satisfy. Kompaneets could solve his equation analytically for the case of a wave propagating in an exponentially stratified medium, obtaining the form of the shock front at progressive evolutionary stages. Complete analytical solutions of the Kompaneets equation for shock wave motion in further plane-parallel stratified media were not found, except for radially stratified media. Aims: We aim to analytically solve the Kompaneets equation for the motion of a shock wave in different plane-parallel stratified media that can reflect a wide variety of astrophysical contexts. We were particularly interested in solving the Kompaneets equation for a strong explosion in the interstellar medium of the Galactic disk, in which, due to intense winds and explosions of stars, gigantic gaseous structures known as superbubbles and supershells are formed. Methods: Using the Kompaneets approximation, we derived a pair of equations that we call adapted Kompaneets equations, that govern the propagation of a shock wave in a stratified medium and that permit us to obtain solutions in parametric form. The solutions provided by the system of adapted Kompaneets equations are equivalent to those of the Kompaneets equation. We solved the adapted Kompaneets equations for shock wave propagation in a generic stratified medium by means of a power-series method. Results: Using the series solution for a shock wave in a generic medium, we obtained the series solutions for four specific media whose respective density distributions in the direction perpendicular to the stratification plane are of an exponential, power-law type (one with exponent k=-1 and the other with k =-2) and a quadratic hyperbolic-secant. From these series solutions, we deduced

  4. Laser plasma simulations of the generation processes of Alfven and collisionless shock waves in space plasma

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    Prokopov, P. A.; Zakharov, Yu P.; Tishchenko, V. N.; Shaikhislamov, I. F.; Boyarintsev, E. L.; Melekhov, A. V.; Ponomarenko, A. G.; Posukh, V. G.; Terekhin, V. A.

    2016-11-01

    Generation of Alfven waves propagating along external magnetic field B0 and Collisionless Shock Waves propagating across B0 are studied in experiments with laser- produced plasma and magnetized background plasma. The collisionless interaction of interpenetrating plasma flows takes place through a so-called Magnetic Laminar Mechanism (MLM) or Larmor Coupling. At the edge of diamagnetic cavity LP-ions produce induction electric field Eφ which accelerates BP-ions while LP-ions rotate in opposite direction. The ions movement generates sheared azimuthal magnetic field Bφ which could launches torsional Alfven wave. In previous experiments at KI-1 large scale facility a generation of strong perturbations propagating across B0 with magnetosonic speed has been studied at a moderate value of interaction parameter δ∼0.3. In the present work we report on experiments at conditions of 5∼R2 and large Alfven-Mach number MA∼10 in which strong transverse perturbations traveling at a scale of ∼1 m in background plasma at a density of ∼3*1013 cm-3 is observed. At the same conditions but smaller MA ∼ 2 a generation, the structure and dynamic of Alfven wave with wavelength ∼0.5 m propagating along fields B0∼100÷500 G for a distance of ∼2.5 m is studied.

  5. Kinetic theory of hydromagnetic turbulence. I. Formal results for parallel propagation

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    Yoon, Peter H.

    2007-10-01

    Formal weak turbulence kinetic equations for magnetized collisionless plasmas are derived. The kinetic theory of plasma turbulence found in the literature is largely applicable for unmagnetized plasmas, and most of the available literature only deal with electrostatic Langmuir turbulence problem. However, real plasmas in nature and laboratory are usually immersed in magnetic fields. At present there is no practical kinetic theory for turbulence in magnetized plasmas. The present paper and a companion article [P. H. Yoon and T.-M. Fang, Phys. Plasmas 14, 102303 (2007)] constitute a first step in the formulation of general kinetic theory for magnetized plasmas. For the sake of simplicity, it is assumed that turbulent fluctuations predominantly propagate along the direction of ambient magnetic field vector, and that the characteristic frequency associated with the fluctuations is much lower than the electron gyrofrequency, i.e., hydromagnetic turbulence. The effects of spontaneous thermal fluctuation and spatial inhomogeneity are also ignored.

  6. Nonlinear absorption of Alfven wave in dissipative plasma

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    Taiurskii, A. A. Gavrikov, M. B.

    2015-10-28

    We propose a method for studying absorption of Alfven wave propagation in a homogeneous non-isothermal plasma along a constant magnetic field, and relaxation of electron and ion temperatures in the A-wave. The absorption of a A-wave by the plasma arises due to dissipative effects - magnetic and hydrodynamic viscosities of electrons and ions and their elastic interaction. The method is based on the exact solution of two-fluid electromagnetic hydrodynamics of the plasma, which for A-wave, as shown in the work, are reduced to a nonlinear system of ordinary differential equations.

  7. Propagation of electromagnetic fields between non-parallel planes: a fully vectorial formulation and an efficient implementation.

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    Zhang, Site; Asoubar, Daniel; Hellmann, Christian; Wyrowski, Frank

    2016-01-20

    The propagation of electromagnetic fields between non-parallel planes based on a spectrum-of-plane-wave analysis is discussed and formulations for an efficient numerical implementation are presented in detail. It is shown that with the help of interpolation techniques, the numerical implementation can be done with the standard uniform fast Fourier transform (FFT) of easy access. Different interpolation techniques are numerically examined, and it turns out that the use of cubic interpolation, together with the uniform FFT, brings both significantly increased computational efficiency and high simulation accuracy. Apart from the aspect of computational efficiency, all formulations in this work are generalized in a fully vectorial manner in comparison to previous works.

  8. Toward a theory of interstellar turbulence. 2: Strong alfvenic turbulence

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    Goldreich, P.; Sridhar, S.

    1995-01-01

    We continue to investigate the possibility that interstellar turbulence is caused by nonlinear interactions among shear Alfven waves. Here, we restrict attention to the symmetric case where the oppositely directed waves carry equal energy fluxes. This precludes application to the solar wind in which the outward flux significantly exceeds the ingoing one. All our detailed calculations are carried out for an incompressible magnetized fluid. In incompressible magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), nonlinear interactions only occur between oppositely direct waves. We present a theory for the strong turbulence of shear Alfven waves. It has the following main characteristics. (1) The inertial-stage energy spectrum exhibits a critical balance between linear wave periods and nonlinear turnover timescales. (2) The 'eddies' are elongated in the direction of the field on small spatial scales; the parallel and perpendicular components of the wave vector, k(sub z) and k(perpendicular) are related by k(sub z) approximately equals k(sub perpendicular to)(exp 2/3) L(exp -1/3), where L is the outer scale of the turbulence. (3) The 'one-dimensional' energy spectrum is proportional to k(sub perpendicular)(exp -5/3)-an anisotropic Kolmogorov energy spectrum. Shear Alfvenic turbulence mixes specific entropy as a passive contaminant. This gives rise to an electron density power spectrum whose form mimics the energy spectrum of the turbulence. Radio wave scattering by these electron density fluctuations produces anisotropic scatter-broadened images. Damping by ion-neutral collisions restricts Alfvenic turbulence to highly ionized regions of the interstellar medium.

  9. Phenomenon of Alfvenic Vortex Shedding

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    Gruszecki, M.; Nakariakov, V. M.; Van Doorsselaere, T.; Arber, T. D.

    2010-07-30

    Generation of Alfvenic (magnetohydrodynamic) vortices by the interaction of compressible plasma flows with magnetic-field-aligned blunt obstacles is modeled in terms of magnetohydrodynamics. It is found that periodic shedding of vortices with opposite vorticity is a robust feature of the interaction in a broad range of plasma parameters: for plasma beta from 0.025 to 0.5, and for the flow speeds from 0.1 to 0.99 of the fast magnetoacoustic speed. The Strouhal number is the dimensionless ratio of the blunt body diameter to the product of the period of vortex shedding and the inflow speed. It is found to be consistently in the range 0.15-0.25 in the whole range of parameters. The induced Alfvenic vortices are compressible and contain spiral-armed perturbations of the magnetic field strength and plasma mass density up to 50%-60% of the background values. The generated electric current also has the spiral-armed structuring.

  10. ON THE PARALLEL AND PERPENDICULAR PROPAGATING MOTIONS VISIBLE IN POLAR PLUMES: AN INCUBATOR FOR (FAST) SOLAR WIND ACCELERATION?

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    Liu, Jiajia; Wang, Yuming; McIntosh, Scott W.; Moortel, Ineke De

    2015-06-20

    We combine observations of the Coronal Multi-channel Polarimeter and the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly on board the Solar Dynamics Observatory to study the characteristic properties of (propagating) Alfvénic motions and quasi-periodic intensity disturbances in polar plumes. This unique combination of instruments highlights the physical richness of the processes taking place at the base of the (fast) solar wind. The (parallel) intensity perturbations with intensity enhancements around 1% have an apparent speed of 120 km s{sup −1} (in both the 171 and 193 Å passbands) and a periodicity of 15 minutes, while the (perpendicular) Alfvénic wave motions have a velocity amplitude of 0.5 km s{sup −1}, a phase speed of 830 km s{sup −1}, and a shorter period of 5 minutes on the same structures. These observations illustrate a scenario where the excited Alfvénic motions are propagating along an inhomogeneously loaded magnetic field structure such that the combination could be a potential progenitor of the magnetohydrodynamic turbulence required to accelerate the fast solar wind.

  11. Propagating structure of alzheimer's {beta}-amyloid is parallel {beta}-sheet with residues in exact register.

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    Benzinger, T. L. S.; Gregory, D. M.; Burkoth, T. S.; Miller-Auer, H.; Lynn, D. G.; Botto, R. E.; Meredith, S. C.; Chemistry; Univ. of Chicago

    1998-11-10

    The pathognomonic plaques of Alzheimer's disease are composed primarily of the 39- to 43-aa {beta}-amyloid (A{beta}) peptide. Crosslinking of A{beta} peptides by tissue transglutaminase (tTg) indicates that Gln15 of one peptide is proximate to Lys16 of another in aggregated A{beta}. Here we report how the fibril structure is resolved by mapping interstrand distances in this core region of the A{beta} peptide chain with solid-state NMR. Isotopic substitution provides the source points for measuring distances in aggregated A{beta}. Peptides containing a single carbonyl 13C label at Gln15, Lys16, Leu17, or Val18 were synthesized and evaluated by NMR dipolar recoupling methods for the measurement of interpeptide distances to a resolution of 0.2 Angstrom. Analysis of these data establish that this central core of A{beta} consists of a parallel {beta}-sheet structure in which identical residues on adjacent chains are aligned directly, i.e., in register. Our data, in conjunction with existing structural data, establish that the A{beta} fibril is a hydrogen-bonded, parallel {beta}-sheet defining the long axis of the A{beta} fibril propagation.

  12. He2+ Heating via Parametric Instabilities of Parallel Propagating Alfvén Waves with an Incoherent Spectrum

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    He, Peng; Gao, Xinliang; Lu, Quanming; Wang, Shui

    2016-08-01

    The preferential heating of heavy ions in the solar corona and solar wind has been a long-standing hot topic. In this paper we use a one-dimensional hybrid simulation model to investigate the heating of He2+ particles during the parametric instabilities of parallel propagating Alfvén waves with an incoherent spectrum. The evolution of the parametric instabilities has two stages and involves the heavy ion heating during the entire evolution. In the first stage, the density fluctuations are generated by the modulation of the pump Alfvén waves with a spectrum, which then results in rapid coupling with the pump Alfvén waves and the cascade of the magnetic fluctuations. In the second stage, each pump Alfvén wave decays into a forward density mode and a backward daughter Alfvén mode, which is similar to that of a monochromatic pump Alfvén wave. In both stages the perpendicular heating of He2+ particles occurs. This is caused by the cyclotron resonance between He2+ particles and the high-frequency magnetic fluctuations, whereas the Landau resonance between He2+ particles and the density fluctuations leads to the parallel heating of He2+ particles. The influence of the drift velocity between the protons and the He2+ particles on the heating of He2+ particles is also discussed in this paper.

  13. Alfven wave dispersion behavior in single- and multicomponent plasmas

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    Rahbarnia, K.; Grulke, O.; Klinger, T.; Ullrich, S.; Sauer, K.

    2010-03-15

    Dispersion relations of driven Alfven waves (AWs) are measured in single- and multicomponent plasmas consisting of mixtures of argon, helium, and oxygen in a magnetized linear cylindrical plasma device VINETA [C. Franck, O. Grulke, and T. Klinger, Phys. Plasmas 9, 3254 (2002)]. The decomposition of the measured three-dimensional magnetic field fluctuations and the corresponding parallel current pattern reveals that the wave field is a superposition of L- and R-wave components. The dispersion relation measurements agree well with calculations based on a multifluid Hall-magnetohydrodynamic model if the plasma resistivity is correctly taken into account.

  14. SURFACE ALFVEN WAVES IN SOLAR FLUX TUBES

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    Goossens, M.; Andries, J.; Soler, R.; Van Doorsselaere, T.; Arregui, I.; Terradas, J.

    2012-07-10

    Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) waves are ubiquitous in the solar atmosphere. Alfven waves and magneto-sonic waves are particular classes of MHD waves. These wave modes are clearly different and have pure properties in uniform plasmas of infinite extent only. Due to plasma non-uniformity, MHD waves have mixed properties and cannot be classified as pure Alfven or magneto-sonic waves. However, vorticity is a quantity unequivocally related to Alfven waves as compression is for magneto-sonic waves. Here, we investigate MHD waves superimposed on a one-dimensional non-uniform straight cylinder with constant magnetic field. For a piecewise constant density profile, we find that the fundamental radial modes of the non-axisymmetric waves have the same properties as surface Alfven waves at a true discontinuity in density. Contrary to the classic Alfven waves in a uniform plasma of infinite extent, vorticity is zero everywhere except at the cylinder boundary. If the discontinuity in density is replaced with a continuous variation of density, vorticity is spread out over the whole interval with non-uniform density. The fundamental radial modes of the non-axisymmetric waves do not need compression to exist unlike the radial overtones. In thin magnetic cylinders, the fundamental radial modes of the non-axisymmetric waves with phase velocities between the internal and the external Alfven velocities can be considered as surface Alfven waves. On the contrary, the radial overtones can be related to fast-like magneto-sonic modes.

  15. Klein-Gordon equation and reflection of Alfven waves in nonuniform media

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    Musielak, Z. E.; Fontenla, J. M.; Moore, R. L.

    1992-01-01

    A new analytical approach is presented for assessing the reflection of linear Alfven waves in smoothly nonuniform media. The general one-dimensional case in Cartesian coordinates is treated. It is shown that the wave equations, upon transformation into the form of the Klein-Gordon equation, display a local critical frequency for reflection. At any location in the medium, reflection becomes strong as the wave frequency descends past this characteristic frequency set by the local nonuniformity of the medium. This critical frequecy is given by the transformation as an explicit function of the Alfven velocity and its first and second derivatives, and hence as an explicit spatial function. The transformation thus directly yields, without solution of the wave equations, the location in the medium at which an Alfven wave of any given frequency becomes strongly reflected and has its propagation practically cut off.

  16. {beta}-Induced Alfven Eigenmodes Destabilized by Energetic Electrons in a Tokamak Plasma

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    Chen, W.; Ding, X. T.; Yang, Q. W.; Liu, Yi; Ji, X. Q.; Zhang, Y. P.; Zhou, J.; Yuan, G. L.; Sun, H. J.; Li, W.; Zhou, Y.; Huang, Y.; Dong, J. Q.; Feng, B. B.; Song, X. M.; Shi, Z. B.; Liu, Z. T.; Song, X. Y.; Li, L. C.; Duan, X. R.

    2010-10-29

    The {beta}-induced Alfven eigenmode (BAE) excited by energetic electrons has been identified for the first time both in the Ohmic and electron cyclotron resonance heating plasma in HL-2A. The features of the instability, including its frequency, mode number, and propagation direction, can be observed by magnetic pickup probes. The mode frequency is comparable to that of the continuum accumulation point of the lowest frequency gap induced by the shear Alfven continuous spectrum due to finite {beta} effect, and it is proportional to Alfven velocity at thermal ion {beta} held constant. The experimental results show that the BAE is related not only with the population of the energetic electrons, but also their energy and pitch angles. The results indicate that the barely circulating and deeply trapped electrons play an important role in the mode excitation.

  17. Nonlinear excitation of Langmuir and Alfven waves by auroral whistler waves in the planetary magnetosphere

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    Chian, A. C.-L.; Lopes, S. R.; Alves, M. V.

    1994-08-01

    A new excitation mechanism of auroral Langmuir and Alfven waves in the planetary magnetosphere is proposed. It is shown that a large-amplitude electromagnetic whistler wave propagating along the magnetic field lines can nonlinearly generate Langmuir and Alfven waves through three-wave parametric instabilities, provided the interacting waves satisfy the phase matching and wave helicity conservation conditions. The proposed mechanism can account for the observation of Langmuir-Alfven-whistler (LAW) auroral events in the Earth's magnetosphere. It is suggested that similar parametric processes are likely to occur in other field-aligned current regions of astrophysical plasmas wherein the electron plasma frequency is of the order of or less than the electron cyclotron frequency.

  18. Modulational and decay instabilities of Alfven waves - Effects of streaming He(2+). [solar wind application

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    Hollweg, Joseph V.; Esser, R.; Jayanti, V.

    1993-01-01

    The parametric instability of a circularly polarized Alfven wave propagating along the background magnetic field are considered, with emphasis on the effects of a second ion species, He(2+), which drifts relative to the protons. Even though its abundance is small, the He(2+) modifies the dispersion relation of the 'pump' Alfven wave and introduces a new sound wave (alpha sound) in addition to the usual sound wave carried primarily by the electrons and protons. Instabilities which are close to the He(2+) gyroresonance are found. This may provide a means of directly transferring Alfven wave energy to the alpha particles, if the alphas are able to resonantly extract energy from the unstable waves without quenching the instability altogether. Instabilities which are close to the alpha particle sound speed are also found.

  19. Small amplitude Kinetic Alfven waves in a superthermal electron-positron-ion plasma

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    Adnan, Muhammad; Mahmood, Sahahzad; Qamar, Anisa; Tribeche, Mouloud

    2016-11-01

    We are investigating the propagating properties of coupled Kinetic Alfven-acoustic waves in a low beta plasma having superthermal electrons and positrons. Using the standard reductive perturbation method, a nonlinear Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) type equation is derived which describes the evolution of Kinetic Alfven waves. It is found that nonlinearity and Larmor radius effects can compromise and give rise to solitary structures. The parametric role of superthermality and positron content on the characteristics of solitary wave structures is also investigated. It is found that only sub-Alfvenic and compressive solitons are supported in the present model. The present study may find applications in a low β electron-positron-ion plasma having superthermal electrons and positrons.

  20. Mean-field magnetohydrodynamics associated with random Alfven waves in a plasma with weak magnetic diffusion

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    Hamabata, Hiromitsu; Namikawa, Tomikazu

    1988-02-01

    Using first-order smoothing theory, Fourier analysis and perturbation methods, a new equation is derived governing the evolution of the spectrum tensor (including the energy and helicity spectrum functions) of the random velocity field as well as the ponderomotive and mean electromotive forces generated by random Alfven waves in a plasma with weak magnetic diffusion. The ponderomotive and mean electromotive forces are expressed as series involving spatial derivatives of mean magnetic and velocity fields whose coefficients are associated with the helicity spectrum function of the random velocity field. The effect of microscale random Alfven waves, through ponderomotive and mean electromotive forces generated by them, on the propagation of large-scale Alfven waves is also investigated by solving the mean-field equations, including the transport equation of the helicity spectrum function.

  1. Effects of ion-neutral collisions on Alfven waves: The presence of forbidden zone and heavy damping zone

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    Weng, C. J.; Lee, L. C.; Kuo, C. L.; Wang, C. B.

    2013-03-15

    Alfven waves are low-frequency transverse waves propagating in a magnetized plasma. We define the Alfven frequency {omega}{sub 0} as {omega}{sub 0}=kV{sub A}cos{theta}, where k is the wave number, V{sub A} is the Alfven speed, and {theta} is the angle between the wave vector and the ambient magnetic field. There are partially ionized plasmas in laboratory, space, and astrophysical plasma systems, such as in the solar chromosphere, interstellar clouds, and the earth ionosphere. The presence of neutral particles may modify the wave frequency and cause damping of Alfven waves. The effects on Alfven waves depend on two parameters: (1) {alpha}=n{sub n}/n{sub i}, the ratio of neutral density (n{sub n}), and ion density (n{sub i}); (2) {beta}={nu}{sub ni}/{omega}{sub 0}, the ratio of neutral collisional frequency by ions {nu}{sub ni} to the Alfven frequency {omega}{sub 0}. Most of the previous studies examined only the limiting case with a relatively large neutral collisional frequency or {beta} Much-Greater-Than 1. In the present paper, the dispersion relation for Alfven waves is solved for all values of {alpha} and {beta}. Approximate solutions in the limit {beta} Much-Greater-Than 1 as well as {beta} Much-Less-Than 1 are obtained. It is found for the first time that there is a 'forbidden zone (FZ)' in the {alpha}-{beta} parameter space, where the real frequency of Alfven waves becomes zero. We also solve the wavenumber k from the dispersion equation for a fixed frequency and find the existence of a 'heavy damping zone (HDZ).' We then examine the presence of FZ and HDZ for Alfven waves in the ionosphere and in the solar chromosphere.

  2. Stellar winds with non-WKB Alfven waves 1: Wind models for solar coronal conditions

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    MacGregor, K. B.; Charbonneau, P.

    1994-07-01

    We have constructed numerical models for stationary, wind-type outflows that include treatment of the force produced by propagating Alfven waves. We make no assumptions regarding the relative sizes of the wavelengths of such disturbances and the scale lengths that characterize the variation of the physical properties of the expanding stellar atmosphere. Consequently, our models take account the process of Alfven wave reflection, and provide for dynamical effects arising from the simultaneous presence of outward and inward traveling waves in the wind. For physical conditions like those prevailing in the outer solar corona and wind, we find that even relatively high frequency, short wavelength waves can suffer some reflection from the gradient in Alfven speed at the vase of the flow. Among the consequences of the interaction between outward and inward directed perturbations in the sub-Alfvenic portion of the wind is a reduction in the magnitude of the time-averaged wave force relative to its value in the Wentzel-Kramer-Brillouin (WKB) (i.e., short-wavelenght) limit. As a result, the flow velocities of our models interior to the Alfven radius are smaller than those of corresponding WKB models. For models containing very low frequency, long wavelength waves, a substantial amount of wave reflection can also take place in the super-Alvenic portion of the wind. The resulting modifications to the spatial dependences of the eave magnetic and velocity amplitudes can lead to a wave force whose magnitude at large distances exceeds that of an equivalent WKB solution.

  3. Alfven wave. DOE Critical Review Series

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    Hasegawa, A.; Uberoi, C.

    1982-01-01

    This monograph deals with the properties of Alfven waves and with their application to fusion. The book is divided into 7 chapters dealing with linear properties in homogeneous and inhomogeneous plasmas. Absorption is treated by means of kinetic theory. Instabilities and nonlinear processes are treated in Chapters 1 to 6, and the closing chapter is devoted to theory and experiments in plasma heating by Alfven waves. (MOW)

  4. Finite orbit energetic particle linear response to toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes

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    Berk, H. L.; Ye, Huanchun; Breizman, B. N.

    1991-07-01

    The linear response of energetic particles to the toroidal Alfven eigenmodes (TAE) modes is calculated taking into account their finite orbit excursion from the flux surfaces. The general expression reproduces the previously derived theory for small banana width: when the banana width delta(sub b) is much larger than the mode thickness delta(sub m), we obtain a new compact expression for the linear power transfer. When delta(sub m)/delta(sub b) is much less than 1, the banana orbit effect reduces the power transfer by a factor of delta(sub m)/delta(sub b) from that predicted by the narrow orbit theory. A comparison is made of the contribution to the TAE growth rate of energetic particles with a slowing-down distribution arising from an isotropic source, and a balance-injected beam source when the source speed is close to the Alfven speed. For the same stored energy density, the contribution from the principal resonances (absolute value of upsilon(parallel) = upsilon(sub A) is substantially enhanced in the beam case compared to the isotropic case, while the contribution at the higher sidebands (absolute value of upsilon(parallel) = upsilon(sub A)/(2l - 1) with l greater than or = 2) is substantially reduced.

  5. On the possibility for laboratory simulation of generation of Alfven disturbances in magnetic tubes in the solar atmosphere

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    Prokopov, Pavel; Zaharov, Yuriy; Tishchenko, Vladimir; Boyarintsev, Eduard; Melehov, Aleksandr; Ponomarenko, Arnold; Posuh, Vitaliy; Shayhislamov, Ildar

    2016-03-01

    The paper deals with generation of Alfven plasma disturbances in magnetic flux tubes through exploding laser plasma in magnetized background plasma. Processes with similar effect of excitation of torsion-type waves seem to provide energy transfer from the solar photosphere to corona. The studies were carried out at experimental stand KI-1 represented a high-vacuum chamber of 1.2 m diameter, 5 m long, external magnetic field up to 500 Gs along the chamber axis, and up to 2×10^-6 Torr pressure in operating mode. Laser plasma was produced when focusing the CO2 laser pulse on a flat polyethylene target, and then the laser plasma propagated in θ-pinch background hydrogen (or helium) plasma. As a result, the magnetic flux tube of 15-20 cm radius was experimentally simulated along the chamber axis and the external magnetic field direction. Also, the plasma density distribution in the tube was measured. Alfven wave propagation along the magnetic field was registered from disturbance of the magnetic field transverse component B_ψ and field-aligned current J_z. The disturbances propagate at near-Alfven velocity of 70-90 km/s and they are of left-hand circular polarization of the transverse component of magnetic field. Presumably, Alfven wave is generated by the magnetic laminar mechanism of collisionless interaction between laser plasma cloud and background. The right-hand polarized high-frequency whistler predictor was registered which have been propagating before Alfven wave at 300 km/s velocity. The polarization direction changed with Alfven wave coming. Features of a slow magnetosonic wave as a sudden change in background plasma concentration along with simultaneous displacement of the external magnetic field were found. The disturbance propagates at ~20-30 km/s velocity, which is close to that of ion sound at low plasma beta value. From preliminary estimates, the disturbance transfers about 10 % of the original energy of laser plasma.

  6. On the possibility for laboratory simulation of generation of Alfven disturbances in magnetic tubes in the solar atmosphere

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    Prokopov, Pavel; Zaharov, Yuriy; Tishchenko, Vladimir; Boyarintsev, Eduard; Melehov, Aleksandr; Ponomarenko, Arnold; Posuh, Vitaliy; Shayhislamov, Ildar

    2016-03-01

    The paper deals with generation of Alfven plasma disturbances in magnetic flux tubes through exploding laser plasma in magnetized background plasma. Processes with similar effect of excitation of torsion-type waves seem to provide energy transfer from the solar photosphere to corona. The studies were carried out at experimental stand KI-1 represented a high-vacuum chamber of 1.2 m diameter, 5 m long, external magnetic field up to 500 Gs along the chamber axis, and up to 2×10^-6 Torr pressure in operating mode. Laser plasma was produced when focusing the CO2 laser pulse on a flat polyethylene target, and then the laser plasma propagated in θ-pinch background hydrogen (or helium) plasma. As a result, the magnetic flux tube of 15-20 cm radius was experimentally simulated along the chamber axis and the external magnetic field direction. Also, the plasma density distribution in the tube was measured. Alfven wave propagation along the magnetic field was registered from disturbance of the magnetic field transverse component B_ψ and field-aligned current J_z. The disturbances propagate at near-Alfven velocity of 70-90 km/s and they are of left-hand circular polarization of the transverse component of magnetic field. Presumably, Alfven wave is generated by the magnetic laminar mechanism of collisionless interaction between laser plasma cloud and background. The right-hand polarized high-frequency whistler predictor was registered which have been propagating before Alfven wave at 300 km/s velocity. The polarization direction changed with Alfven wave coming. Features of a slow magnetosonic wave as a sudden change in background plasma concentration along with simultaneous displacement of the external magnetic field were found. The disturbance propagates at ~20-30 km/s velocity, which is close to that of ion sound at low plasma beta value. From preliminary estimates, the disturbance transfers about 10 % of the original energy of laser plasma.

  7. Parametric coupling of low frequency whistler to Alfven wave in a plasma

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    Ahmad, Nafis; Tripathi, V. K.; Rafat, M.; Husain, Mudassir M.

    2009-12-15

    The parametric decay of a large amplitude electromagnetic wave in the ion cyclotron range of frequency into a compressional Alfven wave and an electromagnetic sideband wave in a magnetized plasma is investigated. The pump wave propagates in the direction of ambient magnetic field whereas the decay waves propagate at oblique angles. When the pump wave is left circularly polarized the decay is not permitted kinematically as the momentum of pump photon always exceeds the sum of momenta of the decay wave photons. For the right circularly polarized whistler mode pump the decay is permitted with sideband nearly right circularly polarized. The density perturbation associated with the Alfven wave couples with the pump driven oscillatory velocities of ions and electrons to produce a current driving the sideband. The sideband and the pump exert pondermotive force on ions and electrons that drive the Alfven wave. The frequency and growth rate of the Alfven wave increase with the normalized pump frequency. The threshold power density, determined by the collisional damping rates of the decay waves is rather modest.

  8. Parallel Splash Belief Propagation

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    2010-08-01

    Dean and S. Ghemawat. MapReduce : simplified data processing on large clusters . Commun. ACM, (1). P. Domingos. Uw-cse mlns, 2009. URL... Distributed Memory and Cluster Computing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3 Graphical Models 4 3.1 Factor Graphs...passing messages across a reliable but typically slow communication network. . . . . . . . 3 2 The factor graph corresponding to the factorized distribution

  9. Phenomenology of Compressional Alfven Eigenmodes

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    E.D. Fredrickson; N.N. Gorelenkov; J. Menard

    2004-05-13

    Coherent oscillations with frequency 0.3 {le} {omega}/{omega}{sub ci} {le} 1, are seen in the National Spherical Torus Experiment [M. Ono, S.M. Kaye, Y-K.M. Peng, et al., Nucl. Fusion 40, 557 (2000)]. This paper presents new data and analysis comparing characteristics of the observed modes to the model of compressional Alfven eigenmodes (CAE). The toroidal mode number has been measured and is typically between 7 < n < 9. The polarization of the modes, measured using an array of four Mirnov coils, is found to be compressional. The frequency scaling of the modes agrees with the predictions of a numerical 2-D code, but the detailed structure of the spectrum is not captured with the simple model. The fast ion distribution function, as calculated with the beam deposition code in TRANSP [R.V. Budny, Nucl. Fusion 34, 1247 (1994)], is shown to be qualitatively consistent with the constraints of the Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonance drive model. This model also predicts the observed scaling of the low frequency limit for CAE.

  10. Alfvenic waves in solar spicules

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    Ebadi, Hossein

    2016-07-01

    We analyzed O VI (1031.93 A) and O VI (1037.61 A line profiles from the time series of SOHO/SUMER data. The wavelet analysis is used to determine the fundamental mode and its first harmonic periods and their ratio. The period ratio, P_1/P_2 is obtained as 2.1 based on our calculations. To model the spicule oscillations, we consider an equilibrium configuration in the form of an expanding straight magnetic flux tube with varying density along tube. We used cylindrical coordinates r, phi, and z with the z-axis along tube axis. Standing Alfvenic waves with steady flows are studied. More realistic background magnetic field, plasma density, and spicule radios inferred from the actual magnetoseismology of observations are used. It is found that the oscillation periods and their ratio are shifted because of the steady flows. The observational values are reached in P_1/P_2, when the steady flows are 0.2-0.3, the values which are reported for classical spicules.

  11. Exploring the Use of Alfven Waves in Magnetometer Calibration at Geosynchronous Orbit

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    Bentley, John; Sheppard, David; RIch, Frederick; Redmon, Robert; Loto'aniu, Paul; Chu, Donald

    2016-01-01

    An Alfven wave is a type magnetohydrodynamicwave that travels through a conducting fluid under the influence of a magnetic field. Researchers have successfully calculated offset vectors of magnetometers in interplanetary space by optimizing the offset to maximize certain Alfvenic properties of observed waves (Leinweber, Belcher). If suitable Alfven waves can be found in the magnetosphere at geosynchronous altitude then these techniques could be used to augment the overall calibration plan for magnetometers in this region such as on the GOES spacecraft, possibly increasing the time between regular maneuvers. Calibration maneuvers may be undesirable because they disrupt the activities of other instruments. Various algorithms to calculate an offset using Alfven waves were considered. A new variation of the Davis-Smith method was derived because it can be mathematically shown that the Davis-Smith method tolerates filtered data, which expands potential applications. The variant developed was designed to find only the offset in the plane normal to the main field because the overall direction of Earth's magnetic field rarely changes, and theory suggests the Alfvenic disturbances occur transverse to the main field. Other variations of the Davis-Smith method encounter problems with data containing waves that propagate in mostly the same direction. A searching algorithm was then designed to look for periods of time with potential Alfven waves in GOES 15 data based on parameters requiring that disturbances be normal to the main field and not change field magnitude. Final waves for calculation were hand-selected. These waves produced credible two-dimensional offset vectors when input to the Davis-Smith method. Multiple two-dimensional solutions in different planes can be combined to get a measurement of the complete offset. The resulting three dimensional offset did not show sufficient precision over several years to be used as a primary calibration method, but reflected

  12. ACCELERATION OF THE SOLAR WIND BY ALFVEN WAVE PACKETS

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    Galinsky, V. L.; Shevchenko, V. I.

    2013-01-20

    A scale separation kinetic model of the solar wind acceleration is presented. The model assumes an isotropic Maxwellian distribution of protons and a constant influx of outward propagating Alfven waves with a single exponent Kolmogorov-type spectrum at the base of a coronal acceleration region ({approx}2 R {sub Sun }). Our results indicate that nonlinear cyclotron resonant interaction taking energy from Alfven waves and depositing it into mostly perpendicular heating of protons in initially weakly expanding plasma in a spherically non-uniform magnetic field is able to produce the typical fast solar wind velocities for the typical plasma and wave conditions after expansion to about 5-10 solar radii R {sub Sun }. The acceleration model takes into account the gravity force and the ambipolar electric field, as well as the mirror force, which plays the most important role in driving the solar wind acceleration. Contrary to the recent claims of Isenberg, the cold plasma dispersion only slightly slows down the acceleration and actually helps in obtaining the more realistic fast solar wind speeds.

  13. Drift-Alfven vortices at the ion Larmor radius scale

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    Onishchenko, O. G.; Krasnoselskikh, V. V.

    2008-02-15

    The theory of nonlinear drift-Alfven waves with the spatial scales comparable to the ion Larmor radius is developed. It is shown that the set of equations describing the nonlinear dynamics of drift-Alfven waves in a quasistationary regime admits a solution in the form of a solitary dipole vortex. The vortex structures propagating perpendicular to the ambient magnetic field faster than the diamagnetic ion drift velocity possess spatial scales larger than the ion Larmor radius, and vice versa. The variation of the vortex impedance and spatial scale as the function of the vortex velocity is analyzed. It is shown that incorporation of the finite electron temperature effects results in the appearance of a minimum in the dependence of the vortex impedance on the vortex velocity. This leads to the existence of the vortex structures with the smallest impedance. These structures are probably the most favorable energetically and can easily be excited in space plasmas. The relevance of theoretical results obtained to the Cluster observations in the magnetospheric cusp and magnetosheath is stressed.

  14. Gravitational damping of Alfven waves in stellar atmospheres and winds

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    Khabibrakhmanov, I. K.; Mullan, D. J.

    1994-01-01

    We consider how gravity affects the propagation of Alfven waves in a stellar atmosphere. We show that when the ion gyrofrequency exceeds the collision rate, the waves are absorbed at a rate proportional to the gravitational acceleration g. Estimates show that this mechanism can readily account for the observed energy losses in the solar chromosphere. The mechanism predicts that the pressure at the top of the chromosphere P(sub Tc) should scale with g as P(sub Tc) proportional to g(exp delta), where delta approximately equals 2/3; this is close to empirical results which suggest delta approximately equals 0.6. Gravitational damping leads to deposition of energy at a rate proportional to the mass of the particles. Hence, heavier ion are heated more effectively than protons. This is consistent with the observed proportionality between ion temperature and mass in the solar wind. Gravitational damping causes the local g to be effectively decreased by an amount proportional to the wave energy. This feature affects the acceleration of the solar wind. Gravitational damping may also lead to self-regulation of the damping of Alfven waves in stellar winds: this is relevant in the context of slow massive winds in cool giants.

  15. Sub-Alfvenic reduced equations in a tokamak

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    Sengupta, Wrick

    Magnetized fusion experiments generally perform under conditions where ideal Alfvenic modes are stable. It is therefore desirable to develop a reduced formalism which would order out Alfvenic frequencies. This is challenging because sub-Alfvenic phenomena are sensitive to magnetic geometries. In this work an attempt has been made to develop a formalism to study plasma phenomena on time scales much longer than the Alfvenic time scales. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.).

  16. Parallel parametric amplification of coherently excited propagating spin waves in a microscopic Ni{sub 81}Fe{sub 19} waveguide

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    Brächer, T.; Pirro, P.; Meyer, T.; Heussner, F.; Lägel, B.; Serga, A. A.; Hillebrands, B.

    2014-05-19

    We present parallel parametric amplification of coherently excited, propagating spin waves in a microstructured magnonic Ni{sub 81}Fe{sub 19} waveguide. Amplification is achieved by the pumping field generated by a microwave current flowing through a Cu micro-stripline underneath the waveguide. By employing microfocussed Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy, we investigate the spatial decay of the propagating spin waves and their amplification by means of parallel pumping. We analyze the dependence of the intensity of the amplified spin waves on the spin-wave excitation power, pumping power, and pumping duration, revealing the most efficient working point for a noise-free amplification. This paves the way for a frequency selective amplification of spin waves in microstructured magnonic circuits.

  17. Investigation of an ion-ion hybrid Alfven wave resonator

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    Vincena, S. T.; Farmer, W. A.; Maggs, J. E.; Morales, G. J.

    2013-01-15

    A theoretical and experimental investigation is made of a wave resonator based on the concept of wave reflection along the confinement magnetic field at a spatial location where the wave frequency matches the local value of the ion-ion hybrid frequency. Such a situation can be realized by shear Alfven waves in a magnetized plasma with two ion species because this mode has zero parallel group velocity and experiences a cut-off at the ion-ion hybrid frequency. Since the ion-ion hybrid frequency is proportional to the magnetic field, it is expected that a magnetic well configuration in a two-ion plasma can result in an Alfven wave resonator. Such a concept has been proposed in various space plasma studies and could have relevance to mirror and tokamak fusion devices. This study demonstrates such a resonator in a controlled laboratory experiment using a H{sup +}-He{sup +} mixture. The resonator response is investigated by launching monochromatic waves and impulses from a magnetic loop antenna. The observed frequency spectra are found to agree with predictions of a theoretical model of trapped eigenmodes.

  18. The Effects of Kinetic Alfven and Whistler Wave Turbulence and the Evolution of Electron Distribution in Solar Wind Plasma

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    Mithaiwala, M.; Rudakov, L.; Ganguli, G.; Crabtree, C. E.

    2011-12-01

    The high beta solar wind plasma turbulence is dominated by the kinetic Alfven waves (KAW) [1]. Though the measured high-energy tail on the electron distribution function can be a signature of the presence of whistler waves (WW) as well [2]. In Maxwellian plasma both KAW and WW are Landau damped at high beta, and only for the specific case of WW with kperp=0 is there no Landau damping. Due to the inhomogeneous solar wind plasma these parallel propagating WW should quickly develop large perpendicular wavenumbers kperp>k|| . However, as we have shown recently using measured KAW spectra, Landau damping establishes a plateau in the parallel electron distribution function and damping is strongly diminished [3]. The theory of WW in high beta inhomogeneous plasma will be presented and the impact of the electron cyclotron resonance with WW on the evolution of the electrons high energy tail will be discussed. [1] O. Alexandrova et. al., PRL (2009) ; F. Sahraoui et. al., PRL (2010). [2] T. Nieves-Chinchilla and A. F. Vinas, JGR (2008). [3] L. Rudakov et. al., Phys. Plasma, 18, 012307 (2011).

  19. Beam Distribution Modification by Alfven Modes

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    White, R. B.; Gorelenkov, N.; Heidbrink, W. W.; Van Zeeland, M. A.

    2010-04-03

    Modification of a deuterium beam distribution in the presence of low amplitude Toroidal Alfven (TAE) eigenmodes and Reversed Shear Alfven (RSAE) eigenmodes in a toroidal magnetic confinement device is examined. Comparison with experimental data shows that multiple low amplitude modes can account for significant modification of high energy beam particle distributions. It is found that there is a stochastic threshold for beam transport, and that the experimental amplitudes are only slightly above this threshold. The modes produce a substantial central flattening of the beam distribution.

  20. Alfven wave absorption in dissipative plasma

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    Gavrikov, M. B.; Taiurskii, A. A.

    2017-01-01

    We consider nonlinear absorption of Alfven waves due to dissipative effects in plasma and relaxation of temperatures of electrons and ions. This study is based on an exact solution of the equations of two-fluid electromagnetic hydrodynamics (EMHD) of plasma. It is shown that in order to study the decay of Alfven waves, it suffices to examine the behavior of their amplitudes whose evolution is described by a system of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) obtained in this paper. On finite time intervals, the system of equations on the amplitudes is studied numerically, while asymptotic integration (the Hartman-Grobman theorem) is used to examine its large-time behavior.

  1. Nonlinear evolution of astrophysical Alfven waves

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    Spangler, S.R.

    1984-11-01

    Nonlinear Alfven waves were studied using the derivative nonlinear Schrodinger equation as a model. The evolution of initial conditions, such as envelope solitons, amplitude-modulated waves, and band-limited noise was investigated. The last two furnish models for naturally occurring Alfven waves in an astrophysical plasma. A collapse instability in which a wave packet becomes more intense and of smaller spatial extent was analyzed. It is argued that this instability leads to enhanced plasma heating. In studies in which the waves are amplified by an electron beam, the instability tends to modestly inhibit wave growth. (ESA)

  2. Shear-Alfven waves in gyrokinetic plasmas

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    Lee, W. W.; Lewandowski, J. L. V.; Hahm, T. S.; Lin, Z.

    2001-10-01

    It is found that the thermal fluctuation level of the shear-Alfven waves in a gyrokinetic plasma is dependent on plasma {beta}((equivalent to)c{sub s}{sup 2}/v{sub A}{sup 2}), where c{sub s} is the ion acoustic speed and v{sub A} is the Alfven velocity. This unique thermodynamic property based on the fluctuation--dissipation theorem is verified in this paper using a new gyrokinetic particle simulation scheme, which splits the particle distribution function into the equilibrium part as well as the adiabatic and nonadiabatic parts. The numerical implication of this property is discussed.

  3. Sawtooth Stabilization and Onset of Alfvenic Instabilities

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    Nishimura, Y.; Cheng, C. Z.

    2011-10-01

    Tokamak sawtooth instabilities can be stabilized by high energy particles as a consequence of conservation of the third adiabatic invariant.On the other hand, termination of the stabilized period is reported due to the onset of Alfvenic instabilities (and thus the absence of the stabilizing mechanism). In this work, employing a kinetic-fluid model, the interaction of m=1 resistive kink mode and high energy particles is investigated. The onset of Alfvenic instabilities is examined as a function of the inversion radius location. D.J. Campbell et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 60, 2148 (1988); F. Porcelli, Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 33, 1601 (1991).

  4. Alfvenic Generation of Field-Aligned Currents and Displacement Currents in the M-I Coupling System and the Formation of Discrete Auroral Arcs

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    Song, Y.; Lysak, R. L.

    2016-12-01

    In previous theories (e.g., Hasegawa and Sato, 1979; Sato and Iijima, 1979; Vasyliunas, 1984), field-aligned current (FAC) generation is derived from current continuity assumption plus the force balance between the Lorentz force and other forces in the MHD momentum equation. These theories suggest that the FAC is generated by other forces, such as the inertia and/or pressure gradients. In fact, the FAC cannot be generated by these forces. From Maxwell's equations, FAC generation is associated with enhanced sheared magnetic fields and free magnetic energy where a dynamo action and Alfven waves are needed to generate and transport free magnetic energy. It is obvious that the mechanism of FAC generation cannot be given by analyzing a local force balance. We propose that FACs are generated by Alfvenic interactions in the M-I coupling driven system. From a full set of the dynamical equations, we have found that the generation of the total FAC (J||total ) is associated with spatial gradients of the parallel vorticity, where J||total=J||+J||D, and J||D=(1/4∏)(∂E||/∂t) is the displacement current, which describes E|| generation (Song and Lysak, 2006). The J||total generation is a dynamo process associated with the increase of the azimuthal magnetic flux caused by the axial torque acting on FAC flux tubes. Although the magnitude of the J||D is often very small relative to J||, neglecting this term, we cannot find the mechanism of the E|| generation. When the plasma density is low J||D becomes important relative to the current. We will demonstrate how the generation of E|| and the formation of auroral arcs can redistribute perpendicular mechanical and magnetic stresses which can cause a sudden and violent tail energy release and enhance the total FAC leading to the substorm auroral poleward expansion. We will also show how the nonlinear interaction of incident and reflected Alfven wave packets in the auroral acceleration region can produce quasi-stationary non-propagating

  5. Analysis of Alfven Eigenmodes destabilization by fast particles in Large Helical Device

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    Varela, Jacobo; Spong, Donald; Garcia, Luis

    2016-10-01

    Fast particle populations in nuclear fusion experiments can destabilize Alfven Eigenmodes through inverse Landau damping and couplings with gap modes in the shear Alfven continua. We use the reduced MHD equations to describe the linear evolution of the poloidal flux and the toroidal component of the vorticity in a full 3D system, coupled with equations of density and parallel velocity moments for the energetic particles. We add the Landau damping and resonant destabilization effects by a closure relation. We apply this model to study the Alfven modes stability in Large Helical Device (LHD) equilibria for inward configurations, performing a parametric analysis along a range of realistic values of fast particle β (βfp), ratios of thermal/Alfven velocities (Vth/Vao), magnetic Lundquist numbers (S) and dominant toroidal (n) modes families. The n = 1 and n =2 toroidal families show the largest growth rates for parameters closer to a real LHD scenario (S = 5E6, βfp = 0.02 and Vth/Vao = 0.5), particularly the modes n/m = 1/2 and 2/4 located the inner and middle plasma (ρ = 0.25 - 0.5 with ρ the normalized minor radius). The n = 3 and n = 4 toroidal families are weakly perturbed by fast particles.

