Multiscale Nature of the Dissipation Range in Gyrokinetic Simulations of Alfvénic Turbulence

D. Told, F. Jenko, J. M. TenBarge, G. G. Howes, G. W. Hammett

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Abstract

Nonlinear energy transfer and dissipation in Alfvén wave turbulence are analyzed in the first gyrokinetic simulation spanning all scales from the tail of the MHD range to the electron gyroradius scale. For typical solar wind parameters at 1 AU, about 30% of the nonlinear energy transfer close to the electron gyroradius scale is mediated by modes in the tail of the MHD cascade. Collisional dissipation occurs across the entire kinetic range k¥ρi1. Both mechanisms thus act on multiple coupled scales, which have to be retained for a comprehensive picture of the dissipation range in Alfvénic turbulence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number025003
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume115
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 9 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy

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