The physics of Alfven-wave heating is particularly sensitive to the character of the linear mode conversion which occurs at the Alfven resonance layer. Parameter changes can profoundly affect both the location within the plasma and the mechanism for the power absorption. Under optimal conditions the heating power may be absorbed by electron Landau damping and by electron transit-time magnetic pumping in the plasma interior, or by the same processes acting near the resonance layer on the mode-converted kinetic Alfven wave. The method is outlined for computing the coefficients for reflection, transmission and absorption at the resonance layer and some representative results are offered
Alfven wave heating and stability
Alfven waves in fusion plasmas play an important role in a number of situations. First, in Alfven Wave Heating (AWH) schemes. Second, both theory and experiment have demonstrated the existence of Global Alfven Eigenmodes (GAEs). GAEs have been observed in different tokamaks (PRETEXT, TCA, TEXTOR, etc.) and, more recently, in a stellarator (Wendelstein 7-AS) where they were shown to become unstable under intense Neutral Beam injection. Third, the existence and possible destabilization by fast ions of Toroidicity induced Alfven Eigenmodes (TAEs) has been evidenced both theoretically and experimentally. This destabilization could hamper the operation of a magnetically confined fusion reactor by setting a limit on the number of fusion alpha particles in the plasma. It is therefore crucial to understand the mechanisms leading to the occurrence of the instability and also those that can stabilize the TAEs by increasing the strength of the damping. The aim is to be able to devise possible ways to avoid the instability of Alfven eigenmodes in a region of parameter space that is compatible with the functioning of a fusion reactor. A global perturbative approach is presented to tackle the problem of the linear stability of TAEs. Our model computes the overall wave particle power transfers to the different species and thus could also be applied to the study of alpha power extraction in the presence of Alfven waves. We indicate also how to go beyond the perturbative approach. (author) 15 figs., 38 refs
Spheromak heating with Alfven waves
The temperature of present spheromak plasmas will need to be raised in order to test the feasibility of the confinement concept. In addition, a spatially-selective rf heating pulse can be used to study transport. As the ohmic heating power within a spheromak can be quite large (6-MW), low frequencies where large amounts of power are available are preferred. For the Los Alamos spheromak experiment CTX, we propose to add heating energy via a shear Alfven wave resonance. This resonance can be made to occur upon a particular flux surface, thus depositing most of the energy locally. A 2-dimensional equilibrium code (toroidally symmetric) is used to establish flux surfaces and magnetic field values for the desired configuration, either with or without plasma pressure
Alfven wave heating of a theta pinch
The process of shear Alfven wave resonant absorption for plasma heating has been applied to a theta pinch. The m=1 mode is excited by means of a helical launching structure with a given wavelength, at a number of different frequencies. When the frequency lies in the continuous Alfven spectrum the kink energy is transferred to the Alfven wave and then is rapidly thermalized. The heating power is measured by a diamagnetic probe. It is shown that the probe signal can be treated as a thermodynamic variable permitting an exact energy balance to be deduced. The measured resonance curve of the heating power is in agreement with the predicted behaviour. A 50% efficiency is achieved and the coupling between the plasma and the external circuit is strong, in spite of the high compression ratio. (author)
Plasma heating by kinetic Alfven wave
The heating of a nonuniform plasma (electron-ion) due to the resonant excitation of the shear Alfven wave in the low β regime is studied using initially the ideal MHD model and posteriorly using the kinetic model. The Vlasov equation for ions and the drift kinetic equation for electrons have been used. Through the ideal MHD model, it is concluded that the energy absorption is due to the continuous spectrum (phase mixing) which the shear Alfven wave has in a nonuniform plasma. An explicit expression for the energy absorption is derived. Through the kinetic model it is concluded that the energy absorption is due to a resonant mode convertion of the incident wave into the kinetic Alfven wave which propagates away from the resonant region. Its electron Landau damping has been observed. There has been a concordance with the MHD calculations. (Author)
Seven chapters are included. Chapters 1 and 2 introduce the Alfven wave and describe its linear properties in a homogeneous medium. Chapters 3 and 4 cover the effects of inhomogeneities on these linear properties. Particular emphasis is placed on the appearance of a continuum spectrum and the associated absorption of the Alfven wave which arise due to the inhomogeneity. The explanation of the physical origin of absorption is given using kinetic theory. Chapter 5 is devoted to the associated plasma instabilities. Nonlinear effects discussed in Chapter 6 include quasilinear diffusion, decay, a solitary wave, and a modulational instability. The principles of Alfven wave heating, a design example and present-day experimental results are described in Chapter 7
The Source of Alfven Waves That Heat the Solar Corona
Ruzmaikin, A.; Berger, M. A.
1998-01-01
We suggest a source for high-frequency Alfven waves invoked in coronal heating and acceleration of the solar wind. The source is associated with small-scale magnetic loops in the chromospheric network.
Alfven wave heating of current-carrying plasmas
Alfven wave heating involves the excitation, by antenna currents, of MHD waves which mode convert to short wavelength quasi-electrostatic waves (QEW) at the Alfven resonance position. Over the past few years the authors developed the computer code ANTENNA which solves the kinetic theory equations that describe this process for a cylindrical model of a tokamak. Recently, the following improvements have been made to the code: Antennas with radial current elements can now be treated; arbitrary density and temperature profiles can be analysed; the kinetic theory wave equations have been formulated for arbitrary force-free plasma-current distributions
Moore, R. L.; Hammer, R.; Musielak, Z. E.; Suess, S. T.; An, C.-H.
1992-01-01
In our recent analysis of Alfven wave reflection in solar coronal holes, we found evidence that coronal holes are heated by reflected Alfven waves. This result suggests that the reflection is inherent to the process that dissipates these Alfven waves into heat. We propose a novel dissipation process that is driven by the reflection, and that plausibly dominates the heating in coronal holes.
Density Limit in TCABR Plasmas With Alfven Wave Heating
Alfven Waves (AW) were launched in tokamak (TCABR) density limit plasmas for the first time. Experimental evidence of plasma heating is backed up by calculations from an 1-D numerical cylindrical code, based on the toroidal electric field diffusion. Simultaneously, increase in the density limit and plasma pressure with negligible impurities level launched by the AW antennas were also observed, without major appearance of a resistive disruption. The increase in the density limit and the heating might be related to the expected edge and off-axis AW power deposition, respectively, in agreement with the calculation performed by an 1-D numerical code linked to ASTRA
Ionospheric Ion Upflows Associated with the Alfven Wave Heating
Song, P.; Tu, J.
