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Turbulence, spatial transport, and heating of the solar wind

Matthaeus, WH; Zank, GP; Smith, CW; Oughton, S; (1999) Turbulence, spatial transport, and heating of the solar wind. Physical Review Letters , 82 (17) 3444 - 3447. 10.1103/PhysRevLett.82.3444. Green open access

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Abstract

A phenomenological theory describes radial evolution of plasma turbulence in the solar wind from 1 to 50 astronomical units. The theory includes a simple closure for local anisotropic magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, spatial transport, and driving by large-scale shear and pickup ions. Results compare well to plasma and magnetic field data from the Voyager 2 spacecraft, providing a basis for a concise, tractable description of turbulent energy transport in a variety of astrophysical plasmas.

Type: Article
Title: Turbulence, spatial transport, and heating of the solar wind
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.82.3444
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.82.3444
Language: English
Additional information: © 1999 The American Physical Society
Keywords: applied, transport, Turbulence
UCL classification: UCL
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/172652
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