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Title: Spectral evolution of two-dimensional kinetic plasma turbulence in the wavenumber-frequency domain

We present a method for studying the evolution of plasma turbulence by tracking dispersion relations in the energy spectrum in the wavenumber-frequency domain. We apply hybrid plasma simulations in a simplified two-dimensional geometry to demonstrate our method and its applicability to plasma turbulence in the ion kinetic regime. We identify four dispersion relations: ion-Bernstein waves, oblique whistler waves, oblique Alfvén/ion-cyclotron waves, and a zero-frequency mode. The energy partition and frequency broadening are evaluated for these modes. The method allows us to determine the evolution of decaying plasma turbulence in our restricted geometry and shows that it cascades along the dispersion relations during the early phase with an increasing broadening around the dispersion relations.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [1] ;  [5]
  1. Institut für Theoretische Physik, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Mendelssohnstr. 3, D-38016 Braunschweig (Germany)
  2. (Romania)
  3. Space Science Center, University of New Hampshire, 8 College Rd., Durham, New Hampshire 03824 (United States)
  4. Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Schmiedlstr. 6, A-8042 Graz (Austria)
  5. (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22220567
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 20; Journal Issue: 9; Other Information: (c) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ALFVEN WAVES; BERNSTEIN MODE; CYCLOTRONS; DISPERSION RELATIONS; ENERGY SPECTRA; EVOLUTION; GEOMETRY; ION ACOUSTIC WAVES; IONS; NUMERICAL ANALYSIS; PLASMA SIMULATION; WHISTLERS