2014-12-01
In this study we present the simulation results from a self-consistent inductive-dynamic ionosphere-thermosphere model. In a 2-D numerical simulation (noon-midnight meridian plane), we solve the continuity, momentum, and energy equations for multiple species of ions and neutrals and Maxwell's equations. In particular, the model retains Faraday's law, inertial term in the ion momentum equations and photochemistry. The code is based on an implicit algorithm and simulates a region from 80 km to 5000 km above the Earth. The system is driven by an antisunward motion at the upper boundary of the dayside cusp latitude in both hemispheres. We show that the frictional heating, which can produce upflows of the light (H+ and He+) and heave (O+) ions, is driven by the Alfven wave-induced ion motion relative to the neutrals. The variations of the upflows along a noon-midnight magnetic meridian are examined in association with given driving conditions imposed by the magnetosphere convection.
Solar off-limb line widths: Alfven waves, ion-cyclotron waves, and preferential heating
Dolla, L
2008-01-01
Alfven waves and ion-cyclotron absorption of high-frequency waves are frequently brought into models devoted to coronal heating and fast solar-wind acceleration. Signatures of ion-cyclotron resonance have already been observed in situ in the solar wind (HELIOS spacecrafts) and, recently, in the upper corona (UVCS/SOHO remote-sensing results). We propose a method to constrain both the Alfven wave amplitude and the preferential heating induced by ion-cyclotron resonance, above a partially developed polar coronal hole observed with the SUMER/SOHO spectrometer. The instrumental stray light contribution is first substracted from the spectra. By supposing that the non-thermal velocity is related to the Alfven wave amplitude, it is constrained through a density diagnostic and the gradient of the width of the Mg X 625 A line. The temperatures of several coronal ions, as functions of the distance above the limb, are then determined by substracting the non-thermal component to the observed line widths. The effect of st...
Theory of heating of hot magnetized plasma by Alfven waves. Application for solar corona
Mishonov, T. M.; Stoev, M. V.; Maneva, Y. G.
2007-01-01
The heating of magnetized plasma by propagation of Alfven waves is calculated as a function of the magnetic field spectral density. The results can be applied to evaluate the heating power of the solar corona at known data from satellites' magnetometers. This heating rate can be incorporated in global models for heating of the solar corona and creation of the solar wind. The final formula for the heating power is illustrated with a model spectral density of the magnetic field obtained by anal...
Shear Alfven waves in tokamaks
Shear Alfven waves in an axisymmetric tokamak are examined within the framework of the linearized ideal MHD equations. Properties of the shear Alfven continuous spectrum are studied both analytically and numerically. Implications of these results in regards to low frequency rf heating of toroidally confined plasmas are discussed. The structure of the spatial singularities associated with these waves is determined. A reduced set of ideal MHD equations is derived to describe these waves in a very low beta plasma
Alfven wave spectrum control in the heating and current drive experiments
In this report we present the diagnostic system that has been developed for wave field spectrum analysis and control during Alfven wave heating and current drive experiments in the TCABR tokamak The system permits to register simultaneously the phase and the amplitude of the toroidal Β-tilde φ and poloidal Β-tildeθ magnetic field components of the waves with M ±1, N = ±, N = ±(2+6) in the frequency range ∫ = 2-8 MHz and RF pulse duration τ = 20-50 ms and to generate a feedback signal for plasma parameters control. The wave mode and frequency selectivity are ensured by the adjustment of the magnetic probe position and by utilization of specially designed 'lock-in' amplifiers that use 'sin' and 'cos' reference signals produced on the basis of the Alfven antenna feeding current. (author)
Kinetic effects of Alfven wave spatial resonances near the plasma edge are investigated numerically and analytically in a cylindrical tokamak model. In Part 1, cold plasma surface Alfven eigenmodes (SAE's) in a pure plasma are examined. Numerical calculations of antenna-driven waves exhibiting absorption resonances at certain discrete frequencies are first reviewed. From a simplified kinetic equation, an analytical dispersion relation is then obtained with the antenna current set equal to zero. The real and imaginary parts of its roots, which are the complex eigenfrequencies, agree with the central frequencies and widths, respectively, of the numerical antenna-driven resonances. These results serve as an introduction to the companion paper, in which it is shown that, in the presence of a minority species, certain SAE's, instead of heating the plasma exterior, can dissipate substantial energy in the two-ion hybrid layer near the plasma center. 11 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab
The role of Alfv\\'en wave heating in solar prominences
Soler, Roberto; Oliver, Ramon; Ballester, Jose Luis
2016-01-01
Observations have shown that magnetohydrodynamic waves over a large frequency range are ubiquitous in solar prominences. The waves are probably driven by photospheric motions and may transport energy up to prominences suspended in the corona. Dissipation of wave energy can lead to heating of the cool prominence plasma, so contributing to the local energy balance within the prominence. Here we discuss the role of Alfv\\'en wave dissipation as a heating mechanism for the prominence plasma. We consider a slab-like quiescent prominence model with a transverse magnetic field embedded in the solar corona. The prominence medium is modelled as a partially ionized plasma composed of a charged ion-electron single fluid and two separate neutral fluids corresponding to neutral hydrogen and neutral helium. Friction between the three fluids acts as a dissipative mechanism for the waves. The heating caused by externally-driven Alfv\\'en waves incident on the prominence slab is analytically explored. We find that the dense pro...
The Spatial and Temporal Dependence of Coronal Heating by Alfven Wave Turbulence
Asgari-Targhi, M; Cranmer, S R; DeLuca, E E
2013-01-01
The solar atmosphere may be heated by Alfven waves that propagate up from the convection zone and dissipate their energy in the chromosphere and corona. To further test this theory, we consider wave heating in an active region observed on 2012 March 7. A potential field model of the region is constructed, and 22 field lines representing observed coronal loops are traced through the model. Using a three-dimensional (3D) reduced magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) code, we simulate the dynamics of Alfven waves in and near the observed loops. The results for different loops are combined into a single formula describing the average heating rate Q as function of position within the observed active region. We suggest this expression may be approximately valid also for other active regions, and therefore may be used to construct 3D, time-dependent models of the coronal plasma. Such models are needed to understand the role of thermal non-equilibrium in the structuring and dynamics of the Sun's corona.