  6. Nonlinear Evolution of Alfvenic Wave Packets

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    Buti, B.; Jayanti, V.; Vinas, A. F.; Ghosh, S.; Goldstein, M. L.; Roberts, D. A.; Lakhina, G. S.; Tsurutani, B. T.

    1998-01-01

    Alfven waves are a ubiquitous feature of the solar wind. One approach to studying the evolution of such waves has been to study exact solutions to approximate evolution equations. Here we compare soliton solutions of the Derivative Nonlinear Schrodinger evolution equation (DNLS) to solutions of the compressible MHD equations.

  7. Nonresonant Alfven waves driven by cosmic rays

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    Melrose, Don

    2005-08-01

    Nonresonant growth of Alfven waves due to streaming cosmic rays is considered, emphasizing the relation between resonant and nonresonant growth and the polarization of the growing waves. The suggested application of this mechanism to the scattering of higher energy cosmic rays in diffusive shock acceleration is discussed critically.

  8. Interplanetary Alfven waves and auroral (substorm) activity - IMP 8

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    Tsurutani, Bruce T.; Gould, Tom; Goldstein, Bruce E.; Gonzalez, Walter D.; Sugiura, Masahisa

    1990-01-01

    Almost 1 year of IMP 8 interplanetary magnetic field and plasma data (days 1-312, 1979) have been examined to determine the interplanetary causes of geomagnetic AE activity. The nature of the interplanetary medium (Alfvenic or non-Alfvenic) and the B(s) correlation with AE were examined over 12-hour increments throughout the study. It is found that Alfvenic wave intervals are present over 60 percent of the time, and the southward component of the Alfven waves is well correlated with AE (average peak correlation coefficient 0.62), with a median lag of 43 min. From this statistical study, no major differences in the magnetospheric response to Alfvenic and non-Alfvenic intervals were obvious. The high-intensity long-duration continuous AE activity (HILDCAA) events discussed previously by Tsurutani and Gonzales (1987) are demonstrated to be caused by the southward components of the Alfven waves, presumably through the process of magnetic reconnection.

  9. Dust kinetic Alfven and acoustic waves in a Lorentzian plasma

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    Rubab, N.; Biernat, H. K.; Erkaev, N. V.

    2009-10-15

    Dust kinetic Alfven waves (DKAWs) with finite Larmor radius effects have been examined rigorously in a uniform dusty plasma in the presence of an external magnetic field. A dispersion relation of low-frequency DKAW on the dust acoustic velocity branch is obtained in a low-{beta} Lorentzian plasma. It is found that the influence of the Lorentzian distribution function is more effective for perpendicular component of group velocity as compared with parallel one. Lorentzian-type charging currents are obtained with the aid of Vlasov theory. Damping/instability due to dust charge fluctuation is found to be insensitive with the form of distribution function for DKAW. The possible applications to dusty space plasmas are pointed out.

  10. Hybrid simulations of rotational discontinuities. [Alfven wave propagation in astrophysics

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    Goodrich, C. C.; Cargill, P. J.

    1991-01-01

    1D hybrid simulations of rotational discontinuities (RDs) are presented. When the angle between the discontinuity normal and the magnetic field (theta-BN) is 30 deg, the RD broadens into a quasi-steady state of width 60-80 c/omega-i. The hodogram has a characteristic S-shape. When theta-BN = 60 deg, the RD is much narrower (10 c/omega-i). For right handed rotations, the results are similar to theta-BN = 30 deg. For left handed rotations, the RD does not evolve much from its initial conditions and the S-shape in the hodogram is much less visible. The results can be understood in terms of matching a fast mode wavelike structure upstream of the RD with an intermediate mode one downstream.

  11. Alfven Wave - DC Dualism in Description of Stationary Field-Aligned Currents

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    Khazanov, George V.

    2009-01-01

    In many cases, the field-aligned currents (FACs) in the Earth's magnetosphere and heliosphere may be described in terms of both DC currents and the currents of a propagating Alfven wave. The simplest example is when a propagating Alfven wave transports a potential hop along the magnetic fieid: between the source of the wave and its front, the problem is well stationary and includes the stationary field-aligned currents, transporting the electric charges along the magnetic field, which may be described as a DC problem, and only at the front of the wave there are the polarization (inertial) currents, closing across the magnetic field. In some cases, the Alfven wave approach brings better understanding to many problems. We will consider here the results of the applications of this approach to two long-staying problems: the effect of saturation of the transpolar voltage in the Earth's magnetosphere, and the experimentally-observed existence of the strong field-aligned currents in the subtle Mercury's magnetosphere which is not able tc close the measured field-aligned currents.

  12. Alfven Wave - DC Dualism in Description of Stationary Field-Aligned Currents

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    Khazanov, George V.

    2009-01-01

    In many cases, the field-aligned currents (FACs) in the Earth's magnetosphere and heliosphere may be described in terms of both DC currents and the currents of a propagating Alfven wave. The simplest example is when a propagating Alfven wave transports a potential hop along the magnetic fieid: between the source of the wave and its front, the problem is well stationary and includes the stationary field-aligned currents, transporting the electric charges along the magnetic field, which may be described as a DC problem, and only at the front of the wave there are the polarization (inertial) currents, closing across the magnetic field. In some cases, the Alfven wave approach brings better understanding to many problems. We will consider here the results of the applications of this approach to two long-staying problems: the effect of saturation of the transpolar voltage in the Earth's magnetosphere, and the experimentally-observed existence of the strong field-aligned currents in the subtle Mercury's magnetosphere which is not able tc close the measured field-aligned currents.

  13. Mechanisms for the Dissipation of Alfven Waves in Near-Earth Space Plasma

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    Singh, Nagendra; Khazanov, George; Krivorutsky, E. N.; Davis, John M. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Alfven waves are a major mechanism for the transport of electromagnetic energy from the distant part of the magnetosphere to the near-Earth space. This is especially true for the auroral and polar regions of the Earth. However, the mechanisms for their dissipation have remained illusive. One of the mechanisms is the formation of double layers when the current associated with Alfven waves in the inertial regime interact with density cavities, which either are generated nonlinearly by the waves themselves or are a part of the ambient plasma turbulence. Depending on the strength of the cavities, weak and strong double layers could form. Such double layers are transient; their lifetimes depend on that of the cavities. Thus they impulsively accelerate ions and electrons. Another mechanism is the resonant absorption of broadband Alfven- wave noise by the ions at the ion cyclotron frequencies. But this resonant absorption may not be possible for the very low frequency waves, and it may be more suited for electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves. A third mechanism is the excitation of secondary waves by the drifts of electrons and ions in the Alfven wave fields. It is found that under suitable conditions, the relative drifts between different ion species and/or between electrons and ions are large enough to drive lower hybrid waves, which could cause transverse accelerations of ions and parallel accelerations of electrons. This mechanism is being further studied by means of kinetic simulations using 2.5- and 3-D particle-in-cell codes. The ongoing modeling efforts on space weather require quantitative estimates of energy inputs of various kinds, including the electromagnetic energy. Our studies described here contribute to the methods of determining the estimates of the input from ubiquitous Alfven waves.

  14. HEAVY ION HEATING DUE TO INTERACTIONS WITH OUTWARD AND INWARD ALFVEN WAVE PACKETS

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    Galinsky, V. L.; Shevchenko, V. I.

    2012-06-01

    The study of simultaneous cyclotron interactions of heavy ions with outward- and inward-propagating Alfven wave packets in the solar wind was self-consistently conducted with wave-packet dynamics. It was shown that, even when the ratio of intensities of the Alfven waves propagating from the Sun and the inward propagating waves are rather large (a factor of 10 or more), the distribution function of the ions simultaneously interacting with both of the wave packets drastically differs from the distribution function formed by the interaction of ions with waves only propagating from the Sun. In the latter case, the ions acquire a shell-like distribution; in the former case, a new non-shell-type distribution with much larger effective temperatures is formed. The temporal dynamics of the ion-distribution function and the self-consistent modification of the wave-power spectral density for both the outward and inward waves were also investigated. The results refute claims by Isenberg and Hollweg that the outward-propagating waves generate the inward waves through the instability of their resonant particle shell distribution.

  15. A global 3-D MHD model of the solar wind with Alfven waves

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    Usmanov, A. V.

    1995-01-01

    A fully three-dimensional solar wind model that incorporates momentum and heat addition from Alfven waves is developed. The proposed model upgrades the previous one by considering self-consistently the total system consisting of Alfven waves propagating outward from the Sun and the mean polytropic solar wind flow. The simulation region extends from the coronal base (1 R(sub s) out to beyond 1 AU. The fully 3-D MHD equations written in spherical coordinates are solved in the frame of reference corotating with the Sun. At the inner boundary, the photospheric magnetic field observations are taken as boundary condition and wave energy influx is prescribed to be proportional to the magnetic field strength. The results of the model application for several time intervals are presented.

  16. Radial variation of interplanetary Alfvenic fluctuations Pioneer 10 and 11 observations between 1 and 5 AU

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    Bavassano, B.; Smith, E. J.

    1986-01-01

    The radial evolution of the power spectra of Alfvenic fluctuations observed within the trailing edge of high speed streams in the solar wind has been investigated using magnetic field measurements by Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 at heliocentric distances between 1 and 5 AU. In the analyzed frequency range (0.00028 - 0.0083 Hz) the spectral index of the computed spectra does not depend on frequency and is close to the value predicted for hydrodynamic turbulence. The radial gradient of the power density is independent of frequency and only slightly steeper than that expected for undamped propagation of Alfvenic fluctuations in a rarefaction region. The relation between the present results and those previously obtained by Helios 1 and 2 inside 1 AU is discussed.

  17. Alfven waves and associated energetic ions downstream from Uranus

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    Zhang, Ming; Belcher, J.W.; Richardson, J.D. ); Smith, C.W. )

    1991-02-01

    The authors report the observation of low-frequency waves in the solar wind downstream from Uranus. These waves are observed by the Voyager spacecraft for more than 2 weeks after the encounter with Uranus and are present during this period whenever the interplanetary magnetic field is oriented such that the field lines intersect the Uranian bow shock. The magnetic field and velocity components transverse to the background field are strongly correlated, consistent with the interpretation that these waves are Alfvenic and/or fast-mode waves. The waves have a spacecraft frame frequency of about 10{sup {minus}3} Hz, and when first observed near the bow shock have an amplitude comparable to the background field. As the spacecraft moves farther from Uranus, the amplitude decays. The waves appear to propagate along the magnetic field lines outward from Uranus and are right-hand polarized. Theory suggests that these waves are generated in the upstream region by a resonant instability with a proton beam streaming along the magnetic field lines. The solar wind subsequently carries these waves downstream to the spacecraft location. These waves are associated with the presence of energetic (> 28 keV) ions observed by the low-energy charged particle instrument. These ions appear two days after the start of the wave activity and occur thereafter whenever the Alfven waves occur, increasing in intensity away from Uranus. The ions are argued to originate in the Uranian magnetosphere, but pitch-angle scattering in the upstream region is required to bring them downstream to the spacecraft location.

  18. Modeling propagation delays in the development of SOMs--a parallel with abnormal brain growth in autism.

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    Noriega, Gerardo

    2008-01-01

    Brain overgrowth in early developmental stages of children with autism is well documented. This paper explores the possibility that increases in propagation delays of stimuli and the signals triggered by them, resulting from this overgrowth, may be conducive to the development of poorly structured cortical maps, which may in turn be associated with autistic characteristics. We use a framework based on Self-Organizing Maps (SOMs). Unlike the conventional SOM model that assumes that all neurons in the neighborhood of the neuron closest to a stimulus instantaneously react to it and adjust their weights, we propose a more biologically realistic model that acknowledges delays inherent in the propagation of signals. We show that propagation delays can significantly affect the performance of SOMs. Coverage of stimuli is negatively affected by either an increase in the dilution factor (a parameter in the proposed model that controls the adjustment of responses to overlapping stimuli), or a decrease in propagation speed. For large dilution factors the topological structure of the maps is also compromised. We also demonstrate the model's robustness to different input stimuli layouts and distributions.

  19. Linear and non-linear numerical simulations of poloidal Alfven waves

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    Ribeiro, A.

    2013-05-01

    Among the many of numerical simulations of MHD turbulence, few studies had been made of Alfven waves interacting with realistic boundaries. Thus, we have developed a novel hybrid spectral/finite element code, which is capable of simulate properly realistic boundaries properties. Our model is based on a Fourier decompositions of all variables in the azimuthal direction and on a finite element projection in the meridian plan. In order to simulate realistic boundary conditions for the magnetic field we solve the induction equation enforcing continuity of the magnetic field H at the interface with the external insulating medium through a Interior Penalty Galerkin method (IPG) [1]. I will present the results of our investigation of Alfven waves propagating in a cylinder filled of liquid metal submitted to an axial magnetic field. Poloidal Alfven waves are excited magnetically by imposing an azimuthal current pulse at the bottom of the cylinder. In the linear axisymmetric model we find a good agreement with previous experiments in liquid metals by Lundquist and by Lenhert and more recently by Alboussiere et al [2]. This axisymmetric study is extended to the non linear regime, where the amplitudes of the perturbations are comparable to the external applied magnetic field,in this conditions a complex response is found due to waves waves interactions. [1] J. L. Guermond, J.L Leorat, F. Luddens, C. Nore, A. Ribeiro. Effects of discontinuous magnetic permeability on magnetodynamic problems, Journal of Computational Physics Volume 230, Issue 16, 10 July 2011, Pages 6299 -- 6319. [2] T. Alboussiere, P. Cardin, F. Debray, H. C. Nataf, F. Plunian, A. Ribeiro, D. Schmitt, Experimental evidence of Alfven wave propagation in a Gallium alloy, Physics of fluids, 2011, vol. 23, nb 9.

  20. The making of an Alfvenic fluctuation: The resolution of a second-order analysis

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    Vasquez, Bernard J.; Hollweg, Joseph V.

    1995-01-01

    Ulysses observations of the high speed polar streams show that they are largely occupied by very large amplitude Alfvenic fluctuations accompanied by many rotational discontinuities. These fluctuations have a nearly constant magnetic intensity or amplitude, and the magnetic field direction per wave cycle sweeps only through a limited arc, much as a car wiperblade would do. Barnes and Hollweg (JGR, 79, 2302, 1974) suggested that this unusual waveform could arise from an obliquely propagating and linearly polarized Alfven wave of finite amplitude. From a second-order analysis, they showed that the existence of a particular solution with a constant amplitude but could not resolve the outcome of the homogeneous solution which consisted of fast waves. They suggested that Landau damping of these fast waves may be needed to get the observed waveform. We present a 1 1/2 D hybrid simulation which is fully nonlinear and correctly describes the ion kinetics for an initially monochromatic and linearly polarized Alfven wave propagating obliquely to the background magnetic field. The wave has a large amplitude and a wavelength so long that it can be considered dispersionless for simulation times. At early times, the second harmonic in density and in magnetic field transverse to the initial wave magnetic field are generated and have more power than other harmonics. Steepening is observed with a weak fast shock emerging, but no rotational discontinuity is left behind, and instead a constant amplitude and an arc-shaped waveform is made. The compressional component which develops after the shocks have dissipated is to zeroth order better described as a pure acoustic wave than as a fast wave. This might be explained by the relaxing of the Alfven wave to a state where its ponderomotive force vanishes so that the compressional component can travel almost independently of it.

  1. Alfven instabilities effects on energetic particles

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    Zonca, F.; Briguglio, S.; Fogaccia, G.; Vlad, G.

    1999-09-20

    In the present work, a review of shear Alfven instabilities effects on energetic particles is presented and important results of both theory and experiments are emphasized. Open problems and possible topics for future discussions are also indicated, such as those related to the observation of 'frequency chirping modes' associated with fast minority ion tails produced during ICRF heating on TFTR, which may be interpreted as Energetic Particle Modes (EPM)

  2. Multiplicity of low-shear toroidal Alfven eigenmodes

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    Candy, J.; Breizman, B.N. |; Van Dam, J.W.; Ozeki, T.

    1996-01-01

    An enlarged spectrum of ideal toroidal Alfven eigenmodes is demonstrated to exist within a toroidicity-induced Alfven gap when the inverse aspect ratio is comparable to or larger than the value of the magnetic shear. This limit is appropriate for the low-shear region in most tokamaks, especially those with low aspect ratio. The new modes may be destabilized by fusion-product alpha particles more easily than the standard toroidal Alfven eigenmodes.

  3. Alfven continuum and Alfven eigenmodes in the National Compact Stellarator Experiment

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    Fesenyuk, O.P.; Kolesnichenko, Ya.I.; Lutsenko, V.V.; White, R.B.; Yakovenko, Yu.V.

    2004-12-01

    The Alfven continuum (AC) in the National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX) [G. H. Neilson et al., in Fusion Energy 2002, 19th Conference Proceedings, Lyon, 2002 (International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 2003), Report IAEA-CN-94/IC-1] is investigated with the AC code COBRA [Ya. I. Kolesnichenko et al., Phys. Plasmas 8, 491 (2001)]. The resonant interaction of Alfven eigenmodes and the fast ions produced by neutral beam injection is analyzed. Alfven eigenmodes residing in one of the widest gap of the NCSX AC, the ellipticity-induced gap, are studied with the code BOA-E [V. V. Lutsenko et al., in Fusion Energy 2002, 19th Conference Proceedings, Lyon, 2002 (International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 2003), Report IAEA-CN-94-TH/P3-16].

  4. Effect of Dust Grains on Solitary Kinetic Alfven Wave

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    Li Yangfang; Wu, D. J.; Morfill, G. E.

    2008-09-07

    Solitary kinetic Alfven wave has been studied in dusty plasmas. The effect of the dust charge-to-mass ratio is considered. We derive the Sagdeev potential for the soliton solutions based on the hydrodynamic equations. A singularity in the Sagdeev potential is found and this singularity results in a bell-shaped soliton. The soliton solutions comprise two branches. One branch is sub-Alfvenic and the soliton velocities are much smaller than the Alfven speed. The other branch is super-Alfvenic and the soliton velocities are very close to or greater than the Alfven speed. Both compressive and rarefactive solitons can exist in each branch. For the sub-Alfvenic branch, the rarefactive soliton is a bell shape curve which is much narrower than the compressive one. In the super-Alfvenic branch, however, the compressive soliton is bell-shaped and the rarefactive one is broadened. We also found that the super-Alfvenic solitons can develop to other structures. When the charge-to-mass ratio of the dust grains is sufficiently high, the width of the rarefactive soliton will increase extremely and an electron density depletion will be observed. When the velocity is much higher than the Alfven speed, the bell-shaped soliton will transit to a cusped structure.

  5. Alfven waves in current-carrying inhomogeneous plasmas

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    Shigueoka, H.; de Azevedo, C. A.; de Assis, A. S.; Sakanaka, P. H.

    The Hain and Lust (1958) equation is here used to numerically solve the Alfven modes in inhomogeneous cylindrical current-carrying plasmas. It is shown in this way that the distance of the eigenfrequencies for dc density from the lower edge of the Alfven continuum depends on its profile. The WKB approximation is used to show that a discrete MHD Alfven mode exists. These efforts are relevant to both solar prominence heating and oscillations and the Alfven wave-based heating and oscillations of the chromosphere.

  6. Coronal Alfven waves detected by radio sounding during the solar occultations of the HELIOS spacecraft

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    Bird, M. K.; Volland, H.; Efimov, A. I.; Levy, G. S.; Seidel, B. L.; Stelzried, C. T.

    The two Helios spacecraft underwent regular solar occultations during their extended missions from Dec 1974-Feb 1986 (Helios 1) and Jan 1976-Mar 1980 (Helios 2) thereby providing many opportunities for radio propagation experiments in the solar corona. On certain rare occasions over the course of these investigations, Faraday rotation measurements of the linearly polarized Helios signals could be recorded simultaneously at two widely-spaced ground stations. Many of these two-station measurement intervals display clear evidence of wave-like structures with quasi-periods of the order of a few minutes to a few hours. These structures are attributed to coronal Alfven waves. The radial propagation direction and velocity of these waves are estimated from a cross-correlation analysis of the data between the two stations. The majority of the waves appear to propagate away from the Sun, but about 30 percent of the cases indicate a propagation direction toward the Sun.

  7. OpenSWPC: an open-source integrated parallel simulation code for modeling seismic wave propagation in 3D heterogeneous viscoelastic media

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    Maeda, Takuto; Takemura, Shunsuke; Furumura, Takashi

    2017-07-01

    We have developed an open-source software package, Open-source Seismic Wave Propagation Code (OpenSWPC), for parallel numerical simulations of seismic wave propagation in 3D and 2D (P-SV and SH) viscoelastic media based on the finite difference method in local-to-regional scales. This code is equipped with a frequency-independent attenuation model based on the generalized Zener body and an efficient perfectly matched layer for absorbing boundary condition. A hybrid-style programming using OpenMP and the Message Passing Interface (MPI) is adopted for efficient parallel computation. OpenSWPC has wide applicability for seismological studies and great portability to allowing excellent performance from PC clusters to supercomputers. Without modifying the code, users can conduct seismic wave propagation simulations using their own velocity structure models and the necessary source representations by specifying them in an input parameter file. The code has various modes for different types of velocity structure model input and different source representations such as single force, moment tensor and plane-wave incidence, which can easily be selected via the input parameters. Widely used binary data formats, the Network Common Data Form (NetCDF) and the Seismic Analysis Code (SAC) are adopted for the input of the heterogeneous structure model and the outputs of the simulation results, so users can easily handle the input/output datasets. All codes are written in Fortran 2003 and are available with detailed documents in a public repository.[Figure not available: see fulltext.

  8. Ion reflection and dissipation at quasi-parallel collisionless shocks

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    Scholer, Manfred; Terasawa, Toshio

    1990-02-01

    Large scale one-dimensional hybrid simulations have been performed of a quasi-parallel high Mach number collisionless shock. It is found that backstreaming reflected ions, i.e., upstream ions with velocities exceeding the shock ram velocity, originate from the outer part of the velocity space of the incident distribution. The backstreaming ions produce very low-frequency magnetosonic waves which propagate upstream with about 1.3 Alfven speed. As the wave crests convect toward the shock, they steepen up the shock reforms itself. During shock reformation a large part of the incident ions are reflected. This, in turn, slows the incident ions down. The slowed down incident particle distribution and the reflected particle distribution merge and constitute the new thermalized downstream distribution. In the interval of a relatively stationary shock low-frequency whistler waves stand at the shock front. During these time intervals, the whistler waves are probably responsible for dissipation by nonadiabatic compression of the incident ions.

  9. Finite orbit energetic particle linear response to toroidal Alfven eigenmodes

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    Berk, H.L.; Ye, Huanchun . Inst. for Fusion Studies); Breizman, B.N. . Inst. Yadernoj Fiziki)

    1991-07-01

    The linear response of energetic particles to the TAE modes is calculated taking into account their finite orbit excursion from the flux surfaces. The general expression reproduces the previously derived theory for small banana width: when the banana width {triangle}{sub b} is much larger than the mode thickness {triangle}{sub m}, we obtain a new compact expression for the linear power transfer. When {triangle}{sub m}/{triangle}{sub b} {much lt} 1, the banana orbit effect reduces the power transfer by a factor of {triangle}{sub m}/{triangle}{sub b} from that predicted by the narrow orbit theory. A comparison is made of the contribution to the TAE growth rate of energetic particles with a slowing-down distribution arising from an isotropic source, and a balance-injected beam source when the source speed is close to the Alfven speed. For the same stored energy density, the contribution from the principal resonances ({vert bar}{upsilon}{sub {parallel}}{vert bar} = {upsilon}{sub A} is substantially enhanced in the beam case compared to the isotropic case, while the contribution at the higher sidebands ({vert bar}{upsilon}{sub {parallel}}{vert bar}) = {upsilon}{sub A}/(2{ell} {minus} 1) with {ell} {ge} 2) is substantially reduced. 10 refs.

  10. On the Finite Lifetimes of Poloidal Alfven Waves: Box vs. Dipole Models

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    Choi, J.; Lee, D. H.; Kim, K. H.; Lee, E.

    2016-12-01

    Poloidal Alfven waves with high azimuthal wave number (m >> 1) in the Earth's magnetosphere are one-dimensional waves that propagate along the magnetic field with radial magnetic field and azimuthal electric field perturbations. It is of great importance to understand the dynamics of the poloidal mode waves since such polarization enables the waves to interact with ring current particles and accelerate or decelerate them via drift-bounce resonances. We investigate the characteristics of poloidal mode using MHD wave models with high grid resolution. Comparisons among a 3-D simple box model, 2-D and 3-D dipole models advance our knowledge of the wave modes in more realistic conditions. To examine the time-dependent behavior of local wave fields, we impose various standing poloidal Alfven waves with different azimuthal wave numbers and harmonics, and follow their evolution in time. Our results show that, unlike the toroidal field line resonances, poloidal Alfven waves are highly transient phenomena such that the initial poloidal wave energy is transferred to the toroidal mode energy. The transient time scale in dipolar geometry turns out to be much shorter than that in the box model. Our results indicate that the geometric effect on time-dependent behavior of poloidal modes is significant, which should be incorporated into wave-particle interaction. It also suggests that prolonged poloidal mode oscillations are unlikely unless there occurs continuous wave excitation via the wave-particle interaction.

  11. Alfven Wave Reflection Model of Field-Aligned Currents at Mercury

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    Lyatsky, Wladislaw; Khazanov, George V.; Slavin, James

    2010-01-01

    An Alfven Wave Reflection (AWR) model is proposed that provides closure for strong field-aligned currents (FACs) driven by the magnetopause reconnection in the magnetospheres of planets having no significant ionospheric and surface electrical conductance. The model is based on properties of the Alfven waves, generated at high altitudes and reflected from the low-conductivity surface of the planet. When magnetospheric convection is very slow, the incident and reflected Alfven waves propagate along approximately the same path. In this case, the net field-aligned currents will be small. However, as the convection speed increases. the reflected wave is displaced relatively to the incident wave so that the incident and reflected waves no longer compensate each other. In this case, the net field-aligned current may be large despite the lack of significant ionospheric and surface conductivity. Our estimate shows that for typical solar wind conditions at Mercury, the magnitude of Region 1-type FACs in Mercury's magnetosphere may reach hundreds of kilo-Amperes. This AWR model of field-aligned currents may provide a solution to the long-standing problem of the closure of FACs in the Mercury's magnetosphere. c2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Alfven Wave Reflection Model of Field-Aligned Currents at Mercury

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    Lyatsky, Wladislaw; Khazanov, George V.; Slavin, James

    2010-01-01

    An Alfven Wave Reflection (AWR) model is proposed that provides closure for strong field-aligned currents (FACs) driven by the magnetopause reconnection in the magnetospheres of planets having no significant ionospheric and surface electrical conductance. The model is based on properties of the Alfven waves, generated at high altitudes and reflected from the low-conductivity surface of the planet. When magnetospheric convection is very slow, the incident and reflected Alfven waves propagate along approximately the same path. In this case, the net field-aligned currents will be small. However, as the convection speed increases. the reflected wave is displaced relatively to the incident wave so that the incident and reflected waves no longer compensate each other. In this case, the net field-aligned current may be large despite the lack of significant ionospheric and surface conductivity. Our estimate shows that for typical solar wind conditions at Mercury, the magnitude of Region 1-type FACs in Mercury's magnetosphere may reach hundreds of kilo-Amperes. This AWR model of field-aligned currents may provide a solution to the long-standing problem of the closure of FACs in the Mercury's magnetosphere. c2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. The parametric decay of Alfven waves into shear Alfven waves and dust lower hybrid waves

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    Jamil, M.; Shah, H. A.; Zubia, K.; Zeba, I.; Uzma, Ch.; Salimullah, M.

    2010-07-15

    The parametric decay instability of Alfven wave into low-frequency electrostatic dust-lower-hybrid and electromagnetic shear Alfven waves has been investigated in detail in a dusty plasma in the presence of external/ambient uniform magnetic field. Magnetohydrodynamic fluid equations of plasmas have been employed to find the linear and nonlinear response of the plasma particles for this three-wave nonlinear coupling in a dusty magnetoplasma. Here, relatively high frequency electromagnetic Alfven wave has been taken as the pump wave. It couples with other two low-frequency internal possible modes of the dusty magnetoplasma, viz., the dust-lower-hybrid and shear Alfven waves. The nonlinear dispersion relation of the dust-lower-hybrid wave has been solved to obtain the growth rate of the parametric decay instability. The growth rate is maximum for small value of external magnetic field B{sub s}. It is noticed that the growth rate is proportional to the unperturbed electron number density n{sub oe}.

  14. Fatigue crack propagation parallel to fibers in unidirectionally reinforced SCS-6/Timetal{reg_sign}21S

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    John, R.; Lackey, A.F.; Ashbaugh, N.E.

    1996-09-15

    The primary weakness of a component made of unidirectionally reinforced SCS-6/Timetal{reg_sign}21S is its susceptibility to transverse loads. The strength of the component in the transverse direction is significantly lower than that in the longitudinal direction under monotonic, sustained and fatigue loading conditions. The previous investigations did not investigate the effect of applied stress ratio on the crack growth behavior of the composite. This paper describes extensive characterization of the fatigue crack growth parallel to fibers in unidirectional SCS-6/Timetal{reg_sign}21S using two geometries, three applied stress ratios and closure measurements.

  15. Toroidal Alfven Waves in Advanced Tokamaks

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    Berk, Herbert L.

    2003-10-01

    In burning plasma experiments, alpha particles have speeds that readily resonate with shear Alfven waves. It is essential to understand this Alfven wave spectrum for toroidal plasma confinement. Most interest has focused on the Toroidal Alfven Eigenmode (TAE), and a method of analysis has been developed to understand the structure of this mode at a flux surface with a given magnetic shear. However, this model fails when the shear is too low or reversed. In this case a new method of analysis is required, which must incorporate novel fluid-like effects from the energetic particles [1] and also include effects that are second order in the inverse toroidal aspect ratio. With this new method [2] we can obtain spectral features that agree with experimental results. In particular, this theory gives an explanation for the so-called Cascade modes that have been observed in JT-60 [3], JET [4], and TFTR [5]. For these Cascade modes, slow upward frequency sweeping is observed, beginning from frequencies below the TAE range but then often blending into the TAE range of frequencies. The theoretical understanding of the Cascades modes has evolved to the point where these modes can be used as a diagnostic "signature" [6] to experimentally optimize the formation of thermal barriers in reversed-shear operation when the minimum q value is an integer. [1] H. L. Berk et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 185 (2002). [2] B. N. Breizman et al., submitted to Phys. Plasmas (2003). [3] H. Kimura et al., Nucl. Fusion 38, 1303 (1998). [4] S. Sharapov et al., Phys. Lett. A 289, 127 (2001); S. Sharapov, Phys. Plasmas 9, 2027 (2002). [5] R. Nazikian, H. L. Berk, et al., Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 47, 327 (2002). [6] E. Joffrin et al., Plasma Phys. Contr. Fusion 44, 1739 (2002); E. Joffrin et al., in Proc. 2002 IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, submitted to Nucl. Fusion.

  16. Crack Front Propagation and Fracture in a Graphite Sheet: A Molecular-Dynamics Study on Parallel Computers

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    Omeltchenko, A.; Yu, J.; Kalia, R.K.; Vashishta, P.

    1997-03-01

    Crack propagation in a graphite sheet is investigated with million atom molecular-dynamics simulations based on Brenner{close_quote}s reactive empirical bond-order potential. For certain crystalline orientations, multiple crack branches with nearly equal spacing sprout as the crack tip reaches a critical speed of 0.6V{sub R}, where V{sub R} is the Rayleigh wave speed. This results in a fracture surface with secondary branches and overhangs. Within the same branch the crack-front profile is characterized by a roughness exponent, {alpha}=0.41{plus_minus}0.05. However, for interbranch fracture surface profiles the return probability yields {alpha}=0.71{plus_minus}0.10. Fracture toughness is estimated from Griffith analysis and local-stress distributions. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  17. Crack Front Propagation and Fracture in a Graphite Sheet: A Molecular-Dynamics Study on Parallel Computers

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    Omeltchenko, Andrey; Yu, Jin; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Vashishta, Priya

    1997-03-01

    Crack propagation in a graphite sheet is investigated with million atom molecular-dynamics simulations based on Brenner's reactive empirical bond-order potential. For certain crystalline orientations, multiple crack branches with nearly equal spacing sprout as the crack tip reaches a critical speed of 0.6VR, where VR is the Rayleigh wave speed. This results in a fracture surface with secondary branches and overhangs. Within the same branch the crack-front profile is characterized by a roughness exponent, α = 0.41+/-0.05. However, for interbranch fracture surface profiles the return probability yields α = 0.71+/-0.10. Fracture toughness is estimated from Griffith analysis and local-stress distributions.

  18. Stochastic propagation of an array of parallel cracks: Exploratory work on matrix fatigue damage in composite laminates

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    Williford, R.E.

    1989-09-01

    Transverse cracking of polymeric matrix materials is an important fatigue damage mechanism in continuous-fiber composite laminates. The propagation of an array of these cracks is a stochastic problem usually treated by Monte Carlo methods. However, this exploratory work proposes an alternative approach wherein the Monte Carlo method is replaced by a more closed-form recursion relation based on fractional Brownian motion.'' A fractal scaling equation is also proposed as a substitute for the more empirical Paris equation describing individual crack growth in this approach. Preliminary calculations indicate that the new recursion relation is capable of reproducing the primary features of transverse matrix fatigue cracking behavior. Although not yet fully tested or verified, this cursion relation may eventually be useful for real-time applications such as monitoring damage in aircraft structures.

  19. Study of Nonlinear Interaction and Turbulence of Alfven Waves in LAPD Experiments

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    Boldyrev, Stanislav; Perez, Jean Carlos

    2013-11-29

    The complete project had two major goals — investigate MHD turbulence generated by counterpropagating Alfven modes, and study such processes in the LAPD device. In order to study MHD turbulence in numerical simulations, two codes have been used: full MHD, and reduced MHD developed specialy for this project. Quantitative numerical results are obtained through high-resolution simulations of strong MHD turbulence, performed through the 2010 DOE INCITE allocation. We addressed the questions of the spectrum of turbulence, its universality, and the value of the so-called Kolmogorov constant (the normalization coefficient of the spectrum). In these simulations we measured with unprecedented accuracy the energy spectra of magnetic and velocity fluctuations. We also studied the so-called residual energy, that is, the difference between kinetic and magnetic energies in turbulent fluctuations. In our analytic work we explained generation of residual energy in weak MHD turbulence, in the process of random collisions of counterpropagating Alfven waves. We then generalized these results for the case of strong MHD turbulence. The developed model explained generation of residual energy is strong MHD turbulence, and verified the results in numerical simulations. We then analyzed the imbalanced case, where more Alfven waves propagate in one direction. We found that spectral properties of the residual energy are similar for both balanced and imbalanced cases. We then compared strong MHD turbulence observed in the solar wind with turbulence generated in numerical simulations. Nonlinear interaction of Alfv´en waves has been studied in the upgraded Large Plasma Device (LAPD). We have simulated the collision of the Alfven modes in the settings close to the experiment. We have created a train of wave packets with the apltitudes closed to those observed n the experiment, and allowed them to collide. We then saw the generation of the second harmonic, resembling that observed in the

  20. Free-boundary toroidal Alfven eigenmodes

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    Chen, Eugene Y.; Berk, H. L.; Breizman, B.; Zheng, L. J.

    2011-05-15

    A numerical study is presented for the n = 1 free-boundary toroidal Alfven eigenmodes (TAE) in tokamaks, which shows that there is considerable sensitivity of n = 1 modes to the position of the conducting wall. An additional branch of the TAE is shown to emerge from the upper continuum as the ratio of conducting wall radius to plasma radius increases. Such phenomena arise in plasma equilibria with both circular and shaped cross sections, where the shaped profile studied here is similar to that found in Alcator C-Mod.

  1. Drift-Alfven eigenmodes in inhomogeneous plasma

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    Vranjes, J.; Poedts, S.

    2006-03-15

    A set of three nonlinear equations describing drift-Alfven waves in a nonuniform magnetized plasma is derived and discussed both in linear and nonlinear limits. In the case of a cylindric radially bounded plasma with a Gaussian density distribution in the radial direction the linearized equations are solved exactly yielding general solutions for modes with quantized frequencies and with radially dependent amplitudes. The full set of nonlinear equations is also solved yielding particular solutions in the form of rotating radially limited structures. The results should be applicable to the description of electromagnetic perturbations in solar magnetic structures and in astrophysical column-like objects including cosmic tornados.

  2. Theoretical and experimental studies of space-related plasma wave propagation and resonance phenomena

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    Crawford, F. W.

    1974-01-01

    Active research is reported in the following areas: (1) whistler propagation; (2) whistler triggered VLF emissions; (3) Alfven wave excitation; (4) helical electron beams for whistler generation; and (5) ULF excitation by metallic electric or magnetic dipole antennas.

  3. Kinetic effects of Alfven wave nonlinearity. I - Ponderomotive density fluctuations

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    Spangler, Steven R.

    1989-01-01

    The Vlasov theory is used to study kinetic corrections to fluid descriptions of Alfven wave nonlinearity. The method is to obtain an expression for the second-order perturbed distribution function produced by a nonlinear Alfven wave. From this distribution function a kinetically correct expression is obtained for the plasma density perturbation associated with an envelope-modulated Alfven wave. This kinetic theory result differs substantially from the fluid expression when the plasma beta is greater than about 1, and the electron and ion temperatures are approximately equal. This result is of interest because density fluctuations are an observationally accessible indicator of wave nonlinearity in solar system Alfven waves. It also will assist in the determination of properties of Alfven waves in the interstellar medium. Finally, this analysis also yields a kinetically correct expression for u, the magnetic field-aligned component of the plasma fluid velocity.

  4. The Application of a Massively Parallel Computer to the Simulation of Electrical Wave Propagation Phenomena in the Heart Muscle Using Simplified Models

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    Karpoukhin, Mikhii G.; Kogan, Boris Y.; Karplus, Walter J.

    1995-01-01

    The simulation of heart arrhythmia and fibrillation are very important and challenging tasks. The solution of these problems using sophisticated mathematical models is beyond the capabilities of modern super computers. To overcome these difficulties it is proposed to break the whole simulation problem into two tightly coupled stages: generation of the action potential using sophisticated models. and propagation of the action potential using simplified models. The well known simplified models are compared and modified to bring the rate of depolarization and action potential duration restitution closer to reality. The modified method of lines is used to parallelize the computational process. The conditions for the appearance of 2D spiral waves after the application of a premature beat and the subsequent traveling of the spiral wave inside the simulated tissue are studied.

  5. The Application of a Massively Parallel Computer to the Simulation of Electrical Wave Propagation Phenomena in the Heart Muscle Using Simplified Models

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    Karpoukhin, Mikhii G.; Kogan, Boris Y.; Karplus, Walter J.

    1995-01-01

    The simulation of heart arrhythmia and fibrillation are very important and challenging tasks. The solution of these problems using sophisticated mathematical models is beyond the capabilities of modern super computers. To overcome these difficulties it is proposed to break the whole simulation problem into two tightly coupled stages: generation of the action potential using sophisticated models. and propagation of the action potential using simplified models. The well known simplified models are compared and modified to bring the rate of depolarization and action potential duration restitution closer to reality. The modified method of lines is used to parallelize the computational process. The conditions for the appearance of 2D spiral waves after the application of a premature beat and the subsequent traveling of the spiral wave inside the simulated tissue are studied.

  6. Beta-induced Alfven-acoustic eigenmodes in stellarator plasmas with low shear

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    Eremin, D. Yu.; Koenies, A.

    2010-01-15

    The coupling of low-frequency Alfvenic modes with acoustic oscillations due to curvature of the background magnetic field is considered for stellarator plasmas with low shear. Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) analysis demonstrates that the interaction between these branches can generate gaps in the continua with a width proportional to beta as well as the magnitude of the Fourier harmonics of the magnetic field strength which cause the coupling. The gaps can provide a habitat for beta-induced Alfven-acoustic eigenmodes (BAAEs). Using the causality principle, a technique is developed to resolve the singular behavior of the MHD BAAE eigenmode equation at the points of resonance with the acoustic continuum. Alternatively, the singularities arising in the reduced MHD description can be resolved by accounting for the finite parallel electrical field. Both approaches yield consistent continuum damping rate, which proves to be small. Numerical calculations for analytically fitted experimental profiles of electron-dominated plasma in Helically Symmetric eXperiment (HSX) facility yield two weakly damped BAAE modes with different frequencies: one is close to the maximum of the lower-frequency Alfven-acoustic continuum, and the other is located well within the BAAE gap. The numerically found BAAEs have frequencies in the same range as the experimentally observed electromagnetic modes in HSX, even when the finite diamagnetic frequency effects are considered.

  7. Effects of the parallel electron dynamics and finite ion temperature on the plasma blob propagation in the scrape-off layer

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    Jovanovic, D.; Shukla, P. K.; Pegoraro, F.

    2008-11-15

    A new three-dimensional model for the warm-ion turbulence at the tokamak edge plasma and in the scrape-off layer is proposed, and used to study the dynamics of plasma blobs in the scrape-off layer. The model is based on the nonlinear interchange mode, coupled with the nonlinear resistive drift mode, in the presence of the magnetic curvature drive, the density inhomogeneity, the electron dynamics along the open magnetic field lines, and the electron-ion and electron-neutral collisions. Within the present model, the effect of the sheath resistivity decreases with the distance from the wall, resulting in the bending and the break up of the plasma blob structure. Numerical solutions exhibit the coupling of interchange modes with nonlinear drift modes, causing the collapse of the blob in the lateral direction, followed by a clockwise rotation and radial propagation. The symmetry breaking, caused both by the parallel resistivity and the finite ion temperature, introduces a poloidal component in the plasma blob propagation, while the overall stability properties and the speed are not affected qualitatively.

  8. Anisotropic Alfven-ballooning modes in the Earth`s magnetosphere

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    Chan, A.A.; Xia, Mengfen; Chen, Liu

    1993-05-01

    We have carried out a theoretical analysis of the stability and parallel structure of coupled shear-Alfven and slow-magnetosonic waves in the Earth`s inner magnetosphere including effects of finite anisotropic plasma pressure. Multiscale perturbation analysis of the anisotropic Grad-Shafranov equation yields an approximate self-consistent magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equilibrium. This MHD equilibrium is used in the numerical solution of a set of eigenmode equations which describe the field line eigenfrequency, linear stability, and parallel eigenmode structure. We call these modes anisotropic Alfven-ballooning modes. The main results are: The field line eigenfrequency can be significantly lowered by finite pressure effects. The parallel mode structure of the transverse wave components is fairly insensitive to changes in the plasma pressure but the compressional magnetic component can become highly peaked near the magnetic equator due to increased pressure, especially when P{perpendicular} > P{parallel}. For the isotropic case ballooning instability can occur when the ratio of the plasma pressure to the magnetic pressure, exceeds a critical value {beta}{sub o}{sup B} {approx} 3.5 at the equator. Compared to the isotropic case the critical beta value is lowered by anisotropy, either due to decreased field-line-bending stabilization when P{parallel} > P{perpendicular}, or due to increased ballooning-mirror destabilization when P{perpendicular} > P{parallel}. We use a ``{beta}-6 stability diagram`` to display the regions of instability with respect to the equatorial values of the parameters {bar {beta}} and {delta}, where {bar {beta}} = (1/3)({beta}{sub {parallel}} + 2 {beta}{perpendicular}) is an average beta value and {delta} = 1 - P{parallel}/P{perpendicular} is a measure of the plasma anisotropy.

  9. Investigation of global Alfven instabilities in TFTR

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    Wong, K.L.; Paul, S.F.; Fredrickson, E.D.; Nazikian, R.; Park, H.K.; Bell, M.; Bretz, N.L.; Budny, R.; Cheng, C.Z.; Cohen, S.; Hammett, G.W.; Jobes, F.C.; Johnson, L.; Meade, D.M.; Medley, S.S.; Mueller, D.; Nagayama, Y.; Owens, D.K.; Synakowski, E.J.; Durst, R.; Fonck, R.J.; Roberts, D.R.; Sabbagh, S.

    1992-01-01

    Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes (TAE) were excited by the energetic neutral beam ions tangentially injected into TFTR plasmas at low magnetic field such that the injection velocities were comparable to the Alfven speed. The modes were identified by measurements from Mirnov coils and beam emission spectroscopy (BES). TAE modes appear in bursts whose repetition rate increases with beam power. The neutron emission rate exhibits sawtooth-like behavior and the crashes always coincide with TAE bursts. This indicates ejection of fast ions from the plasma until these modes are stabilized. The dynamics of growth and stabilization was investigated at various plasma current and magnetic field. The results indicate that the instability can effectively clamp the number of energetic ions in the plasma. The observed instability threshold is discussed in the light of recent theories. In addition to these TAE modes, intermittent oscillations at three times the fundamental TAE frequency were observed by Mirnov coils, but no corresponding signal was found in BES. It appears that these high frequency oscillations do not have direct effect on the plasma neutron source strength.

  10. Alfv'enic Modes in HSX Stellarator

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    Deng, C.; Brower, D. L.; Spong, D. A.; Breizman, B. N.; Almagri, A. F.; Anderson, D. T.; Anderson, F. S. B.; Guttenfelder, W.; Likin, K.; Lore, J.; Lu, J.; Oh, S.; Radder, J. W.; Schmitt, J.; Zhai, K.

    2007-11-01

    Coherent, global fluctuations in the range of 20-120 kHz are observed for quasi-helically-symmetric, 2^nd Harmonic X-mode ECRH produced plasmas in HSX (BT=0.5T). Measurements and theory indicate that the mode with helicity m/n=1/1 is likely a global Alfv'en eigenmode (GAE) driven by nonthermal electrons. Under certain conditions, a satellite mode of same helicity is observed with frequency ˜20 kHz higher than the primary mode. Radial structure of both the primary and satellite modes are obtained by inversion of interferometry data showing peaks at different spatial locations. Finite pressure effects, even at low plasma beta, distort the Alfven continuum and mode frequency for these low m,n modes. For HSX operation at BT=1T with first Harmonic O-mode ECRH, the fast electron population is reduced and the mode is no longer observed. *Supported by USDOE contracts DE-FG03-01ER54615 and DE-FG02-93EE54222.

