Anisotropic MHD Turbulence in the Interstellar Medium and Solar Wind

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A theoretical model is given of anisotropic magnetohydrodynamic turbulence in the interstellar medium and the solar wind. The model is motivated by observations that show significant deviations from the Kolmogorov power-law. Dimensional and heuristic arguments are given and critically assessed. On the basis of the weak turbulence approximation in which three-wave interactions dominate, analytical and numerical results are obtained for the anisotropic energy spectrum produced by the random scattering of shear Alfvén waves propagating parallel to a large-scale magnetic field. The energy spectrum is shown to be proportional to k⊥-2, qualitatively consistent with some observations and wave kinetic theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSolar Wind Ten
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Solar Wind Conference
EditorsMarco Velli, Roberto Bruno, Francesco Malara
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)0735401489
StatePublished - Sep 2 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Solar Wind Conference - Pisa, Italy
Duration: Jun 17 2002Jun 21 2002

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other10th International Solar Wind Conference

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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