Advanced antenna system for Alfven wave plasma heating and current drive in TCABR tokamak
An advanced antenna system that has been developed for investigation of Alfven wave plasma heating and current drive in the TCABR tokamak is described. The main goal was the development of such a system that could insure the excitation of travelling single helicity modes with predefined wave mode numbers M and N. The system consists of four similar modules with poloidal windings. The required spatial spectrum is formed by proper phasing of the RF feeding currents. The impedance matching of the antenna with the four-phase oscillator is accomplished by resonant circuits which form one assembly unit with the RF feeders. The characteristics of the antenna system design with respect to the antenna-plasma coupling and plasma wave excitation, for different phasing of the feeding currents, are summarised. The antenna complex impedance Z=ZR+ZI is calculated taking into account both the plasma response to resonant excitation of fast Alfven waves and the nonresonant excitation of vacuum magnetic fields in conducting shell. The matching of the RF generator with the antenna system during plasma heating is simulated numerically, modelling the plasma response with mutually coupled effective inductances with corresponding active ZR and reactive ZI impedances. The results of the numerical simulation of the RF system performance, including both the RF magnetic field spectrum analysis and the modeling of the RF generator operation with plasma load, are presented. (orig.)
Design of the RF system for Alfven wave heating and current drive in a TCA/BR tokamak
The advanced RF system for Alfven wave plasma heating and current drive in TCA/BR tokamak is presented. The antenna system is capable of exciting the standing and travelling wave M = -1,N = 1,N =-4,-6 with single helicity and thus provides the possibility to improve Alfven wave plasma heating efficiency in TCA/BR tokamak and to increase input power level up to P ≅ 1 MW, without the uncontrolled density rise which was encountered in previous TCA (Switzerland) experiments. (author). 4 refs., 3 figs
An experimental study of the harmonics generated during Alfven wave heating in TCA
During plasma excitation by high power Alfven waves in TCA, signals at harmonics of the generator frequency are observed in the plasma scrape-off layer. In this paper we report experimental investigations of the sheath effect and the excitation efficiency and dispersion properties of these harmonics. The results indicate that the harmonics arise either directly or indirectly through the driven Alfven waves and not the sheath effect at the exciting antenna. The RF ion saturation current is observed a non-negligible peak amplitude in comparison to the time averaged ion saturation current and may provide evidence of non-linear evolution of the driven Alfven waves. (author) 8 figs., 8 refs
PERPENDICULAR ION HEATING BY LOW-FREQUENCY ALFVEN-WAVE TURBULENCE IN THE SOLAR WIND
We consider ion heating by turbulent Alfven waves (AWs) and kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) with wavelengths (measured perpendicular to the magnetic field) that are comparable to the ion gyroradius and frequencies ω smaller than the ion cyclotron frequency Ω. We focus on plasmas in which β ∼ρ/vperpendicular, where vperpendicular (v ||) is the component of the ion velocity perpendicular (parallel) to the background magnetic field B 0, and δv ρ (δB ρ) is the rms amplitude of the velocity (magnetic-field) fluctuations at the gyroradius scale. In the case of thermal protons, when ε crit, where εcrit is a constant, a proton's magnetic moment is nearly conserved and stochastic heating is extremely weak. However, when ε>εcrit, the proton heating rate exceeds half the cascade power that would be present in strong balanced KAW turbulence with the same value of δv ρ, and magnetic-moment conservation is violated even when ω crit = 0.19. For protons in low-β plasmas, ε ≅ β-1/2δBρ/B 0, and ε can exceed εcrit even when δBρ/B 0 crit. The heating is anisotropic, increasing v 2perpendicular much more than v 2|| when β 1 Landau damping and transit-time damping of KAWs lead to strong parallel heating of protons.) At comparable temperatures, alpha particles and minor ions have larger values of ε than protons and are heated more efficiently as a result. We discuss the implications of our results for ion heating in coronal holes and the solar wind.
Hybrid Model of Inhomogeneous Solar Wind Plasma Heating by Alfven Wave Spectrum: Parametric Studies
Ofman, L.
2010-01-01
Observations of the solar wind plasma at 0.3 AU and beyond show that a turbulent spectrum of magnetic fluctuations is present. Remote sensing observations of the corona indicate that heavy ions are hotter than protons and their temperature is anisotropic (T(sub perpindicular / T(sub parallel) >> 1). We study the heating and the acceleration of multi-ion plasma in the solar wind by a turbulent spectrum of Alfvenic fluctuations using a 2-D hybrid numerical model. In the hybrid model the protons and heavy ions are treated kinetically as particles, while the electrons are included as neutralizing background fluid. This is the first two-dimensional hybrid parametric study of the solar wind plasma that includes an input turbulent wave spectrum guided by observation with inhomogeneous background density. We also investigate the effects of He++ ion beams in the inhomogeneous background plasma density on the heating of the solar wind plasma. The 2-D hybrid model treats parallel and oblique waves, together with cross-field inhomogeneity, self-consistently. We investigate the parametric dependence of the perpendicular heating, and the temperature anisotropy in the H+-He++ solar wind plasma. It was found that the scaling of the magnetic fluctuations power spectrum steepens in the higher-density regions, and the heating is channeled to these regions from the surrounding lower-density plasma due to wave refraction. The model parameters are applicable to the expected solar wind conditions at about 10 solar radii.
CHROMOSPHERIC EVAPORATION VIA ALFVEN WAVES
This paper presents a scenario for the chromospheric evaporation during solar flares, which is inspired by the chain of events leading to the formation of auroral arcs and ionospheric evacuation during magnetospheric substorms. The plasma, ejected from high coronal altitudes during a flare reconnection event, accumulates at the tops of coronal loops by braking of the reconnection flow, possibly by fast shock formation. A high-beta layer forms and distorts the magnetic field. Energy contained in magnetic shear stresses is transported as Alfven waves from the loop-top toward the chromosphere. It is shown that under these conditions the Alfven waves carry enough energy to feed the chromospheric evaporation process. The second subject of this investigation is identification of the most effective energy dumping or wave dissipation process. Several processes are being analyzed: ion-neutral collisions, classical and anomalous field-aligned current dissipation, and critical velocity ionization. All of them are being discarded, either because they turn out to be insufficient or imply very unlikely physical properties of the wave modes. It is finally concluded that turbulent fragmentation of the Alfven waves entering the chromosphere can generate the required damping. The basic process would be phase mixing caused by a strongly inhomogeneous distribution of Alfvenic phase speed and laminar flow breakup by Kelvin-Helmholtz (K-H) instability. The filamentary (fibril) structure of the chromosphere thus appears to be essential for the energy conversion, in which the K-H instability is the first step in a chain of processes leading to ion thermalization, electron heating, and neutral particle ionization. Quantitative estimates suggest that a transverse structure with scales not far below 100 km suffices to produce strong wave damping within a few seconds. Nonthermal broadening of some metallic ion lines observed during the pre-impulsive rise phase of a flare might be a residue of
Alfven wave. DOE Critical Review Series
This monograph deals with the properties of Alfven waves and with their application to fusion. The book is divided into 7 chapters dealing with linear properties in homogeneous and inhomogeneous plasmas. Absorption is treated by means of kinetic theory. Instabilities and nonlinear processes are treated in Chapters 1 to 6, and the closing chapter is devoted to theory and experiments in plasma heating by Alfven waves
Alfven wave. DOE Critical Review Series
Hasegawa, A.; Uberoi, C.