  11. Alfven waves generated by a source moving in the ionosphere

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    Kropotkin, A. P.

    1989-06-01

    It is shown theoretically that a plasma disturbance generated in the ionosphere from aboard a satellite and traveling across a magnetic field B sub 0 together with the satellite at a velocity of V sub 0 can have the character of an Alfven wing: a structure highly elongated along B sub 0, traveling along B sub 0 with an Alfven velocity much greater than V sub 0. For the Alfven wing to be generated it is necessary that the transverse dimension of the disturbance be sufficiently large, exceeding the ion Larmor radius.

  12. Alfvenic Turbulence from the Sun to 65 Solar Radii: Numerical predictions.

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    Perez, J. C.; Chandran, B. D. G.

    2015-12-01

    The upcoming NASA Solar Probe Plus (SPP) mission will fly to within 9 solar radii from the solar surface, about 7 times closer to the Sun than any previous spacecraft has ever reached. This historic mission will gather unprecedented remote-sensing data and the first in-situ measurements of the plasma in the solar atmosphere, which will revolutionize our knowledge and understanding of turbulence and other processes that heat the solar corona and accelerate the solar wind. This close to the Sun the background solar-wind properties are highly inhomogeneous. As a result, outward-propagating Alfven waves (AWs) arising from the random motions of the photospheric magnetic-field footpoints undergo strong non-WKB reflections and trigger a vigorous turbulent cascade. In this talk I will discuss recent progress in the understanding of reflection-driven Alfven turbulence in this scenario by means of high-resolution numerical simulations, with the goal of predicting the detailed nature of the velocity and magnetic field fluctuations that the SPP mission will measure. In particular, I will place special emphasis on relating the simulations to relevant physical mechanisms that might govern the radial evolution of the turbulence spectra of outward/inward-propagating fluctuations and discuss the conditions that lead to universal power-laws.

  13. Kinetic Alfven solitary waves in a magnetized plasma with superthermal electrons

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    Panwar, A. E-mail: ryu201@postech.ac.kr Ryu, C. M. E-mail: ryu201@postech.ac.kr; Bains, A. S. E-mail: ryu201@postech.ac.kr

    2015-09-15

    A study of the ion Larmor radius effects on the solitary kinetic Alfven waves (SKAWs) in a magnetized plasma with superthermal electrons is presented by employing the kinetic theory. The linear dispersion relation of SKAW is shown to depend on the superthermal parameter κ, ion to electron temperature ratio, and the angle of wave propagation. Using the Sagdeev potential approach, the energy balance equation has been derived to study the dynamics of SKAWs. The effects of various plasma parameters are investigated for the propagation of SKAWs. It is shown that only compressive solitons can exist and in the Maxwellian limit our results are in good agreement with previous studies. Further, the characteristics of small amplitude SKAWs are investigated. Present study could be useful for the understanding of SKAWs in a low β plasma in astrophysical environment, where particle distributions are superthermal in nature.

  14. THE SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL DEPENDENCE OF CORONAL HEATING BY ALFVEN WAVE TURBULENCE

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    Asgari-Targhi, M.; Van Ballegooijen, A. A.; Cranmer, S. R.; DeLuca, E. E.

    2013-08-20

    The solar atmosphere may be heated by Alfven waves that propagate up from the convection zone and dissipate their energy in the chromosphere and corona. To further test this theory, we consider wave heating in an active region observed on 2012 March 7. A potential field model of the region is constructed, and 22 field lines representing observed coronal loops are traced through the model. Using a three-dimensional (3D) reduced magnetohydrodynamics code, we simulate the dynamics of Alfven waves in and near the observed loops. The results for different loops are combined into a single formula describing the average heating rate Q as a function of position within the observed active region. We suggest this expression may be approximately valid also for other active regions, and therefore may be used to construct 3D, time-dependent models of the coronal plasma. Such models are needed to understand the role of thermal non-equilibrium in the structuring and dynamics of the Sun's corona.

  15. Short-Wavelength Solar Wind Turbulence: Kinetic Alfven vs. Whistler Fluctuations

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    Gary, S. Peter

    2009-11-01

    The inertial range of solar wind turbulence corresponds to magnetic power spectra which scale as f^-α with α˜ 5/3. Many observations show, however, that at observed frequencies f ˜ 0.2 Hz, there is a ``breakpoint'' such that power spectra at higher frequencies follow a steeper power-law dependence with α> 5/3. The constituent modes of this high-frequency, short-wavelength regime are often attributed to kinetic Alfv'en modes which propagate at strongly oblique directions relative to the background magnetic field. However, whistler fluctuations represent an alternative hypothesis to describe short-wavelength turbulence in the solar wind and, indeed, in any collisionless, magnetized, homogeneous plasma. Particle-in-cell simulations have shown that the whistler cascade yields steep power-law power spectra consistent with observations [1]. This poster will describe a comparison of linear theory properties of kinetic Alfv'en waves and whistler fluctuations, and will apply these results to recent simulations and observations of short-wavelength turbulence in the solar wind.[4pt] [1] Saito, S., S. P. Gary, H. Li, and Y. Narita (2008), Whistler turbulence: Particle-in-cell simulations, Phys. Plasmas, 15, 102305.

  16. The effect of plasma shear flow on drift Alfven instabilities of a finite beta plasma and on anomalous heating of ions by ion cyclotron turbulence

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    Jo, Young Hyun; Lee, Hae June; Mikhailenko, Vladimir V.; Mikhailenko, Vladimir S.

    2016-01-01

    It was derived that the drift-Alfven instabilities with the shear flow parallel to the magnetic field have significant difference from the drift-Alfven instabilities of a shearless plasma when the ion temperature is comparable with electron temperature for a finite plasma beta. The velocity shear not only modifies the frequency and the growth rate of the known drift-Alfven instability, which develops due to the inverse electron Landau damping, but also triggers a combined effect of the velocity shear and the inverse ion Landau damping, which manifests the development of the ion kinetic shear-flow-driven drift-Alfven instability. The excited unstable waves have the phase velocities along the magnetic field comparable with the ion thermal velocity, and the growth rate is comparable with the frequency. The development of this instability may be the efficient mechanism of the ion energization in shear flows. The levels of the drift--Alfven turbulence, resulted from the development of both instabilities, are determined from the renormalized nonlinear dispersion equation, which accounts for the nonlinear effect of the scattering of ions by the electromagnetic turbulence. The renormalized quasilinear equation for the ion distribution function, which accounts for the same effect of the scattering of ions by electromagnetic turbulence, is derived and employed for the analysis of the ion viscosity and ions heating, resulted from the interactions of ions with drift-Alfven turbulence. In the same way, the phenomena of the ion cyclotron turbulence and anomalous anisotropic heating of ions by ion cyclotron plasma turbulence has numerous practical applications in physics of the near-Earth space plasmas. Using the methodology of the shearing modes, the kinetic theory of the ion cyclotron turbulence of the plasma with transverse current with strong velocity shear has been developed.

  17. On the existence of finite amplitude, transverse Alfven waves in the interplanetary magnetic field

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    Sari, J. W.

    1977-01-01

    Interplanetary magnetic field data from the Mariner 10 spacecraft were examined for evidence of small and finite amplitude transverse Alfven waves, general finite amplitude Alfven waves, and magnetosonic waves. No evidence for transverse Alfven waves was found. Instead, the field fluctuations were found to be dominated by the general finite amplitude Alfven wave. Such wave modes correspond to non-plane-wave solutions of the nonlinear magnetohydrodynamic equations.

  18. Alfvenically driven slow shocks in the solar chromosphere and corona

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    Hollweg, Joseph V.

    1992-01-01

    The nonlinear evolution of an Alfvenic impulse launched from the photosphere and its dynamical effects on the chromosphere, transition region (TR), and corona are investigated using a simple 1D model. It is found that the leading edge of the torsional pulse can steepen into a fast shock in the chromosphere if the pulse is of sufficiently large amplitude and short duration. A slow shock which develops behind the Alfvenic pulse can reflect downgoing Alfven waves back up to the corona. The upgoing reflected wave can induce a significant upward ejection of the TR. Nonlinear dynamics are found to lead to very impulsive behavior at later times. It is suggested that impulsive events occurring in the TR or corona need not be interpreted in terms of reconnection-driven microflares. It is also found that B(0) in the chromosphere can be amplified when the TR and chromosphere fall.

  19. Resonant wave-particle interactions modified by intrinsic Alfvenic turbulence

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    Wu, C. S.; Lee, K. H.; Wang, C. B.; Wu, D. J.

    2012-08-15

    The concept of wave-particle interactions via resonance is well discussed in plasma physics. This paper shows that intrinsic Alfven waves can qualitatively modify the physics discussed in conventional linear plasma kinetic theories. It turns out that preexisting Alfven waves can affect particle motion along the ambient magnetic field and, moreover, the ensuing force field is periodic in time. As a result, the meaning of the usual Landau and cyclotron resonance conditions becomes questionable. It turns out that this effect leads us to find a new electromagnetic instability. In such a process intrinsic Alfven waves not only modify the unperturbed distribution function but also result in a different type of cyclotron resonance which is affected by the level of turbulence. This instability might enable us to better our understanding of the observed radio emission processes in the solar atmosphere.

  20. On the generation of Alfven waves in the solar photosphere

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    Tsap, Yuriy; Stepanov, Alexander; Kopylova, Yulia

    The influence of collisions between neutrals and ions on the energy flux of Alfven waves in the weakly ionized plasma based on the three-fluid equations is considered. As distinguished from Vranjes et al. (2008) and Soler et al. (2013) it has been shown that amplitudes of Alfven waves that are generated in the solar photosphere do not depend on the ionization ratio and the initial conditions for ions, if the wave frequency is much less that the effective frequency of collisions between ions and neutral atoms. This is explained by the strong coupling due to ion-neutral collisions and the magnetic field freezing-in effect. Alfven waves can be effectively excited in the photosphere of the Sun by the convective motions.

  1. Alfven ion-cyclotron heating of ionospheric O(+) ions

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    Winglee, R. M.; Sydora, R. D.; Ashour-Abdalla, M.

    1988-01-01

    Transversely heated ionospheric ions, in particular O(+) ions, are often observed flowing upward along auroral field lines. Currents observed in association with the transversely heated ions can drive shear Alfven waves and electrostatic ion-cyclotron waves unstable which can, in turn, be resonantly absorbed by the ions to produce the heating. Particle simulations are used to examine self-consistently the excitation of these waves and the associated heating. It is shown that the growth of the electrostatic ion-cyclotron waves quickly becomes suppressed as the ions become heated and the dominant wave fields are those of the shear Alfven wave. The resultant transverse ion heating is larger and faster than that produced by solely electrostatic ion-cyclotron wave heating. Due to trapping of ions by the shear Alfven wave, the temperature of the O(+) ions remains comparable to that of the H(+) ions.

  2. MAGNETOSEISMOLOGY: EIGENMODES OF TORSIONAL ALFVEN WAVES IN STRATIFIED SOLAR WAVEGUIDES

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    Verth, G.; Goossens, M.; Erdelyi, R. E-mail: Marcel.Goossens@wis.kuleuven.b

    2010-05-10

    There have recently been significant claims of Alfven wave observation in the solar chromosphere and corona. We investigate how the radial and longitudinal plasma structuring affects the observational properties of torsional Alfven waves in magnetic flux tubes for the purposes of solar magnetoseismology. The governing magnetohydrodynamic equations of these waves in axisymmetric flux tubes of arbitrary radial and axial plasma structuring are derived and we study their observable properties for various equilibria in both thin and finite-width magnetic flux tubes. For thin flux tubes, it is demonstrated that observation of the eigenmodes of torsional Alfven waves can provide temperature diagnostics of both the internal and surrounding plasma. In the finite-width flux tube regime, it is shown that these waves are the ideal magnetoseismological tool for probing radial plasma inhomogeneity in solar waveguides.

  3. Generation of kinetic Alfven waves in the high-latitude near-Earth magnetotail: A global hybrid simulation

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    Guo, Zhifang; Hong, Minghua; Du, Aimin; Lin, Yu; Wang, Xueyi; Wu, Mingyu; Lu, Quanming

    2015-02-15

    In this paper, effects of a fast flow in the tail plasma sheet on the generation of kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) in the high-latitude of the near-Earth magnetotail are investigated by performing a two-dimensional (2-D) global-scale hybrid simulation, where the plasma flow is initialized by the E×B drift near the equatorial plane due to the existence of the dawn-dusk convection electric field. It is found that firstly, the plasma sheet becomes thinned and the dipolarization of magnetic field appears around (x,z)=(−10.5R{sub E},0.3R{sub E}), where R{sub E} is the radius of the Earth. Then, shear Alfven waves are excited in the plasma sheet, and the strong earthward flow is braked by the dipole-like magnetic field. These waves propagate along the magnetic field lines toward the polar regions later. Subsequently, KAWs with k{sub ⊥}≫k{sub ∥} are generated in the high-latitude magnetotail due to the existence of the non-uniformity of the magnetic field and density in the polar regions. The ratio of the electric field to the magnetic field in these waves is found to obey the relation (δE{sub z})/(δB{sub y} )∼ω/k{sub ∥} of KAWs. Our simulation provides a mechanism for the generation of the observed low-frequency shear Alfven waves in the plasma sheet and kinetic Alfven waves in the high-latitude near-Earth magnetotail, whose source is suggested to be the flow braking in the low-latitude plasma sheet.

  4. Stability of the toroidicity-induced Alfven eigenmode in axisymmetric toroidal equilibria

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    Fu, G.Y.; Cheng, C.Z.; Wong, K.L.

    1993-09-01

    The stability of toroidicity-induced Alfven eigenmodes (TAE) is investigated in general tokamak equilibria with finite aspect ratio and finite plasma beta. The finite orbit width of the hot particles and the collisional damping of the trapped electrons are included. For the trapped hot particles, the finite orbit width is found to be stabilizing. For the circulating hot particles, the finite orbit width effect is stabilizing for larger values of v{sub h}/v{sub A} (> 1) and destabilizing for smaller values of v{sub h}/v{sub A} (< 1), where v{sub h} is the hot particle speed and v{sub A} is the Alfven speed. The collisional damping of the trapped electrons is found to have a much weaker dependence on the collision frequency than the previous analytic results. The contribution of the curvature term to the trapped electron collisional damping is negligible compared to that of the parallel electric field term for typical parameters. The calculated critical hot particle beta values for the TAE instability are consistent with the experimental measurements.

  5. A new way to convert Alfven waves into heat in solar coronal holes - Intermittent magnetic levitation

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    Moore, R. L.; Hammer, R.; Musielak, Z. E.; Suess, S. T.; An, C.-H.

    1992-01-01

    In our recent analysis of Alfven wave reflection in solar coronal holes, we found evidence that coronal holes are heated by reflected Alfven waves. This result suggests that the reflection is inherent to the process that dissipates these Alfven waves into heat. We propose a novel dissipation process that is driven by the reflection, and that plausibly dominates the heating in coronal holes.

  6. Observation of mode conversion of m = minus 1 fast waves on the Alfven resonance layer

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    Amagishi, Y. )

    1990-03-12

    Fast waves or MHD surface waves of {ital m}={minus}1 (poloidal mode number of left-hand rotation) have been observed to be mode converted on the Alfven resonance layer. The converted waves are a quasielectrostatic form of the shear Alfven waves, i.e., kinetic Alfven wave and/or the resistive mode.

  7. Effects of density fluctuations on nonlinear evolution of low-frequency Alfven waves in solar wind plasmas

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    Nariyuki, Y.; Seough, J.

    2015-12-01

    It is well known that low-frequency Alfven waves are unstable to parametric instabilities, in which these waves are nonlinearly coupled with density fluctuations [e.g, Nariyuki+Hada, JGR, 2007 and references therein]. In solar wind plasmas, low-frequency fluctuations with non-zero cross-helicity are frequently observed [e.g., Bruno+Carbone, Living Rev. Solar Phys. (2013) and references therein]. When the absolute values of normalized cross helicities are close to the unity, the fluctuations may be composed of uni-directionally (anti-sunward) propagating Alfven waves. The derivative nonlinear Schrodinger equation (DNLS) has been known as the mode of modulational instabilities of unidirectional Alfven waves [Mio et al, JPSJ, 1976; Mjolhus, JPP, 1976]. In the DNLS, the density fluctuations are assumed to be the quasi-static state, which is determined according to the ponderomotive force of envelope-modulated Alfven waves. The DNLS was extended to include the obliquely propagating, compressional component of magnetic field by Mjolhus and Wyller (JPP, 1988). The kinetically modified DNLS (KDNLS) has also been discussed by many authors [Rogister, POF, 1971; Mjolhus and Wyller, Phys. Scr, 1986; JPP, 1988; Spangler, POF B, 1989; 1990; Medvedev+Diamond, POP, 1996; Nariyuki et al, POP, 2013]. On the other hand, ion acoustic modes [Hada, 1993], large scale inhomogeneity of plasmas [Buti et al, APJ, 1999; Nariyuki, POP, 2015] and random density fluctuations [Ruderman, POP, 2002] can also affect nonlinear evolution of Alfven waves. At the present time, combined effects of these effects are not fully understood. In this presentation, we discuss two models: one of them is the model including both ion kinetic effects and ion acoustic mode and another is the model including finite thermal effects and random density fluctuations. In the former case, ion kinetic effects on both longitudinal [Nariyuki+Hada, JPSJ, 2007] and transverse modulational instabilities are discussed, while the

  8. THE ROLE OF TORSIONAL ALFVEN WAVES IN CORONAL HEATING

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    Antolin, P.; Shibata, K. E-mail: shibata@kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.j

    2010-03-20

    In the context of coronal heating, among the zoo of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) waves that exist in the solar atmosphere, Alfven waves receive special attention. Indeed, these waves constitute an attractive heating agent due to their ability to carry over the many different layers of the solar atmosphere sufficient energy to heat and maintain a corona. However, due to their incompressible nature these waves need a mechanism such as mode conversion (leading to shock heating), phase mixing, resonant absorption, or turbulent cascade in order to heat the plasma. Furthermore, their incompressibility makes their detection in the solar atmosphere very difficult. New observations with polarimetric, spectroscopic, and imaging instruments such as those on board the Japanese satellite Hinode, or the Crisp spectropolarimeter of the Swedish Solar Telescope or the Coronal Multi-channel Polarimeter, are bringing strong evidence for the existence of energetic Alfven waves in the solar corona. In order to assess the role of Alfven waves in coronal heating, in this work we model a magnetic flux tube being subject to Alfven wave heating through the mode conversion mechanism. Using a 1.5 dimensional MHD code, we carry out a parameter survey varying the magnetic flux tube geometry (length and expansion), the photospheric magnetic field, the photospheric velocity amplitudes, and the nature of the waves (monochromatic or white-noise spectrum). The regimes under which Alfven wave heating produces hot and stable coronae are found to be rather narrow. Independently of the photospheric wave amplitude and magnetic field, a corona can be produced and maintained only for long (>80 Mm) and thick (area ratio between the photosphere and corona >500) loops. Above a critical value of the photospheric velocity amplitude (generally a few km s{sup -1}) the corona can no longer be maintained over extended periods of time and collapses due to the large momentum of the waves. These results establish several

  9. Ion temperature in plasmas with intrinsic Alfven waves

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    Wu, C. S.; Yoon, P. H.; Wang, C. B.

    2014-10-01

    This Brief Communication clarifies the physics of non-resonant heating of protons by low-frequency Alfvenic turbulence. On the basis of general definition for wave energy density in plasmas, it is shown that the wave magnetic field energy is equivalent to the kinetic energy density of the ions, whose motion is induced by the wave magnetic field, thus providing a self-consistent description of the non-resonant heating by Alfvenic turbulence. Although the study is motivated by the research on the solar corona, the present discussion is only concerned with the plasma physics of the heating process.

  10. Resonant Alfven wave instabilities driven by streaming fast particles

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    Zachary, A.

    1987-05-08

    A plasma simulation code is used to study the resonant interactions between streaming ions and Alfven waves. The medium which supports the Alfven waves is treated as a single, one-dimensional, ideal MHD fluid, while the ions are treated as kinetic particles. The code is used to study three ion distributions: a cold beam; a monoenergetic shell; and a drifting distribution with a power-law dependence on momentum. These distributions represent: the field-aligned beams upstream of the earth's bow shock; the diffuse ions upstream of the bow shock; and the cosmic ray distribution function near a supernova remnant shock. 92 refs., 31 figs., 12 tabs.

  11. Ion temperature in plasmas with intrinsic Alfven waves

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    Wu, C. S.; Yoon, P. H.; Wang, C. B.

    2014-10-15

    This Brief Communication clarifies the physics of non-resonant heating of protons by low-frequency Alfvenic turbulence. On the basis of general definition for wave energy density in plasmas, it is shown that the wave magnetic field energy is equivalent to the kinetic energy density of the ions, whose motion is induced by the wave magnetic field, thus providing a self-consistent description of the non-resonant heating by Alfvenic turbulence. Although the study is motivated by the research on the solar corona, the present discussion is only concerned with the plasma physics of the heating process.

  12. Ion-neutral collision effect on an Alfven wave

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    Amagishi, Y.; Tanaka, M. Department of High Energy Engineering Science, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, Kasuga, Fukuoka 816 )

    1993-07-19

    This paper reports that ion-neutral collisions in a magnetized plasma cause a drastic change in the dispersion relation of the shear Alfven wave with poloidal mode number [ital m]=0, connecting to the branch of the [ital m]=+1 compressional Alfven wave at frequencies below the ion-cyclotron frequency. An anomaly of the dispersion then appears on the refractive index curve and a wave packet in this frequency range undergoes strong amplitude damping and profile deformation. It is confirmed that the Kramers-Kronig relation holds for the dielectric function, estimated from both the measured refractive index and damping rate.

  13. First Results of PIC Modeling of Kinetic Alfven Wave Dissipation

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    Chulaki, Anna; Hesse, Michael; Zenitani, Seiji

    2007-01-01

    We present first results of an investigation of the kinetic damping of Alfven wave turbulence. The methodology is based on a fully electromagnetic, three-dimensional, particle in cell code. The calculation is initialized by an Alfven wave spectrum. Subsequently, a cascade develops, and damping by coupling to both ions and electrons is observed. We discuss results of these calculations, and present first estimates of damping rates and of the effects of energy transfer on ion and electron distributions. The results pertain to solar wind heating and acceleration.

  14. Gyrokinetic simulation of global and local Alfven eigenmodes driven by energetic particles in a DIII-D discharge

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    Bass, E. M.; Waltz, R. E.

    2013-01-15

    The unstable spectrum of Alfven eigenmodes (AEs) driven by neutral beam-sourced energetic particles (EPs) in a benchmark DIII-D discharge (142111) is calculated in a fully gyrokinetic model using the GYRO code's massively parallel linear eigenvalue solver. One cycle of the slow (equilibrium scale) frequency sweep of the reverse shear Alfven eigenmode (RSAE) at toroidal mode number n=3 is mapped. The RSAE second harmonic and an unstable beta-induced Alfven eigenmode (BAE) are simultaneously tracked alongside the primary RSAE. An observed twist in the eigenmode pattern, caused mostly by shear in the driving EP profile, is shown through artificially varying the E Multiplication-Sign B rotational velocity shear to depend generally on shear in the local wave phase velocity. Coupling to the BAE and to the toroidal Alfven eigenmode limit the RSAE frequency sweeps at the lower and upper end, respectively. While the present fully gyrokinetic model (including thermal ions and electrons) constitutes the best treatment of compressibility physics available, the BAE frequency is overpredicted by about 20% against experiment here and is found to be sensitive to energetic beam ion pressure. The RSAE frequency is more accurately matched except when it is limited by the BAE. Simulations suggest that the experiment is very close to marginal AE stability at points of RSAE-BAE coupling. A recipe for comparing the radial profile of quasilinear transport flux from local modes to that from global modes paves the way for the development of a stiff (critical gradient) local AE transport model based on local mode stability thresholds.

  15. Gyrokinetic particle simulation of the beta-induced Alfven eigen mode

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    Zhang, Huasen; Lin, Zhihong; Holod, Ihor; Wang, Xin; Xiao, Yong; Zhang, Wenlu

    2010-11-01

    The beta-induced Alfven eigen mode (BAE) is studied using the global gyrokinetic particle code GTC. In our simulation, BAE is successfully excited by antenna and energetic particle density gradient. Through the antenna frequency scan, we can measure the BAE frequency and damping rate by numerical fitting the saturation amplitude. BAE excitation by energetic particles shows that the BAE propagates in the ion diamagnetic direction and the frequency has a little downshift, which is due to modification of the energetic particles. The frequency and growth rate in gyrokinetic simulation is a little different from drift kinetic simulation, which is expected due to the finite larmor radius effect. We also find that the BAE frequency is related to the wavelength and the plasma beta while the growth rate is sensitive to the energetic particle properties. Benchmarks between GTC and HMGC are also done through initial perturbation, antenna excitation and energetic particle excitation. The simulation results agree with each other very well.

  16. Focusing of Alfvenic wave power in the context of gamma-ray burst emissivity

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    Fatuzzo, Marco; Melia, Fulvio

    1993-01-01

    Highly dynamic magnetospheric perturbations in neutron star environments can naturally account for the features observed in gamma-ray burst spectra. The source distribution, however, appears to be extragalactic. Although noncatastrophic isotropic emission mechanisms may be ruled out on energetic and timing arguments, MHD processes can produce strongly anisotropic gamma rays with an observable flux out to distances of about 1-2 Gpc. Here we show that sheared Alfven waves propagating along open magnetospheric field lines at the poles of magnetized neutron stars transfer their energy dissipationally to the current sustaining the field misalignment and thereby focus their power into a spatial region about 1000 times smaller than that of the crustal disturbance. This produces a strong (observable) flux enhancement along certain directions. We apply this model to a source population of 'turned-off' pulsars that have nonetheless retained their strong magnetic fields and have achieved alignment at a period of approximately greater than 5 sec.

  17. Theoretical and experimental studies of space-related plasma wave propagation and resonance phenomena

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    Rawford, F. W.

    1975-01-01

    The testing and refinement of various ideas for space plasma experimentation on the spacelab are dealt with. Special attention was given to whistlers and Alfven wave excitation by electron and proton beams. Data also consider nonlinear wave propagation, long delayed echoes, pulse propagation, and ionospheric heating and back scatter.

  18. Theory of Alfven wave heating in general toroidal geometry

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    Tataronis, J.A.; Salat, A.

    1981-09-01

    A general treatment of Alfven wave heating based on the linearized equations of ideal magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) is given. The conclusion of this study is that the geometry of the plasma equilium could play an important role on the effectiveness of this heating mechanism, and for certain geometries the fundamental equations may not possess solutions which satisfy prescribed boundary conditions.

  19. Three-fluid solar wind model with Alfven waves

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    Esser, Ruth; Habbal, Shadia R.; Hu, You Q.

    1995-01-01

    We present a study of a three-fluid solar wind model. with continuity, momentum and separate energy equations for protons. alpha particles and electrons. Allowing separate coronal heat sources for all three species, we study the flow properties of the solar wind as a function of heat input, Alfven wave energy input, and alpha particle abundance.

  20. ALFVEN WAVES IN A PARTIALLY IONIZED TWO-FLUID PLASMA

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    Soler, R.; Ballester, J. L.; Terradas, J.; Carbonell, M. E-mail: joseluis.ballester@uib.es E-mail: marc.carbonell@uib.es

    2013-04-20

    Alfven waves are a particular class of magnetohydrodynamic waves relevant in many astrophysical and laboratory plasmas. In partially ionized plasmas the dynamics of Alfven waves is affected by the interaction between ionized and neutral species. Here we study Alfven waves in a partially ionized plasma from the theoretical point of view using the two-fluid description. We consider that the plasma is composed of an ion-electron fluid and a neutral fluid, which interact by means of particle collisions. To keep our investigation as general as possible, we take the neutral-ion collision frequency and the ionization degree as free parameters. First, we perform a normal mode analysis. We find the modification due to neutral-ion collisions of the wave frequencies and study the temporal and spatial attenuation of the waves. In addition, we discuss the presence of cutoff values of the wavelength that constrain the existence of oscillatory standing waves in weakly ionized plasmas. Later, we go beyond the normal mode approach and solve the initial-value problem in order to study the time-dependent evolution of the wave perturbations in the two fluids. An application to Alfven waves in the low solar atmospheric plasma is performed and the implication of partial ionization for the energy flux is discussed.

  1. Reflection of Alfven waves from boundaries with different conductivities

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    Leneman, D.

    2007-12-15

    The reflection of Alfven waves from the ionosphere plays a crucial role because the reflected wave can reduce or enhance the electric field pattern of the incident wave. The ionosphere is typically treated as a conducting surface, which has a height integrated Pederson conductivity. This approximation is appropriate in considering the reflection of Alfven waves because the wavelengths along the magnetic field are large compared to the height of the ionosphere. Shear Alfven wave reflection experiments have been performed in the large plasma device [W. Gekelman, H. Pfister, Z. Lucky, J. Bamber, D. Leneman, and J. Maggs, Rev. of Sci. Instrum. 62, 2875 (1991)] at the University of California, Los Angeles. A single frequency wave is launched from an antenna and reflects from a large plate inserted into the plasma column. By alternatively using a conducting and an insulating plate, the two extremes of conductivity relative to the Alfven conductivity, 1/({mu}{sub o}v{sub A}) are tested. The data are compared with the expected theoretical behavior of the interference pattern of incident and reflected waves. Perhaps due to experimental effects, the conducting reflector is found to behave in much the same fashion as the insulator.

  2. Quantum effects on compressional Alfven waves in compensated semiconductors

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    Amin, M. R.

    2015-03-15

    Amplitude modulation of a compressional Alfven wave in compensated electron-hole semiconductor plasmas is considered in the quantum magnetohydrodynamic regime in this paper. The important ingredients of this study are the inclusion of the particle degeneracy pressure, exchange-correlation potential, and the quantum diffraction effects via the Bohm potential in the momentum balance equations of the charge carriers. A modified nonlinear Schrödinger equation is derived for the evolution of the slowly varying amplitude of the compressional Alfven wave by employing the standard reductive perturbation technique. Typical values of the parameters for GaAs, GaSb, and GaN semiconductors are considered in analyzing the linear and nonlinear dispersions of the compressional Alfven wave. Detailed analysis of the modulation instability in the long-wavelength regime is presented. For typical parameter ranges of the semiconductor plasmas and at the long-wavelength regime, it is found that the wave is modulationally unstable above a certain critical wavenumber. Effects of the exchange-correlation potential and the Bohm potential in the wave dynamics are also studied. It is found that the effect of the Bohm potential may be neglected in comparison with the effect of the exchange-correlation potential in the linear and nonlinear dispersions of the compressional Alfven wave.

  3. Solitary Alfven wave envelopes and the modulational instability

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    Kennel, C.F.

    1987-06-01

    The derivative nonlinear Schroedinger equation describes the modulational instability of circularly polarized dispersive Alfven wave envelopes. It also may be used to determine the properties of finite amplitude localized stationary wave envelopes. Such envelope solitons exist only in conditions of modulational stability. This leaves open the question of whether, and if so, how, the modulational instability produces envelope solitons. 12 refs.

  4. Observation of Alfven Waves in the Solar Corona (Invited)

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    Tomczyk, S.

    2013-12-01

    I will review the extensive progress made in recent years on the observation of Alfven waves in the solar corona, with an emphasis on the measurements made with the Coronal Multi-channel Polarimeter. Application of the wave measurements to coronal seismology will be presented. Future prospects in the field will be discussed.

  5. Electron trapping and acceleration by kinetic Alfven waves in the inner magnetosphere

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    Artemyev, A. V.; Rankin, R.; Blanco, M.

    2015-12-01

    In this paper we study the interaction of kinetic Alfven waves generated near the equatorial plane of the magnetosphere with electrons having initial energies up to ˜100 eV. Wave-particle interactions are investigated using a theoretical model of trapping into an effective potential generated by the wave parallel electric field and the mirror force acting along geomagnetic field lines. It is demonstrated that waves with an effective potential amplitude on the order of ˜100-400 V and with perpendicular wavelengths on the order of the ion gyroradius can trap and efficiently accelerate electrons up to energies of several keV. Trapping acceleration corresponds to conservation of the electron magnetic moment and, thus, results in a significant decrease of the electron equatorial pitch angle with time. Analytical and numerical estimates of the maximum energy and probability of trapping are presented, and the application of the proposed model is discussed.

  6. Shear Alfven Wave Injection in the Magnetosphere by Ionospheric Modifications in the Absence of Electrojet Currents

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    Papadopoulos, K.; Eliasson, B.; Shao, X.; Labenski, J.; Chang, C.

    2011-12-01

    A new concept of generating ionospheric currents in the ULF/ELF range with modulated HF heating using ground-based transmitters even in the absence of electrojet currents is presented. The new concept relies on using HF heating of the F-region to modulate the electron temperature and has been given the name Ionospheric Current Drive (ICD). In ICD, the pressure gradient associated with anomalous or collisional F-region electron heating drives a local diamagnetic current that acts as an antenna to inject mainly Magneto-Sonic (MS) waves in the ionospheric plasma. The electric field associated with the MS wave drives Hall currents when it reaches the E region of the ionosphere. The Hall currents act as a secondary antenna that inject waves in the Earth-Ionosphere Waveguide (EIW) below and shear Alfven waves or EMIC waves upwards towards the conjugate regions. The paper presents: (i) Theoretical results using a cold Hall MHD model to study ICD and the generation of ULF/ELF waves by the modulation of the electron pressure at the F2-region with an intense HF electromagnetic wave. The model solves equations governing the dynamics of the shear Alfven and magnetosonic modes, of the damped modes in the diffusive Pedersen layer, and of the weakly damped helicon wave mode in the Hall-dominated E-region. The model incorporates realistic profile of the ionospheric conductivities and magnetic field configuration. We use the model to simulate propagation and dynamics of the low-frequency waves and their injection into the magnetosphere from the HAARP and Arecibo ionospheric heaters. (ii) Proof of principle experiments using the HAARP ionospheric heater in conjunction with measurements by the DEMETER satellite This work is supported by ONR MURI grant and DARPA BRIOCHE Program

  7. Propagation of the Lightning Electromagnetic Pulse Through the E- and F-region Ionosphere and the Generation of Parallel Electric Fields

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    Rowland, D. E.; Wygant, J. R.; Pfaff, R. F.; Farrell, W. M.; Goetz, K. A.; Monson, S. J.

    2004-05-01

    Sounding rockets launched by Mike Kelley and his group at Cornell demonstrated the existence of transient (1 ms) electric fields associated with lightning strikes at high altitudes above active thunderstorms. These electric fields had a component parallel to the Earth's magnetic field, and were unipolar and large in amplitude. They were thought to be strong enough to energize electrons and generate strong turbulence as the beams thermalized. The parallel electric fields were observed on multiple flights, but high time resolution measurements were not made within 100 km horizontal distance of lightning strokes, where the electric fields are largest. In 2000 the ``Lightning Bolt'' sounding rocket (NASA 27.143) was launched directly over an active thunderstorm to an apogee near 300 km. The sounding rocket was equipped with sensitive electric and magnetic field instruments as well as a photometer and electrostatic analyser for measuring accelerated electrons. The electric and magnetic fields were sampled at 10 million samples per second, letting us fully resolve the structure of the parallel electric field pulse up to and beyond the plasma frequency. We will present results from the Lightning Bolt mission, concentrating on the parallel electric field pulses that arrive before the lower-frequency whistler wave modes. We observe pulses with peak electric fields of a few mV/m lasting for a substantial fraction of a millisecond. Superimposed on this is high-frequency turbulence, comparable in amplitude to the pulse itself. This is the first direct observation of this structure in the parallel electric field, within 100 km horizontal distance of the lightning stroke. We will present evidence for the method of generation of these parallel fields, and discuss their probable effect on ionospheric electrons.

  8. Alfven frequency modes at the edge of TFTR plasmas

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    Chang, Z.; Fredrickson, E.D.; Zweben, S.J.

    1995-07-01

    An Alfven frequency mode (AFM) is very often seen in TFTR neutral beam heated plasmas as well as ohmic plasmas. This quasi-coherent mode is so far only seen on the magnetic fluctuation diagnostics (Mirnov coils). A close correlation between the plasma edge density and the mode activity (frequency and amplitude) has been observed, which indicates that the AFM is an edge localized mode with r/a > 0.85. No direct impact of this mode on the plasma global performance or fast ion loss (e.g., the {alpha}-particles in DT experiments) has been observed. This mode is apparently not the conventional TAE (toroidicity-induced Alfven eigenmodes). The present TAE theory cannot explain the observation. Other possible explanations are discussed.

  9. Simulation of Alfven wave-resonant particle interaction

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    Berk, H.L.; Breizman, B.N.; Pekker, M.

    1995-07-01

    New numerical simulations are presented on the self-consistent dynamics of energetic particles and a set of unstable discrete shear Alfven modes in a tokamak. Our code developed for these simulations has been previously tested in the simulations of the bump-on-tail instability model. The code has a Hamiltonian structure for the mode-particle coupling, with the superimposed wave damping, particle source and classical relaxation processes. In the alpha particle-Alfven wave problem, we observe a transition from a single mode saturation to the mode overlap and global quasilinear diffusion, which is qualitatively similar to that observed in the bump-on-tail model. We demonstrate a considerable enhancement in the wave energy due to the resonance overlap. We also demonstrate the effect of global diffusion on the energetic particle losses.

  10. Observational evidence for Alfven waves in the solar atmosphere (Invited)

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    De Pontieu, B.

    2013-12-01

    Alfven waves have long been suspected of playing an important role in both heating the corona and accelerating the solar wind. Recently, more and more observational evidence for the presence of such waves has been reported in both the corona and the lower solar atmosphere. I will review observations of the properties and presence of Alfven waves from CoMP, Hinode, AIA and ground-based telescopes in both coronal lines and the lower solar atmosphere. I will discuss our current understanding of the importance of these waves for the energy balance of the corona. I will also present initial results of the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) which was launched in June 2013 and obtains images and spectra in both the far and near ultraviolet.

  11. IDENTIFICATION OF KINETIC ALFVEN WAVE TURBULENCE IN THE SOLAR WIND

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    Salem, C. S.; Sundkvist, D.; Bale, S. D.; Chaston, C. C.; Chen, C. H. K.; Mozer, F. S.; Howes, G. G.

    2012-01-20

    The nature of small-scale turbulent fluctuations in the solar wind is investigated using a comparison of Cluster magnetic and electric field measurements to predictions arising from models consisting of either kinetic Alfven waves or whistler waves. The electric and magnetic field properties of these waves from linear theory are used to construct spacecraft-frame frequency spectra of (|{delta}E|/|{delta}B|){sub s/c} and (|{delta}B{sub ||}|/|{delta}B|){sub s/c}, allowing for a direct comparison to spacecraft data. The measured properties of the small-scale turbulent fluctuations, found to be inconsistent with the whistler wave model, agree well with the prediction of a spectrum of kinetic Alfven waves with nearly perpendicular wavevectors.

  12. Alfven waves in the solar corona.

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    Tomczyk, S; McIntosh, S W; Keil, S L; Judge, P G; Schad, T; Seeley, D H; Edmondson, J

    2007-08-31

    Alfvén waves, transverse incompressible magnetic oscillations, have been proposed as a possible mechanism to heat the Sun's corona to millions of degrees by transporting convective energy from the photosphere into the diffuse corona. We report the detection of Alfvén waves in intensity, line-of-sight velocity, and linear polarization images of the solar corona taken using the FeXIII 1074.7-nanometer coronal emission line with the Coronal Multi-Channel Polarimeter (CoMP) instrument at the National Solar Observatory, New Mexico. Ubiquitous upward propagating waves were seen, with phase speeds of 1 to 4 megameters per second and trajectories consistent with the direction of the magnetic field inferred from the linear polarization measurements. An estimate of the energy carried by the waves that we spatially resolved indicates that they are too weak to heat the solar corona; however, unresolved Alfvén waves may carry sufficient energy.

  13. Anomalous transport due to shear-Alfven waves

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    Lee, W.W.; Chance, M.S.; Okuda, H.

    1980-10-01

    The behavior of shear-Alfven eigenmodes and the accompanied anomalous transport have been investigated. In the particle simulation, equilibrium thermal fluctuations associated with the eigenmodes have been observed to nullify the zeroth-order shear near the rational surface through the induced second-order eddy current, and, in turn, give rise to the formation of magnetic islands which cause rapid electron energy transport in the region. The theoretical verification of the observed behavior is discussed.

  14. Evolution of the alpha particle driven toroidicity induced Alfven mode

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    Wu, Y.; White, R.B.; Cheng, C.Z.

    1994-04-01

    The interaction of alpha particles with a toroidicity induced Alfven eigenmode is investigated self-consistently by using a kinetic dispersion relation. All important poloidal harmonics and their radial mode profiles are included. A Hamiltonian guiding center code is used to simulate the alpha particle motion. The simulations include particle orbit width, nonlinear particle dynamics and the effects of the modes on the particles. Modification of the particle distribution leading to mode saturation is observed. There is no significant alpha particle loss.

  15. Ellipticity and triangularity effects in tokamak Alfven spectrum

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    Puerta, Julio; Martin, Pablo; Castro, Enrique; Valdeblanquez, Eder

    2006-10-01

    Plasma configurations with ellipticity and triangularity are usual in tokamak experiments. These plasmas can be studied using a new system of coordinates of recent publications. Here this method has been applied to study Alfven spectrum in axisymmetric tokamaks with different values of ellipticity and triangularity [1-3]. Previous authors have developed numerical methods to obtain the Alfven spectrum using the Shafranov-Solove'v equilibrium flux function where the parameter ellipticity is also included [3]. Here more general configurations are treated and compared with the results of these authors, as well as those derived for the geometric optics or WKBJ approximation. The Alfven wave dispersion relation is obtained by the linearization of the MHD equations around a stationary equilibrium and the results are obtained by numerical calculations. [1] P. Martin, M. G. Haines and E. Castro, Phys. Plasma 12, 082506 (2005) [2] L. L. Lao, S. P. Hishman and R. M. Wieland, Phys. Fluids 24, 1431 (1981); H. Weitzner's Appendix. [3] G. O. Ludwig, Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 37, 633 (1995) [4] S. Novo, M. N'uñez and J. Rojo, Phys. Fluids B 3, 2967 (1991)

  16. Theory and Observations of High Frequency Alfven Eigenmodes in Low Aspect Ratio Plasma

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    N.N. Gorelenkov; E. Fredrickson; E. Belova; C.Z. Cheng; D. Gates; S. Kaye; R. White

    2003-06-27

    New observations of sub-cyclotron frequency instability in low aspect ratio plasma in National Spherical Torus Experiments (NSTX) are reported. The frequencies of observed instabilities correlate with the characteristic Alfven velocity of the plasma. A theory of localized Compressional Alfven Eigenmodes (CAE) and Global shear Alfven Eigenmodes (GAE) in low aspect ratio plasma is presented to explain the observed high frequency instabilities. CAE's/GAE's are driven by the velocity space gradient of energetic super-Alfvenic beam ions via Doppler shifted cyclotron resonances. One of the main damping mechanisms of GAE's, the continuum damping, is treated perturbatively within the framework of ideal MHD. Properties of these cyclotron instabilities ions are presented.

  17. Structures of Alfven shocks - S-shaped magnetic hodogram observed at the magnetopause

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    Lyu, L. H.; Kan, J. R.

    1989-01-01

    The Alfven shock structure is obtained by a two-fluid simulation code including dissipations due to resistivity, viscosity and heat conductivity. The hodogram of the tangential magnetic field component of the simulated Alfven shock is S-shaped with a 180-deg angular rotation. This is the first simulation result to show the S-shaped hodogram associated with Alfven shocks. The S-shaped hodograms have been observed at the magnetopause (Berchem and Russell, 1982). On the basis of this result, it is proposed that the magnetopause is an Alfven shock where and when the hodogram is S-shaped and rotates 180 deg.

  18. Kelvin-Helmholtz instability in an Alfven resonant layer of a solar coronal loop

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    Uchimoto, E.; Strauss, H. R.; Lawson, W. S.

    1991-01-01

    A Kelvin-Helmholtz instability has been identified numerically on an azimuthally symmetric Alfven resonant layer in an axially bounded, straight cylindrical coronal loop. The set of equations is solved numerically as an initial value problem. The linear growth rate of this instability is shown to be approximately proportional to the Alfven driving amplitude and inversely proportional to the width of the Alfven resonant layer. It is also shown that the linear growth rate increases linearly with m - 1 up to a certain m, reaches its maximum value for the mode whose half wavelength is comparable to the Alfven resonant layer width, and decreases at higher azimuthal mode number.

  19. Collisionless parallel shocks

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    Khabibrakhmanov, I.K. ); Galeev, A.A.; Galinsky, V.L. )

    1993-02-01

    A collisionless parallel shock model is presented which is based on solitary-type solutions of the modified derivative nonlinear Schrodinger equation (MDNLS) for parallel Alfven waves. We generalize the standard derivative nonlinear Schrodinger equation in order to include the possible anisotropy of the plasma distribution function and higher-order Korteweg-de Vies type dispersion. Stationary solutions of MDNLS are discussed. The new mechanism, which can be called [open quote]adiabatic[close quote] of ion reflection from the magnetic mirror of the parallel shock structure is the natural and essential feature of the parallel shock that introduces the irreversible properties into the nonlinear wave structure and may significantly contribute to the plasma heating upstream as well as downstream of the shock. The anisotropic nature of [open quotes]adiabatic[close quotes] reflections leads to the asymmetric particle distribution in the upstream as well in the downstream regions of the shock. As a result, nonzero heat flux appears near the front of the shock. It is shown that this causes the stochastic behavior of the nonlinear waves which can significantly contribute to the shock thermalization. The number of adiabaticaly reflected ions define the threshold conditions of the fire-hose and mirror type instabilities in the downstream and upstream regions and thus determine a parameter region in which the described laminar parallel shock structure can exist. The threshold conditions for the fire hose and mirror-type instabilities in the downstream and upstream regions of the shock are defined by the number of reflected particles and thus determine a parameter region in which the described laminar parallel shock structure can exist. 29 refs., 4 figs.

