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Title: Evolution of lower hybrid turbulence in the ionosphere

Three-dimensional evolution of the lower hybrid turbulence driven by a spatially localized ion ring beam perpendicular to the ambient magnetic field in space plasmas is analyzed. It is shown that the quasi-linear saturation model breaks down when the nonlinear rate of scattering by thermal electron is larger than linear damping rates, which can occur even for low wave amplitudes. The evolution is found to be essentially a three-dimensional phenomenon, which cannot be accurately explained by two-dimensional simulations. An important feature missed in previous studies of this phenomenon is the nonlinear conversion of electrostatic lower hybrid waves into electromagnetic whistler and magnetosonic waves and the consequent energy loss due to radiation from the source region. This can result in unique low-amplitude saturation with extended saturation time. It is shown that when the nonlinear effects are considered the net energy that can be permanently extracted from the ring beam is larger. The results are applied to anticipate the outcome of a planned experiment that will seed lower hybrid turbulence in the ionosphere and monitor its evolution.
Authors:
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  1. Plasma Physics Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375-5346 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22489856
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; AMPLITUDES; ELECTRONS; ENERGY LOSSES; ION RINGS; LOWER HYBRID HEATING; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MAGNETOACOUSTIC WAVES; NET ENERGY; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; PLASMA; PLASMA SIMULATION; SCATTERING; THREE-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; TURBULENCE; TWO-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; WHISTLERS