1982-01-01
This monograph deals with the properties of Alfven waves and with their application to fusion. The book is divided into 7 chapters dealing with linear properties in homogeneous and inhomogeneous plasmas. Absorption is treated by means of kinetic theory. Instabilities and nonlinear processes are treated in Chapters 1 to 6, and the closing chapter is devoted to theory and experiments in plasma heating by Alfven waves. (MOW)
On the coronal heating mechanism by the resonant absorption of Alfven waves
H. Y. Alkahby
1993-12-01
Full Text Available In this paper, we will investigate the heating of the solar corona by the resonant absorption of Alfven waves in a viscous and isothermal atmosphere permeated by a horizontal magnetic field. It is shown that if the viscosity dominates the motion in a high (low- ÃŽÂ² plasma, it creates an absorbing and reflecting layer and the heating process is acoustic (magnetoacoustic. When the magnetic field dominates the oscillatory process it creates a non-absorbing reflecting layer. Consequently, the heating process is magnetohydrodynamic. An equation for resonance is derived. It shows that resonances may occur for many values of the frequency and of the magnetic field if the wavelength is matched with the strength of the magnetic field. At the resonance frequencies, magnetic and kinetic energies will increase to very large values which may account for the heating process. When the motion is dominated by the combined effects of the viscosity and the magnetic field, the nature of the reflecting layer and the magnitude of the reflection coefficient depend on the relative strengths of the magnetic field and the viscosity.
The Modulation of Ionospheric Alfven Resonator on Heating HF Waves and the Doppler Effect
NiBin-bin; ZhaoZheng-yu; XieShu-guo
2003-01-01
The propagation of HF waves in IAR can produce many nonlinear effects, including the modulation effect of IAR on HF waves and the Doppler effect. To start with the dependence of the ionospheric electron temperature varia-tions on the Alfven resonant field, We discuss the mechanism of the modulation effect and lucubrate possible reasons for the Doppler effect. The results show that the Alfven resonant field can have an observable modulation effect on HF waves while its mechanism is quite different from that of Schumann resonant field on HF waves. The depth of modulation of IAR on HF waves has a quasi-quadratic relation with the Alfven field, which directly inspires the formation of cross-spectrum between ULF waves and HF waves and results in spectral peaks at some gyro-frequencies of IAR. With respect to the Doppler effect during the propagation of HF waves in IAR, it is mainly caused by the motion of the high-speed flyer and the drifting electrons and the frequency shift from the phase vari-ation of the reflected waves can be neglected when the frequency of HF incident wave is high enough.
Heating and Acceleration of the Fast Solar Wind by Alfv\\'{e}n Wave Turbulence
van Ballegooijen, A A
2016-01-01
We present numerical simulations of reduced magnetohydrodynamic (RMHD) turbulence in a magnetic flux tube at the center of a polar coronal hole. The model for the background atmosphere is a solution of the momentum equation, and includes the effects of wave pressure on the solar wind outflow. Alfv\\'{e}n waves are launched at the coronal base, and reflect at various heights due to variations in Alfv\\'{e}n speed and outflow velocity. The turbulence is driven by nonlinear interactions between the counter-propagating Alfv\\'{e}n waves. Results are presented for two models of the background atmosphere. In the first model the plasma density and Alfv\\'{e}n speed vary smoothly with height, resulting in minimal wave reflections and low energy dissipation rates. We find that the dissipation rate is insufficient to maintain the temperature of the background atmosphere. The standard phenomenological formula for the dissipation rate significantly overestimates the rate derived from our RMHD simulations, and a revised formu...
Current generation by the Kinetic Alfven wave
The current generated and the efficiency of the shear Kinetic Alfven wave are obtained using a self-consistent quasilinear formulation. Also, the current generation by the monochromatic shear Kinetic Alfven wave introduced by Hasegawa is re-examined taking into account the nonresonant electrons. To obtain the RF current density at the level of the ohmic heating current density in a tokamak, the required external magnetic field is smaller than 0.1% of the DC magnetic field, and the parallel electric field (E2), using the Lausanne-TCA-Tokamak parameters is of the order of 0.01 V cm-1. (author)
The use of Alfven waves in NET
A number of features of Alfven wave heating make it potentially attractive for use in large tokamac reactors. Among them are the availability and relatively low cost of the power supplies, the potential ability to act selectively on the current profile, and the probable absence of operational limits in size, fields or density. (author) 26 figs., 10 tabs., 54 refs
The nonlinear compressional Alfven wave equation
The nonlinear wave equation of the compressional Alfven mode is derived in Lagrangian fluid coordinate. The nonlinearity attributes unequal weight to the terms of temporal and spatial derivatives. Two specific solutions relevant to transit-time magnetic pumping plasma heating and theta-pinch implosions are given. (Author)
Alfvenic Heating of Protostellar Accretion Disks
Vasconcelos, M. J.; Jatenco-Pereira, V.; R. Opher
1999-01-01
We investigate the effects of heating generated by damping of Alfven waves on protostellar accretion disks. Two mechanisms of damping are investigated, nonlinear and turbulent, which were previously studied in stellar winds (Jatenco-Pereira & Opher 1989a, b). For the nominal values studied, f=delta v/v_{A}=0.002 and F=varpi/Omega_{i}=0.1, where delta v, v_{A} and varpi are the amplitude, velocity and average frequency of the Alfven wave, respectively, and Omega_{i} is the ion cyclotron freque...
Alfven waves: a journey between space and fusion plasmas
Alfven waves discovered by Hannes Alfven (1942 Nature 150 405) are fundamental electromagnetic oscillations in magnetized plasmas existing in the nature and laboratories. Alfven waves play important roles in the heating, stability and transport of plasmas. The anisotropic nearly incompressible shear Alfven wave is particularly interesting since, in realistic non-uniform plasmas, its wave spectra consist of both the regular discrete and the singular continuous components. In this Alfven lecture, I will discuss these spectral properties and examine their significant linear and nonlinear physics implications. These discussions will be based on perspectives from my own research in both space and laboratory fusion plasmas, and will demonstrate the positive feedback and cross-fertilization between these two important sub-disciplines of plasma physics research. Some open issues of nonlinear Alfven wave physics in burning fusion as well as magnetospheric space plasmas will also be explored.