  20. Hybrid Model of Inhomogeneous Solar Wind Plasma Heating by Alfven Wave Spectrum: Parametric Studies

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    Ofman, L.

    2010-01-01

    Observations of the solar wind plasma at 0.3 AU and beyond show that a turbulent spectrum of magnetic fluctuations is present. Remote sensing observations of the corona indicate that heavy ions are hotter than protons and their temperature is anisotropic (T(sub perpindicular / T(sub parallel) >> 1). We study the heating and the acceleration of multi-ion plasma in the solar wind by a turbulent spectrum of Alfvenic fluctuations using a 2-D hybrid numerical model. In the hybrid model the protons and heavy ions are treated kinetically as particles, while the electrons are included as neutralizing background fluid. This is the first two-dimensional hybrid parametric study of the solar wind plasma that includes an input turbulent wave spectrum guided by observation with inhomogeneous background density. We also investigate the effects of He++ ion beams in the inhomogeneous background plasma density on the heating of the solar wind plasma. The 2-D hybrid model treats parallel and oblique waves, together with cross-field inhomogeneity, self-consistently. We investigate the parametric dependence of the perpendicular heating, and the temperature anisotropy in the H+-He++ solar wind plasma. It was found that the scaling of the magnetic fluctuations power spectrum steepens in the higher-density regions, and the heating is channeled to these regions from the surrounding lower-density plasma due to wave refraction. The model parameters are applicable to the expected solar wind conditions at about 10 solar radii.

  1. Hybrid Model of Inhomogeneous Solar Wind Plasma Heating by Alfven Wave Spectrum: Parametric Studies

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    Ofman, L.

    2010-01-01

    Observations of the solar wind plasma at 0.3 AU and beyond show that a turbulent spectrum of magnetic fluctuations is present. Remote sensing observations of the corona indicate that heavy ions are hotter than protons and their temperature is anisotropic (T(sub perpindicular / T(sub parallel) >> 1). We study the heating and the acceleration of multi-ion plasma in the solar wind by a turbulent spectrum of Alfvenic fluctuations using a 2-D hybrid numerical model. In the hybrid model the protons and heavy ions are treated kinetically as particles, while the electrons are included as neutralizing background fluid. This is the first two-dimensional hybrid parametric study of the solar wind plasma that includes an input turbulent wave spectrum guided by observation with inhomogeneous background density. We also investigate the effects of He++ ion beams in the inhomogeneous background plasma density on the heating of the solar wind plasma. The 2-D hybrid model treats parallel and oblique waves, together with cross-field inhomogeneity, self-consistently. We investigate the parametric dependence of the perpendicular heating, and the temperature anisotropy in the H+-He++ solar wind plasma. It was found that the scaling of the magnetic fluctuations power spectrum steepens in the higher-density regions, and the heating is channeled to these regions from the surrounding lower-density plasma due to wave refraction. The model parameters are applicable to the expected solar wind conditions at about 10 solar radii.

  2. Cassini's Flyby Through Rhea's Distant Alfven Wing

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    Khurana, K. K.; Krupp, N.; Kivelson, M. G.; Roussos, E.; Russell, C. T.; Dougherty, M. K.

    2012-09-01

    During its 132nd orbit around Saturn, Cassini flew downstream of Rhea at the closest approach (CA) distance of 102 RH (June 3, 2010). The electron channels of the MIMI-LEMMS instruments showed sharp depletions in particle counts over the energy range of 18-183 keV near the CA (see Figure 1). In addition the magnetometer onboard Cassini measured a sharp rotation of the magnetic field suggesting that the field perturbation is Alfvénic in nature (Figure 1). A detailed analysis of the signature shows that the observed signatures were produced by the passage of the Cassini spacecraft through the northern Alfvén wing of Rhea. The formation of Alfvénic wings by Rhea is a major surprise because the moon is known to act mainly as an inert plasma absorber (Khurana et al. 2007). The discovery of Alfvén wings suggests that Rhea is able to slow the upstream plasma either through plasma pick-up or through an enhanced ionospheric conductivity. The implied Alfvénic Mach number of unity is understandable if the plasma density was a factor of 2 higher during this flyby than during the first flyby. The Alfvén wing is displaced inward from Rhea because the wave propagates towards Saturn at large distances from Rhea. A second downstream passage of Cassini at a large distance (54 RH) from Rhea occurred on October 17, 2010 during orbit 139. The data from the MIMILEMMS instrument again show sharp depletions in most of the electron channels. The magnetic data on the other hand do not show a related magnetic field rotation. The observed signature can be understood if the spacecraft was downstream of the Alfvén wing where the electrons are still depleted but no passage through the current carrying region occurs. If average Alfvén Mach number = 1 as in previous case, the Alfvén wing would be located at X = 22 RH whereas the spacecraft flew by X = 48 RH (way downstream). The absorption region is again shifted inward towards Saturn from Rhea's location because the nearly dipolar flux

  3. Arc-Polarized, Nonlinear Alfven Waves and Rotational Discontinuities: Directions of Propogation?

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    Tsurutani, B. T.; Ho, C. M.; Sakurai, R.; Arballo, J. K.; Riley, P.; Balogh, A.

    1996-01-01

    Large amplitude, noncompressive Alfven waves and rotational discontinuities are shown to be arc-polarized. The slowly rotating Alfven wave portion plus the fast rotating discontinuity comprise 360(deg) in phase rotation. The magnetic field vector perturbation lies in a plane. There are two (or more) possible interpretations to the observations.

  4. Nonlinear Interaction of Shear Alfven Waves with Gradient Driven Instabilities

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    Auerbach, David William

    An experimental study of the interactions between gradient-driven instabilities (GDI) and beat waves driven between two Alfven waves is presented. A cylindrical density depletion is imposed on the otherwise uniform plasma in the Large Plasma Device (LAPD) by selectively blocking the electron beam that produces the plasma. Coherent, single mode fluctuations in density, temperature, plasma potential, and magnetic field are observed to be unstable on the gradient. Measurements of the relative cross-phase between the density and potential fluctuations indicate that the fluctuations are not likely to drive significant cross field transport. Comparisons of the properties of the modes to theoretical predictions for Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH) and drift wave modes indicate that the fluctuations are likely to be a hybrid of the two instabilities. Analytic eigenmode solutions to the linearized Braginskii fluid equations using the experimentally measured gradient profiles support the conclusion that both instabilities are active. A beat wave between two driven Alfven waves is broadcast into the gradient region using a pair of loop antennas with independently controlled frequency and power. This beat wave is observed to resonantly drive the unstable mode, as well as a second otherwise stable mode slightly higher in frequency and azimuthal mode number. During the drive of the secondary stable mode, the growth of the primary instability is suppressed. The broadcast of the Alfven waves and the beat wave is also observed to drive other fluctuations in the plasma at frequencies higher than either the spontaneous instability or the second, stable mode. Both the resonant drive of the modes and the control of the mode number are observed to have non-linear threshold and saturation behavior.

  5. Alpha particle destabilization of the toroidicity-induced Alfven eigenmodes

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    Cheng, C.Z.

    1990-10-01

    The high frequency, low mode number toroidicity-induced Alfven eigenmodes (TAE) are shown to be driven unstable by the circulating and/or trapped {alpha}-particles through the wave-particle resonances. Satisfying the resonance condition requires that the {alpha}-particle birth speed v{sub {alpha}} {ge} v{sub A}/2{vert bar}m-nq{vert bar}, where v{sub A} is the Alfven speed, m is the poloidal model number, and n is the toroidal mode number. To destabilize the TAE modes, the inverse Landau damping associated with the {alpha}-particle pressure gradient free energy must overcome the velocity space Landau damping due to both the {alpha}-particles and the core electrons and ions. The growth rate was studied analytically with a perturbative formula derived from the quadratic dispersion relation, and numerically with the aid of the NOVA-K code. Stability criteria in terms of the {alpha}-particle beta {beta}{sub {alpha}}, {alpha}-particle pressure gradient parameter ({omega}{sub {asterisk}}/{omega}{sub A}) ({omega}{sub {asterisk}} is the {alpha}-particle diamagnetic drift frequency), and (v{sub {alpha}}/v{sub A}) parameters will be presented for TFTR, CIT, and ITER tokamaks. The volume averaged {alpha}-particle beta threshold for TAE instability also depends sensitively on the core electron and ion temperature. Typically the volume averaged {alpha}-particle beta threshold is in the order of 10{sup {minus}4}. Typical growth rates of the n=1 TAE mode can be in the order of 10{sup {minus}2}{omega}{sub A}, where {omega}{sub A}=v{sub A}/qR. Other types of global Alfven waves are stable in D-T tokamaks due to toroidal coupling effects.

  6. Effect of alpha particles on Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes

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    Berk, H.L.

    1992-11-01

    An overview is given of the analytic structure for the linear theory of the Toroidal Alfven Eigenmode (TAE), where multiple gap structures occur. A discussion is given of the alpha particle drive and the various dissipation mechanisms that can stabilize the system. A self-consistent calculation of the TAE mode, for a low-beta high-aspect-ratio plasma, indicates that though the alpha particle drive is comparable to the dissipation mechanisms, overall stability is still achieved for ignited ITER-like plasma. A brief discussion is given of the nonlinear theory for the TAE mode and how nonlinear alpha particle dynamics can be treated by mapping methods.

  7. Theoretical Studies of Drift-Alfven and Energetic Particle Physics

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    CHEN, L.

    2014-05-14

    The research program supported by this DOE grant has been rather successful and productive in terms of both scientific investigations as well as human resources development; as demonstrated by the large number (60) of journal articles, 6 doctoral degrees, and 3 postdocs. This PI is particularly grateful to the generous support and flexible management of the DOE–SC-OFES Program. He has received three award/prize (APS Excellence in Plasma Physics Research Award, 2004; EPS Alfven Prize, 2008; APS Maxwell Prize, 2012) as the results of research accomplishments supported by this grant.

  8. Density Limit in TCABR Plasmas With Alfven Wave Heating

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    Ribeiro, C.; Bellintani, V.; Elfimov, A. G.; Elizondo, J. I.; Fagundes, A. N.; Galvao, R. M. O.; Kuznetsov, Yu K.; Nascimento, I. C.; Ozono, E. M.; Ruchko, L. F.; Sa, W. P. de; Sanada, E. K.; Usuriaga, O. C.

    2006-12-04

    Alfven Waves (AW) were launched in tokamak (TCABR) density limit plasmas for the first time. Experimental evidence of plasma heating is backed up by calculations from an 1-D numerical cylindrical code, based on the toroidal electric field diffusion. Simultaneously, increase in the density limit and plasma pressure with negligible impurities level launched by the AW antennas were also observed, without major appearance of a resistive disruption. The increase in the density limit and the heating might be related to the expected edge and off-axis AW power deposition, respectively, in agreement with the calculation performed by an 1-D numerical code linked to ASTRA.

  9. The Jupiter-Io connection - An Alfven engine in space

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    Belcher, John W.

    1987-01-01

    Much has been learned about the electromagnetic interaction between Jupiter and its satellite Io from in situ observations. Io, in its motion through the Io plasma torus at Jupiter, continuously generates an Alfven wing that carries two billion kilowatts of power into the jovian ionosphere. Concurrently, Io is acted upon by a J x B force tending to propel it out of the jovian system. The energy source for these processes is the rotation of Jupiter. This unusual planet-satellite coupling serves as an archetype for the interaction of a large moving conductor with a magnetized plasma, a problem of general space and astrophysical interest.

  10. Stability of Alfven oscillations in a plane plasma slab

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    Patudin, V.M.; Sagalakov, A.M.

    1983-05-01

    The stability of the natural Alfven oscillations of a plane slab of a collisional, slightly nonequilibrium plasma in a uniform magnetic field is studied. An effective numerical method, a special version of the differential sweepout method, is proposed. A calculation procedure has been developed. The small-oscillation spectrum is analyzed for parabolic plasma density profiles, and neutral curves are plotted. The growth rates and critical parameters are determined. At a high plasma conductivity, both strongly and weakly localized perturbations near the axis can go unstable. For a density profile with an inflection point, weakly damped oscillations are observed near the inflection point. These oscillations can also be excited by an ion beam.

  11. The Jupiter-Io connection - an Alfven engine in space

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    Belcher, J. W.

    1987-10-01

    Much has been learned about the electromagnetic interaction between Jupiter and its satellite Io from in situ observations. Io, in its motion through the Io plasma torus at Jupiter, continuously generates an Alfven wing that carries two billion kilowatts of power into the jovian ionosphere. Concurrently, Io is acted upon by a J x B force tending to propel it out of the jovian system. The energy source for these processes is the rotation of Jupiter. This unusual planet-satellite coupling serves as an archetype for the interaction of a large moving conductor with a magnetized plasma, a problem of general space and astrophysical interest.

  12. Wave Propagation Program

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    McCandless, Kathleen; Petersson, Anders; Nilsson, Stefan; Sjogreen, Bjorn

    2007-01-08

    WPP is a massively parallel, 3D, C++, finite-difference elastodynamic wave propagation code. Typical applications for wave propagation with WPP include: evaluation of seismic event scenarios and damage from earthquakes, non-destructive evaluation of materials, underground facility detection, oil and gas exploration, predicting the electro-magnetic fields in accelerators, and acoustic noise generation. For more information, see User’s Manual [1].

  13. Hybrid simulation of wave propagation in the Io plasma torus

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    Stauffer, B. H.; Delamere, P. A.; Damiano, P. A.

    2015-12-01

    The transmission of waves between Jupiter and Io is an excellent case study of magnetosphere/ionosphere (MI) coupling because the power generated by the interaction at Io and the auroral power emitted at Jupiter can be reasonably estimated. Wave formation begins with mass loading as Io passes through the plasma torus. A ring beam distribution of pickup ions and perturbation of the local flow by the conducting satellite generate electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves and Alfven waves. We investigate wave propagation through the torus and to higher latitudes using a hybrid plasma simulation with a physically realistic density gradient, assessing the transmission of Poynting flux and wave dispersion. We also analyze the propagation of kinetic Alfven waves through a density gradient in two dimensions.

  14. A high-order time-parallel scheme for solving wave propagation problems via the direct construction of an approximate time-evolution operator

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    Haut, T. S.; Babb, T.; Martinsson, P. G.; ...

    2015-06-16

    Our manuscript demonstrates a technique for efficiently solving the classical wave equation, the shallow water equations, and, more generally, equations of the form ∂u/∂t=Lu∂u/∂t=Lu, where LL is a skew-Hermitian differential operator. The idea is to explicitly construct an approximation to the time-evolution operator exp(τL)exp(τL) for a relatively large time-step ττ. Recently developed techniques for approximating oscillatory scalar functions by rational functions, and accelerated algorithms for computing functions of discretized differential operators are exploited. Principal advantages of the proposed method include: stability even for large time-steps, the possibility to parallelize in time over many characteristic wavelengths and large speed-ups over existingmore » methods in situations where simulation over long times are required. Numerical examples involving the 2D rotating shallow water equations and the 2D wave equation in an inhomogenous medium are presented, and the method is compared to the 4th order Runge–Kutta (RK4) method and to the use of Chebyshev polynomials. The new method achieved high accuracy over long-time intervals, and with speeds that are orders of magnitude faster than both RK4 and the use of Chebyshev polynomials.« less

  15. A high-order time-parallel scheme for solving wave propagation problems via the direct construction of an approximate time-evolution operator

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    Haut, T. S.; Babb, T.; Martinsson, P. G.; Wingate, B. A.

    2015-06-16

    Our manuscript demonstrates a technique for efficiently solving the classical wave equation, the shallow water equations, and, more generally, equations of the form ∂u/∂t=Lu∂u/∂t=Lu, where LL is a skew-Hermitian differential operator. The idea is to explicitly construct an approximation to the time-evolution operator exp(τL)exp(τL) for a relatively large time-step ττ. Recently developed techniques for approximating oscillatory scalar functions by rational functions, and accelerated algorithms for computing functions of discretized differential operators are exploited. Principal advantages of the proposed method include: stability even for large time-steps, the possibility to parallelize in time over many characteristic wavelengths and large speed-ups over existing methods in situations where simulation over long times are required. Numerical examples involving the 2D rotating shallow water equations and the 2D wave equation in an inhomogenous medium are presented, and the method is compared to the 4th order Runge–Kutta (RK4) method and to the use of Chebyshev polynomials. The new method achieved high accuracy over long-time intervals, and with speeds that are orders of magnitude faster than both RK4 and the use of Chebyshev polynomials.

  16. Shear Alfven waves with Landau and collisional effects

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    Hedrick, C.L.; Leboeuf, J.; Spong, D.A.

    1995-06-01

    Shear Alfven waves can be driven unstable by hot particles such as alpha particles in an ignited fusion device or hot ions in existing devices. Motivated by rather collisional Wendelstein 7 Advanced Stellarator (W7-AS) [Phys. Rev. Lett. {bold 72}, 1220 (1994)] beam-driven global Alfven instability experiments, the effect of electron and ion collisions on these modes has been examined. Collisions broaden and suppress the peak associated with Landau effects. This broadening makes ion damping more important, while the electron damping is suppressed. Additional resistive effects provide increased damping for the main part of the spectrum, which can have a rather high phase velocity. Of more general interest is the fact that collisional and collisionless resistivity has a numerically stabilizing effect that is known to be important for nonlinear resistive magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). This can preclude the need for introducing and testing the sensitivity to similar ad hoc effects. Numerical and analytic results for both a particle-conserving Krook collision operator and a Lorentz (pitch angle) collision operator are compared and contrasted.

  17. Parametric instabilities of the circularly polarized Alfven waves including dispersion

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    Wong, H. K.; Goldstein, M. L.

    1986-05-01

    A class of parametric instabilities of large-amplitude, circularly polarized Alfven waves is considered in which finite frequency (dispersive) effects are included. The dispersion equation governing the instabilities is a sixth-order polynomial which is solved numerically. As a function of K identically equal to k/k-sub-0 (where k-sub-0 and k are the wave number of the 'pump' wave and unstable sound wave, respectively), there are three regionals of instability: a modulation instability at K less than 1, a decay instability at K greater than 1, and a relatively weak and narrow instability at K close to squared divided by v-sub-A squared (where c-sub-s and v-sub-A are the sound and Alfven speeds respectively), the modulational instability occurs when beta is less than 1 (more than 1) for left-hand (right-hand) pump waves, in agreement with the previous results of Sakai and Sonnerup (1983). The growth rate of the decay instability of left-hand waves is greater than the modulational instability at all values of beta. Applications to large-amplitude wave observed in the solar wind, in computer simulations, and in the vicinity of planetary and interplanetary collisionless shocks are discussed.

  18. Chaotic Dynamics of Alfven Waves in the Solar Wind

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    BorottoChavez, Felix Aldo

    2001-01-01

    The objective of this work is to study the chaotic dynamics of AIN& waves in the solar wind. This study is carried out in two parts. Firstly, motivated by the simultaneous observation of Langmuir waves and electromagnetic waves of low frequency in magnetic holes in the solar wind, we propose a theory based on the nonlinear interaction process involving three waves. We use the Pomcare' method to characterize the Pomeau-Manneville intermittency and show two examples of interior crises produced by the collision of unstable periodic orbits with a chaotic attractor Secondly, the chaotic dynamics of Alfven waves is modelled in a dissipative system in the presence of an external periodic source, using the Derivative Nonlinear Schrodinger Equation (DNLS). By solving the DNLS numerically in the low-dimension limit, assisted again by the Poincare' method, we identify two types of intermittency: Pomeau-Manneville intermittency and interior crisis-induced intermittency. In addition, we have found a very complex region associated with the coexistence of various attractors. This region presents a number of boundary crises arising from a homoclinic tangency. We discuss the application of AIN& chaos for the interpretation of the observations of Alfvenic turbulence in the solar wind.

  19. Nonlinear Frequency Chirping of β-induced Alfven Eigenmode

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    Zhang, Huasen

    2012-03-01

    The β-induced Alfven eigenmode (BAE) have been observed in many tokamaks. The BAE oscillates with the GAM frequency φ0, and therefore, has strong interactions with both thermal and energetic particles. In this work, linear gyrokinetic particle simulations show that nonperturbative contributions by energetic particles and kinetic effects of thermal particles modify BAE mode structure and frequency relative to the MHD theory. Gyrokinetic simulations have been verified by theory-simulation comparison and by benchmark with MHD-gyrokinetic hybrid simulation. Nonlinear simulations show that the unstable BAE saturates due to nonlinear wave-particle interactions with thermal and energetic particles. Wavelet analysis shows that the mode frequency chirping occurs in the absence of sources and sinks, thus it complements the standard ``bump-on-tail'' paradigm for the frequency chirping of Alfven eigenmodes. Analysis of nonlinear wave-particle interactions shows that the frequency chirping is induced by the nonlinear evolution of coherent structures in the energetic particle phase space of (ζ,φd) with toroidal angle ζ and precessional frequency φd. The dynamics of the coherent structures is controlled by the formation and destruction of phase space islands of energetic particles in the canonical variables of (ζ,Pζ) with canonical angular momentum Pζ. Our studies use the gyrokinetic toroidal code (GTC) recently upgraded with a comprehensive formulation for simulating kinetic-MHD processes. In collaborations with GTC team and SciDAC GSEP Center.

  20. Effects of compressional magnetic perturbation on kinetic Alfven waves

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    Dong, Ge; Bhattacharjee, Amitava; Lin, Zhihong

    2016-10-01

    Kinetic Alfven waves play a very important role in the dynamics of fusion as well as space and astrophysical plasmas. The compressional magnetic perturbation δB|| can play important role in kinetic Alfven waves (KAW) and various instabilities at large plasma β. It could affect the nonlinear behavior of these modes significantly even at small β. In this study, we have implemented δB|| in gyrokinetic toroidal code (GTC). The perpendicular Ampere's law is solved as a force balance equation. Double gyroaveraging is incorporated in the code to treat the finite Larmor radius effects related to δB|| terms. KAW is studied in slab geometry as a benchmark case. A scan in β for the KAW dispersion relation shows that as β approaches 1 (>0.3), the effects of δB|| becomes important. Connections are made with other existing studies of KAWs in the fusion and space plasma literature. This new capability of including δB|| in GTC could be applied to nonlinear simulations of modes such as kinetic ballooning and tearing modes. This research is supported by DOE Contract No. DE-AC02-09CH11466.

  1. Role of Alfven instabilities in energetic ion transport

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    Bernabei, S.; Gorelenkov, N. N.; Budny, R.; Fredrickson, E. D.; Hosea, J. C.; Majeski, R.; Phillips, C. K.; Wilson, J. R.

    1999-09-20

    Experiments with plasma heating by waves at the ion cyclotron resonance of a minority species have shown that the heating efficiency degrades above a certain power threshold. It is found that this threshold is due to the destabilization of shear Alfven waves, which causes loss of fast ions. There are two distinct regimes characterized by low q{sub a} and high q{sub a}. In the first case, the fast ion distribution created by ICRF, lies entirely inside r{sub q=1}, away from the location of global TAE. This situation leads to the formation of a very strong fast ion population which stabilizes the sawteeth, but also excites Energetic Particle Modes (EPM), which transport fast ions outside r{sub q=1} causing the giant crash. At higher q{sub a}, the widening of the Alfven gap due to the steeper q profile, brings the global TAE ''in contact'' with the fast ion distribution. This results in an immediate and continuous depletion of fast ions from the core, which prevents the formation of the monster sawtooth and the excitation of EPM. (c) 1999 American Institute of Physics.

  2. Explaining Signatures of Auroral Arcs based on the Stationary Inertial Alfven Wave

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    Nogami, Sh; Koepke, Me; Knudsen, Dj; Gillies, Dm; Donovan, E.; Vincena, S.

    2016-10-01

    Optical emission data from the THEMIS array of All Sky Imagers are analyzed to determine the lifetime of an auroral arc (i.e., the elapsed time during which an arc is visible). Lifetime is an important temporal signature related to the arc generation mechanism, by which arcs can be distinguished. An arc with a lifetime greater than ten minutes is consistent with arc generation by Stationary Inertial Alfven Wave (StIAW) which supports a steady-state wave electric field component parallel to a background magnetic field. An StIAW is a non-fluctuating, non-travelling, spatially periodic pattern of perturbed ion density that is static in the laboratory frame. StIAWs are the predicted result of the interaction between a magnetic-field-aligned electron current and plasma convection perpendicular to a background magnetic field. Electrostatic probes measure the fixed pattern of perturbed ion density in LAPD-U. Electron acceleration due to StIAWs is being investigated as a mechanism for the formation and support of long-lived auroral arcs. Preliminary evidence of electron acceleration from laboratory experiment is reported. This work was supported by NSF Grant PHY-130-1896, Grants from the Canadian Space Agency, and the THEMIS ASI teams at UCalgary and UC Berkeley. Facility use and experimental assistance from BaPSF is gratefully acknowledged.

  3. Energy dissipation of Alfven wave packets deformed by irregular magnetic fields in solar-coronal arches

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    Similon, Philippe L.; Sudan, R. N.

    1989-01-01

    The importance of field line geometry for shear Alfven wave dissipation in coronal arches is demonstrated. An eikonal formulation makes it possible to account for the complicated magnetic geometry typical in coronal loops. An interpretation of Alfven wave resonance is given in terms of gradient steepening, and dissipation efficiencies are studied for two configurations: the well-known slab model with a straight magnetic field, and a new model with stochastic field lines. It is shown that a large fraction of the Alfven wave energy flux can be effectively dissipated in the corona.

  4. Energy dissipation of Alfven wave packets deformed by irregular magnetic fields in solar-coronal arches

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    Similon, Philippe L.; Sudan, R. N.

    1989-01-01

    The importance of field line geometry for shear Alfven wave dissipation in coronal arches is demonstrated. An eikonal formulation makes it possible to account for the complicated magnetic geometry typical in coronal loops. An interpretation of Alfven wave resonance is given in terms of gradient steepening, and dissipation efficiencies are studied for two configurations: the well-known slab model with a straight magnetic field, and a new model with stochastic field lines. It is shown that a large fraction of the Alfven wave energy flux can be effectively dissipated in the corona.

  5. Large-Scale Alfvenic Impulses on the Sun: How They Are Generated and What We Learn From Them

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    Thompson, Barbara

    2004-01-01

    NASA GSFC The Sun's atmosphere hosts a wide variety of magnetosonic disturbances. These wave modes are detected, almost exclusively, by examining images of the Sun's magnetic atmosphere and looking for propagating distortions. Although none of the Sun's plasma parameters are measured directly, we derive a great deal of information from these observations. In fact, by modeling these propagating disturbances, we may be able to derive the most accurate estimates plasma parameters. From observations absorption, refraction, reflection, and coupling of numerous wave modes, we advance our knowledge of the Sun's magnetic field, temperature, density, and current. The Sun's continuous oscillation, coronal mass ejections, flares, and other dynamic phenomena can produce wave disturbances which are observable from near-Earth space. Several of these disturbances have been traced from the inner corona out into the heliosphere. From the generation of these disturbances, we are able to learn about the phenomena which create them as well as the media through which they re-propagating. The presentation will include a discussion of the generation of Alfvenic disturbances on the Sun, ways we observe these disturbances, and how recent advances in modeling and analysis have brought us closer to determining solar in situ parameters.

  6. Large-Scale Alfvenic Impulses on the Sun: How They Are Generated and What We Learn From Them

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    Thompson, Barbara

    2004-01-01

    NASA GSFC The Sun's atmosphere hosts a wide variety of magnetosonic disturbances. These wave modes are detected, almost exclusively, by examining images of the Sun's magnetic atmosphere and looking for propagating distortions. Although none of the Sun's plasma parameters are measured directly, we derive a great deal of information from these observations. In fact, by modeling these propagating disturbances, we may be able to derive the most accurate estimates plasma parameters. From observations absorption, refraction, reflection, and coupling of numerous wave modes, we advance our knowledge of the Sun's magnetic field, temperature, density, and current. The Sun's continuous oscillation, coronal mass ejections, flares, and other dynamic phenomena can produce wave disturbances which are observable from near-Earth space. Several of these disturbances have been traced from the inner corona out into the heliosphere. From the generation of these disturbances, we are able to learn about the phenomena which create them as well as the media through which they re-propagating. The presentation will include a discussion of the generation of Alfvenic disturbances on the Sun, ways we observe these disturbances, and how recent advances in modeling and analysis have brought us closer to determining solar in situ parameters.

  7. International thermonuclear experimental reactor-like extended Solovev equilibria with parallel flow

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    Throumoulopoulos, G. N.; Tasso, H.

    2012-01-15

    A Solovev-like equilibrium solution is extended to plasmas with incompressible flow parallel to the magnetic field. ITER-like configurations are constructed for Alfven Mach functions peaked either on or off the magnetic axis. The linear stability of the equilibrium is also examined by applying a sufficient condition.

  8. Evolution of toroidal Alfven eigenmode instability in TFTR

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    Wong, K.L.; Majeski, R.; Petrov, M.

    1996-07-01

    The nonlinear behavior of the Toroidal Alfven Eigenmode (TAE) driven unstable by energetic ions in TFTR is studied. The evolution of instabilities can take on several scenarios: a single mode or several modes can be driven unstable at the same time, the spectrum can be steady or pulsating and there can be negligible or anomalous loss associated with the instability. This paper presents a comparison between experimental results and recently developed nonlinear theory. The authors find many features observed in experiment are compatible with the consequences of the nonlinear theory. Examples include the structure of the saturated pulse that emerges from the onset of instability of a single mode and the decrease but persistence of TAE signals when the applied rf power is reduced or shut off.

  9. Periodic features in the Alfven wave wake of Io

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    Wright, A. N.; Smith, P. R.

    1990-04-01

    The evolution of Io's Alfven waves is modeled in a realistic magnetic field and torus density distribution. This is performed by calculating the normal modes of the field lines disturbed by Io and synthesizing the waves near Io from a complex sum over the eigenmodes. The wave pattern produced downstream from the satellite exhibits periodic structure over a range of scales. In terms of the Jovian longitude of a stationary observer, large-scale structure (greater than 60 deg), small-scale structure (smaller than 6 deg), and intermediate periods are expected. These are close to observed intervals in decametric (DAM) emissions, such as the length of a DAM storm, bunching of arcs within a storm, and individual arc separation.

  10. Gyrokinetic particle simulation of beta-induced Alfven eigenmode

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    Zhang, H. S.; Lin, Z.; Holod, I.; Xiao, Y.; Wang, X.; Zhang, W. L.

    2010-11-15

    The beta-induced Alfven eigenmode (BAE) in toroidal plasmas is studied using global gyrokinetic particle simulations. The BAE real frequency and damping rate measured in the initial perturbation simulation and in the antenna excitation simulation agree well with each other. The real frequency is slightly higher than the ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) accumulation point frequency due to the kinetic effects of thermal ions. Simulations with energetic particle density gradient show exponential growth of BAE with a growth rate sensitive to the energetic particle temperature and density. The nonperturbative contributions by energetic particles modify the mode structure and reduce the frequency relative to the MHD theory. The finite Larmor radius effects of energetic particles reduce the BAE growth rate. Benchmarks between gyrokinetic particle simulation and hybrid MHD-gyrokinetic simulation show good agreement in BAE real frequency and mode structure.

  11. Nonlinear dynamics of beta-induced Alfven eigenmode in tokamak

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    Zhang, H. S.; Lin, Z.; Deng, W.; Holod, I.; Wang, Z. X.; Xiao, Y.; Zhang, W. L.

    2013-01-15

    The beta-induced Alfven eigenmode (BAE) excited by energetic particles in toroidal plasmas is studied in the global gyrokinetic simulations. It is found that the nonlinear BAE dynamics depends on the deviation from the marginality. In the strongly driven case, the mode exhibits a bursting state with fast and repetitive chirping. The nonlinear saturation is determined by the thermal ion nonlinearity and has no clear dependence on the linear growth rate. In the weakly driven case, the mode reaches a nearly steady state with small frequency chirping. The nonlinear dynamics is dominated by the energetic particle nonlinearity. In both cases, the nonlinear intensity oscillation and frequency chirping are correlated with the evolution of the coherent structures in the energetic particle phase space. Due to the radial variation of the mode amplitude and the radially asymmetric guiding center dynamics, the wave-particle interaction in the toroidal geometry is much more complex than the conventional one-dimensional wave-particle interaction paradigm.

  12. Heating of ionospheric O(+) ions by shear Alfven waves

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    Winglee, R. M.; Ashour-Abdalla, M.; Sydora, R. D.

    1987-01-01

    Ionospheric ions, in particular O(+) ions, which have been transversely heated, are often observed flowing upward along auroral field lines. A new mechanism, heating by current-driven shear (or kinetic) Alfven waves (SAW), is proposed. An electron current drives oblique SAWs unstable near a wave frequency of about the oxygen cyclotron frequency, and these waves are in turn gyroresonantly absorbed by the ions. The mechanism is similar to ion heating by current-driven electrostatic ion cyclotron waves (EICW). However, the SAW differs from the EICW in that as the perpendicular temperature of the ions increases, growth of the SAW can still occur, whereas growth of the EICW becomes suppressed. As a consequence, the SAW is able to provide sustained perpendicular heating of ions with smaller currents being required for the heating than for heating via EICWs.

  13. The dominant mode of standing Alfven waves at synchronous orbit

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    Cummings, W. D.; Countee, C.; Lyons, D.; Wiley, W., III

    1975-01-01

    Low-frequency oscillations of the earth's magnetic field recorded by the UCLA magnetometer on board ATS-1, have been examined for the six-month interval, January-June, 1968. The initial interpretation, that these oscillations represent the second harmonic of a standing Alfven wave, has been re-examined, and it is concluded that this hypothesis must be withdrawn. Using evidence from OGO-5 and ATS-5, as well as the data from ATS-1, it is argued that the dominant mode at the synchronous orbit must be the fundamental rather than the second harmonic. From 14 instances when the oscillations of distinctly different periods occurred during the same time interval at ATS-1 it is concluded that higher harmonics can exist. The period ratio in 7 of the 14 cases corresponds to the simultaneous occurrence of the second harmonic with the fundamental, and 4 other cases could be identified as the simultaneous occurrence of the fourth harmonic with the fundamental.

  14. Radial evolution of power spectra of interplanetary Alfvenic turbulence

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    Bavassano, B.; Dobrowolny, M.; Mariani, F.; Ness, N. F.

    1981-01-01

    The radial evolution of the power spectra of the MHD turbulence within the trailing edge of high speed streams in the solar wind was investigated with the magnetic field data of Helios 1 and 2 for heliocentric distance between 0.3 and 0.9 AU. In the analyzed frequency range (.00028 Hz to .0083 Hz) the computed spectra have, near the Earth, values of the spectral index close to that predicted for an incompressible hydromagnetic turbulence in a stationary state. Approaching the Sun the spectral slope remains unchanged for frequencies f or approximately .00 Hz, whereas at lower frequencies, a clear evolution toward a less steep fall off with frequency is found. The radial gradient of the power in Alfvenic fluctuations depends on frequency and it increases upon increasing frequency. For frequencies f or approximately .00 Hz, however, the radial gradient remains approximately the same. Possible theoretical implications of the observational features are discussed.

  15. Alfven wave stability in D-III-D

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    Campbell, R.B. ); Samec, T.K. )

    1989-09-01

    Within the framework of the global Alfven eigenmode theory in a cylindrical background plasma, I examine the excitation of global Alfven eigenmodes by intense neutral beam injection in the D III-D tokamak operating at General Atomics. I have considered two separate sets of experimental conditions, a low power'' set of cases using 10MW of hydrogen beams, and a high power'' shot of 20MW of deuterium beams. My results are particularly sensitive to the background density profile. For parabolic background density profiles, n{sub 0} {times} (1 {minus} (r/{tilde a}){sup 2}), I have determined that the plasma is stable to all toroidal and poloidal mode numbers for both high and low power cases. For density profiles which are of the form n{sub 0} {times} (1 {minus} (r/{tilde a}){sup 2}){sup {1/2}}, for the same n{sub 0}, my calculation indicates that the m = {minus}1, l = 0 mode is unstable in each case. The high power case has a considerably higher growth rate at the baseline conditions, which motivated me to study this case more extensively. The results are also sensitive to the beam source radial scalelength, L{sub s}, and the electron temperature T{sub e}. By narrowing the source from the baseline 36 cm to 20 cm, the growth rate of the (0,{minus}1) actually decreases, but the (0,{minus}2) mode appears with a substantial growth rate. If the source could be made even narrower, L{sub s} {approx} 10 cm, the (1,{minus}1) mode would appear, also with a large growth rate. 12 refs., 16 figs., 6 tabs.

  16. Hybrid Alfven resonant mode generation in the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling system

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    Hiraki, Yasutaka; Watanabe, Tomo-Hiko

    2012-10-15

    Feedback unstable Alfven waves involving global field-line oscillations and the ionospheric Alfven resonator (IAR) were comprehensively studied to clarify their properties of frequency dispersion, growth rate, and eigenfunctions. It is discovered that a new mode called here the hybrid Alfven resonant (HAR) mode can be destabilized in the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling system with a realistic Alfven velocity profile. The HAR mode found in a high frequency range over 0.3 Hz is caused by coupling of IAR modes with strong dispersion and magnetospheric cavity resonances. The harmonic relation of HAR eigenfrequencies is characterized by a constant frequency shift from those of IAR modes. The three modes are robustly found even if effects of two-fluid process and ionospheric collision are taken into account and thus are anticipated to be detected by magnetic field observations in a frequency range of 0.3-1 Hz in auroral and polar-cap regions.

  17. Shear Alfv'en spectrum and mode structures for 3D configurations

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    Spong, D. A.; Todo, Y.

    2007-11-01

    Energetic particle destabilized Alfv'en modes are observed in a wide range of stellarator experiments. We have developed a code (AE3D) to calculate the full shear Alfv'en frequency spectrum and associated mode structures for arbitrary stellarator equilibria. This is based on a Galerkin approach using a combined Fourier mode (poloidal/toroidal angle) finite element (radial) representation. It has been applied to an LHD case where Alfv'en activity and enhanced ion losses were seen. Applications also are underway to other experiments, such as HSX, where ECH-driven Alfv'en modes were observed. This model can form the basis for stellarator optimization targets, synthetic diagnostics, and reduced linear/nonlinear stability models. It is also applicable to tokamaks with symmetry-breaking effects. By matching observed frequencies with calculated mode structures, improved understanding of the physics mechanisms of AE modes, such as sideband coupling, damping, and enhanced fast particle losses can be developed.

  18. Multiply reflected standing Alfven waves in the Io torus - Pioneer 10 observations

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    Walker, R.; Kivelson, M.

    1981-01-01

    Observations from the Voyager 1 pass by the Io flux tube strongly suggest that large amplitude standing Alfven waves are generated as Jovian plasma flows past Io. It has recently been proposed by Gurnett and Goertz (1981) that this Io generated standing Alfven wave system extends an appreciable way around the Io L-shell. Observations are presented here of magnetic perturbations found in the Pioneer 10 record as it crossed the Io L-shell. The field perturbations are found to be qualitatively consistent with the passage of the spacecraft through a standing Alfven wave pattern. The observations suggest an Alfven Mach number of 0.03, which is 1/5 the value inferred from Voyager 1 observations. This implies a lower plasma density at the time of the flyby of Pioneer 10.

  19. Modifications to the shear Alfv'en continua due to the presence of a magnetic island

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    Cook, C. R.; Hirshman, S. P.; Spong, D. A.; Hegna, C. C.; Anderson, D. T.; Sanchez, R.

    2012-10-01

    Most studies of the shear Alfv'en spectrum of toroidal confinement devices assume the existence of topologically toroidal magnetic surfaces. In this work, we will address how the presence of a magnetic island alters these calculations. In particular, the analytic theory of gaps induced by an island in the Alfv'en continua of a cylindrical plasma will be presented. This calculation will be compared to the well-known results for the toroidicity-induced Alfv'en eigenmode gap. This theory utilizes island straight field-line coordinates, which will be detailed. Early and planned work will be discussed regarding the use of SIESTA along with STELLGAP to analyze the effects of islands and quasi-single-helicity states on the Alfv'en continua in RFPs. SIESTA is a 3D MHD equilibrium code capable of resolving islands. The Hessian matrix computed in SIESTA can be used to solve the MHD eigenmode equations, allowing the Alfv'en continua to be determined in the presence of islands. STELLGAP is a code that computes the Alfv'en spectrum from a toroidal VMEC equilibrium converted to Boozer coordinates through the BoozXform code. Comparing the continua from the STELLGAP case without islands to the SIESTA case with islands will allow us to verify the presented theory in the future.

  20. Turbulent Alfven boundary layer in the polar ionosphere. 1. Excitation conditions and energetics

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    Trakhtengerts, V.Y. ); Feldstein, A.Ya. )

    1991-11-01

    Instability of laminar magnetospheric convection with respect to the strongly anisotropic Alfven waves which are of small scale in the horizontal plane is examined. The waves prove to be trapped in the ionospheric Alfven resonator, bounded from below by the ionospheric E layer and form above by a zone of rapidly increasing Alfven velocity at altitudes of up to {approximately}10{sup 4} km. The finite-amplitude Alfven waves dissipate within a layer of anomalous resistance formed near the upper wall of the resonator. As a result, a high-energy particle source appears in the upper ionosphere. Further evolution results in the transition of laminar convection to turbulent flow conditions and in the formation of a turbulent Alfven boundary layer in the polar ionosphere at altitudes from 10{sup 2} to 10{sup 4} km. The energy status of the turbulent Alfven boundary layer is calculated. It has been shown that the accelerated-electron energy flux density can reach {approximately}100 ergs cm{sup {minus}2} s{sup {minus}1}.

  1. Parallel computers

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    Treveaven, P.

    1989-01-01

    This book presents an introduction to object-oriented, functional, and logic parallel computing on which the fifth generation of computer systems will be based. Coverage includes concepts for parallel computing languages, a parallel object-oriented system (DOOM) and its language (POOL), an object-oriented multilevel VLSI simulator using POOL, and implementation of lazy functional languages on parallel architectures.

  2. A magnetized, spherical plasma expansion in an inhomogeneous plasma: The transition from super to sub-Alfvenic

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    Brecht, S H; Hewett, D W; Larson, D J

    2009-03-12

    In this letter the transition of a strong 3-D collisionless shock into sub-Alfvenic waves is examined numerically. The transition occurs because the Alfven speed eventually exceeds the shock speed, not because the shock runs out of energy. At this velocity transition, the shock disassembles into two types of waves: the usual compressional Alfven wave and a left-hand polarized electromagnetic shear Alfven wave. This later wave shows remarkable 3-D coherence, and preliminary analysis suggests that it is coupled to the strong electromagnetic waves that exist within the collisionless shock.

  3. 3D magnetospheric parallel hybrid multi-grid method applied to planet–plasma interactions

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    Leclercq, L.; Mancini, M.

    2016-03-15

    We present a new method to exploit multiple refinement levels within a 3D parallel hybrid model, developed to study planet–plasma interactions. This model is based on the hybrid formalism: ions are kinetically treated whereas electrons are considered as a inertia-less fluid. Generally, ions are represented by numerical particles whose size equals the volume of the cells. Particles that leave a coarse grid subsequently entering a refined region are split into particles whose volume corresponds to the volume of the refined cells. The number of refined particles created from a coarse particle depends on the grid refinement rate. In order to conserve velocity distribution functions and to avoid calculations of average velocities, particles are not coalesced. Moreover, to ensure the constancy of particles' shape function sizes, the hybrid method is adapted to allow refined particles to move within a coarse region. Another innovation of this approach is the method developed to compute grid moments at interfaces between two refinement levels. Indeed, the hybrid method is adapted to accurately account for the special grid structure at the interfaces, avoiding any overlapping grid considerations. Some fundamental test runs were performed to validate our approach (e.g. quiet plasma flow, Alfven wave propagation). Lastly, we also show a planetary application of the model, simulating the interaction between Jupiter's moon Ganymede and the Jovian plasma.

  4. Oxygen Ion Heat Rate within Alfvenic Turbulence in the Cusp

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    Coffey, Victoria N.; Singh, Nagendra; Chandler, Michael O.

    2009-01-01

    The role that the cleft/cusp has in ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling makes it a dynamic and important region. It is directly exposed to the solar wind, making it possible for the entry of electromagnetic energy and precipitating electrons and ions from dayside reconnection and other dayside events. It is also a significant source of ionospheric plasma, contributing largely to the mass loading of the magnetosphere with large fluxes of outflowing ions. Crossing the cusp/cleft near 5100 km, the Polar instruments observe the common correlation of downward Poynting flux, ion energization, soft electron precipitation, broadband extremely low-frequency (BB-ELF) emissions, and density depletions. The dominant power in the BB-ELF emissions is now identified to be from spatially broad, low frequency Alfv nic structures. For a cusp crossing, we determine using the Electric Field Investigation (EFI), that the electric and magnetic field fluctuations are Alfv nic and the electric field gradients satisfy the inequality for stochastic acceleration. With all the Polar 1996 horizontal crossings of the cusp, we determine the O+ heating rate using the Thermal Ion Dynamics Experiment (TIDE) and Plasma Wave Investigation (PWI). We then compare this heating rate to other heating rates assuming the electric field gradient criteria exceeds the limit for stochastic acceleration for the remaining crossings. The comparison suggests that a stochastic acceleration mechanism is operational and the heating is controlled by the transverse spatial scale of the Alfvenic waves.

  5. Finite orbit energetic particle linear response to toroidal Alfven eigenmodes

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    Berk, H. L.; Breizman, B. N.; Ye, Huanchun

    1992-03-01

    The linear response of energetic particles of the TAE modes is calculated taking into account their finite orbit excursion from the flux surfaces. The general expression reproduces the previously derived theory for small banana width; when the banana width Δ b is much larger than the mode thickness Δ m, we obtain a new compact expression for the linear power transfer. When Δm/ Δb≪1, the banana orbit effect reduces the power transfer by a factor Δm/ Δb from that predicted by the narrow orbit theory. A comparison is made of the contribution to the TAE growth rate of energetic particles with a slowing-down distribution arising from an isotropic source, and a balanced-injected beam source when the source speed is close to the Alfven speed. For the same stored energy density, the contribution from the principal resonances (| v‖|= vA) is substantially enhanced in the beam case compared to the isotropic case, while the contribution at the higher sidebands (| v‖|= vA/(2 l-1) with l⩾2) is substantially reduced.

