Collisionless magnetohydrodynamic turbulence in two dimensions
Abbreviated Journal Title
magnetohydrodynamics; turbulence; MAGNETIC-FIELD RECONNECTION; HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASMAS; MHD TURBULENCE; INTERSTELLAR TURBULENCE; STATISTICAL PROPERTIES; SPATIAL INTERMITTENCY; ALFVENIC TURBULENCE; INSTABILITIES; DYNAMICS; AMPLIFICATION; Physics, Multidisciplinary
In this paper we give a formulation of two-dimensional (2D) collisionless magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence that includes the effects of both electron inertia and electron pressure (or parallel electron compressibility) and is applicable to strongly magnetized collisionless plasmas. We place particular emphasis on the departures from the 2D classical MHD turbulence results produced by the collisionless MHD effects. We investigate the fractal/multi-fractal aspects of spatial intermittency. The fractal model for intermittent collisionless MHD turbulence appears to be able to describe the observed k(-1) spectrum in the solar wind. Multi-fractal scaling behaviors in the inertial range are first deduced, and are then extrapolated down to the dissipative microscales. We then consider a parabolic-profile model for the singularity spectrum f(alpha), as an explicit example of a multi-fractal scenario. These considerations provide considerable insights into the basic mechanisms underlying spatial intermittency in 2D fully developed collisionless MHD turbulence. (c) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Annals of Physics
"Collisionless magnetohydrodynamic turbulence in two dimensions" (2005). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 5662.