Rogue waves in Alfvenic turbulence
Rogue waves, in the form of giant breathers, are shown to develop in the Alfven wave (AW) turbulence regime described by the randomly driven derivative nonlinear Schroedinger equation in the presence of a weak dissipation. The distribution of the instantaneous global maxima of the AW intensity fluctuations is seen to be accurately fitted by power laws, which contrasts with the integrable regime (absence of dissipation and forcing) where the behavior is rather exponential. As the dissipation is reduced, freak waves form less frequently but reach larger amplitudes. -- Highlights: → Rogue wave formation in long-wavelength Alfvenic turbulence. → Huge waves form by quasi-collapse of breathers in presence of weak dissipation. → Amplitude distribution of rogue waves is fitted by power laws. → Possible relation with SLAMS pulses observed near the Earth bow shock.
Spectrum of compressional Alfven waves
The spectrum of compressional Alfven eigenmodes localized in the potential well created by a combination of the variation in plasma density and the wave number k/sub perpendicular to/ = m/r, is obtained, and its importance for ratio frequency current drive is discussed. It is found that modes with small parallel wave numbers and frequencies below the ion cyclotron frequency are attractive for current drive
Development of Alfven wave antenna system for TCABR Tokamak
The advanced antenna system for Alfven wave plasma heating and current drive in TCABR tokamak is presented. The antenna system is capable of exciting the travelling waves M=- 1, N=-4, -6 with single helicity and provides the possibility to improve Alfven wave plasma heating efficiency and to increase RF power input up 1 MW, without an uncontrolled density rise. The basic features of the antenna design and the results of preliminary tests are analyzed. (author)
Toroidal Alfven wave stability in ignited tokamaks
Cheng, C.Z.; Fu, G.Y.; Van Dam, J.W.
1989-01-01
The effects of fusion-product alpha particles on the stability of global-type shear Alfven waves in an ignited tokamak plasma are investigated in toroidal geometry. Finite toroidicity can lead to stabilization of the global Alfven eigenmodes, but it induces a new global shear Alfven eigenmodes, which is strongly destabilized via transit resonance with alpha particles. 8 refs., 2 figs.
Oran, R; van der Holst, B; Sokolov, I V; Gombosi, T I
2014-01-01
In the present work, we test the predictions of the AWSoM model, a global extended-MHD model capable of calculating the propagation and turbulent dissipation of Alfv\\'en waves in any magnetic topology, against high resolution spectra of the quiescent off-disk solar corona. Wave dissipation is the only heating mechanism assumed in this model. Combining 3D model results with the CHIANTI atomic database, we were able to create synthetic line-of-sight spectra which include the effects of emission line broadening due to both thermal and wave-related non-thermal motions. To the best of our knowledge this is the first time a global model is used to obtain synthetic non-thermal line broadening. We obtained a steady-state solution driven by a synoptic magnetogram and compared the synthetic spectra with SUMER observations of a quiescent area above the solar west limb extending between 1.04 and 1.34 solar radii at the equator. Both the predicted line widths and the total line fluxes were consistent with the observations...
Interchange Reconnection Alfven Wave Generation
Lynch, B J; Li, Y
2014-01-01
Given recent observational results of interchange reconnection processes in the solar corona and the theoretical development of the S-Web model for the slow solar wind, we present further analysis of the 3D MHD simulation of interchange reconnection by Edmondson et al. (Astrophys. J. 707, 1427, 2009). Specifically, we analyze the consequences of the dynamic streamer belt jump that corresponds to flux opening by interchange reconnection. Information about the magnetic field restructuring by interchange reconnection is carried throughout the system by Alfven waves propagating away from the reconnection region, distributing the shear and twist imparted by the driving flows, including shedding the injected stress-energy and accumulated magnetic helicity along newly-open field lines. We quantify the properties of the reconnection-generated wave activity in the simulation. There is a localized high frequency component associated with the current sheet/reconnection site and an extended low frequency component associ...
A laboratory search for plasma erosion by Alfven waves
Vincena, S.; Gekelman, W.; Pribyl, P.
2007-12-01
Obliquely propagating shear Alfven waves with transverse wavelengths on the order of the electron inertial length or even the ion gyro-radius are commonly observed in the earth's low-altitude auroral zones. These regions are also replete with observations of electron beams and transversely heated ions. A kinetic treatment of shear Alfven wave-particle interaction reveals how these waves can be responsible for some of the observed particle acceleration. The auroral plasma environment is further enriched by the presence of field-aligned depletions in plasma density, and it has been suggested* that the Alfven waves may, in fact, be the cause of the erosion of ionospheric density. In this laboratory experiment, shear waves will be launched using a variety of proven antennas, and also allowed to grow spontaneously as Drift-Alfven modes in seeded density depletions**. Detailed measurements of the wave magnetic fields in the perpendicular density gradient regions will be presented which demonstrate the generation of short perpendicular wave scales due to the perpendicular gradient in parallel wave phase speed. Miniature in-situ particle diagnostics will also be used to look for electron and ion acceleration. The waves will also be launched into an increasing region of background magnetic field in an attempt to model the ratios of Alfven speed to electron thermal speed, and density gradient scale length to electron inertial length appropriate to the earth's auroral zone. Preliminary results will be presented on the efficacy of shear Alfven waves to self-generate plasma density depletions, or deepen ambient density inhomogeneities. The experiments are conducted at UCLA's Basic Plasma Science Facility in the Large Plasma Device. *Chaston, et al., "Ionospheric erosion by Alfven Waves," JGR, V 111, A03206, 2006. **Penano, et al., "Drift-Alfven fluctuations associated with a narrow pressure striation," Phys. Plasmas, V 7, Issue 1, pp. 144-157 (2000).
Ion temperature in plasmas with intrinsic Alfven waves
Wu, C. S.; Yoon, P. H.; Wang, C. B.
2014-10-01
This Brief Communication clarifies the physics of non-resonant heating of protons by low-frequency Alfvenic turbulence. On the basis of general definition for wave energy density in plasmas, it is shown that the wave magnetic field energy is equivalent to the kinetic energy density of the ions, whose motion is induced by the wave magnetic field, thus providing a self-consistent description of the non-resonant heating by Alfvenic turbulence. Although the study is motivated by the research on the solar corona, the present discussion is only concerned with the plasma physics of the heating process.