  6. Models for Alfv'en instabilities in stellarators

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    Spong, Donald

    2012-03-01

    Stellarators, helical RFPs and 3D tokamaks introduce symmetry-breaking effects that alter the structure of Alfv'en instabilities and their impact on energetic particle confinement. Loss of symmetry precludes an ignorable coordinate and requires taking into account both poloidal and toroidal couplings. New techniques for near term progress in 3D EP modeling have been developed, such as scalable algorithms (e.g., perturbative particle methods and windowed frequency solvers) and reduced-dimensionality models (e.g., gyro-Landau fluid). These methods have been developed for a range of 3D (tokamak/stellarator/RFP) configurations and have been compared with experimental measurements on LHD, TJ-II, HSX and RFX. Both modes with weak 3D couplings (TAE's in LHD) and strong 3D couplings (HAE's in TJ-II) will be discussed. Also, code-benchmarking activities have been started and will be described. In addition to their impact on fast ion confinement, the coherent frequencies of these AE modes (directly related to iota) can be useful markers for 3D equilibrium reconstruction.

  7. Combined ideal and kinetic effects on reversed shear Alfven eigenmodes

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    Gorelenkov, N. N.; Kramer, G. J.; Nazikian, R.

    2011-10-15

    A reversed shear Alfven eigenmodes (RSAEs) theory has been developed for reversed magnetic field shear plasmas when the safety factor minimum, q{sub min}, is at or above a rational value. The modes we study are known sometimes as either the bottom of the frequency sweep or the down sweeping RSAEs. We show that, strictly speaking, the ideal MHD theory is not compatible with the eigenmode solution in the reversed shear plasma with q{sub min} above integer values. Corrected by a special analytic finite Larmor radius (FLR) condition, MHD dispersion of these modes nevertheless can be developed. Numerically, MHD structure can serve as a good approximation for the RSAEs.The large radial scale part of the analytic RSAE solution can be obtained from ideal MHD and expressed in terms of the Legendre functions. The kinetic equation with FLR effects for the eigenmode is solved numerically and agrees with the analytic solutions. Properties of RSAEs and their potential implications for plasma diagnostics are discussed.

  8. POLARIZATION AND COMPRESSIBILITY OF OBLIQUE KINETIC ALFVEN WAVES

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    Hunana, P.; Goldstein, M. L.; Passot, T.; Sulem, P. L.; Laveder, D.; Zank, G. P.

    2013-04-01

    It is well known that a complete description of the solar wind requires a kinetic description and that, particularly at sub-proton scales, kinetic effects cannot be ignored. It is nevertheless usually assumed that at scales significantly larger than the proton gyroscale r{sub L} , magnetohydrodynamics or its extensions, such as Hall-MHD and two-fluid models with isotropic pressures, provide a satisfactory description of the solar wind. Here we calculate the polarization and magnetic compressibility of oblique kinetic Alfven waves and show that, compared with linear kinetic theory, the isotropic two-fluid description is very compressible, with the largest discrepancy occurring at scales larger than the proton gyroscale. In contrast, introducing anisotropic pressure fluctuations with the usual double-adiabatic (or CGL) equations of state yields compressibility values which are unrealistically low. We also show that both of these classes of fluid models incorrectly describe the electric field polarization. To incorporate linear kinetic effects, we use two versions of the Landau fluid model that include linear Landau damping and finite Larmor radius (FLR) corrections. We show that Landau damping is crucial for correct modeling of magnetic compressibility, and that the anisotropy of pressure fluctuations should not be introduced without taking into account the Landau damping through appropriate heat flux equations. We also show that FLR corrections to all the retained fluid moments appear to be necessary to yield the correct polarization. We conclude that kinetic effects cannot be ignored even for kr{sub L} << 1.

  9. Alfvenic fluctuations in the solar wind observed by Ulysses

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    Smith, E. J.; Neugebauer, M; Tsurutani, B. T.; Balogh, A.; McComas, D. J.

    1995-01-01

    One of the striking results of the Sun's south polar pass by Ulysses was the discovery of large amplitude, long period Alfvenic fluctuations that were continuously present in the solar wind flow from the polar coronal hole. The fluctuations dominate the variances and power spectra at periods greater than or equal to 1 hour and are evident as correlated fluctuations in the magnetic field and solar wind velocity components. Various properties of the fluctuations in the magnetic field, in the velocity, and in the electric field have been established. The waves appear to have important implications for galactic cosmic rays and for the solar wind, topics which have continued to be investigated. Their origin is also under study, specifically whether or not they represent motions of the ends of the field lines at the Sun. The resolution of these issues has benefited from the more recent observations as the spacecraft traveled northward toward the ecliptic and passed into the northern solar hemisphere. All these observations will be presented and their implications will be discussed.

  10. Ionospheric Ion Upflows Associated with the Alfven Wave Heating

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    Song, P.; Tu, J.

    2014-12-01

    In this study we present the simulation results from a self-consistent inductive-dynamic ionosphere-thermosphere model. In a 2-D numerical simulation (noon-midnight meridian plane), we solve the continuity, momentum, and energy equations for multiple species of ions and neutrals and Maxwell's equations. In particular, the model retains Faraday's law, inertial term in the ion momentum equations and photochemistry. The code is based on an implicit algorithm and simulates a region from 80 km to 5000 km above the Earth. The system is driven by an antisunward motion at the upper boundary of the dayside cusp latitude in both hemispheres. We show that the frictional heating, which can produce upflows of the light (H+ and He+) and heave (O+) ions, is driven by the Alfven wave-induced ion motion relative to the neutrals. The variations of the upflows along a noon-midnight magnetic meridian are examined in association with given driving conditions imposed by the magnetosphere convection.

  11. Standing Alfven wave current system at Io: Voyager 1 observations

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    Acuna, M. H.; Neubauer, F. M.; Ness, N. F.

    1980-01-01

    The enigmatic control of the occurrence frequency of Jupiter's decametric emissions by the satellite Io is explained theoretically on the basis of its strong electrodynamic interaction with the corotating Jovian magnetosphere leading to field aligned currents connecting Io with the Jovian ionosphere. Direct measurements of the perturbation magnetic fields due to this current system were obtained by the magnetic field experiment on Voyager 1 on 5 March 1979 when it passed within 20,500 km south of Io. An interpretation in the framework of Alfven waves radiated by Io leads to current estimates of 2.8 million amps. A mass density of 7400 to 13600 proton mass units per Cu cm is derived which compares very favorably with independent observations of the torus composition characterized by 7-9 proton mass units per electron for a local electron density of 1050 to 1500 per cu cm. The power dissipated in the current system may be important for heating the Io heavy ion torus, inner magnetosphere, Jovian ionosphere, and possibly the ionosphere or even the interior of Io.

  12. Modeling Alfven Waves Generation by a Rotating Magnetic Field Source

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    Karavaev, A. V.; Gumerov, N.; Shao, X.; Sharma, A. S.; Papadopoulos, K.; Gigliotti, A. F.; Gekelman, W. N.

    2009-12-01

    Recent experiments conducted in the Large Plasma Device (LAPD) located at UCLA demonstrated efficient excitation of whistler and shear Alfven waves by a Rotating Magnetic Fields (RMF) source created by a phased orthogonal loop antenna. This paper presents a combination of computational results along with the experiments that emphasize the RMF properties for generation of MHD waves. In order to understand the RMF and magnetized plasma interaction and the resultant radiation patterns in frequency regimes below the ion cyclotron frequency a three-dimensional code was developed. The time-domain code solves the linearized Maxwell equations coupled to the two fluid magnetohydrodynamics description of cold plasma. The antenna excitation is modeled as a set of external currents. A comparison of the simulation results and the experiments shows good agreement between them. The scaling laws of the induced magnetic field as a function of the RMF frequency, the plasma parameters and the spatial decay rate of magnetic field, as well as the use of RMFs as efficient radiation sources of waves in space plasmas are also discussed. This work was sponsored by ONR MURI Grant 5-28828.

  13. Oxygen Ion Heat Rate within Alfvenic Turbulence in the Cusp

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    Coffey, Victoria N.; Singh, Nagendra; Chandler, Michael O.

    2009-01-01

    The role that the cleft/cusp has in ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling makes it a dynamic and important region. It is directly exposed to the solar wind, making it possible for the entry of electromagnetic energy and precipitating electrons and ions from dayside reconnection and other dayside events. It is also a significant source of ionospheric plasma, contributing largely to the mass loading of the magnetosphere with large fluxes of outflowing ions. Crossing the cusp/cleft near 5100 km, the Polar instruments observe the common correlation of downward Poynting flux, ion energization, soft electron precipitation, broadband extremely low-frequency (BB-ELF) emissions, and density depletions. The dominant power in the BB-ELF emissions is now identified to be from spatially broad, low frequency Alfv nic structures. For a cusp crossing, we determine using the Electric Field Investigation (EFI), that the electric and magnetic field fluctuations are Alfv nic and the electric field gradients satisfy the inequality for stochastic acceleration. With all the Polar 1996 horizontal crossings of the cusp, we determine the O+ heating rate using the Thermal Ion Dynamics Experiment (TIDE) and Plasma Wave Investigation (PWI). We then compare this heating rate to other heating rates assuming the electric field gradient criteria exceeds the limit for stochastic acceleration for the remaining crossings. The comparison suggests that a stochastic acceleration mechanism is operational and the heating is controlled by the transverse spatial scale of the Alfvenic waves.

  14. The manifestation of Alfven's hypothesis of critical ionization velocity in the performance of MPD thrusters

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    Choueiri, E. Y.; Kelly, A. J.; Jahn, R. G.

    1985-01-01

    The role of Alfven's critical ionization velocity in the performance of the self-field MPD thruster has been investigated. The existence of a well defined characteristic velocity can be attributed to an ionization process involving the production of a population of suprathermal electrons by an electrostatic instability. It is shown that for the MPD thruster plasma, suprathermalization of electrons via this electrostatic instability can only happen if ions are initially accelerated to velocities larger than the Alfven critical ionization velocity. When this occurs the mechanism will be initiated and the ions decelerated to velocities near the critical velocity. This mechanism ceases to be limiting when all neutrals are ionized. A model of MPD thruster terminal behavior, incorporating Alfven's hypothesis, is presented. Experiments with three different propellants reveal that operation at values of the current squared to total mass flow ratio corresponding to the Alfven critical velocity is marked by a transition wherein low frequency voltage oscillations and a notable change in the voltage-current dependence occurs. One major result of this study is the demonstration that the Alfven critical velocity is not a fundamental limitation on MPD exhaust velocity.

  15. Measurements, modelling and electron cyclotron heating modification of Alfven eigenmode activity in DIII-D

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    Van Zeeland, Michael; Heidbrink, W.; Nazikian, Raffi; Austin, M. E.; Cheng, C Z; Chu, M. S.; Gorelenkov, Nikolai; Holcomb, C T; Hyatt, A. W.; Kramer, G.; Lohr, J.T.; Mckee, G. R.; Petty, C C.; Prater, R.; Solomon, W. M.; Spong, Donald A

    2009-01-01

    Neutral beam injection into reversed magnetic shear DIII-D plasmas produces a variety of Alfvenic activity including toroidicity and ellipticity induced Alfven eigenmodes (TAE/EAE, respectively) and reversed shear Alfven eigenmodes (RSAE) as well as their spatial coupling. These modes are studied during the discharge current ramp phase when incomplete current penetration results in a high central safety factor and strong drive due to multiple higher order resonances. It is found that ideal MHD modelling of eigenmode spectral evolution, coupling and structure are in excellent agreement with experimental measurements. It is also found that higher radial envelope harmonic RSAEs are clearly observed and agree with modelling. Some discrepancies with modelling such as that due to up/down eigenmode asymmetries are also pointed out. Concomitant with the Alfvenic activity, fast ion (FIDA) spectroscopy shows large reductions in the central fast ion profile, the degree of which depends on the Alfven eigenmode amplitude. Interestingly, localized electron cyclotron heating (ECH) near the mode location stabilizes RSAE activity and results in significantly improved fast ion confinement relative to discharges with ECH deposition on axis. In these discharges, RSAE activity is suppressed when ECH is deposited near the radius of the shear reversal point and enhanced with deposition near the axis. The sensitivity of this effect to deposition power and current drive phasing as well as ECH modulation are presented.

  16. THREE-DIMENSIONAL RELATIVISTIC MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC SIMULATIONS OF CURRENT-DRIVEN INSTABILITY WITH A SUB-ALFVENIC JET: TEMPORAL PROPERTIES

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    Mizuno, Yosuke; Nishikawa, Ken-Ichi; Hardee, Philip E.

    2011-06-10

    We have investigated the influence of a velocity shear surface on the linear and nonlinear development of the current-driven (CD) kink instability of force-free helical magnetic equilibria in three dimensions. In this study, we follow the temporal development within a periodic computational box and concentrate on flows that are sub-Alfvenic on the cylindrical jet's axis. Displacement of the initial force-free helical magnetic field leads to the growth of CD kink instability. We find that helically distorted density structure propagates along the jet with speed and flow structure dependent on the radius of the velocity shear surface relative to the characteristic radius of the helically twisted force-free magnetic field. At small velocity shear surface radius, the plasma flows through the kink with minimal kink propagation speed. The kink propagation speed increases as the velocity shear radius increases and the kink becomes more embedded in the plasma flow. A decreasing magnetic pitch profile and faster flow enhance the influence of velocity shear. Simulations show continuous transverse growth in the nonlinear phase of the instability. The growth rate of the CD kink instability and the nonlinear behavior also depend on the velocity shear surface radius and flow speed, and the magnetic pitch radial profile. Larger velocity shear radius leads to slower linear growth, makes a later transition to the nonlinear stage, and with larger maximum amplitude than that occuring for a static plasma column. However, when the velocity shear radius is much greater than the characteristic radius of the helical magnetic field, linear and nonlinear development can be similar to the development of a static plasma column.

  17. Non-Linear Effects of Self Generated Alfven Waves in Oblique Shocks and Cosmic Ray Acceleration Efficiency

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    Medina-Tanco, G. A.; Opher, R.

    1990-11-01

    RESUMEN. Se presentan resultados numericos para un modelo hidrodinamico de cuatro componentes (plasma de fondo, particulas energeticas, ondas de Alfven autogeneradas y campo magnetico) para choques oblicuos. ABSTRACT. Numerical results of a four component hydrodynamic model (background plasma, energetic particles, self-generated Alfven waves and magnetic field) for oblique shocks are presented. Keq wo't : COSMIC RAY-GENERAL - PLASMAS - SHOCK WAVES

  18. Alfv'en mode structure/stability properties of stellarators and broken-symmetry tokamaks

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    Spong, Don

    2009-05-01

    Energetic particle driven shear Alfv'en wave (SAW) instabilities are frequently observed in both stellarator and tokamak experiments. Three-dimensional effects are present in all toroidal devices and can significantly influence both stability properties of energetic particle populations and their loss patterns on the first wall. Three-dimensional equilibrium variations in stellarators and broken symmetry tokamaks provide new couplings that increase the complexity and density of the Alfv'en mode spectrum. An eigenmode solver, the AE3D code, has been developed for calculating Alfv'en mode structures in such configurations and identifying the most likely modes for resonant energetic tail destabilization. Applications of this model to a variety of stellarators (LHD, TJ-II, HSX, QPS, NCSX) and broken symmetry tokamaks (ITER with TF ripple and ferritic materials) have been made and results will be presented. Possible extensions to include sound wave couplings and gyro-Landau closures will be discussed.

  19. Can we explain the Jovian decametric arc pattern with the multiple reflection Alfven wave model?

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    Leblanc, Y.; Bagenal, F.

    The pattern of arcs made by bursts of Io-modulated dkm-band emission in frequency time spectrograms has been examined for the A and B sources and compared with predictions of the Alfven-wave model. Planetary Radio Astronomy data from the Voyager 1 and 2 Jupiter encounters are employed, and the observations of the A and B sources are organized with respect to the Io phase for fixed 30-deg longitude intervals. A clear pattern of regions of strong emission separated by holes (regions with weak or no emission) is found. This preliminary study suggests the bunching of dkm arcs matches the Alfven wave pattern generated by Io. This implies that each Alfven current generates multiple beams of dkm emission.

  20. Nonlinear propagating kink waves in thin magnetic tubes

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    Ruderman, M. S.; Goossens, M.; Andries, J.

    2010-08-15

    The propagation of nonlinear nonaxisymmetric waves along a magnetic tube in an incompressible plasma embedded in a magnetic-free plasma is studied. The plasma and magnetic parameters in the tube core as well as plasma parameters in the external plasma are constant. Between the tube core and the magnetic-free plasma there is a thin annulus where the Alfven speed monotonically decreases to zero. In this annulus there is a cylindrical surface where the phase speed of the global wave matches the local Alfven speed. In the vicinity of this surface there is an efficient conversion of the global wave energy in the energy of local Alfven waves. This results in the resonant absorption of the global wave and, as a consequence, in the global wave damping. The wave amplitude is assumed to be small and used as a small parameter in the singular perturbation method that is used to derive the nonlinear governing equation for nonaxisymmetric waves. This equation accounts both for nonlinearity and wave damping due to resonant absorption. A particular class of solutions of this equation in the form of helical waves is studied numerically. The main result obtained in this study is that nonlinearity accelerates the wave damping. It also distorts the shape of the tube boundary due to nonlinear generation of fluting modes.

  1. Generation of Alfven waves by high power pulse at the electron plasma frequency

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    van Compernolle, Bart Gilbert

    The physics of the interaction between plasmas and high power waves with frequencies in the electron plasma frequency range is of importance in many areas of space and plasma physics. A great deal of laboratory research has been done on the interaction of microwaves in a density gradient when o = ope in unmagnetized plasmas. [SWK74, WS78, KSW74]. Extensive studies of HF-ionospheric modifications have been performed [Fej79] as evidenced by experiments at Arecibo [HMD92, BHK86, CDF92, FGI85], at the HAARP facility [RKK98] in Alaska, at the EISCAT observatory in Norway [IHR99], and at SURA in Russia [FKS99]. This dissertation focusses on the interaction with a fully magnetized plasma, capable of supporting Alfven waves. The experiment is performed in the upgraded LArge Plasma Device (LAPD) at UCLA [GPL91] (Helium, n = 1012 cm-3, B = 1 kG - 2.5 kG). A number of experiments have been done at LAPD using antennas, skin depth scale currents and laser produced plasmas to generate Alfven waves [LGM99, GVL97a, GVL97b, VGV01]. In this work a high power pulse 6th, frequency in the electron plasma frequency range is launched into the radial density gradient, perpendicular to the background magnetic field. The microwave pulses last on the order of one ion gyro period and has a maximum power of |E|2/ nT ≃ .5 in the afterglow. The absorption of these waves leads to a pulse of field aligned suprathermal electrons. This electron current pulse then launches with Alfven wave with o ≤ o ci. The experiment was performed bath in ordinary node (O-mode) and extraordinary (X-mode), for different background magnetic fields B0, different temperatures (afterglow vs discharge) and different power levels of the incoming microwaves. It was found that the Alfven wave generation can be explained by Cherenkov radiation of Alfven waves by the suprathermal electron pulse. Theoretical solutions for the perturbed magnetic field due to a pulse of field aligned electrons were obtained, and shown to be

  2. Correlation between Electron Transport and Shear Alfven Activity in the National Spherical Torus Experiment

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    Stutman, D.; Delgado-Aparicio, L.; Finkenthal, M.; Tritz, K.; Gorelenkov, N.; Fredrickson, E.; Kaye, S.; Mazzucato, E.

    2009-03-20

    We report the observation of a correlation between shear Alfven eigenmode activity and electron transport in plasma regimes where the electron temperature gradient is flat, and thus the drive for temperature gradient microinstabilities is absent. Plasmas having rapid central electron transport show intense, broadband global Alfven eigenmode (GAE) activity in the 0.5-1.1 MHz range, while plasmas with low transport are essentially GAE-free. The first theoretical assessment of a GAE-electron transport connection indicates that overlapping modes can resonantly couple to the bulk thermal electrons and induce their stochastic diffusion.

  3. A self-consistent theory of collective alpha particle losses induced by Alfvenic turbulence

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    Biglari, H. . Plasma Physics Lab.); Diamond, P.H. . Dept. of Physics)

    1992-01-01

    The nonlinear dynamics of kinetic Alfven waves, resonantly excited by energetic ions/alpha particles, is investigated. It is shown that {alpha}-particles govern both linear instability and nonlinear saturation dynamics, while the background MHD turbulence results only in a nonlinear real frequency shift. The most efficient saturation mechanism is found to be self-induced profile modification. Expressions for the fluctuation amplitudes and the {alpha}-particle radial flux are self-consistently derived. The work represents the first self-consistent, turbulent treatment of collective {alpha}-particle losses by Alfvenic fluctuations.

  4. Plasma pressure effect on the multiple low-shear toroidal Alfven eigenmodes

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    Marchenko, V. S.

    2009-04-15

    It is shown that there is a critical thermal pressure gradient at which the polarizations of the multiple low-shear toroidal Alfven eigenmodes (TAEs) are reversed. Below the critical value, the TAE spectrum consists of two bands of the even (odd) modes located in the upper (lower) part of the toroidal Alfven gap, which is consistent with the zero-pressure limit [J. Candy, B. N. Breizman, J. W. Van Dam, and T. Ozeki, Phys. Lett. A 215, 299 (1996)]. Above the critical pressure, the odd (even) TAEs appear in the upper (lower) part of the gap.

  5. A TORSIONAL ALFVEN WAVE EMBEDDED WITHIN A SMALL MAGNETIC FLUX ROPE IN THE SOLAR WIND

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    Gosling, J. T.; Teh, W.-L.; Eriksson, S.

    2010-08-10

    We describe and use novel techniques to analyze a striking and distinct solar wind event observed by two spacecraft. We show that the event is consistent with an interpretation as a torsional Alfven wave embedded within a small, nearly radially aligned, magnetic flux rope of total width {approx}10{sup 6} km. It seems likely that the torsional wave was generated by distortions produced within a pre-existing flux rope that erupted from the Sun. Our examination of many events previously identified as flux ropes in the solar wind indicates that torsional Alfven waves are extremely rare in such events.

  6. Global particle-in-cell simulations of plasma pressure effects on Alfvenic modes

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    Mishchenko, Alexey; Koenies, Axel; Hatzky, Roman

    2011-01-15

    Global linear gyrokinetic particle-in-cell simulations of electromagnetic modes in realistic tokamak geometry are reported. The effect of plasma pressure on Alfvenic modes is studied. It is shown that the fast-particle pressure can considerably affect the shear Alfven wave continuum structure and hence the toroidicity-induced gap in the continuum. It is also found that the energetic ions can substantially reduce the growth rate of the ballooning modes (and perhaps completely stabilize them in a certain parameter range). Ballooning modes are found to be the dominant instabilities if the bulk-plasma pressure gradient is large enough.

  7. Arbitrary amplitude double layers in warm dust kinetic Alfven wave plasmas

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    Gogoi, Runmoni; Devi, Nirupama

    2008-07-15

    Large amplitude electrostatic structures associated with low-frequency dust kinetic Alfvenic waves are investigated under the pressure (temperature) gradient indicative of dust dynamics. The set of equations governing the dust dynamics, Boltzmann electrons, ions and Maxwell's equation have been reduced to a single equation known as the Sagdeev potential equation. Parameter ranges for the existence of arbitrary amplitude double layers are observed. Exact analytical expressions for the energy integral is obtained and computed numerically through which sub-Alfvenic arbitrary amplitude rarefactive double layers are found to exist.

  8. Planetary Consequences of Sub-Alfvenic Space Environment in Close-in Planets

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    Cohen, Ofer; Drake, Jeremy J.; Garraffo, Cecilia; Kashyap, Vinay; Gombosi, Tamas

    2017-05-01

    Close-in gas giant planets, as well as close-in terrestrial planets may reside in a sub-Alfvenic environment, at which the surrounding plasma's speed is slower than the local Alfven speed. Such an environment is very different from the typical space environment near the Earth and the other solar system planets. I will review the unique conditions of this situation and will point out crucial consequences in the context of star-planet interaction, detectibility, radio emissions, and planet habitability.

  9. A sunspot model for study of discrete Alfven waves and instabilities

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    Ochi, Marcia M.; Sakanaka, P. H.; Faria, R. T., Jr.; Deazevedo, C. A.; Deassis, A. S.

    1994-01-01

    We present a model for sunspots where both the umbral and the penumbral regions are considered. The equilibrium configuration is described by a two-plasma vertical cylindrical model with an axial current. Twisted magnetic fields, with a small B(theta)/B(z) are assumed. Using the ideal magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) model, the analysis of discrete Alfven modes and instabilities is based on the numerical investigation of the Hain-Lust equation. The period of the discrete Alfven mode is found to present the same order of magnitude of those observed for running penumbral waves. Good prediction of the sunspot lifetime can also be obtained.

  10. Parallel rendering

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    Crockett, Thomas W.

    1995-01-01

    This article provides a broad introduction to the subject of parallel rendering, encompassing both hardware and software systems. The focus is on the underlying concepts and the issues which arise in the design of parallel rendering algorithms and systems. We examine the different types of parallelism and how they can be applied in rendering applications. Concepts from parallel computing, such as data decomposition, task granularity, scalability, and load balancing, are considered in relation to the rendering problem. We also explore concepts from computer graphics, such as coherence and projection, which have a significant impact on the structure of parallel rendering algorithms. Our survey covers a number of practical considerations as well, including the choice of architectural platform, communication and memory requirements, and the problem of image assembly and display. We illustrate the discussion with numerous examples from the parallel rendering literature, representing most of the principal rendering methods currently used in computer graphics.

  11. Atmospheric Propagation

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    Embleton, Tony F. W.; Daigle, Gilles A.

    1991-01-01

    Reviewed here is the current state of knowledge with respect to each basic mechanism of sound propagation in the atmosphere and how each mechanism changes the spectral or temporal characteristics of the sound received at a distance from the source. Some of the basic processes affecting sound wave propagation which are present in any situation are discussed. They are geometrical spreading, molecular absorption, and turbulent scattering. In geometrical spreading, sound levels decrease with increasing distance from the source; there is no frequency dependence. In molecular absorption, sound energy is converted into heat as the sound wave propagates through the air; there is a strong dependence on frequency. In turbulent scattering, local variations in wind velocity and temperature induce fluctuations in phase and amplitude of the sound waves as they propagate through an inhomogeneous medium; there is a moderate dependence on frequency.

  12. Parallel computation

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    Huberman, Bernardo A.

    1989-11-01

    This paper reviews three different aspects of parallel computation which are useful for physics. The first part deals with special architectures for parallel computing (SIMD and MIMD machines) and their differences, with examples of their uses. The second section discusses the speedup that can be achieved in parallel computation and the constraints generated by the issues of communication and synchrony. The third part describes computation by distributed networks of powerful workstations without global controls and the issues involved in understanding their behavior.

  13. Reduced Quasilinear Models for Energetic Particles Interaction with Alfvenic Eigenmodes

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    Ghantous, Katy

    2013-11-01

    The Line Broadened Quasilinear (LBQ) and the 1.5D reduced models are able to predict the effect of Alfvenic eigenmodes' interaction with energetic particles in burning plasmas. This interaction can result in energetic-particle losses that can damage the first wall, deteriorate the plasma performance, and even prevent ignition. The 1.5D model assumes a broad spectrum of overlapping modes and, based on analytic expressions for the growth and damping rates, calculates the pressure profiles that the energetic particles relax to upon interacting with the modes. 1.5D is validated with DIII-D experiments and predicted neutron losses consistent with observation. The model is employed to predict alpha-particle fusion-product losses in a large-scale operational parameter-space for burning plasmas. \\par The LBQ model captures the interaction both in the regime of isolated modes as well as in the conventional regime of overlapping modes. Rules were established that allow quasilinear equations to replicate the expected steady-state saturation levels of isolated modes. The fitting formula is improved and the model is benchmarked with a Vlasov code, BOT. The saturation levels are accurately predicted and the mode evolution is well-replicated in the case of steady-state evolution where the collisions are high enough that coherent structures do not form. When the collisionality is low, oscillatory behavior can occur. LBQ can also exhibit non-steady behavior, but the onset of oscillations occurs for much higher collisional rates in BOT than in LBQ. For certain parameters of low collisionality, hole-clump creation and frequency chirping can occur which are not captured by the LBQ model. Also, there are cases of non-steady evolution without chirping which is possible for LBQ to study. However the results are inconclusive since the periods and amplitudes of the oscillations in the mode evolution are not well-replicated. If multiple modes exist, they can grow to the point of overlap

  14. Reduced quasilinear models for energetic particles interaction with Alfvenic eigenmodes

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    Ghantous, Katy

    The Line Broadened Quasilinear (LBQ) and the 1.5D reduced models are able to predict the effect of Alfvenic eigenmodes' interaction with energetic particles in burning plasmas. This interaction can result in energetic-particle losses that can damage the first wall, deteriorate the plasma performance, and even prevent ignition. The 1.5D model assumes a broad spectrum of overlapping modes and, based on analytic expressions for the growth and damping rates, calculates the pressure profiles that the energetic particles relax to upon interacting with the modes. 1.5D is validated with DIII-D experiments and predicted neutron losses consistent with observation. The model is employed to predict alpha-particle fusion-product losses in a large-scale operational parameter-space for burning plasmas. The LBQ model captures the interaction both in the regime of isolated modes as well as in the conventional regime of overlapping modes. Rules were established that allow quasilinear equations to replicate the expected steady-state saturation levels of isolated modes. The fitting formula is improved and the model is benchmarked with a Vlasov code, BOT. The saturation levels are accurately predicted and the mode evolution is well-replicated in the case of steady-state evolution where the collisions are high enough that coherent structures do not form. When the collisionality is low, oscillatory behavior can occur. LBQ can also exhibit non-steady behavior, but the onset of oscillations occurs for much higher collisional rates in BOT than in LBQ. For certain parameters of low collisionality, hole-clump creation and frequency chirping can occur which are not captured by the LBQ model. Also, there are cases of non-steady evolution without chirping which is possible for LBQ to study. However the results are inconclusive since the periods and amplitudes of the oscillations in the mode evolution are not well-replicated. If multiple modes exist, they can grow to the point of overlap which

  15. Plasmoid Propagation.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1988-02-12

    to be approximately one. 42 IV. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION To diagnose plasmold propagation , considerable emphasis was placed on downstream net current...reversel of necessary and Identify by block nutrber) FIELD GROUP SUB-GOU >Plasmoids: Charged Particle Beamsil Beam Propagation , Ion -Diodes, Pulsed Pwr 191...ABSTRACT (Conria on reverse of necessary and oalntity by block number) #6 Simple analytical considerations suggest that for certain parameter regimes

  16. Modeling Alfven and Whistler Waves Generation by Rotating Magnetic Field Source

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    Gumerov, N.; Shao, X.; Karavaev, A.; Sharma, A. S.; Papadopoulos, K.; Joyce, G.; Gigliotti, A.; Gekelman, W.

    2008-12-01

    Recent experiments by Gigliotti et all., 2008 and Karavaev et al., 2008 (two posters in this meeting) demonstrated excitation of shear Alfven wave and whistler wave, respectively, by Rotating Magnetic Fields (RMF) created by a phased orthogonal loop antenna. This paper presents a combination of computational results along with experiments that emphasize the RMF properties for generating MHD and whistler waves. For RMF rotating frequencies in the whistler wave frequency range, the electrons quickly come to a co- rotation with the RMF, generating a differential azimuthal current. For rotating frequencies below the ion cyclotron frequency wave, the electrons and ion motion decouple within the ion skin-depth near the antenna and co-rotates with the RMF outside the ion skin depth, generating a JxB force. In order to understand the RMF and plasma interaction and the resultant radiation in different frequency regimes, we developed a 3D code that simulate the process. The code solves the linearized Maxwell equations coupled to the two-fluid description of the plasma motion in the frequency-domain. The antenna excitation is modeled as a set ofexternal current sources. The magnetized plasma response to the wave excitation at different frequencies,i.e. in the MHD and whistler frequency regime, are described by elements of the dielectric tensor. An iterative sparse matrix-solver is used to solve for the near field antenna-plasma coupling and the far-field wave propagation. The code is able to determine the radiation from antennas with complex geometry. The experimental configurations used in Gigliotti et all., 2008 and Karavaev et al., 2008 were simulated. The simulation results help us understand the general characteristics of impedance matching, energy coupling and far field radiation pattern from an RMF antenna in plasmas. The scaling of the induced magnetic field as a function of the RMF frequency, the plasma parameters and the spatial decay rate of magnetic field, as well

  17. Geodesic Acoustic Propagation and Ballooning Mode Formalism

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    Li, M. B.; Diamond, P. H.; Young, G. G.; Arakawa, M.

    2005-10-01

    Relevance of ballooning formalism (BMF) in nonlinear interaction of toroidal electromagnetic drift waves in the presence of zonal flows and Geodesic Acoustic Oscillation (GAO) is critically examined from a physical argument of radial propagation of wave packets. To achieve the quasi-translational invariance of poloidal harmonics which is necessary for the BMF, the geodesic curvature induced transfer [1] of fluctuation energy in radial direction should occur faster than the time scale of physical interest. Of course, this does not happen necessarily in drift-Alfven (DALF) turbulence simulations [2]. This observation casts considerable doubts on the applicability of various codes based on the BMF concept to nonlinear electromagnetic problems. [1] B. Scott, Phys. Letters A 320 (2003) 53. [2] B. Scott, New J. Phys 7 (2005) 92.

  18. Mitigation of Alfvenic activity by 3D magnetic perturbations on NSTX

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    Kramer, G. J.; Bortolon, A.; Ferraro, N. M.; ...

    2016-07-05

    Observations on the National Spherical Torus eXperiment (NSTX) indicate that externally applied non-axisymmetric magnetic perturbations (MP) can reduce the amplitude of Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes (TAE) and Global Alfven Eigenmodes (GAE) in response to pulsed n=3 non-resonant fields. From full-orbit following Monte Carlo simulations with the 1- and 2-fluid resistive MHD plasma response to the magnetic perturbation included, it was found that in response to MP pulses the fast-ion losses increased and the fast-ion drive for the GAEs was reduced. The MP did not affect the fast-ion drive for the TAEs significantly but the Alfven continuum at the plasma edge wasmore » found to be altered due to the toroidal symmetry breaking which leads to coupling of different toroidal harmonics. The TAE gap was reduced at the edge creating enhanced continuum damping of the global TAEs, which is consistent with the observations. Furthermore, the results suggest that optimized non-axisymmetric MP might be exploited to control and mitigate Alfven instabilities by tailoring the fast-ion distribution function and/or continuum structure.« less

  19. Mitigation of Alfvenic activity by 3D magnetic perturbations on NSTX

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    Kramer, G. J.; Bortolon, A.; Ferraro, N. M.; Spong, D. A.; Crocker, N. A.; Darrow, D. S.; Fredrickson, E. D.; Kubota, S.; Park, J. -K.; Podesta, M.; Heidbrink, W. W.

    2016-07-05

    Observations on the National Spherical Torus eXperiment (NSTX) indicate that externally applied non-axisymmetric magnetic perturbations (MP) can reduce the amplitude of Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes (TAE) and Global Alfven Eigenmodes (GAE) in response to pulsed n=3 non-resonant fields. From full-orbit following Monte Carlo simulations with the 1- and 2-fluid resistive MHD plasma response to the magnetic perturbation included, it was found that in response to MP pulses the fast-ion losses increased and the fast-ion drive for the GAEs was reduced. The MP did not affect the fast-ion drive for the TAEs significantly but the Alfven continuum at the plasma edge was found to be altered due to the toroidal symmetry breaking which leads to coupling of different toroidal harmonics. The TAE gap was reduced at the edge creating enhanced continuum damping of the global TAEs, which is consistent with the observations. Furthermore, the results suggest that optimized non-axisymmetric MP might be exploited to control and mitigate Alfven instabilities by tailoring the fast-ion distribution function and/or continuum structure.

  20. Generation of shear Alfven waves by a rotating magnetic field source: Three-dimensional simulations

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    Karavaev, A. V.; Gumerov, N. A.; Papadopoulos, K.; Shao, Xi; Sharma, A. S.; Gekelman, W.; Wang, Y.; Van Compernolle, B.; Pribyl, P.; Vincena, S.

    2011-03-15

    The paper discusses the generation of polarized shear Alfven waves radiated from a rotating magnetic field source created via a phased orthogonal two-loop antenna. A semianalytical three-dimensional cold two-fluid magnetohydrodynamics model was developed and compared with recent experiments in the University of California, Los Angeles large plasma device. Comparison of the simulation results with the experimental measurements and the linear shear Alfven wave properties, namely, spatiotemporal wave structure, a dispersion relation with nonzero transverse wave number, the magnitude of the wave dependences on the wave frequency, show good agreement. From the simulations it was found that the energy of the Alfven wave generated by the rotating magnetic field source is distributed between the kinetic energy of ions and electrons and the electromagnetic energy of the wave as: {approx}1/2 is the energy of the electromagnetic field, {approx}1/2 is the kinetic energy of the ion fluid, and {approx}2.5% is the kinetic energy of electron fluid for the experiment. The wave magnetic field power calculated from the experimental data and using a fluid model differ by {approx}1% and is {approx}250 W for the experimental parameters. In both the experiment and the three-dimensional two-fluid magnetohydrodynamics simulations the rotating magnetic field source was found to be very efficient for generating shear Alfven waves.

  1. Study of Toroidicity-Induced Alfv'en Eigenmodes on the Madison Symmetric Torus

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    Koliner, J. J.; Forest, C. B.; Oliva, S.; Anderson, J. K.; Sarff, J. S.; Almagri, A. R.; Spong, D.

    2009-11-01

    Alfv'en waves are likely of fundamental importance in the reversed-field pinch (RFP). The large magnetic fluctuations are expected to inject energy into Alfv'en modes, and their subsequent cascade to shorter wavelengths may drive ion heating. A new effort is in progress to understand toroidicity-induced Alfv'en eigenmodes (TAE's) through their structure, driving terms and damping mechanisms on the MST. Coupling of multiple eigenmodes can introduce undamped TAE's with frequencies from hundreds of kHz up to the cyclotron frequency at over 2 MHz. These modes can also become unstable by inverse Landau damping due to fast ions, a condition pertinent to neutral beam injection heating on MST and fusion alpha particles in future RFP devices. Frequencies of weakly damped modes have been calculated by solving a 3D partial differential equation that describes shear Alfv'en dynamics numerically based on MST equilibrium conditions. To excite the calculated modes, a single strap poloidal antenna connected to a 1 kW broadband amplifier will be employed. An array of 64 toroidally distributed magnetic pickup coils will be utilized synchronously to resolve power spectra and mode numbers in the relevant range of frequencies.

  2. Arbitrary amplitude kinetic Alfven solitary waves in two temperature electron superthermal plasma

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    Singh, Manpreet; Singh Saini, Nareshpal; Ghai, Yashika

    2016-07-01

    Through various satellite missions it is observed that superthermal velocity distribution for particles is more appropriate for describing space and astrophysical plasmas. So it is appropriate to use superthermal distribution, which in the limiting case when spectral index κ is very large ( i.e. κ→∞), shifts to Maxwellian distribution. Two temperature electron plasmas have been observed in auroral regions by FAST satellite mission, and also by GEOTAIL and POLAR satellite in the magnetosphere. Kinetic Alfven waves arise when finite Larmor radius effect modifies the dispersion relation or characteristic perpendicular wavelength is comparable to electron inertial length. We have studied the kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) in a plasma comprising of positively charged ions, superthermal hot electrons and Maxwellian distributed cold electrons. Sagdeev pseudo-potential has been employed to derive an energy balance equation. The critical Mach number has been determined from the expression of Sagdeev pseudo-potential to see the existence of solitary structures. It is observed that sub-Alfvenic compressive solitons and super-Alfvenic rarefactive solitons exist in this plasma model. It is also observed that various parameters such as superthermality of hot electrons, relative concentration of cold and hot electron species, Mach number, plasma beta, ion to cold electron temperature ratio and ion to hot electron temperature ratio have significant effect on the amplitude and width of the KAWs. Findings of this investigation may be useful to understand the dynamics of coherent non-linear structures (i.e. KAWs) in space and astrophysical plasmas.

  3. Mitigation of Alfvenic activity by 3D magnetic perturbations on NSTX

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    Kramer, G. J.; Bortolon, A.; Ferraro, N. M.; Spong, D. A.; Crocker, N. A.; Darrow, D. S.; Fredrickson, E. D.; Kubota, S.; Park, J. -K.; Podesta, M.; Heidbrink, W. W.

    2016-07-05

    Observations on the National Spherical Torus eXperiment (NSTX) indicate that externally applied non-axisymmetric magnetic perturbations (MP) can reduce the amplitude of Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes (TAE) and Global Alfven Eigenmodes (GAE) in response to pulsed n=3 non-resonant fields. From full-orbit following Monte Carlo simulations with the 1- and 2-fluid resistive MHD plasma response to the magnetic perturbation included, it was found that in response to MP pulses the fast-ion losses increased and the fast-ion drive for the GAEs was reduced. The MP did not affect the fast-ion drive for the TAEs significantly but the Alfven continuum at the plasma edge was found to be altered due to the toroidal symmetry breaking which leads to coupling of different toroidal harmonics. The TAE gap was reduced at the edge creating enhanced continuum damping of the global TAEs, which is consistent with the observations. Furthermore, the results suggest that optimized non-axisymmetric MP might be exploited to control and mitigate Alfven instabilities by tailoring the fast-ion distribution function and/or continuum structure.

  4. Stability of the toroidicity-induced Alfven eigenmodes in JT-60U ICRF experiments

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    Fu, G.Y.; Cheng, C.Z.; Kimura, H.; Ozeki, T.; Saigusa, M.

    1996-04-01

    It is shown that the stability of toroidicity-induced Alfven eigenmodes (TIE) in JT-60U ICRF experiments is strongly dependent on mode location. This dependence results in sequential excitation of high-n TIE modes as the central safety factor, q, drops in time.

  5. Alfven resonance mode conversion in the Phaedrus-T current drive experiments: Modelling and density fluctuations measurements

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    Vukovic, M.; Harper, M.; Breun, R.; Wukitch, S.

    1995-12-31

    Current drive experiments on the Phaedrus-T tokamak performed with a low field side two-strap fast wave antenna at frequencies below {omega}{sub cH} show loop volt drops of up to 30% with strap phasing (0, {pi}/2). RF induced density fluctuations in the plasma core have also been observed with a microwave reflectometer. It is believed that they are caused by kinetic Alfven waves generated by mode conversion of fast waves at the Alfven resonance. Correlation of the observed density fluctuations with the magnitude of the {Delta}V{sub loop} suggest that the {Delta}V{sub loop} is attributable to current drive/heating due to mode converted kinetic Alfven waves. The toroidal cold plasma wave code LION is used to model the Alfven resonance mode conversion surfaces in the experiments while the cylindrical hot plasma kinetic wave code ISMENE is used to model the behavior of kinetic Alfven waves at the Alfven resonance location. Initial results obtained from limited density, magnetic field, antenna phase, and impurity scans show good agreement between the RF induced density fluctuations and the predicted behavior of the kinetic Alfven waves. Detailed comparisons between the density fluctuations and the code predictions are presented.

  6. Magnetic Configuration Effects on Fast Ion Losses Induced by Fast Ion Driven Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes in the Large Helical Device

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    Ogawa, K.; Isobe, M.; Watanabe, F.; Spong, Donald A; Shimizu, A.; Osakabe, M.; Ohdachi, S.; Sakakibara, S.

    2012-01-01

    Beam-ion losses induced by fast-ion-driven toroidal Alfven eigenmodes (TAE) were measured with a scintillator-based lost fast-ion probe (SLIP) in the large helical device (LHD). The SLIP gave simultaneously the energy E and the pitch angle chi = arccos(v(parallel to)/v) distribution of the lost fast ions. The loss fluxes were investigated for three typical magnetic configurations of R{sub ax{_}vac} = 3.60 m, 3.75 m, and 3.90 m, where R{sub ax{_}vac} is the magnetic axis position of the vacuum field. Dominant losses induced by TAEs in these three configurations were observed in the E/chi regions of 50 similar to 190 keV/40 degrees, 40 similar to 170 keV/25 degrees, and 30 similar to 190 keV/30 degrees, respectively. Lost-ion fluxes induced by TAEs depend clearly on the amplitude of TAE magnetic fluctuations, R{sub ax{_}vac} and the toroidal field strength B{sub t}. The increment of the loss fluxes has the dependence of (b{sub TAE}/B{sub t}){sup s}. The power s increases from s = 1 to 3 with the increase of the magnetic axis position in finite beta plasmas.

  7. Excitation of Toroidicity-Induced Alfven Eigenmodes by the Electrodes Inserted in a Heliotron/Torsatron Plasma

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    Matsunaga, G.; Kawada, S.; Kotani, J.; Toi, K.; Suzuki, C.; Matsuoka, K.

    2005-06-10

    A novel method of exciting shear Alfven waves using electrodes inserted in a plasma was developed for basic study of Alfven eigenmodes in a heliotron/torsatron plasma. The electrodes can induce excitation current along the confinement field line, and generate magnetic perturbations perpendicular to the confinement field. By sweeping the frequency of the current in a cold plasma, the toroidicity-induced Alfven eigenmode was resonantly excited at the predicted frequency and radial location. Plasma response to the applied magnetic perturbations indicates a fairly large damping rate caused by continuum damping.0.

  8. Parallel machines: Parallel machine languages

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    Iannucci, R.A. )

    1990-01-01

    This book presents a framework for understanding the tradeoffs between the conventional view and the dataflow view with the objective of discovering the critical hardware structures which must be present in any scalable, general-purpose parallel computer to effectively tolerate latency and synchronization costs. The author presents an approach to scalable general purpose parallel computation. Linguistic Concerns, Compiling Issues, Intermediate Language Issues, and hardware/technological constraints are presented as a combined approach to architectural Develoement. This book presents the notion of a parallel machine language.