Brady, C S
2016-01-01
Two of the central problems in our understanding of the solar chromosphere are how the upper chromosphere is heated and what drives spicules. Estmates of the required chromospheric heating, based on radiative and conductive losses suggest a rate of $\\sim 0.1 \\mathrm{\\:erg\\:cm^{-3}\\:s^{-1}}$ in the lower chromosphere dropping to $\\sim 10^{-3} \\mathrm{\\:erg\\:cm^{-3}\\:s^{-1}}$ in the upper chromosphere (\\citet{Avrett1981}). The chromosphere is also permeated by spicules, higher density plasma from the lower atmosphere propelled upwards at speeds of $\\sim 10-20 \\mathrm{\\:km\\:s^{-1}}$, for so called Type-I spicules (\\citet{Pereira2012,Zhang2012}, reaching heights of $\\sim 3000-5000 \\mathrm{\\:km}$ above the photosphere. A clearer understanding of chromospheric dynamics, its heating and the formation of spicules, is thus of central importance to solar atmospheric science. For over thirty years it has been proposed that photospheric driving of MHD waves may be responsible for both heating and spicule formation. This ...
Simulations of the Mg II k and Ca II 8542 lines from an Alfv\\'en Wave-heated flare chromosphere
Kerr, Graham S; Russell, Alexander J B; Allred, Joel C
2016-01-01
We use radiation hydrodynamic simulations to examine two models of solar flare chromospheric heating: Alfv\\'en wave dissipation and electron beam collisional losses. Both mechanisms are capable of strong chromospheric heating, and we show that the distinctive atmospheric evolution in the mid-to-upper chromosphere results in Mg II k-line emission that should be observably different between wave-heated and beam-heated simulations. We also present Ca II 8542A profiles which are formed slightly deeper in the chromosphere. The Mg II k-line profiles from our wave-heated simulation are quite different from those from a beam-heated model and are more consistent with IRIS observations. The predicted differences between the Ca II 8542A in the two models are small. We conclude that careful observational and theoretical study of lines formed in the mid-to-upper chromosphere holds genuine promise for distinguishing between competing models for chromospheric heating in flares.
Nonlinear standing Alfven wave current system at Io: Theory
We present a nonlinear analytical model of the Alfven current tubes continuing the currents through Io (or rather its ionosphere) generated by the unipolar inductor effect due to Io's motion relative to the magnetospheric plasma. We thereby extend the linear work by Drell et al. (1965) to the fully nonlinear, sub-Alfvenic situation also including flow which is not perpendicular to the background magnetic field. The following principal results have been obtained: (1) The portion of the currents feeding Io is aligned with the Alfven characteristics at an angle theta/sub A/ is the Alfven Mach number. (2) The Alfven tubes act like an external conductance Σ/sub A/=1/(μ0V/sub A/(1+M/sub A/2+2M/sub A/ sin theta)/sup 1/2/ where V/sub A/ is the Alfven wave propagation. Hence the Jovian ionospheric conductivity is not necessary for current closure. (3) In addition, the Alfven tubes may be reflected from either the torus boundary or the Jovian ionosphere. The efficiency of the resulting interaction with these boundaries varies with Io position. The interaction is particularly strong at extreme magnetic latitudes, thereby suggesting a mechanism for the Io control of decametric emissions. (4) The reflected Alfven waves may heat both the torus plasma and the Jovian ionosphere as well as produce increased diffusion of high-energy particles in the torus. (5) From the point of view of the electrodynamic interaction, Io is unique among the Jovian satellites for several reasons: these include its ionosphere arising from ionized volcanic gases, a high external Alfvenic conductance Σ/sub A/, and a high corotational voltage in addition to the interaction phenomenon with a boundary. (6) We find that Amalthea is probably strongly coupled to Jupiter's ionosphere while the outer Galilean satellites may occasionally experience super-Alfvenic conditions
Alfven Wave Tomography for Cold MHD Plasmas
Alfven waves propagation in slightly nonuniform cold plasmas is studied by means of ideal magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) nonlinear equations. The evolution of the MHD spectrum is shown to be governed by a matrix linear differential equation with constant coefficients determined by the spectrum of quasi-static plasma density perturbations. The Alfven waves are shown not to affect the plasma density inhomogeneities, as they scatter off of them. The application of the MHD spectrum evolution equation to the inverse scattering problem allows tomographic measurements of the plasma density profile by scanning the plasma volume with Alfven radiation
Alfvenic waves in solar spicules
Ebadi, Hossein
2016-07-01
We analyzed O VI (1031.93 A) and O VI (1037.61 A line profiles from the time series of SOHO/SUMER data. The wavelet analysis is used to determine the fundamental mode and its first harmonic periods and their ratio. The period ratio, P_1/P_2 is obtained as 2.1 based on our calculations. To model the spicule oscillations, we consider an equilibrium configuration in the form of an expanding straight magnetic flux tube with varying density along tube. We used cylindrical coordinates r, phi, and z with the z-axis along tube axis. Standing Alfvenic waves with steady flows are studied. More realistic background magnetic field, plasma density, and spicule radios inferred from the actual magnetoseismology of observations are used. It is found that the oscillation periods and their ratio are shifted because of the steady flows. The observational values are reached in P_1/P_2, when the steady flows are 0.2-0.3, the values which are reported for classical spicules.
Coffey, Victoria; Chandler, Michael; Singh, Nagendra
2008-01-01
The role that the cleft/cusp has in ionosphere/magnetosphere coupling makes it a very dynamic region having similar fundamental processes to those within the auroral regions. With Polar passing through the cusp at 1 Re in the Spring of 1996, we observe a strong correlation between ion heating and broadband ELF (BBELF) emissions. This commonly observed relationship led to the study of the coupling of large field-aligned currents, burst electric fields, and the thermal O+ ions. We demonstrate the role of these measurements to Alfvenic waves and stochastic ion heating. Finally we will show the properties of the resulting density cavities.
Alfven wave cascades in a tokamak
Experiments designed for generating internal transport barriers in the plasmas of the Joint European Torus [JET, P. H. Rebut et al., Proceedings of the 10th International Conference, Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion, London (International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 1985), Vol. I, p. 11] reveal cascades of Alfven perturbations with predominantly upward frequency sweeping. These experiments are characterized by a hollow plasma current profile, created by lower hybrid heating and current drive before the main heating power phase. The cascades are driven by ions accelerated with ion cyclotron resonance heating (ICRH). Each cascade consists of many modes with different toroidal mode numbers and different frequencies. The toroidal mode numbers vary from n=1 to n=6. The frequency starts from 20 to 90 kHz and increases up to the frequency range of toroidal Alfven eigenmodes. In the framework of ideal magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) model, a close correlation is found between the time evolution of the Alfven cascades and the evolution of the Alfven continuum frequency at the point of zero magnetic shear. This correlation facilitates the study of the time evolution of both the Alfven continuum and the safety factor, q(r), at the point of zero magnetic shear and makes it possible to use Alfven spectroscopy for studying q(r). Modeling shows that the Alfven cascade occurs when the Alfven continuum frequency has a maximum at the zero shear point. Interpretation of the Alfven cascades is given in terms of a novel-type of energetic particle mode localized at the point where q(r) has a minimum. This interpretation explains the key experimental observations: simultaneous generation of many modes, preferred direction of frequency sweeping, and the absence of strong continuum damping
Alfven wave structure and resonant dissipation in cylindrical stability and heating problems
For /ω/ approximately equal to epsilonsup(1/3)tausub(A)sup(-1), we obtain the general solution of the resistive differential equation for the radial M.H.D. displacement in cylindrical geometry, under the assumption of incompressibility. Here: ω is the wave frequency, Tausub(A) = r0 Vsub(Atheta)sup(-1), r = r0 is the surface at which q(r) = 1, Vsub(Atheta) = Btheta0/√4πrho[r0 dq0/dr] (subscript zero indicates evaluation at r0), epsilon = tausub(A) tausub(R)sup(-1) and tausub(R) is the resistive diffusion time. By using a flux function, we write the expression of the electromagnetic field and current density in the resistive layer. Finally, we discuss power dissipated in this layer by an external wave and the limit when the resistivity vanishes
First Results of PIC Modeling of Kinetic Alfven Wave Dissipation
Chulaki, Anna; Hesse, Michael; Zenitani, Seiji
2007-01-01
We present first results of an investigation of the kinetic damping of Alfven wave turbulence. The methodology is based on a fully electromagnetic, three-dimensional, particle in cell code. The calculation is initialized by an Alfven wave spectrum. Subsequently, a cascade develops, and damping by coupling to both ions and electrons is observed. We discuss results of these calculations, and present first estimates of damping rates and of the effects of energy transfer on ion and electron distributions. The results pertain to solar wind heating and acceleration.
On Alfven waves in the solar breeze
The application to the solar wind motivates the consideration of Alfven waves in a radial background magnetic field and radial mean flow, in two cases, viz., with velocity and magnetic field perturbations along parallels, or also with perturbations along meridians, combined in the radial components of vorticity and electric current. In both cases the same second-order Alfven wave equation is obtained; it has, in general, two singularities. If the mean flow velocity is taken to be a power of radial distance, with exponent other than zero or unity, there is a transition layer. In general there is a second singularity, viz., a critical layer, where the Alfven speed equals the mean flow velocity. There is one exceptional case in which the critical layer does not exist, namely a homogeneous medium, for which the mean flow velocity decays on the inverse square of the radial distance, and then Alfven speed also decays in the same way, so that their ratio is a constant, leading to two possibilities: (i) the ratio is not unity, and the wave equation remains of the second-order; (ii) the wave equation becomes of first-order in the case the mean flow velocity and Alfven speed are equal everywhere, because then the waves can propagate only in one direction. Case (i) corresponds to Alfven waves in the solar breeze. Exact solutions of the wave equations are obtained for all values of the radius, as a single expression for the first-order wave equation, whereas for the second-order wave equation it is possible to obtain solutions for small and large radius; the transition level limits the radius of convergence of one of these solutions, but the two solutions together cover the full range of radial distances. The choices of boundary conditions are discussed and the wavefields plotted vs dimensionless distance for several values of the two dimensionless parameters of the problem, viz., the Alfven number and dimensionless frequency, which appear in one combination only. The
Stationary nonlinear Alfven waves and solitons
Hada, T.; Kennel, C. F.; Buti, B.
1989-01-01
Stationary solutions of the derivative nonlinear Schroedinger equation are discussed and classified by using a pseudopotential formulation. The solutions consist of a rich family of nonlinear Alfven waves and solitons with parallel and oblique propagation directions. Expressions for the envelope and the phase of nonlinear waves with periodic envelope modulation, and 'hyperbolic' and 'algebraic' solitons are given. The propagation angle for the slightly modulated elliptic, periodic waves and for oblique solitons is evaluated.
Effects of small wavenumber Alfven waves on particle acceleration
Energetic charged particles are accelerated by turbulent Alfven waves via resonant interaction. We discuss effects of nonresonant Alfven waves on energy diffusion by using test particle simulations. When the Alfven waves are given at wavenumbers larger than the resonant wavenumber with small amplitude, simulated diffusion coefficient is similar to that by the quasi-linear theory. If the Alfven waves are added at wavenumbers smaller than the resonant wavenumber, it is found that the simulated diffusion coefficient exceeds the quasi-linear one and becomes larger with increasing the energy density of the nonresonant Alfven waves. (author)
Alfven wave studies on a tokamak
The continuum modes of the shear Alfven resonance are studied on the Tokapole II device, a small tokamak operated in a four node poloidal divertor configuration. A variety of antenna designs and the efficiency with which they deliver energy to the resonant layer are discussed. The spatial structure of the driven waves is studied by means of magnetic probes inserted into the current channel. In an attempt to optimize the coupling of energy in to the resonant layer, the angle of antenna currents with respect to the equilibrium field, antenna size, and plasma-to-antenna distance are varied. The usefulness of Faraday shields, particle shields, and local limiters are investigated. Antennas should be well shielded, either a dense Faraday shield or particle shield being satisfactory. The antenna should be large and very near to the plasma. The wave magnetic fields measured show a spatial resonance, the position of which varies with the value of the equilibrium field and mass density. They are polarized perpendicular to the equilibrium field. A wave propagates radially in to the resonant surface where it is converted to the shear Alfven wave. The signal has a short risetime and does not propagate far toroidally. These points are all consistent with a strongly damped shear Alfven wave. Comparisons of this work to theoretical predictions and results from other tokamaks are made