  9. CORONAL ALFVEN SPEED DETERMINATION: CONSISTENCY BETWEEN SEISMOLOGY USING AIA/SDO TRANSVERSE LOOP OSCILLATIONS AND MAGNETIC EXTRAPOLATION

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    Verwichte, E.; Foullon, C.; White, R. S.; Van Doorsselaere, T.

    2013-04-10

    Two transversely oscillating coronal loops are investigated in detail during a flare on the 2011 September 6 using data from the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on board the Solar Dynamics Observatory. We compare two independent methods to determine the Alfven speed inside these loops. Through the period of oscillation and loop length, information about the Alfven speed inside each loop is deduced seismologically. This is compared with the Alfven speed profiles deduced from magnetic extrapolation and spectral methods using AIA bandpass. We find that for both loops the two methods are consistent. Also, we find that the average Alfven speed based on loop travel time is not necessarily a good measure to compare with the seismological result, which explains earlier reported discrepancies. Instead, the effect of density and magnetic stratification on the wave mode has to be taken into account. We discuss the implications of combining seismological, extrapolation, and spectral methods in deducing the physical properties of coronal loops.

  10. Basic physics of Alfven instabilities driven by energetic particles in toroidally confined plasmas

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    Heidbrink, W. W.

    2008-05-15

    Superthermal energetic particles (EP) often drive shear Alfven waves unstable in magnetically confined plasmas. These instabilities constitute a fascinating nonlinear system where fluid and kinetic nonlinearities can appear on an equal footing. In addition to basic science, Alfven instabilities are of practical importance, as the expulsion of energetic particles can damage the walls of a confinement device. Because of rapid dispersion, shear Alfven waves that are part of the continuous spectrum are rarely destabilized. However, because the index of refraction is periodic in toroidally confined plasmas, gaps appear in the continuous spectrum. At spatial locations where the radial group velocity vanishes, weakly damped discrete modes appear in these gaps. These eigenmodes are of two types. One type is associated with frequency crossings of counterpropagating waves; the toroidal Alfven eigenmode is a prominent example. The second type is associated with an extremum of the continuous spectrum; the reversed shear Alfven eigenmode is an example of this type. In addition to these normal modes of the background plasma, when the energetic particle pressure is very large, energetic particle modes that adopt the frequency of the energetic particle population occur. Alfven instabilities of all three types occur in every toroidal magnetic confinement device with an intense energetic particle population. The energetic particles are most conveniently described by their constants of motion. Resonances occur between the orbital frequencies of the energetic particles and the wave phase velocity. If the wave resonance with the energetic particle population occurs where the gradient with respect to a constant of motion is inverted, the particles transfer energy to the wave, promoting instability. In a tokamak, the spatial gradient drive associated with inversion of the toroidal canonical angular momentum P{sub {zeta}} is most important. Once a mode is driven unstable, a wide variety

  11. Energy densities of Alfven waves between 0.7 and 1.6 AU. [in interplanetary medium

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    Belcher, J. W.; Burchsted, R.

    1974-01-01

    Plasma and field data from Mariner 4 and 5 between 0.7 and 1.6 AU are used to study the radial dependence of the levels of microscale fluctuation associated with interplanetary Alfven waves. The observed decrease of these levels with increasing distance from the sun is consistent with little or no local generation or damping of the ambient Alfven waves over this range of radial distance.

  12. Beat, modulational, and decay instabilities of a circularly polarized Alfven wave

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    Hollweg, Joseph V.

    1994-01-01

    A circulary polarized low-frequency electomagnetic pump wave propoagating along an ambient magnetic field is known to be unstable to the growth of several parallel-propagating parametric instabilties. If ion-cyclotron effects are retained in a two-fluid description, the dispersion relation is a sixth-order polynomial. We present a series of new analytical approximations to this dispersion relation. We emphasize new results for the beat instability that occurs as an interaction of the forward prpagating upper sideband with the backward propagating lower sideband. The nature of the beat instabitlity depends on beta = (v(sub sound)/v(sub A)(exp 2) and on the sense of polarization of the pump wave. The beat and decay instabilities can occur together if the pump is left-handed (i.e., ion resonant) and if beta is less than or approximately 1, but they cannot occur together if the pump is right-handed. For a left-handed pump the beat mode is the only instability if beta is greater than or approximately 1. If the pump is right-handed and beta is greater than or approximately 1, then the beat instability exists only when the pump amplitude exceeds a threshold value, and the beat will be the only instability if the pump amplitude is large enough to stabilize the modulational instability. If the pump is left-handed and beta is less than or approximately 1, then the beat mode is stabilized when the pump amplitude becomes sufficiently large. The beat instability primarily produces a forward propagating transverse wave in the upper sideband. Thus if beta is greater than or approximately 1, the instabilities considered here do not produce the backward propagating waves which are thought to affect turbulence and the evolution of cross helicity in the solar wind. New analytical results are presented also for the decay and modulational instabilites when beta is approximately equal to 1.

  13. DO OBLIQUE ALFVEN/ION-CYCLOTRON OR FAST-MODE/WHISTLER WAVES DOMINATE THE DISSIPATION OF SOLAR WIND TURBULENCE NEAR THE PROTON INERTIAL LENGTH?

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    He Jiansen; Tu Chuanyi; Marsch, Eckart; Yao Shuo

    2012-01-20

    To determine the wave modes prevailing in solar wind turbulence at kinetic scales, we study the magnetic polarization of small-scale fluctuations in the plane perpendicular to the data sampling direction (namely, the solar wind flow direction, V{sub SW}) and analyze its orientation with respect to the local background magnetic field B{sub 0,local}. As an example, we take only measurements made in an outward magnetic sector. When B{sub 0,local} is quasi-perpendicular to V{sub SW}, we find that the small-scale magnetic-field fluctuations, which have periods from about 1 to 3 s and are extracted from a wavelet decomposition of the original time series, show a polarization ellipse with right-handed orientation. This is consistent with a positive reduced magnetic helicity, as previously reported. Moreover, for the first time we find that the major axis of the ellipse is perpendicular to B{sub 0,local}, a property that is characteristic of an oblique Alfven wave rather than oblique whistler wave. For an oblique whistler wave, the major axis of the magnetic ellipse is expected to be aligned with B{sub 0,local}, thus indicating significant magnetic compressibility, and the polarization turns from right to left handedness as the wave propagation angle ({theta}{sub kB}) increases toward 90 Degree-Sign . Therefore, we conclude that the observation of a right-handed polarization ellipse with orientation perpendicular to B{sub 0,local} seems to indicate that oblique Alfven/ion-cyclotron waves rather than oblique fast-mode/whistler waves dominate in the 'dissipation' range near the break of solar wind turbulence spectra occurring around the proton inertial length.

  14. Parallel pipelining

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    Joseph, D.D.; Bai, R.; Liao, T.Y.; Huang, A.; Hu, H.H.

    1995-09-01

    In this paper the authors introduce the idea of parallel pipelining for water lubricated transportation of oil (or other viscous material). A parallel system can have major advantages over a single pipe with respect to the cost of maintenance and continuous operation of the system, to the pressure gradients required to restart a stopped system and to the reduction and even elimination of the fouling of pipe walls in continuous operation. The authors show that the action of capillarity in small pipes is more favorable for restart than in large pipes. In a parallel pipeline system, they estimate the number of small pipes needed to deliver the same oil flux as in one larger pipe as N = (R/r){sup {alpha}}, where r and R are the radii of the small and large pipes, respectively, and {alpha} = 4 or 19/7 when the lubricating water flow is laminar or turbulent.

  15. Preferential Heating and Acceleration of {alpha} Particles by Alfven-Cyclotron Waves

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    Araneda, J. A.; Maneva, Y.; Marsch, E.

    2009-05-01

    Preferential heating and acceleration of heavy ions in the solar wind and corona represent a long-standing theoretical problem in space physics, and are distinct experimental signatures of kinetic processes occurring in collisionless plasmas. We show that fast and slow ion-acoustic waves (IAW) and transverse waves, driven by Alfven-cyclotron wave parametric instabilities can selectively destroy the coherent fluid motion of different ion species and, in this way lead to their differential heating and acceleration. Trapping of the more abundant protons by the fast IAW generates a proton beam with drift speed of about the Alfven speed. Because of their larger mass, {alpha} particles do not become significantly trapped and start, by conservation of total ion momentum, drifting relative to the receding bulk protons. Thus the resulting core protons and the {alpha} particles are differentially heated via pitch-angle scattering.

  16. Proton Core Heating and Beam Formation via Parametrically Unstable Alfven-Cyclotron Waves

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    Araneda, Jaime A.; Marsch, Eckart F.; Vinas, Adolfo

    2008-03-28

    Vlasov theory and one-dimensional hybrid simulations are used to study the effects that compressible fluctuations driven by parametric instabilities Alfven-cyclotron waves have on proton velocity distributions. Field-aligned proton beams are generated during the saturation phase of the wave-particle interaction, with a drift speed which is slightly greater than the Alfven speed and is maintained until the end of the simulation. The main part of the distribution becomes anisotropic due to phase mixing as is typically observed in the velocity distributions measured in the fast solar wind. We identify the key instabilities and also find that, even in the parameter regime where fluid theory appears to be appropriate, strong kinetic effects still prevail.

  17. Numerical simulations of toroidal Alfven instabilities excited by trapped energetic ions

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    Zheng, L.-J.; Chen, Liu; Santoro, R. A.

    2000-06-01

    Extensive magnetohydrodynamic-gyrokinetic hybrid simulations have been carried out to study the excitations of Alfven instabilities by trapped energetic ions in tokamak plasmas. Depending on the parameters, the most unstable mode can be either the toroidal Alfven eigenmode (TAE) or the energetic-particle mode (EPM). In both cases, the dominant instability driving mechanism is the resonance with the trapped-particle magnetic precessional drifts. The mode frequencies of the most unstable modes, meanwhile, tend to be near the toroidal frequency gap in order to minimize the continuum damping. It is also demonstrated that the instabilities can be quenched by reversing the magnetic precessional drifts via either negative magnetic shear or locating the magnetic turning points in the inner (strong B) side of the torus. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  18. Wave merging mechanism: formation of low-frequency Alfven and magnetosonic waves in cosmic plasmas

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    Tishchenko, V N; Shaikhislamov, I F

    2014-02-28

    We investigate the merging mechanism for the waves produced by a pulsating cosmic plasma source. A model with a separate background/source description is used in our calculations. The mechanism was shown to operate both for strong and weak source – background interactions. We revealed the effect of merging of individual Alfven waves into a narrow low-frequency wave, whose amplitude is maximal for a plasma expansion velocity equal to 0.5 – 1 of the Alfven Mach number. This wave is followed along the field by a narrow low-frequency magnetosonic wave, which contains the bulk of source energy. For low expansion velocities the wave contains background and source particles, but for high velocities it contains only the background particles. The wave lengths are much greater than their transverse dimension. (letters)

  19. Kinetic Alfven Waves at the Magnetopause--Mode Conversion, Transport and Formation of LLBL

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    Jay R. Johnson; C.Z. Cheng

    2002-05-31

    At the magnetopause, large amplitude, low-frequency (ULF), transverse MHD waves are nearly always observed. These waves likely result from mode conversion of compressional MHD waves observed in the magnetosheath to kinetic Alfven waves at the magnetopause where there is a steep gradient in the Alfven velocity [Johnson and Cheng, Geophys. Res. Lett. 24 (1997) 1423]. The mode-conversion process can explain the following wave observations typically found during satellite crossings of the magnetopause: (1) a dramatic change in wave polarization from compressional in the magnetosheath to transverse at the magnetopause, (2) an amplification of wave amplitude at the magnetopause, (3) a change in Poynting flux from cross-field in the magnetosheath to field-aligned at the magnetopause, and (4) a steepening in the wave power spectrum at the magnetopause. We examine magnetic field data from a set of ISEE1, ISEE2, and WIND magnetopause crossings and compare with the predictions of theoretical wave solutions based on the kinetic-fluid model with particular attention to the role of magnetic field rotation across the magnetopause. The results of the study suggest a good qualitative agreement between the observations and the theory of mode conversion to kinetic Alfven waves. Because mode-converted kinetic Alfven waves readily decouple particles from the magnetic field lines, efficient quasilinear transport (D {approx} 109m2/s) can occur. Moreover, if the wave amplitude is sufficiently large (Bwave/B0 > 0.2) stochastic particle transport also occurs. This wave-induced transport can lead to significant heating and particle entry into the low latitude boundary layer across closed field lines.At the magnetopause, large amplitude, low-frequency (ULF), transverse MHD waves are nearly always observed. These waves likely result from mode conversion of compressional MHD waves observed in the magnetosheath to kinetic Alfven waves at the magnetopause where there is a steep gradient in the

  20. Phenomenology of non-Alfvenic turbulence in a uniformly expanding medium

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    Matthaeus, W. H.; Zank, G. P.

    1995-01-01

    Transport and decay of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence in a weakly inhomogeneous uniformly expanding medium involves a fairly complex formalism, even for the case where no spectral information is required. Here we argue that the phenomenology for decay simplifies greatly if: (1) the cross helicity (Alfvenicity) is small, (2) the dynamical influence of the large scale magnetic field is negligible either because of spectral anisotropy or because the expansion speed is much greater than the corresponding Alfven speed, and (3) the ratio of kinetic energy to magnetic energy for the fluctuations is either unity or some other constant. These conditions are acceptable as an approximation to solar wind turbulence in the outer heliosphere. In these circumstances a reasonable MHD energy-containing phenomenology is essentially that of locally homogeneous Kolmogoroff turbulence in a uniformly expanding medium. Analytical solutions for this model are presented for both undriven and driven cases.

  1. Sagdeev potential approach for large amplitude compressional Alfvenic double layers in viscous plasmas

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    Panwar, Anuraj; Rizvi, H.; Ryu, C. M.

    2013-11-15

    Sagdeev’s technique is used to study the large amplitude compressional Alfvenic double layers in a magnetohydrodynamic plasma taking into account the small plasma β and small values of kinematic viscosity. Dispersive effect raised by non-ideal electron inertia currents perpendicular to the ambient magnetic field. The range of allowed values of the soliton speed, M (Mach number), plasma β (ratio of the plasma thermal pressure to the pressure in the confining magnetic field), and viscosity coefficient, wherein double layer may exist, are determined. In the absence of collisions, viscous dissipation modifies the Sagdeev potential and results in large amplitude compressional Alfvenic double layers. The depth of Sagdeev potential increases with the increasing Mach number and plasma β, however, decreases with the increasing viscosity. The double layer structure increases with the increasing plasma β, but decreases with increasing viscous dissipation μ(tilde sign)

  2. Expansion of parameter space for Toroidal Alfven Eigenmode experiments in TFTR

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    Wong, K.L.; Wilson, J.R.; Chang, Z.Y.; Fredrickson, E.; Hammett, G.W.; Bush, C.; Nazikian, R.; Phillips, C.K.; Snipes, J.; Taylor, G.

    1993-05-01

    Several techniques were used to excite toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) at magnetic fields above 10 kG. These involve pellet injection to raise the plasma density, variation of plasma current to change the energetic ion orbit and the q-profile, and ICRF heating to produce energetic hydrogen ions at velocities comparable to 3.5 MeV alpha particles. These experimental results are presented and relevance to fusion reactors are discussed.

  3. The role of cosmic rays and Alfven waves in the structure of the galactic halo

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    Dougherty, M. K.; Mckenzie, J. F.; Westergaard, N. J.

    1985-01-01

    The effect that cosmic rays and the Alfven waves they generate have on the structure of the plasma distribution perpendicular to the galactic disk is examined. It is shown that the plasma distribution exhibits two length scales and the predicted values of gas density far from the galactic plane indicate that models involving hydrostatic equilibrium should be replaced by those allowing for a galactic wind.

  4. Nature of Monster Sawteeth and Their Relationship to Alfven Instabilities in Tokamaks

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    Bernabei, S.; Bell, M. G.; Budny, R. V.; Fredrickson, E. D.; Gorelenkov, N. N.; Hosea, J. C.; Majeski, R.; Mazzucato, E.; Phillips, C. K.; Schilling, G.

    2000-02-07

    A correlation is explored between the presence of energetic particle modes (EPM) and long-period sawtooth oscillations in tokamak plasmas heated by rf waves. The eventual crash of these sawteeth is explained in terms of the loss of the stabilizing fast particles due to the EPM. The absence of long-period sawteeth in high q{sub a} discharges is explained in terms of ion loss due to toroidal Alfven eigenmodes. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  5. Convective cell generation by kinetic Alfven wave turbulence in the auroral ionosphere

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    Zhao, J. S.; Wu, D. J.; Yu, M. Y.; Lu, J. Y.

    2012-06-15

    Modulation of convective cells by kinetic Alfven wave (KAW) turbulence is investigated. The interaction is governed by a nonlinear dispersion relation for the convective cells. It is shown that KAW turbulence is disrupted by excitation of the large-scale convective motion through a resonant instability. Application of the results to the auroral ionosphere shows that cross-scale coupling of the KAW turbulence and convective cells plays an important role in the evolution of ionospheric plasma turbulence.

  6. Expansion of parameter space for Toroidal Alfven Eigenmode experiments in TFTR

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    Wong, K.L.; Wilson, J.R.; Chang, Z.Y.; Fredrickson, E.; Hammett, G.W.; Bush, C.; Nazikian, R.; Phillips, C.K.; Snipes, J.; Taylor, G.

    1993-05-01

    Several techniques were used to excite toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) at magnetic fields above 10 kG. These involve pellet injection to raise the plasma density, variation of plasma current to change the energetic ion orbit and the q-profile, and ICRF heating to produce energetic hydrogen ions at velocities comparable to 3.5 MeV alpha particles. These experimental results are presented and relevance to fusion reactors are discussed.

  7. Temperature minimum heating in solar flares by resistive dissipation of Alfven waves

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    Emslie, A. G.; Sturrock, P. A.

    1981-01-01

    The possibility that the strong heating produced at temperature-minimum levels during solar flares is due to resistive dissipation of Alfven waves generated by the primary energy release process in the corona is studied. It is shown how, for suitable parameters, these waves can carry their energy essentially undamped into the temperature-minimum layers and can then produce a degree of heating consistent with observations.

  8. A coherent nonlinear theory of auroral Langmuir-Alfven-whistler (LAW) events in the planetary magnetosphere.

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    Lopes, S. R.; Chian, A. C.-L.

    1996-01-01

    A coherent nonlinear theory of three-wave coupling involving Langmuir, Alfven and whistler waves is formulated and applied to the observation of auroral LAW events in the planetary magnetosphere. The effects of pump depletion, dissipation and frequency mismatch in the nonlinear wave dynamics are analyzed. The relevance of this theory for understanding the fine structures of auroral whistler-mode emissions and amplitude modulations of auroral Langmuir waves is discussed.

  9. Comments on compressible effects on Alfven normal modes in nonuniform plasmas

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    Mok, Y.; Einaudi, G.

    1990-01-01

    The paper discusses the regime of validity of the theory of dissipative Alfven normal modes presented by Mok and Einaudi (1985) and Einaudi and Mok (1985), which was based on the incompressible closure of the system of ideal MHD equations. Some simple extensions of the earlier results to the compressible case are described. In addition, certain misunderstandings of this work, which have appeared in other papers, are clarified.

  10. Alfvenic drift Kelvin-Helmholtz instability in the presence of an equilibrium electric field

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    Sharma, Avadhesh C.; Srivastava, Krishna M.

    1992-01-01

    The Alfvenic drift Kelvin-Helmholtz instability of a high-beta plasma in the presence of equilibrium magnetic and electric fields perpendicular to each other are studied. The plasma components are assumed to have 2D sheared velocity in y and z directions. The dispersion relation is derived, and the instability criterion is determined. It is shown that the equilibrium electric field has either stabilizing or destabilizing effect depending on certain conditions discussed in the paper.

  11. Alfv'en instabilities and energetic particle physics in toroidal plasmas

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    Spong, Donald

    2012-03-01

    Modeling capabilities and experimental diagnostics for energetic particle-driven Alfv'en instabilities have advanced significantly in recent years. Simulation tools now range from rapidly applied reduced-dimensionality models and hybrid fluid particle models to more comprehensive gyrokinetic approaches. Alfv'en mode theory has been applied not only to tokamaks, but also to stellarators and reversed field pinches. Current diagnostic techniques allow direct imaging of the mode structure, fast ion density and loss patterns at the plasma edge, allowing theory/experiment comparisons in greater depth than previously possible. Examples from a variety of tokamak, stellarator and reversed field pinch experiments and the associated theory will be described. These activities are preparing the way for future ignited devices, such as ITER, where energetic alpha particles will provide the dominant plasma heating mechanism. High fidelity models of alpha behavior will be required for predicting their effects on the alpha heating profile, non-diffusive transport, nonlinear feedback loops and localized wall heat loads; in addition, understanding Alfv'en spectral emissions can provide diagnostic opportunities. Projections of the current models to ITER and future physics needs will be discussed.

  12. Star of Lima - Overview and optical diagnostics of a barium Alfven critical velocity experiment

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    Wescott, E. M.; Stenbaek-Nielsen, H. C.; Hallinan, T.; Foeppl, H.; Valenzuela, A.

    1986-01-01

    The Alfven critical velocity mechanism for ionization of a neutral gas streaming across the magnetic field has been demonstrated in laboratory experiments. In March 1983, two rocket-borne experiments with Ba and Sr tested the effect in the wall-less laboratory of space from Punto Lobos, Peru, near 430 km altitude. 'Star of Lima' used a conical Ba shaped charge aimed at an instrument payload about 2 km away. Because of rocket overperformance the detonation occurred in partial sunlight, so that less than 21.6 percent of the ionizing UV was present. Particle and field measurements indicate the production of hot electrons and waves in the energy and frequency range that are respectively predicted to produce a cascade of ionization by the Alfven mechanism. However, the ionization fluxes and wave energy density did not reach cascade levels, and optical observations indicate that only 2.5 to 5 x 10 to the 20th Ba ions were produced. A substantial portion and perhaps all of the ionization could have been produced by solar UV. The failure of the Alfven process in this experiment is not well understood.

  13. Kinetic Alfven wave in the presence of kappa distribution function in plasma sheet boundary layer

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    Shrivastava, G. Ahirwar, G.; Shrivastava, J.

    2015-07-31

    The particle aspect approach is adopted to investigate the trajectories of charged particles in the electromagnetic field of kinetic Alfven wave. Expressions are found for the dispersion relation, damping/growth rate and associated currents in the presence of kappa distribution function. Kinetic effect of electrons and ions are included to study kinetic Alfven wave because both are important in the transition region. It is found that the ratio β of electron thermal energy density to magnetic field energy density and the ratio of ion to electron thermal temperature (T{sub i}/T{sub e}), and kappa distribution function affect the dispersion relation, damping/growth rate and associated currents in both cases(warm and cold electron limit).The treatment of kinetic Alfven wave instability is based on assumption that the plasma consist of resonant and non resonant particles. The resonant particles participate in an energy exchange process, whereas the non resonant particles support the oscillatory motion of the wave.

  14. Star of Lima - Overview and optical diagnostics of a barium Alfven critical velocity experiment

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    Wescott, E. M.; Stenbaek-Nielsen, H. C.; Hallinan, T.; Foeppl, H.; Valenzuela, A.

    1986-01-01

    The Alfven critical velocity mechanism for ionization of a neutral gas streaming across the magnetic field has been demonstrated in laboratory experiments. In March 1983, two rocket-borne experiments with Ba and Sr tested the effect in the wall-less laboratory of space from Punto Lobos, Peru, near 430 km altitude. 'Star of Lima' used a conical Ba shaped charge aimed at an instrument payload about 2 km away. Because of rocket overperformance the detonation occurred in partial sunlight, so that less than 21.6 percent of the ionizing UV was present. Particle and field measurements indicate the production of hot electrons and waves in the energy and frequency range that are respectively predicted to produce a cascade of ionization by the Alfven mechanism. However, the ionization fluxes and wave energy density did not reach cascade levels, and optical observations indicate that only 2.5 to 5 x 10 to the 20th Ba ions were produced. A substantial portion and perhaps all of the ionization could have been produced by solar UV. The failure of the Alfven process in this experiment is not well understood.

  15. Dissipative MHD solutions for resonant Alfven waves in 1-dimensional magnetic flux tubes

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    Goossens, Marcel; Ruderman, Michail S.; Hollweg, Joseph V.

    1995-01-01

    The present paper extends the analysis by Sakurai, Goossens, and Hollweg (1991) on resonant Alfven waves in nonuniform magnetic flux tubes. It proves that the fundamental conservation law for resonant Alfven waves found in ideal MHD by Sakurai, Goossens, and Hollweg remains valid in dissipative MHD. This guarantees that the jump conditions of Sakurai, Goossens, and Hollweg, that connect the ideal MHD solutions for xi(sub r), and P' across the dissipative layer, are correct. In addition, the present paper replaces the complicated dissipative MHD solutions obtained by Sakurai, Goossens, and Hollweg for xi(sub r), and P' in terms of double integrals of Hankel functions of complex argument of order 1/3 with compact analytical solutions that allow a straight- forward mathematical and physical interpretation. Finally, it presents an analytical dissipative MHD solution for the component of the Lagrangian displacement in the magnetic surfaces perpen- dicular to the magnetic field lines xi(sub perpendicular) which enables us to determine the dominant dynamics of resonant Alfven waves in dissipative MHD.

  16. Nonlinear interaction of fast particles with Alfven waves in toroidal plasmas

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    Candy, J.; Borba, D.; Huysmans, G.T.A.; Kerner, W.; Berk, H.L.

    1996-12-17

    A numerical algorithm to study the nonlinear, resonant interaction of fast particles with Alfven waves in tokamak geometry has been developed. The scope of the formalism is wide enough to describe the nonlinear evolution of fishbone modes, toroidicity-induced Alfven eigenmodes and ellipticity-induced Alfven eigenmodes, driven by both passing and trapped fast ions. When the instability is sufficiently weak, it is known that the wave-particle trapping nonlinearity will lead to mode saturation before wave-wave nonlinearities are appreciable. The spectrum of linear modes can thus be calculated using a magnetohydrodynamic normal-mode code, then nonlinearly evolved in time in an efficient way according to a two-time-scale Lagrangian dynamical wave model. The fast particle kinetic equation, including the effect of orbit nonlinearity arising from the mode perturbation, is simultaneously solved of the deviation, {delta}f = f {minus} f{sub 0}, from an initial analytic distribution f{sub 0}. High statistical resolution allows linear growth rates, frequency shifts, resonance broadening effects, and nonlinear saturation to be calculated quickly and precisely. The results have been applied to an ITER instability scenario. Results show that weakly-damped core-localized modes alone cause negligible alpha transport in ITER-like plasmas--even with growth rates one order of magnitude higher than expected values. However, the possibility of significant transport in reactor-type plasmas due to weakly unstable global modes remains an open question.

  17. CME-Sheath and Shock Heating by Surface Alfven Wave Dissipation in the Lower Corona

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    Evans, R.; Opher, M.; van der Holst, B.

    2011-12-01

    We use the new solar corona component of the Space Weather Modeling Framework (van der Holst et al. 2010), in which the Alfven wave energy evolution is coupled self-consistently to the magnetohydrodynamic equations, to study the evolution of a coronal mass ejection (CME) and the shock it drives in the lower corona (2-8Rs). In this solar wind model, the wave pressure gradient accelerates the wind, and wave dissipation heats the wind. Kolmogorov-like dissipation and surface Alfven wave damping are considered for the dissipation of the waves (Evans et al. 2011). We use a modified Titov-Demoulin flux rope to initiate an eruption, and include magnetogram data from CR2029 (May 2005) as a boundary condition for the coronal magnetic field. Synthetic white light images from the simulation are used to determine the lateral expansion. We show that the expansion of the flux rope leads to the concentration of wave energy at the shock and in the sheath region. The expansion also creates a piled-up compression (PUC) region of plasma density at the back of the sheath, strongest at the flanks of the CME. The wave energy concentrated at the shock and sheath is dissipated by surface Alfven wave damping due to the density gradients, which heats the sheath. We present analysis of the momentum exchange between the solar wind and the waves, and discuss the effect of wave dissipation on the CME evolution.

  18. Optical evidence for Alfven wave breaking in the near-Earth magnetosphere

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    Semeter, J.; Blixt, M.

    2006-12-01

    Alfvén waves propagating obliquely to the Earth's magnetic lines of force become dispersive when the perpendicular wavelength approaches the collisionless electron skin depth. The dispersion results in two simultaneous effects: (1) wave energy becomes coupled to particle kinetic energy such that parallel acceleration of electrons is possible, and (2) wave energy spreads azimuthally across the background magnetic field, with phase- and group-velocities oppositely directed. Validation of this mechanism requires two-dimensional, time-dependent measurements of the dispersing wave packet. Such evidence should be available in video measurements of the aurora-borealis. An analysis of high-speed, narrow-field, intensified video of dynamic aurora event is presented, confirming the salient predictions for inertial Alfvén wave dispersion.

  19. On the formation mechanisms of kinetic Alfven waves in the mid-altitude cusp region: Cluster observations

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    Duan, S. P.; Liu, Z. X.; Cao, J. B.; Reme, H.; Balogh, A.; Fazakerley, A. N.

    According to the observation data by the Cluster spacecraft encountering the mid-altitude cusp region and the theory research work of the formation mechanism of kinetic Alfven waves it can be concluded that kinetic Alfven waves can be come into being in the mid-altitude polar cusp Using the observation data detected by the Cluster CIS FGM and PEACE crossing through the mid-altitude cusp region on 4 July 2001 we find that ion and electron number densities are obviously disturbed and protons are always in the down-going direction We obtain that the values of plasma beta are in the range between 0 002 and 0 01 from 13 24 00 to 13 39 00 They are larger than the mass ratio value of electron and proton That implies the mid-altitude polar cusp is a kinetic region Ion and electron density inhomogeneity and the ion beam with down-going direction are the main factors for the formation of kinetic Alfven waves The observational results are consonant with the results obtained from the theory research that the plasma density inhomogeneity and ions motion play important roles in the formation process of kinetic Alfven waves The observational properties of kinetic Alfven waves will be investigated in our following research work

  20. Polarization and Compressibility of Oblique Kinetic Alfven Waves

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    Hunana, Peter; Goldstein, M. L.; Passot, T.; Sulem, P. L.; Laveder, D.; Zank, G. P.

    2012-01-01

    Even though solar wind, as a collisionless plasma, is properly described by the kineticMaxwell-Vlasov description, it can be argued that much of our understanding of solar wind observational data comes from an interpretation and numerical modeling which is based on a fluid description of magnetohydrodynamics. In recent years, there has been a significant interest in better understanding the importance of kinetic effects, i.e. the differences between the kinetic and usual fluid descriptions. Here we concentrate on physical properties of oblique kinetic Alfvn waves (KAWs), which are often recognized as one of the key ingredients in the solar wind turbulence cascade. We use three different fluid models with various degrees of complexity and calculate polarization and magnetic compressibility of oblique KAWs (propagation angle q = 88), which we compare to solutions derived from linear kinetic theory. We explore a wide range of possible proton plasma b = [0.1,10.0] and a wide range of length scales krL = [0.001,10.0]. It is shown that the classical isotropic two-fluid model is very compressible in comparison with kinetic theory and that the largest discrepancy occurs at scales larger than the proton gyroscale. We also show that the two-fluid model contains a large error in the polarization of electric field, even at scales krL 1. Furthermore, to understand these discrepancies between the two-fluid model and the kinetic theory, we employ two versions of the Landau fluid model that incorporate linear low-frequency kinetic effects such as Landau damping and finite Larmor radius (FLR) corrections into the fluid description. It is shown that Landau damping significantly reduces the magnetic compressibility and that FLR corrections (i.e. nongyrotropic contributions) are required to correctly capture the polarization.We also show that, in addition to Landau damping, FLR corrections are necessary to accurately describe the damping rate of KAWs. We conclude that kinetic effects

  1. A DATA-DRIVEN, TWO-TEMPERATURE SOLAR WIND MODEL WITH ALFVEN WAVES

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    Van der Holst, B.; Manchester, W. B.; Frazin, R. A.; Toth, G.; Gombosi, T. I.; Vasquez, A. M.

    2010-12-10

    We have developed a new three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) solar wind model coupled to the Space Weather Modeling Framework (SWMF) that solves for the different electron and proton temperatures. The collisions between the electrons and protons are taken into account as well as the anisotropic thermal heat conduction of the electrons. The solar wind is assumed to be accelerated by the Alfven waves. In this paper, we do not consider the heating of closed magnetic loops and helmet streamers but do address the heating of the protons by the Kolmogorov dissipation of the Alfven waves in open field-line regions. The inner boundary conditions for this solar wind model are obtained from observations and an empirical model. The Wang-Sheeley-Arge model is used to determine the Alfven wave energy density at the inner boundary. The electron density and temperature at the inner boundary are obtained from the differential emission measure tomography applied to the extreme-ultraviolet images of the STEREO A and B spacecraft. This new solar wind model is validated for solar minimum Carrington rotation 2077 (2008 November 20 through December 17). Due to the very low activity during this rotation, this time period is suitable for comparing the simulated corotating interaction regions (CIRs) with in situ ACE/WIND data. Although we do not capture all MHD variables perfectly, we do find that the time of occurrence and the density of CIRs are better predicted than by our previous semi-empirical wind model in the SWMF that was based on a spatially reduced adiabatic index to account for the plasma heating.

  2. Linear and nonlinear dynamics of Alfven modes driven by energetic particles

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    Vlad, G.; Briguglio, S.; Romanelli, F.; Zonca, F.

    1996-12-31

    The understanding of the stability of global Alfven eigenmodes in the presence of energetic particles has been recognized to be very important in evaluating the success of the next step generation of thermonuclear fusion devices. The mode stability depends strongly on the spatial localization of the mode, being typically damped in the internal part of the discharge by Ion Landau Damping and being driven unstable if the mode is localized around 9 the maximum value of the pressure gradient of the energetic particles. Thus, the fully 2-D structure of the eigenmode is required in order to properly assess the issue of global Alfven modes stability, as, e.g., the Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes (TAE). Furthermore, for realistic parameters, the effect of the drive and damping terms, as well as finite orbit widths of energetic particles and bulk-ions finite Larmor radius effects, cannot be treated perturbatively but should be considered at the same order as that at which toroidicity enters. The linear stability of TAE, Kinetic TAE (KTAE), and Energetic Particle continuum Mode (EPM) is studied using a code which solves the two-dimensional mode structure and global stability, in the limit of high toroidal mode number n, using a two spatial-scale WKBJ formalism treating drive and damping terms non-perturbatively. The nonlinear dynamics of these modes is studied by means a hybrid MHD-gyrokinetic particle simulation code. The code is able to treat low and moderately low toroidal mode number n. Nonperturbative treatment of the finite drift-orbit effects has been found to be crucial. It has been found that for typical parameters, the KTAE is indeed more unstable than the TAR In particular, in the nonlinear phase, the EPM is found to be particularly dangerous, leading to the expulsion of the energetic particles from the plasma column.

  3. Comparison between gradient-dependent hydraulic conductivities of roots using the root pressure probe: the role of pressure propagations and implications for the relative roles of parallel radial pathways.

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    Bramley, Helen; Turner, Neil C; Turner, David W; Tyerman, Stephen D

    2007-07-01

    Hydrostatic pressure relaxations with the root pressure probe are commonly used for measuring the hydraulic conductivity (Lp(r)) of roots. We compared the Lp(r) of roots from species with different root hydraulic properties (Lupinus angustifolius L. 'Merrit', Lupinus luteus L. 'Wodjil', Triticum aestivum L. 'Kulin' and Zea mays L. 'Pacific DK 477') using pressure relaxations, a pressure clamp and osmotic gradients to induce water flow across the root. Only the pressure clamp measures water flow under steady-state conditions. Lp(r) determined by pressure relaxations was two- to threefold greater than Lp(r) from pressure clamps and was independent of the direction of water flow. Lp(r) (pressure clamp) was two- to fourfold higher than for Lp(r) (osmotic) for all species except Triticum aestivum where Lp(r) (pressure clamp) and Lp(r) (osmotic) were not significantly different. A novel technique was developed to measure the propagation of pressure through roots to investigate the cause of the differences in Lp(r). Root segments were connected between two pressure probes so that when root pressure (P(r)) was manipulated by one probe, the other probe recorded changes in P(r). Pressure relaxations did not induce the expected kinetics in pressure in the probe at the other end of the root when axial hydraulic conductance, and probe and root capacitances were accounted for. An electric circuit model of the root was constructed that included an additional capacitance in the root loaded by a series of resistances. This accounted for the double exponential kinetics for intact roots in pressure relaxation experiments as well as the reduced response observed with the double probe experiments. Although there were potential errors with all the techniques, we considered that the measurement of Lp(r) using the pressure clamp was the most unambiguous for small pressure changes, and provided that sufficient time was allowed for pressure propagation through the root. The differences in

  4. On resonant destabilization of toroidal Alfven eigenmodes by circulating and trapped energetic ions/alpha particles in tokamaks

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    Biglari, H.; Zonca, F.; Chen, L.

    1991-10-01

    Toroidal Alfven eigenmodes are shown to be resonantly destabilized by both circulating and trapped energetic ions/alpha particles. In particular, the energetic circulating ions are shown to resonate with the mode not only at the Alfven speed ({upsilon}{sub A}), but also one-third of this speed, while resonances exist between trapped energetic ions and the wave when {upsilon} = {upsilon}{sub A}/21{epsilon}{sup {1/2}} (l=integer, {epsilon}=r/R is the local inverse aspect ratio), although the instability becomes weaker for resonances other than the fundamental. The oft-quoted criterion that instability requires super-Alfvenic ion velocities is thus sufficient but not necessary. 14 refs.

  5. Gyrokinetic particle simulations of the effects of compressional magnetic perturbations on drift-Alfvenic instabilities in tokamaks

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    Dong, Ge; Bao, Jian; Bhattacharjee, Amitava; Brizard, Alain; Lin, Zhihong; Porazik, Peter

    2017-08-01

    The compressional component of magnetic perturbation δ B ∥ can play an important role in drift-Alfvenic instabilities in tokamaks, especially as the plasma β increases (β is the ratio of kinetic pressure to magnetic pressure). In this work, we have formulated a gyrokinetic particle simulation model incorporating δ B ∥ , and verified the model in kinetic Alfven wave simulations using the Gyrokinetic Toroidal Code in slab geometry. Simulations of drift-Alfvenic instabilities in tokamak geometry shows that the kinetic ballooning mode (KBM) growth rate decreases more than 20% when δ B ∥ is neglected for β e = 0.02 , and that δ B ∥ has stabilizing effects on the ion temperature gradient instability, but negligible effects on the collisionless trapped electron mode. The KBM growth rate decreases about 15% when equilibrium current is neglected.

  6. Damping of Energetic-Particle-Driven Alfven Eigenmodes in Different Magnetic Equilibria in the MST Reversed-Field Pinch

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    Sears, Stephanie; Anderson, Jay; Capecchi, William; Bonofiglo, Phillip; Kim, Jungha

    2015-11-01

    Alfven wave dissipation is an important mechanism behind anomalous ion heating, both in astrophysical and reversed-field pinch (RFP) plasma systems. Additionally, the damping rate has implications for the stability of energetic particle driven modes (EPMs) and their associated nonlinear dynamics and fast ion transport, which are crucial topics for any burning plasma reactor. With a 1 MW neutral beam injector on the MST RFP, a controlled set of EPMs and Alfvenic eigenmodes can be driven in this never-before-probed region of strong magnetic shear and weak externally applied magnetic field. The decay time of the average of 100s of reproducible bursts is computed for different equilibrium profiles. In this work, we report initial measurements of Alfvenic damping rates with varied RFP equilibria (including magnetic shear and flow shear) and the effects on fast ion transport. This research is supported by DOE and NSF.

  7. Fast Particle Destabilization of Toroidicity Induced Alfven Eigenmodes in National Spherical Torus Experiment

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    C.Z. Cheng; G.Y. Fu; M.V. Gorelenkova; N.N. Gorelenkov; R. White; S. Kaye

    1999-12-10

    Toroidicity induced Alfven Eigenmode (TAE) stability in National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) is analyzed using the improved NOVA-K code, which includes finite orbit width and Larmor radius effects and is able to predicts the saturation amplitude for the mode using the quasilinear theory. Broad spectrum of unstable global TAEs with different toroidal mode numbers is predicted. Due to the strong poloidal field and the presence of the magnetic well in NSTX better particle confinement in the presence of TAEs in comparison with tokamaks is illustrated making use of the ORBIT code.

  8. Map model for nonlinear alpha particle interaction with toroidal Alfven waves

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    Berk, H.L.; Breizman, B.N.; Ye, H.

    1992-09-01

    A map model has been developed for studying the nonlinear interaction of alpha particles with the toroidal Alfven eigenmodes. The map is constructed by assuming a linear interaction during a single poloidal transit, which allows the study of the nonlinear interaction over many transits. By using this map, analytic expressions are obtained for the particle nonlinear bounce frequency, and the wave amplitude threshold for the onset of particle orbit stochasticity. The map model can also facilitate self-consistent simulations which incorporate the time variation of the waves.

  9. Parametric instabilities of Alfven waves in a multispecies plasma: Kinetic effects

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    Kauffmann, K.; Araneda, J. A.

    2008-06-15

    Parametric instabilities of a circularly polarized Alfven wave in a multispecies magnetized plasma are considered. An analytic kinetic description and hybrid simulations for the linear behavior of the instabilities are given. It is found that, even for low-{beta} regimes, both the kinetic effects and the presence of heavy ions substantially modify the characteristics of parametric instabilities as compared to the fluid model. The decay instability can be severely quenched in a plasma composed of massless electrons, protons, and alpha particles when the alphas are slightly hotter than the protons. These results could be important in describing the heating processes of heavy ions in the solar corona.

  10. Anomalous Electron Transport Due to Multiple High Frequency Beam Ion Driven Alfven Eigenmode

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    Gorelenkov, N. N.; Stutman, D.; Tritz, K.; Boozer, A.; Delgardo-Aparicio, L.; Fredrickson, E.; Kaye, S.; White, R.

    2010-07-13

    We report on the simulations of recently observed correlations of the core electron transport with the sub-thermal ion cyclotron frequency instabilities in low aspect ratio plasmas of the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX). In order to model the electron transport of the guiding center code ORBIT is employed. A spectrum of test functions of multiple core localized Global shear Alfven Eigenmode (GAE) instabilities based on a previously developed theory and experimental observations is used to examine the electron transport properties. The simulations exhibit thermal electron transport induced by electron drift orbit stochasticity in the presence of multiple core localized GAE.

  11. Anomalous perturbative transport in tokamaks due to drift-Alfven-wave turbulence

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    Thoul, A.A. ); Similon, P.L. ); Sudan, R.N. )

    1994-03-01

    The method developed in Thoul, Similon, and Sudan [Phys. Plasmas [bold 1], 579 (1994)] is used to calculate the transport due to drift-Alfven-wave turbulence, in which electromagnetic effects such as the fluttering of the magnetic field lines are important. Explicit expressions are obtained for all coefficients of the anomalous transport matrix relating particle and heat fluxes to density and temperature gradients in the plasma. Although the magnetic terms leave the transport by trapped electrons unaffected, they are important for the transport by circulating electrons.

  12. Observations of neutral beam and ICRF tail ion losses due to Alfven modes in TFTR

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    Darrow, D.S.; Zweben, S.J.; Chang, Z.

    1996-04-01

    Fast ion losses resulting from MHD modes at the Alfven frequency, such as the TAE, have been observed in TFTR. The modes have been driven both by neutral beam ions, at low B{sub T}, and by H-minority ICRF tail ions at higher B{sub T}. The measurements indicate that the loss rate varies linearly with the mode amplitude, and that the fast ion losses during the mode activity can be significant, e.g. up to 10% of the input power is lost in the worst case.

  13. Making and Propagating Elastic Waves: Overview of the new wave propagation code WPP

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    McCandless, K P; Petersson, N A; Nilsson, S; Rodgers, A; Sjogreen, B; Blair, S C

    2006-05-09

    We are developing a new parallel 3D wave propagation code at LLNL called WPP (Wave Propagation Program). WPP is being designed to incorporate the latest developments in embedded boundary and mesh refinement technology for finite difference methods, as well as having an efficient portable implementation to run on the latest supercomputers at LLNL. We are currently exploring seismic wave applications, including a recent effort to compute ground motions for the 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake. This paper will briefly describe the wave propagation problem, features of our numerical method to model it, implementation of the wave propagation code, and results from the 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake simulation.

  14. Global evolution and propagation of electric fields associated with Sudden Commencements observed by multi­ple magnetospheric satellites and ionospheric radars

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    Takahashi, N.; Kasaba, Y.; Shinbori, A.; Nishimura, Y.; Kikuchi, T.; Hori, T.; Nishitani, N.

    2015-12-01

    Sudden commencements (SCs) are triggered by a compression of the dayside magnetosphere, leading to fast mode wave propagation in the equatorial plane. In contrast, the compression induces Alfven waves that propagate toward the dayside polar ionosphere along field lines, and then ionospheric electric fields propagate toward low-latitude ionosphere at speed of light. Several direct observations have provided evidence of the fast mode or Alfven wave propagation, but spatial and temporal evolutions of these propagations are not well known. Moreover, a previous study shows that upward Poynting fluxes transport electromagnetic energy toward the nightside magnetosphere. However, whether such upward Poynting fluxes are launched from the ionosphere or converted from fast mode waves has not been confirmed yet. In this study, we investigate evolution of the electric field in the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupled system using THEMIS, Van Allen Probes, GOES 13 and 15, SuperDARN, and HF Doppler radars. We find 70 SC events occurred from January 2013 to December 2014. The result of event studies shows the time delay of the onsets between dayside and nightside magnetospheric electric fields, which can be explained by the fast mode wave propagation. However, we also find that the SC onset of the nightside electric field (~21 h LT) is 15 s later than that of the midnight one although they are detected in the same L-value, which may suggest a dawn-dusk asymmetry of the electromagnetic energy propagation time in the inner magnetosphere. In the ionosphere, both SuperDARN and HF Doppler radars detect a northward velocity at ~15 h LT about 1 min after that of the dayside magnetospheric electric field, which is consistent with the Alfven velocity from the dayside magnetosphere to the polar ionosphere. We will evaluate the possible propagation path of the electromagnetic energy associated with SCs.

  15. A search for evidence of the evolution of rotational discontinuities in the solar wind from nonlinear Alfven waves

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    Neugebauer, M.; Buti, B.

    1990-01-01

    Results are presented of a study designed to confirm the suspected relation between Alfven solitons (steepened Afven waves) and rotational discontinuities (RDs) in the solar wind. The ISEE 3 data were used to search for the predicted correlations between the beta value of plasma, the sense of polarization of the discontinuity, and changes of the magnetic field strength and plasma density across the discontinuity. No statistically significant evidence was found for the evolution of RDs from Alfven solitons. A possibility is suggested that the observations made could have been far from the regions in which the RDs were formed.

  16. Kinetic Alfven Waves Carrying Intense Field Aligned Currents: Particle Trapping and Electron Acceleration

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    Rankin, R.; Artemyev, A.

    2015-12-01

    It is now common knowledge that dispersive scale Alfvén waves can drive parallel electron acceleration [Lotko et al., JGR, 1998; Samson et al., Ann. Geophys., 2003; Wygant et al., JGR, 2002] and transverse ion energization in the auroral zone and inner magnetosphere [Johnson and Cheng, JGR, 2001; Chaston et al., 2004]. In this paper we show that relatively low energy electrons (plasma sheet electrons with energies ranging up to ˜100 eV) can be accelerated very efficiently as they interact nonlinearly with kinetic Alfvén waves (KAWs) that carry intense field aligned currents from the equatorial plane toward the ionosphere in the inner magnetosphere. We propose a theoretical model describing electron trapping into an effective wave potential generated by parallel wave electric fields (with perpendicular wavelengths on the order of the ion gyro-radius) and the mirror force acting on electrons as they propagate along geomagnetic field lines. We demonstrate that waves with an electric potential amplitude between ~100 - 400 V can trap and accelerate electrons to energies approaching several keVs. Trapping acceleration corresponds to conservation of the electron magnetic moment and, thus, results in a significant decrease of the electron equatorial pitch-angle with time. Analytical and numerical estimates of the maximum energy and probability of trapping are presented. We discuss the application of the proposed model in light of recent observations of electromagnetic fluctuations in the inner magnetosphere that are present during periods of strong geomagnetic activity [Chaston et al., GRL, 2014; Califf et al., JGR, 2015].

  17. Identification of characteristic ELM evolution patterns with Alfven-scale measurements and unsupervised machine learning analysis

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    Smith, David R.; Fonck, R. J.; McKee, G. R.; Diallo, A.; Kaye, S. M.; Leblanc, B. P.; Sabbagh, S. A.

    2016-10-01

    Edge localized mode (ELM) saturation mechanisms, filament dynamics, and multi-mode interactions require nonlinear models, and validation of nonlinear ELM models requires fast, localized measurements on Alfven timescales. Recently, we investigated characteristic ELM evolution patterns with Alfven-scale measurements from the NSTX/NSTX-U beam emission spectroscopy (BES) system. We applied clustering algorithms from the machine learning domain to ELM time-series data. The algorithms identified two or three groups of ELM events with distinct evolution patterns. In addition, we found that the identified ELM groups correspond to distinct parameter regimes for plasma current, shape, magnetic balance, and density pedestal profile. The observed characteristic evolution patterns and corresponding parameter regimes suggest genuine variation in the underlying physical mechanisms that influence the evolution of ELM events and motivate nonlinear MHD simulations. Here, we review the previous results for characteristic ELM evolution patterns and parameter regimes, and we report on a new effort to explore the identified ELM groups with 2D BES measurements and nonlinear MHD simulations. Supported by U.S. Department of Energy Award Numbers DE-SC0001288 and DE-AC02-09CH11466.

  18. Observation of fast-ion Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonance with shear Alfven waves

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    Zhang Yang; Heidbrink, W. W.; Boehmer, H.; McWilliams, R.; Vincena, S.; Carter, T. A.; Gekelman, W.; Leneman, D.; Pribyl, P.

    2008-10-15

    The Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonance ({omega}-k{sub z}v{sub z}={omega}{sub f}) between fast ions and shear Alfven waves is experimentally investigated ({omega}, wave frequency; k{sub z}, axial wavenumber; v{sub z}, fast-ion axial speed; {omega}{sub f}, fast-ion cyclotron frequency). A test particle beam of fast ions is launched by a Li{sup +} source in the helium plasma of the LArge Plasma Device (LAPD) [W. Gekelman, H. Pfister, Z. Lucky, J. Bamber, D. Leneman, and J. Maggs, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 62, 2875 (1991)], with shear Alfven waves (SAW) (amplitude {delta} B/B up to 1%) launched by a loop antenna. A collimated fast-ion energy analyzer measures the nonclassical spreading of the beam, which is proportional to the resonance with the wave. A resonance spectrum is observed by launching SAWs at 0.3-0.8{omega}{sub ci}. Both the magnitude and frequency dependence of the beam-spreading are in agreement with the theoretical prediction using a Monte Carlo Lorentz code that launches fast ions with an initial spread in real/velocity space and random phases relative to the wave. Measured wave magnetic field data are used in the simulation.

  19. Upper-hybrid wave-driven Alfvenic turbulence in magnetized dusty plasmas

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    Misra, A. P.; Banerjee, S.

    2011-03-15

    The nonlinear dynamics of coupled electrostatic upper-hybrid (UH) and Alfven waves (AWs) is revisited in a magnetized electron-ion plasma with charged dust impurities. A pair of nonlinear equations that describe the interaction of UH wave envelopes (including the relativistic electron mass increase) and the density as well as the compressional magnetic field perturbations associated with the AWs are solved numerically to show that many coherent solitary patterns can be excited and saturated due to modulational instability of unstable UH waves. The evolution of these solitary patterns is also shown to appear in the states of spatiotemporal coherence, temporal as well as spatiotemporal chaos, due to collision and fusion among the patterns in stochastic motion. Furthermore, these spatiotemporal features are demonstrated by the analysis of wavelet power spectra. It is found that a redistribution of wave energy takes place to higher harmonic modes with small wavelengths, which, in turn, results in the onset of Alfvenic turbulence in dusty magnetoplasmas. Such a scenario can occur in the vicinity of Saturn's magnetosphere as many electrostatic solitary structures have been observed there by the Cassini spacecraft.

  20. Studies of Alfv'enic instabilities by a kinetic-fluid model

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    Nishimura, Y.; Cheng, C. Z.

    2009-11-01

    Employing a kinetic-fluid simulation modelfootnotetextC.Z.Cheng and J.R.Johnson, J. Geophys. Res. 104, 413 (1999)., Alfv'enic instabilities driven by energetic particles are studied in tokamak plasmas. The kinetic-fluid model incorporates all the particle dynamics through the pressure tensor by taking the second order moment of the particle simulation while the electromagnetic field quantities are evolved in the fluid equations. The kinetic-fluid model retains the ion and electron wave-particle interaction for both the bulk and the energetic plarticle components. Global Alfven oscillation, continuum damping, and the generation of the TAE gapfootnotetextC.Z.Cheng and M.S.Chance, Phys. Fluids 29, 3695 (1986). in the toroidal geometry are demonstrated in the MHD limit.footnotetextY.Nishimura, J.D.Callen, C.C.Hegna, Phys. Plasmas 6, 4685 (1999). Kinetic particlesfootnotetextY.Nishimura and M.Azumi, Phys. Plasmas 4, 2365 (1997). footnotetextY.Nishimura, Contrib. Plasma Phys. 48, 224 (2008). are then incorporated into the fluid set of equations to excite the instabilities (bulk ions/electrons replace the pressure evolution equation). This work is supported by National Cheng Kung University Top University Project.

  1. Kinetic Effects on Reversed Shear Alfv'en Eigenmodes prior to ITB formation

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    Gorelenkov, Nikolai; Nazikian, Raffi; Kramer, Gerrit

    2012-03-01

    We consider one type of Alfv'en Eigenmodes for a scenario of ITB formation when the safety factor minimum reaches its rational value. We develop a theory for the eigenmodes in this case sometimes known as either the bottom of the frequency sweep or the down sweeping Reversed Shear Alfv'en Eigenmodes (RSAEs). The proper safety factor values for RSAE formation are achieved prior to ITB formation. First we show that, strictly speaking, the ideal MHD theory is not compatible with the eigenmode solution in the reversed shear plasma with qmin above rational values. Corrected by a special, analytic FLR condition, MHD dispersion of these modes nevertheless can be developed. Numerically, MHD component of the structure can serve as a good approximation for the RSAEs. The large radial scale part of the analytic RSAE solution can be obtained from ideal MHD and expressed in terms of the Legendre functions analytically. The kinetic equation for the eigenmode structure with the FLR effects is solved numerically and agrees with the analytic solutions. Ideal MHD code NOVA is used to varify its applicability and compatibility with such plasmas. Kinetic properties of RSAEs can be important and trigger the ITB formation.

  2. Parametric instabilities of the circularly polarized Alfven waves including dispersion. [for solar wind

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    Wong, H. K.; Goldstein, M. L.

    1986-01-01

    A class of parametric instabilities of large-amplitude, circularly polarized Alfven waves is considered in which finite frequency (dispersive) effects are included. The dispersion equation governing the instabilities is a sixth-order polynomial which is solved numerically. As a function of K identically equal to k/k-sub-0 (where k-sub-0 and k are the wave number of the 'pump' wave and unstable sound wave, respectively), there are three regionals of instability: a modulation instability at K less than 1, a decay instability at K greater than 1, and a relatively weak and narrow instability at K close to squared divided by v-sub-A squared (where c-sub-s and v-sub-A are the sound and Alfven speeds respectively), the modulational instability occurs when beta is less than 1 (more than 1) for left-hand (right-hand) pump waves, in agreement with the previous results of Sakai and Sonnerup (1983). The growth rate of the decay instability of left-hand waves is greater than the modulational instability at all values of beta. Applications to large-amplitude wave observed in the solar wind, in computer simulations, and in the vicinity of planetary and interplanetary collisionless shocks are discussed.

  3. Perturbative Study of Energetic Particle Redistribution by Alfven Eigenmodes in ITER

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    N.N. Gorelenkov and R.B. White

    2012-10-29

    The modification of particle distributions by magnetohydrodynamic modes is an important topic for magnetically confined plasmas. Low amplitude modes are known to be capable of producing significant modification of injected neutral beam profiles. Flattening of a distribution due to phase mixing in an island or due to portions of phase space becoming stochastic is a process extremely rapid on the time scale of an experiment. In this paper we examine the effect of toroidal Alfven eigenmodes (TAE) and reversed shear Alfven eigenmodes (RSAE) in ITER on alpha particle and injected beam distributions using theoretically predicted mode amplitudes. It is found that for the equilibrium of a hybrid scenario even at ten times the predicted saturation level the modes have negligible effect on these distributions. A strongly reversed shear (or advanced) scenario, having a spectrum of modes that are much more global, is somewhat more susceptible to induced loss due to mode resonance, with alpha particle losses of over one percent with predicted amplitudes and somewhat larger with the assistance of toroidal field ripple. The elevated q profile contributes to stronger TAE (RSAE) drive and more unstable modes. An analysis of the existing mode-particle resonances is carried out to determine which modes are responsible for the profile modification and induced loss. We find that losses are entirely due to resonance with the counter-moving and trapped particle populations, with co-moving passing particles participating in resonances only deep within the plasma and not leading to loss.

  4. Linear global gyrokinetic simulations of toroidal Alfven eigenmodes in KSTAR plasmas

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    Shahzad, M.; Rizvi, H.; Ryu, C. M.

    2016-12-01

    Excitation of toroidal Alfven eigenmodes (TAEs) in KSTAR tokamak plasmas has been studied by using the GENE code. Verification and benchmark analysis are performed for Alfven eigenmodes (AEs) excited by the energetic particles (EPs) in comparison with the AEs from the GYGLES code, and excellent agreements are found. In addition, the threshold value of the EP density gradient to destabilize the TAE has been investigated. For the plasma equilibrium of KSTAR discharge (10574), TAEs of n = 2 are found to be excited by coupling of adjoining poloidal harmonics (5, 6), (6, 7), and (7, 8). The dependence of the growth rate and frequency of the TAE on the EP density gradient is examined. It is found that the threshold value of EP density gradient increases with the higher poloidal mode coupling, of which location moves outward in the radial direction. The growth rates of TAEs with higher poloidal mode numbers are smaller than those with lower poloidal mode numbers, indicating that perpendicular wavenumbers play an important role. The efficiency of the EP drive for the TAE decreases for a higher poloidal mode coupling. At a higher EP density gradient, TAEs with higher poloidal harmonics are less unstable due to the decrease in the radial extents of the modes.

  5. Measurement of the adiabatic index through the temperature scaling of reversed shear Alfv'en eigenmodes

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    Edlund, E. M.; Porkolab, M.; Lin, Y.; Tsujii, N.; Wukitch, S. J.; Lin, L.; Kramer, G. J.

    2009-11-01

    Reversed shear Alfv'en eigenmodes (RSAEs) have been excited in Alcator C-Mod during the current ramp phase at ITER relevant densities of ne0<=1.5 : x: 10^20 : m-3 with (2-5) MW of ICRH power absorbed by H minority heating [1]. We have studied the scaling of the minimum frequency of the RSAEs by varying the temperature of the electrons and majority ions and compare the results to theoretical scalings from the code NOVA [2] and an analytic dispersion relation [3]. Taking the adiabatic index (γ) as a free parameter, a best fit to the data indicates γ= 1.40 ±0.15, excluding the ideal gas limit of γ= 5/3. A limiting value of γ= 3/2 is predicted from consideration of the energy and pressure of shear Alfven waves [4]. Kinetic electron response is considered as a possible correction to the theoretical treatment. Work supported by DOE under DE-FG02-94-ER54235 and DE-FC02-99- ER54512.[4pt] [1] M. Porkolab et al., IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 34, 229 (2006).[0pt] [2] C.Z. Cheng and M.S. Chance, J. Comput. Phys. 71, 124 (1987).[0pt] [3] B.N. Breizman et al., Phys. Plasmas 12, 112506 (2005).[0pt] [4] C.F. McKee and E.G. Zweibel, Astro. J. 440, 686 (1995).

  6. The Plausibility of the Stationary Inertial Alfven Wave in Explaining Important Morphological and Temporal Signatures of Auroral Arcs based on Laboratory Experiments and Auroral Observations

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    Nogami, S. H.; Koepke, M. E.; Gillies, D. M.; Knudsen, D. J.; Vincena, S. T.; Van Compernolle, B.; Donovan, E.

    2015-12-01

    The Stationary Inertial Alfven Wave (StIAW) [Knudsen J. Geophys. Res., 101, 10761 (1996)] is a non-fluctuating, non-travelling, spatially periodic pattern in electromagnetic field and fluid quantities that arises in the simultaneous presence of a magnetic-field-aligned current channel and cross-magnetic field plasma flow. Theory predicts [Finnegan et al., Nonlin. Proc. Geophys., 15, 957 (2008)] that the wave appears as an ion density perturbation that is static in the laboratory frame and that the wave electric field can accelerate electrons parallel to a background magnetic field. For experiments in the afterglow plasma in LAPD-U, results of which are reported on in this poster, the necessary conditions for the stationary wave are generated by a biased segmented electrode that creates a convective flow and a planar-mesh electrode that draws current parallel to the background magnetic field. An electrostatic probe and a retarding field energy analyzer measure fixed (in the laboratory frame) patterns in the ion density and electron energy. Spatial patterns of electron acceleration are reminiscent of the patterns present during the formation of discrete auroral arcs. Observation of long-lived discrete arcs indicates that some arcs require a generation mechanism that supports electron acceleration parallel to auroral field lines for tens of minutes. We present arc lifetime statistics to emphasize the paucity of physical models that explain these observations. *Support from NSF grant PHY-130-1896 and grants from the Canadian Space Agency is gratefully acknowledged. We also thank the THEMIS ASI Teams at U Calgary and UC Berkeley.

  7. Three dimensional particle-in-cell simulation of particle acceleration by circularly polarised inertial Alfven waves in a transversely inhomogeneous plasma

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    Tsiklauri, D.

    2012-08-15

    The process of particle acceleration by left-hand, circularly polarised inertial Alfven waves (IAW) in a transversely inhomogeneous plasma is studied using 3D particle-in-cell simulation. A cylindrical tube with, transverse to the background magnetic field, inhomogeneity scale of the order of ion inertial length is considered on which IAWs with frequency 0.3{omega}{sub ci} are launched that are allowed to develop three wavelength. As a result time-varying parallel electric fields are generated in the density gradient regions which accelerate electrons in the parallel to magnetic field direction. Driven perpendicular electric field of IAWs also heats ions in the transverse direction. Such numerical setup is relevant for solar flaring loops and earth auroral zone. This first, 3D, fully kinetic simulation demonstrates electron acceleration efficiency in the density inhomogeneity regions, along the magnetic field, of the order of 45% and ion heating, in the transverse to the magnetic field direction, of 75%. The latter is a factor of two times higher than the previous 2.5D analogous study and is in accordance with solar flare particle acceleration observations. We find that the generated parallel electric field is localised in the density inhomogeneity region and rotates in the same direction and with the same angular frequency as the initially launched IAW. Our numerical simulations seem also to suggest that the 'knee' often found in the solar flare electron spectra can alternatively be interpreted as the Landau damping (Cerenkov resonance effect) of IAWs due to the wave-particle interactions.

  8. Experimental studies of fast wave propagation in DIII-D

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    Ikezi, H.; Pinsker, R.I.; Chiu, S.C.; deGrassie, J.S.

    1995-06-01

    Fast Alfven waves radiated from the phased array antenna in the DIII-D tokamak and used for heating and current drive are studied by employing a B-loop array mounted on the vacuum vessel wall. The wave propagation direction controlled by the antenna phasing is clearly observed. A small divergence of the rays arising from the anisotropic nature of the fast wave is found. Comparison with a ray tracing code confirms that the ray position calculated by the code is accurate up to at least one toroidal turn of the rays. Conservation of Rk{sub t} which is a basic assumption in computer codes is tested. Although the upshift of toroidal wavenumber k{sub t} at small major radius R is confirmed, Rk{sub t} is not well conserved. A mass density interferometer is demonstrated by employing the extraordinary fast wave.

  9. Final report for DOE-FG02-02ER54688: Study of nonlinear interactions between counterpropagating shear Alfven waves

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    Carter, T A

    2006-11-16

    Final report for DOE Plasma Physics Junior Faculty Development award DOE-FG02-02ER54688. Reports on research undertaken from 8/1/2002 until 5/15/2006, investigating nonlinear interactions between Alfven waves in a laboratory experiment.

  10. Structures of the low frequency Alfven continuous spectrum and their consequences on MHD and micro-turbulence

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    Zonca, F.; Chen, L.

    2008-11-01

    We briefly discuss the unified theoretical framework that allows explaining a variety of experimental observations with one single 'fishbone-like' dispersion relation. We also point out the relationship of MHD and shear Alfven waves in the kinetic thermal ion frequency gap with microturbulence, Zonal Flows and Geodesic Acoustic Modes, emphasizing its importance in determining long time scale dynamic behaviors in burning plasmas.

  11. Hypersonic phonon propagation in one-dimensional surface phononic crystal

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    Graczykowski, B.; Sledzinska, M.; Kehagias, N.; Alzina, F.; Reparaz, J. S.; Sotomayor Torres, C. M.

    2014-03-01

    Hypersonic, thermally activated surface acoustic waves propagating in the surface of crystalline silicon patterned with periodic stripes were studied by Brillouin light scattering. Two characteristic directions (normal and parallel to the stripes) of surface acoustic waves propagation were examined exhibiting a distinctive propagation behavior. The measured phononic band structure exhibits diverse features, such as zone folding, band gap opening, and hybridization to local resonance for waves propagating normal to the stripes, and a variety of dispersive modes propagating along the stripes. Experimental results were supported by theoretical calculations performed using finite element method.

  12. Shallow Water Propagation

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    2014-09-30

    1 DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. Shallow Water Propagation William L. Siegmann...mechanisms of propagation . OBJECTIVES (A) Treat propagation from narrowband and broadband sources over elastic and poro-elastic sediments, and...and other sediments on propagation , and specify for one class of muds the physical variations that affect geoacoustical properties. APPROACH

  13. Vegetative propagation [Chapter 9

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    Tara Luna

    2009-01-01

    For the past 30 years, interest in the propagation of native plants has been growing. Many desirable and ecologically important species, however, are difficult or very time consuming to propagate by seeds. Thus, nursery growers may want to investigate how to propagate a species of interest by vegetative propagation. This can be done by combining classic horticultural...

  14. Parallel pivoting combined with parallel reduction

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    Alaghband, Gita

    1987-01-01

    Parallel algorithms for triangularization of large, sparse, and unsymmetric matrices are presented. The method combines the parallel reduction with a new parallel pivoting technique, control over generations of fill-ins and a check for numerical stability, all done in parallel with the work being distributed over the active processes. The parallel technique uses the compatibility relation between pivots to identify parallel pivot candidates and uses the Markowitz number of pivots to minimize fill-in. This technique is not a preordering of the sparse matrix and is applied dynamically as the decomposition proceeds.

  15. Study of Thermonuclear Alfven Instabilities in Next Step Burning Plasma Experiments

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    N.N. Gorelenkov; H.L. Berk; R. Budny; C.Z. Cheng; G.-Y. Fu; W.W. Heidbrink; G. Kramer; D. Meade; and R. Nazikian

    2002-07-02

    A study is presented for the stability of alpha-particle driven shear Alfven Eigenmodes (AE) for the normal parameters of the three major burning plasma proposals, ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), FIRE (Fusion Ignition Research Experiment), and IGNITOR (Ignited Torus). A study of the JET (Joint European Torus) plasma, where fusion alphas were generated in tritium experiments, is also included to attempt experimental validation of the numerical predictions. An analytic assessment of Toroidal AE (TAE) stability is first presented, where the alpha particle beta due to the fusion reaction rate and electron drag is simply and accurately estimated in 7-20 keV plasma temperature regime. In this assessment the hot particle drive is balanced against ion-Landau damping of the background deuterons and electron collision effects and stability boundaries are determined. Then two numerical studies of AE instability are presented. In one the High-n stability code HINST is used . This code is capable of predicting instabilities of low and moderately high frequency Alfven modes. HINST computes the non-perturbative solution of the Alfven eigenmodes including effects of ion finite Larmor radius, orbit width, trapped electrons etc. The stability calculations are repeated using the global code NOVAK. We show that for these tokamaks the spectrum of the least stable AE modes are TAE that appear at medium-/high-n numbers. In HINST TAEs are locally unstable due to the alphas pressure gradient in all the devices under the consideration except IGNITOR. However, NOVAK calculations show that the global mode structure enhances the damping mechanisms and produces stability in all configurations considered here. A serious question remains whether the perturbation theory used in NOVAK overestimates the stability predictions, so that it is premature to conclude that the nominal operation of all three proposals are stable to AEs. In addition NBI ions produce a strong

  16. A computational approach to continuum damping of Alfven waves in two and three-dimensional geometry

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    Koenies, Axel; Kleiber, Ralf

    2012-12-15

    While the usual way of calculating continuum damping of global Alfven modes is the introduction of a small artificial resistivity, we present a computational approach to the problem based on a suitable path of integration in the complex plane. This approach is implemented by the Riccati shooting method and it is shown that it can be transferred to the Galerkin method used in three-dimensional ideal magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) codes. The new approach turns out to be less expensive with respect to resolution and computation time than the usual one. We present an application to large aspect ratio tokamak and stellarator equilibria retaining a few Fourier harmonics only and calculate eigenfunctions and continuum damping rates. These may serve as an input for kinetic MHD hybrid models making it possible to bypass the problem of having singularities on the path of integration on one hand and considering continuum damping on the other.

  17. Alfven seismic vibrations of crustal solid-state plasma in quaking paramagnetic neutron star

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    Bastrukov, S.; Xu, R.-X.; Molodtsova, I.; Takata, J.; Chang, H.-K.

    2010-11-15

    Magneto-solid-mechanical model of two-component, core-crust, paramagnetic neutron star responding to quake-induced perturbation by differentially rotational, torsional, oscillations of crustal electron-nuclear solid-state plasma about axis of magnetic field frozen in the immobile paramagnetic core is developed. Particular attention is given to the node-free torsional crust-against-core vibrations under combined action of Lorentz magnetic and Hooke's elastic forces; the damping is attributed to Newtonian force of shear viscose stresses in crustal solid-state plasma. The spectral formulas for the frequency and lifetime of this toroidal mode are derived in analytic form and discussed in the context of quasiperiodic oscillations of the x-ray outburst flux from quaking magnetars. The application of obtained theoretical spectra to modal analysis of available data on frequencies of oscillating outburst emission suggests that detected variability is the manifestation of crustal Alfven's seismic vibrations restored by Lorentz force of magnetic field stresses.

  18. Experimental study of toroidicity-induced Alfven eigenmode (TAE) stability at high q(0)

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    Batha, S.H.; Levinton, F.M.; Spong, D.A.

    1995-07-01

    Experiments to destabilize the Toroidicity-induced Alfven Eigenmode (TAE) by energetic alpha particles were performed on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor using deuterium and tritium fuel. To decrease the alpha particle pressure instability threshold, discharges with an elevated value of q(0) > 1.5 were used. By raising q(0), the radial location of the low toroidal-mode-number TAE gaps moves toward the magnetic axis and into alignment with the region of maximum alpha pressure gradient, thereby (in theory) lowering the value of {beta}{sub {alpha}}(0) required for instability. No TAE activity was observed when the central alpha particle {beta}{sub {alpha}} reached 0.08% in a discharge with fusion power of 2.4 MW. Calculations show that the fusion power is within a factor of 1.5 to 3 of the instability threshold.

  19. Low-frequency global Alfven eigenmodes in low-shear tokamaks with trapped energetic ions

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    Marchenko, V. S.; Kolesnichenko, Ya. I.; Reznik, S. N.

    2009-09-15

    It is shown that, in the tokamak plasmas with broad low-shear central core and safety factor q{sub 0} > or approx. 1, there exists a low-frequency global Alfven eigenmode capable of resonating with precession of the trapped energetic ions. This mode has the dominant numbers m=n=1, but the coupling with the upper toroidal sideband is crucial both for the eigenmode formation and its excitation by energetic ions. The properties of this mode are consistent with observations of the low-frequency n=1 mode driven by energetic ions in the ''hybrid'' discharges with perpendicular injection on the JT-60U tokamak [N. Oyama, A. Isayama, G. Matsunaga et al., Nucl. Fusion 49, 065026 (2009)].

  20. Stochastic Orbit Loss of Neutral Beam Ions From NSTX Due to Toroidal Alfven Eigenmode Avalanches

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    Darrow, D S; Fredrickson, E D; Gorelenkov, N N; Gorelenkova, M; Kubota, S; Medley, S S; Podesta, M; Shi, L

    2012-07-11

    Short toroidal Alfven eigenmode (TAE) avalanche bursts in the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) cause a drop in the neutron rate and sometimes a loss of neutral beam ions at or near the full injection energy over an extended range of pitch angles. The simultaneous loss of wide ranges of pitch angle suggests stochastic transport of the beam ions occurs. When beam ion orbits are followed with a guiding center code that incorporates plasma's magnetic equilibrium plus the measured modes, the predicted ranges of lost pitch angle are similar to those seen in the experiment, with distinct populations of trapped and passing orbits lost. These correspond to domains where the stochasticity extends in the orbit phase space from the region of beam ion deposition to the loss boundary.

  1. Transport of energetic ions due to sawteeth, Alfven eigenmodes and microturbulence

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    Pace, D C; Fisher, R K; Garcia-Munoz, M; Murakami, Masanori; Park, J. M.

    2011-01-01

    Utilizing an array of new diagnostics and simulation/modelling techniques, recent DIII-D experiments have elucidated a variety of energetic ion transport behaviour in the presence of instabilities ranging from large-scale sawteeth to fine spatial scale microturbulence. Important new insights include sawteeth, such as those of the ITER baseline scenario, causing major redistribution of the energetic ion population; high levels of transport induced by low-amplitude Alfven eigenmodes can be caused by the integrated effect of a large number of simultaneous modes; and microturbulence can contribute to the removal of alpha ash while having little effect on fusion alphas. This paper provides an overview of recent and upcoming results from the DIII-D Energetic Particles research programme.

  2. Nonlinear Simulation of Alfven Eigenmodes driven by Energetic Particles: Comparison between HMGC and TAEFL Codes

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    Bierwage, Andreas; Spong, Donald A.

    2009-05-01

    Hybrid-MHD-Gyrokinetic Code (HMGC) [1] and the gyrofluid code TAEFL [2,3] are used for nonlinear simulation of Alfven Eigenmodes in Tokamak plasma. We compare results obtained in two cases: (I) a case designed for cross-code benchmark of TAE excitation; (II) a case based on a dedicated DIII-D shot #132707 where RSAE and TAE activity is observed. Differences between the numerical simulation results are discussed and future directions are outlined. [1] S. Briguglio, G. Vlad, F. Zonca and C. Kar, Phys. Plasmas 2 (1995) 3711. [2] D.A. Spong, B.A. Carreras and C.L. Hedrick, Phys. Fluids B4 (1992) 3316. [3] D.A. Spong, B.A. Carreras and C.L. Hedrick, Phys. Plasmas 1 (1994) 1503.

  3. The evolution of nonlinear Alfven waves subject to growth and damping

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    Spangler, S. R.

    1986-08-01

    The effects of wave amplification (by streaming particle distributions) and damping (by ion-cyclotron resonance absorption) on the nonlinear evolution of Alfven waves are investigated theoretically. The results of numerical simulations based on the derivative-Schroedinger-equation model of Spangler and Sheerin (1983 and 1985) are presented graphically and characterized in detail, with an emphasis on astrophysical applications. Three phases of wave-packet evolution (linear, nonlinear-saturation, and postsaturation quasi-steady) are identified, and nonlinearity is found to transfer wave energy from growing or amplified wavenumbers to wavenumbers affected by damping. It is pointed out that although there are similarities between the solitonlike pulses predicted by the simulations and short-wavelength shocklet structures observed in the earth bow shock, the model does not explain why low-frequency waves stop growing in the vicinity of the bow shock.

  4. Measurement of Phase Space Structure of Fast Ions Interacting with Alfven Eigenmodes

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    Nagaoka, Kenichi; Osakabe, Masaki; Isobe, Mitsutaka; Ogawa, Kunihiro; Suzuki, Yasuhiro; Kobayashi, Shinji; Yamamoto, Satoshi; Miyoshi, Yoshizumi; Katoh, Yuto; Fontdecaba, Jose M.

    2015-11-01

    Experimentally observed Alfven eigenmodes (AEs) shows nonlinear behaviors such as intermittency, fast sweep in frequency and so on. In order to understand such nonlinear behaviors of AEs, it is widely recognized that the phase space structure have to be taken into account. However, there are few direct measurements of phase space structure in experiments so far. Here, we propose to apply the wave-particle interaction analyzer (WPIA) technique being developed for magnetosphere plasma physics (ERG project) to magnetically confinement fusion experiments. In the meeting, we present a high speed pulse analyzer system for WPIA using the field programmable gate array (FPGA) module and discuss the phase space structures observed in the LHD experiment. This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (A) 26709071.

  5. Fast Particle Effects on the Internal Kink, Fishbone and Alfven Modes

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    N.N. Gorelenkov; S. Bernabei; C.Z. Cheng; G.Y. Fu; K. Hill; S. Kaye; G.J. Kramer; Y. Kusama; K. Shinohara; R. Nazikian; T. Ozeki; W. Park

    2000-11-15

    The issues of linear stability of low frequency perturbative and nonperturbative modes in advanced tokamak regimes are addressed based on recent developments in theory, computational methods, and progress in experiments. Perturbative codes NOVA and ORBIT are used to calculate the effects of TAEs on fast particle population in spherical tokamak NSTX. Nonperturbative analysis of chirping frequency modes in experiments on TFTR and JT-60U is presented using the kinetic code HINST, which identified such modes as a separate branch of Alfven modes - resonance TAE (R-TAE). Internal kink mode stability in the presence of fast particles is studied using the NOVA code and hybrid kinetic-MHD nonlinear code M3D.

  6. Kinetic Electron Closures for Electromagnetic Simulation of Drift and Shear-Alfven Waves (II)

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    Cohen, B I; Dimits, A M; Nevins, W M; Chen, Y; Parker, S

    2001-10-11

    An electromagnetic hybrid scheme (fluid electrons and gyrokinetic ions) is elaborated in example calculations and extended to toroidal geometry. The scheme includes a kinetic electron closure valid for {beta}{sub e} > m{sub e}/m{sub i} ({beta}{sub e} is the ratio of the plasma electron pressure to the magnetic field energy density). The new scheme incorporates partially linearized ({delta}f) drift-kinetic electrons whose pressure and number density moments are used to close the fluid momentum equation for the electron fluid (Ohm's law). The test cases used are small-amplitude kinetic shear-Alfven waves with electron Landau damping, the ion-temperature-gradient instability, and the collisionless drift instability (universal mode) in an unsheared slab as a function of the plasma {beta}{sub e}. Attention is given to resolution and convergence issues in simulations of turbulent steady states.

  7. Experimental study of toroidal Alfven modes in the Globus-M spherical tokamak

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    Petrov, Yu. V.; Patrov, M. I.; Gusev, V. K.; Ivanov, A. E.; Minaev, V. B.; Sakharov, N. V.; Tolstyakov, S. Yu.; Kurskiev, G. S.

    2011-12-15

    In the experiments carried out on the Globus-M tokamak in regimes with injection of 26-keV neutral beams with a power of 0.75-0.85 MW, two branches of instabilities excited by fast ions were observed in the early stage of a discharge: a low-frequency energetic particle mode (EPM) in the frequency range of 5-30 kHz and a high-frequency mode in the range of 50-200 kHz, identified as a toroidal Alfven eigenmode (TAE). The TAE developed in the initial phase of the discharge at q(0) > 1 and terminated when sawtooth oscillations were excited at q(0) < 1. The spectrum and spatial localization of the mode agree with predictions of the linear theory. The modes observed in the Globus-M tokamak possess both properties common to other tokamaks and their own specific features.

  8. Gyrokinetic particle simulation of beta-induced Alfven-acoustic eigenmode

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    Zhang, H. S.; Liu, Y. Q.; Lin, Z.; Zhang, W. L.

    2016-04-15

    The beta-induced Alfven-acoustic eigenmode (BAAE) in toroidal plasmas is verified and studied by global gyrokinetic particle simulations. When ion temperature is much lower than electron temperature, the existence of the weakly damped BAAE is verified in the simulations using initial perturbation, antenna excitation, and energetic particle excitation, respectively. When the ion temperature is comparable to the electron temperature, the unstable BAAE can be excited by realistic energetic particle density gradient, even though the stable BAAE (in the absence of energetic particles) is heavily damped by the thermal ions. In the simulations with reversed magnetic shear, BAAE frequency sweeping is observed and poloidal mode structure has a triangle shape with a poloidal direction similar to that observed in tokamak experiments. The triangle shape changes the poloidal direction, and no frequency sweeping is found in the simulations with normal magnetic shear.

  9. Experimental Evaluation of Energy Transfer between Fast Ions and Alfven Eigenmodes

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    Nagaoka, Kenichi; Osakabe, Masaki; Isobe, Mitsutaka; Ogawa, Kunihiro; Suzuki, Yasuhiro; Kobayashi, Shinji; Yamamoto, Satoshi; Miyoshi, Yoshizumi; Katoh, Yuto; Fontdecaba, Josep Maria; Ascasibar, Enrique; LHD Team

    2016-10-01

    Recently, a new wave-particle analyzer was proposed to identify interaction between fast ions and Alfven eigenmodes [K. Nagaoka, 67th annual meeting of APS-DPP, savanna, 2015]. A data acquisition system for the wave-particle interaction analysis was developed for particle counting mode operation of neutral particle detectors. We recently applied the system to the Si-FNA detector signals in LHD and Heliotron J, and NPA signals in TJ-II. The first experimental results obtained in three devices are presented and the importance of the optimization of line of sight will be discussed. This research was supported by NIFS/NINS under the project of 'Promotion of International Network for Scientific Collaboration', NIFS Collaboration Research program (NIFS16KUHL068) and JSPS KAKENHI Grani-in-Aid for Young Scientists (A) 26709071.

  10. Signatures of mode conversion and kinetic Alfven waves at the magnetopause

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    Jay R. Johnson; C. Z. Cheng

    2000-07-21

    It has been suggested that resonant mode conversion of compressional MHD waves into kinetic Alfven waves at the magnetopause can explain the abrupt transition in wave polarization from compressional to transverse commonly observed during magnetopause crossings. The authors analyze magnetic field data for magnetopause crossings as a function of magnetic shear angle (defined as the angle between the magnetic fields in the magnetosheath and magnetosphere) and compare with the theory of resonant mode conversion. The data suggest that amplification in the transverse magnetic field component at the magnetopause is not significant up to a threshold magnetic shear angle. Above the threshold angle significant amplification results, but with weak dependence on magnetic shear angle. Waves with higher frequency are less amplified and have a higher threshold angle. These observations are qualitatively consistent with theoretical results obtained from the kinetic-fluid wave equations.

  11. Relationship Between Alfvenic Fluctuations and Heavy Ion Heating in the Cusp at 1 Re

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    Coffey, Victoria; Chandler, Michael; Singh, Nagendra

    2008-01-01

    We look at the effect of heavy ion heating from their coupling with observed broadband (BB-ELF) emissions. These wave fluctuations are common to many regions of the ionosphere and magnetosphere and have been described as spatial turbulence of dispersive Alfven waves (DAW) with short perpendicular wavelengths. With Polar passing through the cusp at 1 Re in the Spring of 1996, we show the correlation of their wave power with mass-resolved O+ derived heating rates. This relationship lead to the study of the coupling of the thermal O+ ions and these bursty electric fields. We demonstrate the role of these measurements in the suggestion of DAW and stochastic ion heating and the observed density cavity characteristics.

  12. Correlation between excitation of Alfven modes and degradation of ICRF heating efficiency in TFTR

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    Bernabei, S.; Chang, Z.; Darrow, D.

    1997-05-01

    Alfven modes are excited by energetic ions in TFTR during intense minority ICRF heating. There is a clear threshold in rf power above which the modes are destabilized. The net effect of these modes is the increase of the fast ion losses, with an associated saturation of the ion tail energy and of the efficiency of the heating. Typically, several modes are excited with progressive n-numbers, with frequencies in the neighborhood of 200 kHz. Results suggest that Energetic Particle Modes (EPM), mostly unseen by the Mirnov coils, are generated near the center and are responsible for the ion losses. Stronger global TAE modes, which are destabilized by the stream of displaced fast ions, appear responsible only for minor losses.

  13. Modeling of Alfven wave heating and current drive in Phaedrus-T

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    Moroz, P.; Kishinevsky, M.; Wukitch, S.; Vukovic, M.

    1996-02-01

    Theoretical analysis and numerical modeling of Alfven wave plasma heating and current drive experiments on the Phaedrus-T tokamak is presented. The full-wave hot-plasma code, ALFA, is used in these calculations. The code features toroidal geometry and poloidal magnetic field effects. It is essentially a 2D full-wave code, but can obtain a 3D picture of RF wave fields and absorbed power via Fourier composition of solutions for many toroidal modes. The stand-alone current diffusion code, DIFF, is intergrated with ALFA to model the transient processes of current drive in the Phaedrus-T tokamak. Comparison of numerical calculations to experimental data is given thus permitting a deeper understanding of AWCD processes. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  14. 3-D Hybrid Simulation of Quasi-Parallel Bow Shock and Its Effects on the Magnetosphere

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    Lin, Y.; Wang, X.Y.

    2005-08-01

    A three-dimensional (3-D) global-scale hybrid simulation is carried out for the structure of the quasi-parallel bow shock, in particular the foreshock waves and pressure pulses. The wave evolution and interaction with the dayside magnetosphere are discussed. It is shown that diamagnetic cavities are generated in the turbulent foreshock due to the ion beam plasma interaction, and these compressional pulses lead to strong surface perturbations at the magnetopause and Alfven waves/field line resonance in the magnetosphere.

  15. Explosion propagation in inert porous media.

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    Ciccarelli, G

    2012-02-13

    Porous media are often used in flame arresters because of the high surface area to volume ratio that is required for flame quenching. However, if the flame is not quenched, the flow obstruction within the porous media can promote explosion escalation, which is a well-known phenomenon in obstacle-laden channels. There are many parallels between explosion propagation through porous media and obstacle-laden channels. In both cases, the obstructions play a duel role. On the one hand, the obstruction enhances explosion propagation through an early shear-driven turbulence production mechanism and then later by shock-flame interactions that occur from lead shock reflections. On the other hand, the presence of an obstruction can suppress explosion propagation through momentum and heat losses, which both impede the unburned gas flow and extract energy from the expanding combustion products. In obstacle-laden channels, there are well-defined propagation regimes that are easily distinguished by abrupt changes in velocity. In porous media, the propagation regimes are not as distinguishable. In porous media the entire flamefront is affected, and the effects of heat loss, turbulence and compressibility are smoothly blended over most of the propagation velocity range. At low subsonic propagation speeds, heat loss to the porous media dominates, whereas at higher supersonic speeds turbulence and compressibility are important. This blending of the important phenomena results in no clear transition in propagation mechanism that is characterized by an abrupt change in propagation velocity. This is especially true for propagation velocities above the speed of sound where many experiments performed with fuel-air mixtures show a smooth increase in the propagation velocity with mixture reactivity up to the theoretical detonation wave velocity.

  16. Quantification of the Energy Dissipated by Alfven Waves in a Polar Coronal Hole

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    Hahn, M.; Savin, D. W.

    2013-12-01

    We present a measurement of the energy carried and dissipated by Alfven waves in a polar coronal hole. Alfven waves have been proposed as the energy source that heats the corona and drives the solar wind. Previous work has shown that line widths decrease with height in coronal holes, which is a signature of wave damping, but have been unable to quantify the energy lost by the waves. This is because line widths depend on both the non-thermal velocity vnt and the ion temperature Ti. We have implemented a means to separate the Ti and vnt contributions using the observation that, at low heights, the waves are undamped and the ion temperatures do not change with height. This enables us to determine the amount of energy carried by the waves at low heights, which is proportional to vnt. We find the initial energy flux density present was 6.7×0.7×10^5 erg cm^-2 s^-1, which is sufficient to heat the coronal hole and accelerate the solar wind during the 2007 - 2009 solar minimum. Additionally, we find that about 85% of this energy is dissipated below 1.5 R_sun, sufficiently low that thermal conduction can transport the energy throughout the coronal hole, heating it and driving the fast solar wind. The remaining energy is roughly consistent with what models show is needed to provide the extended heating above the sonic point for the fast solar wind. We have also studied Ti, which we found to be in the range of 1 - 2 MK, depending on the ion species.

  17. Heart Fibrillation and Parallel Supercomputers

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    Kogan, B. Y.; Karplus, W. J.; Chudin, E. E.

    1997-01-01

    The Luo and Rudy 3 cardiac cell mathematical model is implemented on the parallel supercomputer CRAY - T3D. The splitting algorithm combined with variable time step and an explicit method of integration provide reasonable solution times and almost perfect scaling for rectilinear wave propagation. The computer simulation makes it possible to observe new phenomena: the break-up of spiral waves caused by intracellular calcium and dynamics and the non-uniformity of the calcium distribution in space during the onset of the spiral wave.

  18. Heart Fibrillation and Parallel Supercomputers

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    Kogan, B. Y.; Karplus, W. J.; Chudin, E. E.

    1997-01-01

    The Luo and Rudy 3 cardiac cell mathematical model is implemented on the parallel supercomputer CRAY - T3D. The splitting algorithm combined with variable time step and an explicit method of integration provide reasonable solution times and almost perfect scaling for rectilinear wave propagation. The computer simulation makes it possible to observe new phenomena: the break-up of spiral waves caused by intracellular calcium and dynamics and the non-uniformity of the calcium distribution in space during the onset of the spiral wave.

  19. Special parallel processing workshop

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    1994-12-01

    This report contains viewgraphs from the Special Parallel Processing Workshop. These viewgraphs deal with topics such as parallel processing performance, message passing, queue structure, and other basic concept detailing with parallel processing.

  20. CORONAL HEATING BY SURFACE ALFVEN WAVE DAMPING: IMPLEMENTATION IN A GLOBAL MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS MODEL OF THE SOLAR WIND

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    Evans, R. M.; Opher, M.; Oran, R.; Van der Holst, B.; Sokolov, I. V.; Frazin, R.; Gombosi, T. I.; Vasquez, A.

    2012-09-10

    The heating and acceleration of the solar wind is an active area of research. Alfven waves, because of their ability to accelerate and heat the plasma, are a likely candidate in both processes. Many models have explored wave dissipation mechanisms which act either in closed or open magnetic field regions. In this work, we emphasize the boundary between these regions, drawing on observations which indicate unique heating is present there. We utilize a new solar corona component of the Space Weather Modeling Framework, in which Alfven wave energy transport is self-consistently coupled to the magnetohydrodynamic equations. In this solar wind model, the wave pressure gradient accelerates and wave dissipation heats the plasma. Kolmogorov-like wave dissipation as expressed by Hollweg along open magnetic field lines was presented in van der Holst et al. Here, we introduce an additional dissipation mechanism: surface Alfven wave (SAW) damping, which occurs in regions with transverse (with respect to the magnetic field) gradients in the local Alfven speed. For solar minimum conditions, we find that SAW dissipation is weak in the polar regions (where Hollweg dissipation is strong), and strong in subpolar latitudes and the boundaries of open and closed magnetic fields (where Hollweg dissipation is weak). We show that SAW damping reproduces regions of enhanced temperature at the boundaries of open and closed magnetic fields seen in tomographic reconstructions in the low corona. Also, we argue that Ulysses data in the heliosphere show enhanced temperatures at the boundaries of fast and slow solar wind, which is reproduced by SAW dissipation. Therefore, the model's temperature distribution shows best agreement with these observations when both dissipation mechanisms are considered. Lastly, we use observational constraints of shock formation in the low corona to assess the Alfven speed profile in the model. We find that, compared to a polytropic solar wind model, the wave

  1. Electro-Optic Propagation

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    2002-09-30

    Electro - Optic Propagation Stephen Doss-Hammel SPAWARSYSCEN San Diego code 2858 49170 Propagation Path San Diego, CA 92152-7385 phone: (619...OBJECTIVES The electro - optical propagation objectives are: 1) The acquisition and analysis of mid-wave and long-wave infrared transmission and...elements to the electro - optical propagation model development. The first element is the design and execution of field experiments to generate useful

  2. Electro-Optic Propagation

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    2003-09-30

    Electro - Optic Propagation Stephen Doss-Hammel SPAWARSYSCEN San Diego code 2858 49170 Propagation Path San Diego, CA 92152-7385 phone: (619...scenarios to extend the capabilities of TAWS to surface and low altitude situations. OBJECTIVES The electro - optical propagation objectives are: 1...development of a new propagation assessment tool called EOSTAR ( Electro - Optical Signal Transmission and Ranging). The goal of the EOSTAR project is to

  3. Generation and propagation of the ULF planetary-scale electromagnetic wavy structures in the ionosphere

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    Aburjania, G. D.; Chargazia, Kh. Z.; Jandieri, G. V.; Khantadze, A. G.; Kharshiladze, O. A.; Lominadze, J. G.

    2005-08-01

    In the present article, the results of theoretical investigation of the dynamics of generation and propagation of planetary (with wavelength 10 3 km and more) ultra-low frequency (ULF) electromagnetic wave structures in the dissipative ionosphere are given. The physical mechanism of generation of the planetary electromagnetic waves is proposed. It is established, that the global factor, acting permanently in the ionosphere - inhomogeneity (latitude variation) of the geomagnetic field and angular velocity of the earth's rotation - generates the fast and slow planetary ULF electromagnetic waves. The waves propagate along the parallels to the east as well as to the west. In E-region the fast waves have phase velocities (2-20) km s -1and frequencies (10 -1-10 -4) s -1; the slow waves propagate with local winds velocities and have frequencies (10 -4-10 -6) s -1. In F-region the fast ULF electromagnetic waves propagate with phase velocities tens-hundreds km s -1 and their frequencies are in the range of (10-10 -3) s -1. The slow mode is produced by the dynamoelectric field, it represents a generalization of the ordinary Rossby-type waves in the rotating ionosphere and is caused by the Hall effect in the E-layer. The fast disturbances are the new modes, which are associated with oscillations of the ionospheric electrons frozen in the geomagnetic field and are connected with the large-scale internal vortical electric field generation in the ionosphere. The large-scale waves are weakly damped. The features and the parameters of the theoretically investigated electromagnetic wave structures agree with those of large-scale ULF midlatitude long-period oscillations (MLO) and magnetoionospheric wave perturbations (MIWP), observed experimentally in the ionosphere. It is established, that because of relevance of Coriolis and electromagnetic forces, generation of slow planetary electromagnetic waves at the fixed latitude in the ionosphere can give rise to the reverse of local wind

  4. Parallel rendering techniques for massively parallel visualization

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    Hansen, C.; Krogh, M.; Painter, J.

    1995-07-01

    As the resolution of simulation models increases, scientific visualization algorithms which take advantage of the large memory. and parallelism of Massively Parallel Processors (MPPs) are becoming increasingly important. For large applications rendering on the MPP tends to be preferable to rendering on a graphics workstation due to the MPP`s abundant resources: memory, disk, and numerous processors. The challenge becomes developing algorithms that can exploit these resources while minimizing overhead, typically communication costs. This paper will describe recent efforts in parallel rendering for polygonal primitives as well as parallel volumetric techniques. This paper presents rendering algorithms, developed for massively parallel processors (MPPs), for polygonal, spheres, and volumetric data. The polygon algorithm uses a data parallel approach whereas the sphere and volume render use a MIMD approach. Implementations for these algorithms are presented for the Thinking Ma.chines Corporation CM-5 MPP.

  5. A study of the propagation of ulf electromagnetic fields in collisional, inhomogeneous, magnetized plasmas

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    Borovsky, J.E.

    1987-02-01

    The propagation of ultralow-frequency (ulf) electromagnetic signals (Alfven and magnetosonic waves) in collisional, inhomogeneous, magnetized plasmas is analyzed by numerical simulation. The problem is formulated from a Maxwell-equation orbit-theory approach rather than from a magnetohydrodynamic point of view, and the problem is numerically treated in a fully time-dependent manner. Boundary-value-problem behavior is distinguished from initial-value-problem behavior. The propagation of two-dimensional small-amplitude electromagnetic disturbances in plasmas with spatially dependent densities and in plasmas with spatially dependent conductivities is numerically simulated, and when possible, the simulations are compared with theory. Changes in the plasma density lead to changes in the signal speed and to reflections; collisions lead to changes in the signal speed, to reflections, and to attenuations. Theoretical descriptions based upon discontinuities in the media are generally incorrect in predicting the amplitudes of signals reflected from plasma inhomogeneities. 19 refs., 16 figs.

  6. Enhancing data locality by using terminal propagation

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    Hendrickson, B.; Leland, R.; Van Driessche, R.

    1995-12-31

    Terminal propagation is a method developed in the circuit placement community for adding constraints to graph partitioning problems. This paper adapts and expands this idea, and applies it to the problem of partitioning data structures among the processors of a parallel computer. We show how the constraints in terminal propagation can be used to encourage partitions in which messages are communicated only between architecturally near processors. We then show how these constraints can be handled in two important partitioning algorithms, spectral bisection and multilevel-KL. We compare the quality of partitions generated by these algorithms to each other and to Partitions generated by more familiar techniques.

  7. SPATIAL DAMPING OF PROPAGATING KINK WAVES DUE TO RESONANT ABSORPTION: EFFECT OF BACKGROUND FLOW

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    Soler, R.; Goossens, M.; Terradas, J.

    2011-06-20

    Observations show the ubiquitous presence of propagating magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) kink waves in the solar atmosphere. Waves and flows are often observed simultaneously. Due to plasma inhomogeneity in the direction perpendicular to the magnetic field, kink waves are spatially damped by resonant absorption. The presence of flow may affect the wave spatial damping. Here, we investigate the effect of longitudinal background flow on the propagation and spatial damping of resonant kink waves in transversely nonuniform magnetic flux tubes. We combine approximate analytical theory with numerical investigation. The analytical theory uses the thin tube (TT) and thin boundary (TB) approximations to obtain expressions for the wavelength and the damping length. Numerically, we verify the previously obtained analytical expressions by means of the full solution of the resistive MHD eigenvalue problem beyond the TT and TB approximations. We find that the backward and forward propagating waves have different wavelengths and are damped on length scales that are inversely proportional to the frequency as in the static case. However, the factor of proportionality depends on the characteristics of the flow, so that the damping length differs from its static analog. For slow, sub-Alfvenic flows the backward propagating wave gets damped on a shorter length scale than in the absence of flow, while for the forward propagating wave the damping length is longer. The different properties of the waves depending on their direction of propagation with respect to the background flow may be detected by the observations and may be relevant for seismological applications.

  8. What are the Causes of the Formation of the Sub-Alfvenic Flows at the High Latitude Magnetopause

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    Avanov, L. A.; Chandler, M. O.; Simov, V. N.; Vaisberg, O. L.

    2003-01-01

    We study magnetopause crossings made by the Interball Tail spacecraft at high latitudes under various interplanetary conditions. When the IMF mostly northward the Interball Tail observes quasi steady state reconnection signatures at the high latitude magnetopause, which include a well-defined de Hoffman-Teller frame, satisfaction of stress balance (Walen relations) and D-shaped ion velocity distributions. Under variable or southward IMF the high latitude magnetopause is a tangentional discontinuity. However, in certain conditions, just after the magnetopause crossing, irrespective of the IMF orientation, decelerate magnetosheath flows are observed in the magnetosheath region adjacent to the high latitude magnetopause. This leads to formation of the region where the sub-Alfvenic flow at high latitudes exists. We suggest that in some cases the dipole tilt plays an important role in the formation of the sub-Alfvenic flows, although in some cases formation the depletion layer is responsible for observation of the sub-Alfvenic flows at the high latitude magnetopause.

  9. The interaction of high-m guided poloidal alfven waves with magnetospheric electrons and the ionosphere

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    Rankin, R.; Sydorenko, D.

    2014-12-01

    Poloidal mode Alfven waves are often generated in Earth's magnetosphere following interplanetary shocks and/or pressure pulses acting on the magnetopause. These disturbances can excite resonant field line oscillations with frequencies in the mHz range by launching fast mode waves that couple energy to field line resonances. This direct action of the solar wind on the magnetosphere can perhaps explain waves with relatively small azimuthal wavenumbers (m), but not the observed range of waves with m~40-50 on L-shells around 5 or 6. These waves are strongly guided along geomagnetic field lines to the ionosphere, and are generally thought to particle driven, e.g., as a result of bounce-resonance wave-particle interactions following activation of the ring current. This is not the only possible source mechanism as there is evidence of wave generation before the ring current has reacted significantly to shock passage. Putting aside the source mechanism, high-m poloidal modes with strong east west directed electric fields are important primarily because they can elevate differential energy flux for electron energies in the range of 100's of keV to several MeV. In this paper we use observations of guided poloidal mode Alfven waves to constrain a ULF wave model that describes not only how waves evolve on geomagnetic field lines, but also their interaction with a dynamic height-resolved ionosphere. The ionosphere and neutral atmosphere are specified in the model using the IRI and MSIS models. These regions react to waves and precipitation through heating and cooling, ionization, recombination, and chemical reactions. We present detailed results of the interaction of a poloidal wave observed by the Eiscat radar, and demonstrate that the model used can reproduce all aspects of the radar observations. We consider mechanisms for pulsed precipitation accompanying this wave, which causes a phase difference of ~90 degrees between observed temperature and density spikes. We also

  10. Global evolution and propagation of electric fields during sudden commencements based on multi-­point observations

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    Takahashi, N.; Kasaba, Y.; Nishimura, Y.; Shinbori, A.; Kikuchi, T.; Hori, T.; Nishitani, N.

    2016-12-01

    Sudden commencements (SCs) are triggered by an abrupt compression of the dayside magnetopause, which causes a fast mode wave propagating toward the Earth in the equatorial magnetosphere across the magnetic field line. The sudden compression also induces the Alfven wave propagation toward the polar ionosphere along magnetic field lines. The latter causes the global transmission of ionospheric electric field at speed of light, and can propagate the influence back to the inner and/or nightside magnetosphere. These general propagation processes have been demonstrated in previous papers using direct observations. We study the spatial and temporal evolution of electric fields and the direction of Poynting fluxes between the magnetosphere and ionosphere associated with SCs. We use multi-point magnetospheric and ionospheric satellites (THEMIS, RBSP, GOES, and C/NOFS) with radars (SuperDARN). An event study on 17 March 2013 shows that the magnetospheric electric field is propagated from dayside to nightside magnetosphere. At the onset time, the magnetospheric magnetic field starts to increase, which indicates that the detected electric field is associated with the compression of the magnetosphere. In the ionosphere, C/NOFS satellite and SuperDARN radar detect the dusk-to-dawn electric field about 1 min after the onset in the magnetosphere. Poynting fluxes evaluated from THEMIS and RBSP data are directed toward the ionosphere along magnetic field lines in both dayside and nightside, which indicates that the Alfven wave launches toward the polar ionosphere at the onset. The spatial evolution of magnetospheric electric fields can be interpreted as follows: First, the fast mode wave propagates from dayside to nightside magnetosphere, and 105-120 s after the onset, the magnetospheric convection becomes stronger. We also find that the spatial distribution of the response time is asymmetric between dawn and dusk, which can be due to the asymmetry of the plasmapause location.

  11. Drift-Alfven wave mediated particle transport in an elongated density depression

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    Vincena, Stephen; Gekelman, Walter

    2006-06-15

    Cross-field particle transport due to drift-Alfven waves is measured in an elongated density depression within an otherwise uniform, magnetized helium plasma column. The depression is formed by drawing an electron current to a biased copper plate with cross-field dimensions of 28x0.24 ion sound-gyroradii {rho}{sub s}=c{sub s}/{omega}{sub ci}. The process of density depletion and replenishment via particle flux repeats in a quasiperiodic fashion for the duration of the current collection. The mode structure of the wave density fluctuations in the plane perpendicular to the background magnetic field is revealed using a two-probe correlation technique. The particle flux as a function of frequency is measured using a linear array of Langmuir probes and the only significant transport occurs for waves with frequencies between 15%-25% of the ion cyclotron frequency (measured in the laboratory frame) and with perpendicular wavelengths k{sub perpendicular}{rho}{sub s}{approx}0.7. The frequency-integrated particle flux is in rough agreement with observed increases in density in the center of the depletion as a function of time. The experiments are carried out in the Large Plasma Device (LAPD) [Gekelman et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 62, 2875 (1991)] at the Basic Plasma Science Facility located at the University of California, Los Angeles.

  12. Verification and validation of linear gyrokinetic simulation of Alfven eigenmodes in the DIII-D tokamak

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    Spong, D. A.; Bass, E. M.; Deng, W.; Heidbrink, W. W.; Lin, Z.; Tobias, B.; Van Zeeland, M. A.; Austin, M. E.; Domier, C. W.; Luhmann, N. C. Jr.

    2012-08-15

    A verification and validation study is carried out for a sequence of reversed shear Alfven instability time slices. The mode frequency increases in time as the minimum (q{sub min}) in the safety factor profile decreases. Profiles and equilibria are based upon reconstructions of DIII-D discharge (no. 142111) in which many such frequency up-sweeping modes were observed. Calculations of the frequency and mode structure evolution from two gyrokinetic codes, GTC and GYRO, and a gyro-Landau fluid code TAEFL are compared. The experimental mode structure of the instability was measured using time-resolved two-dimensional electron cyclotron emission imaging. The three models reproduce the frequency upsweep event within {+-}10% of each other, and the average of the code predictions is within {+-}8% of the measurements; growth rates are predicted that are consistent with the observed spectral line widths. The mode structures qualitatively agree with respect to radial location and width, dominant poloidal mode number, ballooning structure, and the up-down asymmetry, with some remaining differences in the details. Such similarities and differences between the predictions of the different models and the experimental results are a valuable part of the verification/validation process and help to guide future development of the modeling efforts.

  13. Kinetic Alfven wave instability in a Lorentzian dusty plasma: Non-resonant particle approach

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    Rubab, N.; Biernat, H. K.; Erkaev, V.; Langmayr, D.

    2011-07-15

    Analysis of the electromagnetic streaming instability is carried out which is related to the cross field drift of kappa distributed ions. The linear dispersion relation for electromagnetic wave using Vlasov-fluid equations in a dusty plasma is derived. Modified two stream instability (MTSI) in a dusty plasma has been discussed in the limit {omega}{sub pd}{sup 2}/c{sup 2}k{sub perpendicular}{sup 2}<<1. Numerical calculations of the growth rate of instability have been carried out. Growth rates of kinetic Alfven instability are found to be small as compared to MTSI. Maximum growth rates for both instabilities occur in oblique directions for V{sub 0}{>=}V{sub A}. It is shown that the presence of both the charged dust particles and perpendicular ion beam sensibly modify the dispersion relation of low-frequency electromagnetic wave. The dispersion characteristics are found to be insensible to the superthermal character of the ion distribution function. Applications to different intersteller regions are discussed.

  14. Stabilizing effect of ionized background of trans-Alfvenic expansion of exploding plasmas

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    Zakharov, Yu.P.; Ponomarenko, A.G.; Dudnikova, G.I.; Vshivkov, V.A.

    1995-12-31

    Recently a lot of theoretical and numerical calculations have been performed devoted to the study of Large-Larmor-Flute Instability (LLFI). Such instability was discovered initially in laboratory and later in active experiments (AMPTE, CRRES) on expansion of a quasispherical plasma cloud in a ``vacuum`` magnetic field {rvec B}{sub 0}. In the laser-produced plasma experiments at KI-1 facility it was established for the first time, that such non-MHD instability and LHD-instability of skin-layer may effectively be suppressed by ionized background at high-Alfven Mach numbers M{sub A} {much_gt} 1 as well as in a transient regime M{sub A} {approximately} 1. In the present paper on the basis of laboratory and computer simulation the value of M{sub A} was defined more exactly and other similarity parameters characterizing the development of LLFI was founded. The laser experiments were realized in hydrogen and argon background plasmas. The computer simulations were carried out with 2D electromagnetic hybrid code. It was exposed the transition from flute increase to decrease one when M{sub A} changed from M{sub A} = 1 to M{sub A} = 3.

  15. Simulation study of Alfven eigenmode induced energetic-ion transport in LHD

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    Nishimura, Seiya; Todo, Yasushi; Nakajima, Noriyoshi; Osakabe, Masaki; Yamamoto, Satoshi; Spong, Donald A.; Suzuki, Yasuhiro

    2012-10-01

    For the achievement of magnetic confinement fusion, the interaction between Alfven eigenmodes (AEs) and energetic ions is an important issue to be resolved. In the Large Helical Device(LHD), the AE bursts and the energetic-ion transport and losses have been observed during the neutral beam injection. However, it has not been clarified yet how the 3-dimensional magnetic field affects the AE induced energetic-ion transport. It is worth investigating this problem since the particle dynamics in the 3-dimensional configuration such as the helical trapping might enhance the transport. In this study, we perform the reduced simulation, where the AE spatial profile calculated with AE3D code is assumed to be constant in time and the evolution of the amplitude and the frequency is computed in a way consistent with the interaction between the energetic ions and AE. The energetic-ion dynamics is followed in the electromagnetic field that is the sum of the equilibrium field by HINT code and the AE perturbation. It is found that the AE amplitude continues to increase gradually after the exponential growth for the isotropic energetic-ion velocity distribution, whereas the saturation takes place for the beam-type distribution. We will report on the detailed analysis of the energetic-ion dynamics.

  16. Non-linear Dynamics Of Toroidicity-induced Alfven Eigenmodes On The National Spherical Torus Experiment

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    Podesta, M; Crocker, N A; Fredrickson, E D; Gorelenkov, N N; Heidbrink, W W; Kubota, S; LeBlanc, B P

    2011-04-26

    The National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX, [M. Ono et al., Nucl. Fusion 40, 557 (2000)]) routinely operates with neutral beam injection as the primary system for heating and current drive. The resulting fast ion population is super-Alfv enic, with velocities 1 < vfast=vAlfven < 5. This provides a strong drive for toroidicity-induced Alfv en eigenmodes (TAEs). As the discharge evolves, the fast ion population builds up and TAEs exhibit increasing bursts in amplitude and down-chirps in frequency, which eventually lead to a so-called TAE avalanche. Avalanches cause large (≤ 30%) fast ion losses over ~ 1 ms, as inferred from the neutron rate. The increased fast ion losses correlate with a stronger activity in the TAE band. In addition, it is shown that a n = 1 mode with frequency well below the TAE gap appears in the Fourier spectrum of magnetic fluctuations as a result of non-linear mode coupling between TAEs during avalanche events. The non-linear coupling between modes, which leads to enhanced fast ion transport during avalanches, is investigated.

  17. Modeling fast-ion transport during toroidal Alfven eigenmode avalanches in National Spherical Torus Experiment

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    Fredrickson, E. D.; Bell, R. E.; Darrow, D. S.; Gorelenkov, N. N.; Kramer, G. J.; Medley, S. S.; White, R. B.; Crocker, N. A.; Kubota, S.; Levinton, F. M.; Yuh, H.; Liu, D.; Podesta, M.; Tritz, K.

    2009-12-15

    Experiments on the National Spherical Torus Experiment [M. Ono et al., Nucl. Fusion 40, 557 (2000)] found strong bursts of toroidal Alfven eigenmode (TAE) activity correlated with abrupt drops in the neutron rate. A fairly complete data set offers the opportunity to benchmark the NOVA[C. Z. Cheng, Phys. Rep. 211, 1 (1992)] and ORBIT[R. B. White and M. S. Chance, Phys. Fluids 27, 2455 (1984)] codes in the low aspect ratio tokamak (ST) geometry. The internal structure of TAE was modeled with NOVA and good agreement is found with measurements made with an array of five fixed-frequency reflectometers. The fast-ion transport resulting from these bursts of multiple TAE was then modeled with the ORBIT code. The simulations are reasonably consistent with the observed drop in neutron rate, however, further refinements in both the simulation of the TAE structure and in the modeling of the fast-ion transport are needed. Benchmarking stability codes against present experiments is an important step in developing the predictive capability needed to plan future experiments.

  18. Gyrokinetic Particle Simulation of Fast Electron Driven Beta-induced Alfven Eigenmodes

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    Zhang, Wenlu; Cheng, Junyi; Lin, Zhihong

    2016-10-01

    The fast electron driven beta induced Alfven eigenmode (e-BAE) has been routinely observed in HL-2A tokamak. We study e-BAE for the first time using global gyrokinetic GTC simulation, where the fast electrons are described by the drift kinetic model. Frequency chirping is observed in nonlinear simulations in the absence of sources and sinks, which provide a new nonlinear paradigm beyond the standard ``bump-on-tail'' model. For weakly driven case, nonlinear frequency is observed to be in phase with particle flux, and nonlinear mode structure is almost the same as linear stage. In the strongly driven case, BAAE is also unstable and co-exists with BAE after the BAE saturation. Analysis of nonlinear wave-particle interactions shows that the frequency chirping is induced by the nonlinear evolution of the coherent structures in the fast electron phase space, where the dynamics of the coherent structure is controlled by the formation and destruction of phrase space islands in the canonical variables. Zonal fields are found to affect wave-particle resonance in the nonlinear e-BAE simulations.

  19. Simulation and Theoretical Study of Spontaneous Excitation of Convective Cells by Kinetic Alfven Waves

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    Lin, Yu; Zonca, Fulvio; Chen, Liu

    2015-11-01

    It has been recently demonstrated that, generally, electrostatic (ES) and magnetostatic (MS) convective cells (CCs), or zonal flows, can be excited simultaneously by kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs). In this paper, spontaneous excitations of electrostatic as well as magnetostatic convective cells by KAWs are investigated through hybrid simulations, and the results are compared with the analytical theory based on the nonlinear gyrokinetic equations. In the hybrid simulation, ions are treated as fully kinetic particles, and electrons are treated as a massless fluid. It is found that finite ion-Larmor-radius (FILR) effects play a crucial. Furthermore, ES and MS convective cells are intrinsically coupled and must be treated on an equal footing. Excellent agreement is obtained for mode structure and generation rate of convective cells by KAW, demonstrating that ESCC and MSCC are indeed coupled, and that spontaneous CC excitation is suppressed at long wavelength, showing the crucial destabilizing role of FILR effects in the excitation via modulational instabilities. This work is supported by US DoE, NSF, ITER-CN, and NSFC grants.

  20. Excitation of Alfven Cyclotron Instability by charged fusion products in tokamaks

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    Gorelenkov, N.N.; Cheng, C.Z.

    1994-08-01

    The spectrum of ion cyclotron emission (ICE) observed in tokamak experiments shows narrow peaks at multiples of the edge cyclotron frequency of background ions. A possible mechanism of ICE based on the fast Alfven Cyclotron Instability (ACI) resonantly excited by high energy charged products ({alpha}-particles or protons) is studied here. The two-dimensional ACI eigenmode structure and eigenfrequency are obtained in the large tokamak aspect ratio limit. The ACI is excited via wave-particle resonances in phase space by tapping the fast ion velocity space free energy. The instability growth rates are computed perturbatively from the perturbed fast particle distribution function, which is obtained by integrating the high frequency gyrokinetic equation along the particle orbit. Numerical examples of ACI growth rates are presented for TFTR plasmas. The fast ion distribution function is assumed to be singular in pitch angle near the plasma edge. The results are employed to understand the ICE in Deuterium-Deuterium (DD) and Deuterium-tritium (DT) tokamak experiments.

  1. On Properties of Compressional Alfven Eigenmode Instability Driven by Superalfvinic Ions

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    N.N. Gorelenkov; C.Z. Cheng

    2002-02-06

    Properties of the instability of Compressional Alfven Eigenmodes (CAE) in tokamak plasmas are studied in the cold plasma approximation with an emphasis on the instability driven by the energetic minority Ion Cyclotron Resonance Heating (ICRH) ions. We apply earlier developed theory [N.N. Gorelenkov and C.Z. Cheng, Nuclear Fusion 35 (1995) 1743] to compare two cases: Ion Cyclotron Emission (ICE) driven by charged fusion products and ICRH Minority driven ICE (MICE) [J. Cottrell, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2000)] recently observed on JET [Joint European Torus]. Particularly in MICE spectrum, only instabilities with even harmonics of deuterium-cyclotron frequency at the low-field-side plasma edge were reported. Odd deuterium-cyclotron frequency harmonics of ICE spectrum between the cyclotron harmonics of protons can be driven only via the Doppler-shifted cyclotron wave-particle resonance of CAEs with fusion products, but are shown to be damped due to the electron Landau damping in experiments on MI CE. Excitation of odd harmonics of MICE with high-field-side heating is predicted. Dependencies of the instability on the electron temperature is studied and is shown to be strong. Low electron temperature is required to excite odd harmonics in MICE.

  2. Alfven eigenmode stability and energetic particle transport using the TGLF model

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    Sheng, He; Waltz, R. E.; Staebler, G. M.

    2016-10-01

    The Trapped Gyro-Landau-Fluid (TGLF) transport model is a physically realistic and comprehensive theory based local quasilinear transport model fitted to linear and nonlinear GYRO gyrokinetic simulations. This work presents the first use of the TGLF model to treat low-n Alfven eigenmode (AE) stability and energetic particle (EP) transport. TGLF accurately recovers the GYRO TAE and EPM mode linear growth and frequency rates for the fusion alpha case in Ref.. TGLF is being set-up to quickly find the critical EP gradient profile for stiff AE EP transport based on the AE linear threshold conditions given the background plasma profiles in DIII-D. The TGLF model for passive EP transport from high-n ITG/TEM micro-turbulence is compared with previous models. Work supported by ITER-China Grants Nos. 2013GB112006 and 2013GB111001, and by U.S. DoE under DE-FG02-95ER54309 and DE-FC02-08ER54977.

  3. Gyrokinetic ion/fluid electron simulation of nonlinear evolution of multiple Reverse Shear Alfven Eigenmodes

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    Chen, Yang; Fu, Guo-Yong; Parker, Scott

    2016-10-01

    We report simulation of simultaneous excitation of multiple Reverse Shear Alfven eigenmodes in DIII-D plasmas (discharge #142111), using the gyrokinetic ion/fluid electron hybrid model of GEM. Thermal ions and beam ions are gyrokinetic, electrons are fluid with finite-mass correction in the Ohm's law. The vorticity equation is solved instead of the quasi-neutrality condition. This improves numerical stability. We extend previous single-n nonlinear simulation to simultaneous excitation of toroidal modes with n = 0 and 2 < n < 15 . Both the zonal n = 0 mode and the n = 8 mode are observed to be force driven by the linearly dominant n = 4 mode coupled to itself, with a growth rate twice that of the n = 4 mode. The zonal mode (including the surface averaged ϕ and A∥) significantly reduces the initial saturation level of the n = 4 mode. Evolution of all the other modes are also dominated by nonlinear coupling to the n = 4 mode. The mechanism of zonal structure generation will be examined by comparing various terms in the vorticity equation, including the Reynolds stress, the magnetic stress and the beam ion nonlinear effect.

  4. Gyrokinetic Simulation of Reverse Shear Alfven Eigenmodes in DIII-D Plasmas

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    Chen, Yang; Parker, Scott; Fu, Guo-Yong

    2012-03-01

    We present simulation results of the beam driven Reverse Shear Alfven Eigenmodes (RSAE) observed in DIII-D discharge 142111 using the Particle-in-Cell gyrokinetic code GEM [1]. Bulk ions and energetic particles are gyrokinetic, but electrons are described by a mass-less fluid model. Two schemes for obtaining the electric potential are implemented, one by solving the gyrokinetic Poisson equation for φ directly, the other by solving the gyrokinetic moment (GKM) equation for φ/t and then integrating in time. The GKM approach is found to be more robust for linear simulations (allowing larger time steps) but less robust for nonlinear simulations. Previous simulations reproduced the chirping in frequency as seen in the experiment. Recently it has been reported by other simulation codes (GTC, GYRO and TAEFL) that the shearing direction of the mode structure in the poloidal plane disagrees with observation. We found that the mode structure, including the shearing in the poloidal plane, is in general sensitive to the beam distribution. By changing the radial profile of the beam density while keeping the velocity dependence fixed, both shearing directions can be produced in the simulation. [4pt] [1] Y. Chen and S. E. Parker, J. Comp. Phys. 220, 839 (2007)

  5. An analytical solution of finite-amplitude solitary kinetic Alfven waves

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    Wu, D.; Wang, D.; Faelthammar, C.

    1995-12-01

    An analytical solution of finite-amplitude solitary kinetic Alfven waves (SKAWs) in a low-{beta} ({beta}{much_lt}{ital m}{sub {ital e}}/{ital m}{sub {ital i}}{much_lt}1) plasma is presented. This solution has been compared with the solution of the Korteweg--de Vries (KdV) equation in the small-amplitude limit. It is found that the KdV soliton solution is valid only for the maximum relative density perturbation {ital N}{sub {ital m}}{lt}0.1. For the larger {ital N}{sub {ital m}}, the exact analytical solution shows that the SKAWs have a much wider structure and much stronger perturbed fields than the KdV solitons with the same {ital N}{sub {ital m}}. Moreover, the relations between the width and the amplitude of SKAWs are also considerably different from that of the KdV solitons. In addition, the possibility for applying these results to some events observed from the Freja scientific satellite is discussed. (The Freja is a Swedish--German scientific project for the investigation of ionospheric and magnetospheric plasmas, and the Freja satellite was launched on a Long-March II rocket of China on October 6, 1992.) {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  6. EXCITATION OF KINETIC ALFVEN WAVES BY DENSITY STRIATION IN MAGNETO-PLASMAS

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    Wu, D. J.; Chen, L.

    2013-07-01

    Field-aligned density striation is one of the most common inhomogeneity phenomena in magneto-plasmas, such as in the solar coronal plasma and terrestrial auroral plasma. Kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) can play an important role in the inhomogeneous heating of coronal magneto-plasmas as well as in the local acceleration of auroral energetic electrons. In this paper, we study the dispersion and instability of KAWs in a magneto-plasma with density striation structures. Results show that KAWs become unstable in the presence of the density striation and the corresponding instability has a maximal growth rate at the perpendicular wavelength close to the spatial scale of the density gradient. Related experimental phenomena in both laboratory and space plasmas are discussed. It is suggested that the excitation of KAWs by the density striation of magneto-plasmas can be of potential importance in understanding the physics of the formation of magneto-plasma filaments and their heating mechanisms, which are often present in the terrestrial auroral plasma, the solar coronal plasma, and other astrophysical plasmas.

  7. Alfven Wave Evolution in an Interaction System of the Fast and Slow Solar Wind

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    Tsubouchi, K.

    2007-12-01

    Large-amplitude Alfven waves (AWs) are often embedded in a high-speed stream of the solar wind. As the high- speed streams overtake the low-speed streams ahead, corotating interaction regions (CIRs) are produced in low heliographic latitudes. In this study, the nonlinear evolution of AWs swept into CIRs is numerically investigated by one-dimensional MHD simulations. Ulysses observations suggest that not only AWs amplified through the reverse shock but also magnetic depression structures (MDs) are found in the trailing portions of CIRs (e.g., Tsurutani et al., 1995). Our interest is the generation mechanism of MDs in the context of AWs-CIRs interaction system. While MDs are supposed to be remnants of the mirror instability (e.g., Winterhalter et al., 1994), we give alternative processes from a macroscopic view as follows. A large pressure gradient developed in CIRs results in intensifying the diamagnetic current, which reflects a portion of the incident AW energy in the opposite direction (from a plasma-rest frame) as AWs penetrate into CIRs. Since the reflected AWs also carry the current, the reduction of the background field intensity (i.e. MD formation) is simultaneously taken place in the area sandwiched between the forward-reverse pair of AWs. Further analysis will be given via hybrid simulations to show how these MHD processes are manifested in particle behaviors, such as an acceleration due to a ponderomotive force.

  8. Two-dimensional solitary kinetic Alfven waves and dipole vortex structures

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    Wu, D.J.; Wang, D.Y.; Huang, G.L.

    1997-03-01

    A new type of density soliton, which we call {open_quotes}dipole density soliton,{close_quotes} is discovered in data from the Freja satellite. Like the dip or hump density solitons that were recently discovered in the Freja data [D.-J. Wu, G.-L. Huang, and D.-Y. Wang, Phys. Plasmas {bold 3}, 2879 (1996)], the dipole density solitons are also associated with strong electric spikes ({approximately} a few 100 mV/m) and have a spatial scale length of a few 100 m. This indicates that the three types of density solitons (dip, hump, and dipole) probably have the same physical nature. In this paper, a two-dimensional solitary kinetic Alfven wave (SKAW) model with a dipole vortex structure is proposed to account for the three kinds of density solitons (dip, hump, and dipole), in which the differences in their appearances can naturally be attributed to differences in the positions and directions at which the satellite crosses dipole vortex structures. Some features of this two-dimensional SKAW model are discussed, and the results are compared to the one-dimensional cases. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  9. Theory of continuum damping of toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes in finite-[beta] tokamaks

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    Zonca, F.; Chen, Liu.

    1993-05-01

    We have formulated a general theoretical approach for analyzing two-dimensional structures of high-n Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes (TAE) in large aspect-ratio, finite-[beta] tokamaks. Here, n is the toroidal wave number and [beta] is the ratio between plasma and magnetic pressures. The present approach generalizes the standard ballooning-mode formalism and is capable of treating eigenmodes with extended global radial structures as well as finite coupling between discrete and continuous spectra. Employing the well-known (s,[alpha]) model equilibrium and assuming a linear equilibrium profile, we have applied the present approach and calculated the corresponding resonant continuum damping rate of TAE modes. Here, s and [alpha] denote, respectively, the strengths of magnetic shear and pressure gradients. In particular, it is found that there exists a critical [alpha][sub c](s), such that, as [alpha] [yields] [alpha][sub c], the continuum damping rate is significantly enhanced and, thus, could suppress the potential TAE instability.

  10. Theory of continuum damping of toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes in finite-{beta} tokamaks

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    Zonca, F.; Chen, Liu

    1993-05-01

    We have formulated a general theoretical approach for analyzing two-dimensional structures of high-n Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes (TAE) in large aspect-ratio, finite-{beta} tokamaks. Here, n is the toroidal wave number and {beta} is the ratio between plasma and magnetic pressures. The present approach generalizes the standard ballooning-mode formalism and is capable of treating eigenmodes with extended global radial structures as well as finite coupling between discrete and continuous spectra. Employing the well-known (s,{alpha}) model equilibrium and assuming a linear equilibrium profile, we have applied the present approach and calculated the corresponding resonant continuum damping rate of TAE modes. Here, s and {alpha} denote, respectively, the strengths of magnetic shear and pressure gradients. In particular, it is found that there exists a critical {alpha}{sub c}(s), such that, as {alpha} {yields} {alpha}{sub c}, the continuum damping rate is significantly enhanced and, thus, could suppress the potential TAE instability.

  11. Suppressing Alfven eigenmodes by q-profile engineering to improve fast-ion confinement

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    Kramer, G. J.; Tobias, B. J.; Nazikian, R.; Holcomb, C.; Collins, C.; van Zeeland, M. A.; Heidbrink, W. W.; Zhu, Y.

    2016-10-01

    High levels of Alfven eigenmode (AE) activity often limit the plasma performance of steady-state target plasmas. Experiments were performed on DIII-D to suppress harmful AEs by q profile engineering. Current ramp rates of 0.6 MA/s are typically used in L-mode discharges to create qmin near r/a = 0.3 where the fast-ion pressure gradient is strong, leading to strong AEs and enhanced fast-ion transport. In a new experiment a current ramp-rate of 7 MA/s was used together with ECCD at mid-radius. This resulted in a qmin radius larger than 0.5 which is outside the fast-ion pressure gradient region. This resulted in a complete suppression of TAEs in the core and a highly reduced RSAE activity near qmin giving rise to classical fast-ion transport as deduced from neutron measurements. Although qmin was not sustained at large radii, these experiments show that AEs can be suppressed by q profile engineering. For sustaining qmin at large radii a stronger off-axis current drive source is planned with neutral beam upgrades in 2017. DOE Grants DE-AC02-09CH11466 and DE-FC02-04ER54698.

  12. Modeling Alfven and Whistler Waves Generation by Rotating Magnetic Field Source

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    Shao, X.; Karavavev, A.; Sharma, A. S.; Papadopoulos, K.; Gumerov, N.; Joyce, G.; Gigliotti, A.; Gekelman, W.

    2008-11-01

    Recent experiments by Gigliotti et al. 2008 and Karavaev et al. 2008 demonstrated excitation of Alfven and whistler waves, respectively, by Rotating Magnetic Fields (RMF) created by a phased orthogonal loop antenna. This paper presents a combination of computations along with experiments that emphasize the RMF properties for generating MHD and whistler waves. For RMF rotating frequencies in the whistler wave frequency range, the electrons quickly come to a co-rotation with the RMF, generating a differential azimuthal current. For rotating frequencies below the ion cyclotron frequency wave, the electron and ion motion decouple within the ion skin-depth near the antenna and co-rotates with the RMF outside the ion skin depth. In order to understand the RMF and plasma interaction and the resultant radiation in different frequency regimes, we developed a 3D code to simulate experimental configurations. The simulation help us understand the general characteristics of impedance matching, energy coupling and far field radiation pattern from an RMF antenna in plasmas. The dependence of the induced magnetic field on RMF frequency, and plasma parameters, as well as space applications of RMF antennas are discussed. This work was sponsored by ONR MURI Grant 5-28828.

  13. Cross Scale Coupling of Alfven Turbulence in the Polar Wind Region

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    Khazanov, George V.; Six, N. Frank (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling phenomena are extremely complex and diverse, involving a whole series of processes operating over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. One of the fundamental aspects of understanding this coupling is the polar wind, which is a dominant mechanism of mass transport from the ionospheric source region to the magnetosphere and strongly influences the plasma parameters above the F2 density peak. The combined effects of photoelectrons, and the ponderomotive force will be presented based on our polar wind model. The presence of photoelectrons and low frequency oscillations (that create the ponderomotive force) increase ion outflows. It is also demonstrated that large-amplitude low-frequency waves (LFW) may generate lower hybrid waves (LHW) in the auroral zone. The excitation of LHW by a LF wave may lead to the appearance of an additional channel of energy transfer from, for example, Alfven or fast magnetosonic waves, to particles. This process then influences the formation of the plasma distribution function at the expense of acceleration in the tail of the distribution during the collapse of the LHW. The ion energization due to the LHW can be comparable with that produced by the ponderomotive force of the LFW.

  14. Deformation of the Earth's magnetosphere under low Alfven-Mach-number solar wind

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    Nishino, Masaki N.; Saito, Yoshifumi; Mukai, Toshifumi; Kuznetsova, Masha M.; Rastaetter, Lutz; Phan, Tai; Fujimoto, Masaki

    2012-07-01

    The density of the solar wind (SW) around the Earth's magnetosphere sometimes decreases to only several percent of the usual value, and such density extrema results in a significant reduction of dynamic pressure and Alfven Mach number (Ma) of the SW flow. Such density reduction plays an important role in magnetospheric phenomena; for instance, a magnetospheric expansion by a low density region of a coronal mass ejection causes an extreme enhancement of killer electrons in the radiation belt (Kataoka and Miyoshi, Geophys. Res. Lett., 2007). While simple expansion of the Earth's magnetosphere by the low dynamic pressure was assumed in previous studies, a recent simulation study predicted a remarkable dawn-dusk asymmetry of the magnetotail in shape under low Ma SW and Parker-spiral IMF configuration (Nishino et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 2008). We further show evidence of strong deformation of the magnetotail under low Ma SW and Parker-spiral IMF conditions, based on Geotail observations on both the dawn and dusk sides. In addition to the magnetospheric expansion, the deformation during low Ma SW might also affect physical process there, changing drift passes of charged particles in the magnetosphere.

  15. MASS AND MAGNETIC DISTRIBUTIONS IN SELF-GRAVITATING SUPER-ALFVENIC TURBULENCE WITH ADAPTIVE MESH REFINEMENT

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    Collins, David C.; Norman, Michael L.; Padoan, Paolo; Xu Hao

    2011-04-10

    In this work, we present the mass and magnetic distributions found in a recent adaptive mesh refinement magnetohydrodynamic simulation of supersonic, super-Alfvenic, self-gravitating turbulence. Power-law tails are found in both mass density and magnetic field probability density functions, with P({rho}) {proportional_to} {rho}{sup -1.6} and P(B) {proportional_to} B{sup -2.7}. A power-law relationship is also found between magnetic field strength and density, with B {proportional_to} {rho}{sup 0.5}, throughout the collapsing gas. The mass distribution of gravitationally bound cores is shown to be in excellent agreement with recent observation of prestellar cores. The mass-to-flux distribution of cores is also found to be in excellent agreement with recent Zeeman splitting measurements. We also compare the relationship between velocity dispersion and density to the same cores, and find an increasing relationship between the two, with {sigma} {proportional_to} n{sup 0.25}, also in agreement with the observations. We then estimate the potential effects of ambipolar diffusion in our cores and find that due to the weakness of the magnetic field in our simulation, the inclusion of ambipolar diffusion in our simulation will not cause significant alterations of the flow dynamics.

  16. Numerical Simulation of Waves Driven by Plasma Currents Generated by Low-Frequency Alfven Waves in a Multi-Ion Plasma

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    Singh, Nagendra; Khazanov, George

    2004-01-01

    When multi-ion plasma consisting of heavy and light ions is permeated by a low-frequency Alfven (LFA) wave, the crossed-electric-and-magnetic field (E x B), and the polarization drifts of the different ion species and the electrons could be quite different. The relative drifts between the charged-particle species drive waves, which energize the plasma. Using 2.5-dimensional (2.5-D) particle-in-cell simulations, we study this process of wave generation and its nonlinear consequences in terms of acceleration and heating plasma. Specifically, we study the situation for LFA wave frequency being lower than the heavy-ion cyclotron frequency in a multi-ion plasma. We impose such a wave to the plasma assuming that its wavelength is much larger than that of the waves generated by the relative drifts. For better understanding, the LFA-wave driven simulations are augmented by those driven by initialized ion beams. The driven high-frequency (HF) wave modes critically depend on the heavy ion density nh; for small values of nh, the lower hybrid (LH) waves dominate. On the other hand, for large nh a significantly enhanced level of waves occurs over a much broader frequency spectrum below the LH frequency and such waves are interpreted here as the ion Bernstein (IB) mode near the light ion cyclotron harmonics. Irrespective of the driven wave modes, both the light and heavy ions undergo significant transverse acceleration, but for the large heavy-ion densities, even the electrons are significantly accelerated in the parallel direction by the waves below the LH frequency. Even when the LFA wave drive is maintained, the ion heating leads to the cessation of HF wave excitation just after a few cycles of the former wave. On the basis of marginal stability seen in the simulations, an empirical relation for LFA wave amplitude, frequency and ion temperature is given.

  17. Magnetic Piston Propagation in a 100-ns Plasma Opening Switch

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    Weingarten, A.; Grabowski, C.; Chakrabarti, N.; Maron, Y.; Fruchtman, A.

    1998-11-01

    The propagation of a magnetic piston through the plasma of a 90-ns, 170-kA POS is observed by studying the electron density, magnetic field, and ion velocity evolution. For the prefilled plasma n_e=(2.2± 0.5)× 10^14 cm-3, and T_e=5.5± 1 eV. The plasma composition is studied from absolute line intensities and collisional-radiative calculations. Most of the plasma ions are protons (90% near the cathode) with the rest being mainly CIV. The Hall-MHD conditions are not fulfilled for our experiment and ion motion is significant. The 3D-resolved ne evolution during the current pulse is studied from the line intensities of ions doped in the plasma using laser evaporation, and the magnetic field from Zeeman splitting. A diagonal magnetic piston propagates from the generator towards the load at about half the proton Alfven velocity. The protons are specularly reflected by the piston, while the heavy ions cross the potential hill in the piston, acquiring a lower velocity. The proton reflection causes an increase of ne ahead of the piston, followed by a sharp (10-20 ns) and substantial drop in ne (to 10-50% from the initial value). The magnetic field distribution studied using chordal observation, and theoretical analysis of ne and the magnetic field evolution are presented.

  18. NASA Propagation Studies Website

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    Angkasa, Krisjani S.

    1996-01-01

    The NASA propagation studies objective is to enable the development of new commercial satellite communication systems and services by providing timely data and models about propagation of satellite radio signals through the intervening environment and to support NASA missions. In partnership with industry and academia, the program leverages unique NASA assets (currently Advanced Communications Technology Satellite) to obtain propagation data. The findings of the study are disseminated through referred journals, NASA reference publications, workshops, electronic media, and direct interface with industry.

  19. Lattice Boltzmann method for electromagnetic wave propagation

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    Hanasoge, S. M.; Succi, S.; Orszag, S. A.

    2011-10-01

    We present a new Lattice Boltzmann (LB) formulation to solve the Maxwell equations for electromagnetic (EM) waves propagating in a heterogeneous medium. By using a pseudo-vector discrete Boltzmann distribution, the scheme is shown to reproduce the continuum Maxwell equations. The technique compares well with a pseudo-spectral method at solving for two-dimensional wave propagation in a heterogeneous medium, which by design contains substantial contrasts in the refractive index. The extension to three dimensions follows naturally and, owing to the recognized efficiency of LB schemes for parallel computation in irregular geometries, it gives a powerful method to numerically simulate a wide range of problems involving EM wave propagation in complex media.

  20. Parallel flow diffusion battery

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    Yeh, Hsu-Chi; Cheng, Yung-Sung

    1984-08-07

    A parallel flow diffusion battery for determining the mass distribution of an aerosol has a plurality of diffusion cells mounted in parallel to an aerosol stream, each diffusion cell including a stack of mesh wire screens of different density.