Effect of the radial electric field, induced by Alfven waves, on transport processes in tokamaks
We demonstrate that Alfven waves may be the convenient trigger for the formation and maintenance of edge and internal transport barriers due to their small radial localizations. Kinetic Alfven waves can also provide a mechanism for squeezing the banana orbits of ions in collisional plasmas of tokamaks. It is shown that the radial electric field, induced by Alfven waves, at some conditions has a nonlinear dependence on the radio-frequency absorbed power. The dependence of the ion heat conductivity and of the ion poloidal viscosity oil the radio-frequency absorbed power is obtained in this paper for tokamak plasmas with ion banana orbits squeezed by Alfven waves. Estimations of the proper absorbed power of Alfven waves in some tokamaks is about the level of absorbed power to be used in early fulfilled experiments. (author)
Effect of the radial electric field, induced by Alfven waves, on transport processes in tokamaks
We demonstrate that Alfven waves may be the convenient trigger for the formation and maintenance of edge and internal transport barriers due to their small radial localizations. Kinetic Alfven waves can also provide a mechanism for squeezing the banana orbits of ions in weekly collisional plasmas of tokamaks. It is shown that the radial electric field, induced by Alfven waves, at some conditions has a nonlinear dependence on the radio-frequency absorbed power. The dependence of the ion heat conductivity and of the ion poloidal viscosity on the radio-frequency absorbed power is obtained in this paper for tokamak plasmas with ion banana orbit squeezed by Alfven waves. Estimations of the proper absorbed power of Alfven waves in some tokamaks is about the level of absorbed power to be used in early fulfilled experiments. (author)
KINETIC ALFVEN WAVES EXCITED BY OBLIQUE MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC ALFVEN WAVES IN CORONAL HOLES
Kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) are small-scale dispersive AWs that can play an important role in particle heating and acceleration of space and solar plasmas. An excitation mechanism for KAWs created by the coupling between large-scale oblique AWs and small-scale KAWs is presented in this paper. Taking into account both the collisional and Landau damping dissipations, the results show that the net growth rate of the excited KAWs increases with their perpendicular wavenumber kperpendicular and reaches maximum at λe kperpendicular ∼ 0.3, where λe is the electron inertial length. However, for KAWs with shorter perpendicular wavelengths, the net growth rate decreases rapidly due to dissipative effects. The evaluation of the threshold amplitude of the AW implies that for KAWs with λe kperpendicular e kperpendicular < 0.3 can be not only efficiently excited in the interplume region but also strongly dissipated in the dense plume due to the Landau damping.
Effect of longitudinal modulation of Alfven wave filamentation
The modulation of circularly polarized Alfven waves due to quasitransverse perturbations is addressed, and the nonlinear dynamics simulated numerically. In some instances, radial collapse (filamentation) of Alfven waves can be arrested by the magnetosonic waves stirred by the ponderomotive force. Such waves may, however, develop sharp fronts leading to strong hydrodynamic effects
Excitation of Alfven Waves and Pulsar Radio Emission
Lyutikov, Maxim
1999-01-01
We analyze mechanisms of the excitation of Alfv\\'{e}n wave in pulsar magnetospheres as a possible source of pulsar radio emission generation. We find that Cherenkov excitation of obliquely propagating Alfv\\'{e}n waves is inefficient, while excitation at the anomalous cyclotron resonance by the particles from the primary beam and from the tail of the bulk distribution function may have a considerable growth rate. The cyclotron instability on Alfv\\'{e}n waves occurs in the kinetic regime still ...
Analysis of Alfven Wave Activity in KSTAR Plasmas
Full text: We report on evidence of neutral beam driven wave activity in KSTAR plasmas. In 2010 and 2011 campaigns KSTAR plasmas included 1MW of neutral beam heating, which provided drive for Alfvenic wave activity modes. Data from the 2010 campaign, which was fully analysed during 2011, identifies the 40 kHz magnetic fluctuations as a β-induced Alfven eignemode resonant with the q = 1 surface. Evidence is multiple fold: a Fourier mode analysis identifies the mode as n = 1. Electron cyclotron emission chords identify the q = 1 inversion radius. These constrain equilibrium reconstruction, and permit detailed MHD calculations using the global MHD stability code MISHKA. A scan of mode frequency near the q = 1 minimum of the continuum identifies a core localised n = 1 mode separated from the continuum. A complementary kinetic analysis, when coupled with ion and electron temperature measurements ratios obtain from crystallography, enables calculation of the frequency evolution - which is in agreement with observations. In 2011 a series of experiments were conducted to scope Alfven excitation using NBI and ECRH heating as a function of field strength and plasma current. In these experiments plasmas with toroidal current up to 600 kA were generated with 1.5 MW of NBI heating and up to 120 kW of co or counter ECRH, and the field strength varied from 1.7 T to 2 T. Spectral and mode number analysis of the magnetics data identifies 150 - 250 kHz coherent activity with a toroidal mode number of n = 1. Assuming a poloidal mode number of m = 1, we have computed the evolution of the toroidal Alfven eigenmode (TAE) middle of the gap frequency, and compared the frequency evolution to magnetic spectrograms. While the frequency of the mode is above the Nyquist frequency, the aliased frequency tracks the observations to within 20%, providing some confidence of a TAE interpretation. Finally, we also report evidence of ion fishbone activity. (author)
Drake, D J; Howes, G G; Kletzing, C A; Skiff, F; Carter, T A; Auerbach, D W
2013-01-01
Turbulence is a phenomenon found throughout space and astrophysical plasmas. It plays an important role in solar coronal heating, acceleration of the solar wind, and heating of the interstellar medium. Turbulence in these regimes is dominated by Alfven waves. Most turbulence theories have been established using ideal plasma models, such as incompressible MHD. However, there has been no experimental evidence to support the use of such models for weakly to moderately collisional plasmas which are relevant to various space and astrophysical plasma environments. We present the first experiment to measure the nonlinear interaction between two counterpropagating Alfven waves, which is the building block for astrophysical turbulence theories. We present here four distinct tests that demonstrate conclusively that we have indeed measured the daughter Alfven wave generated nonlinearly by a collision between counterpropagating Alfven waves.
Solitary kinetic Alfven waves in adiabatic process
Solitary kinetic Alfven waves (SKAWs) have been an important subject in the field of space plasma physics because of their nonzero parallel electrical field and density fluctuations. Under different thermodynamic processes, SKAWs, within the limit of small amplitude, are studied analytically and numerically using the Sagdeev potential method. The results show that the width of the solitary structures is larger and the amplitude of the density humps is smaller under constant entropy than those under constant temperature with other relevant parameters being the same. The perturbed electromagnetic fields Ex, By, and Ez are also studied further.
Nonlinear propagation of short wavelength drift-Alfven waves
Shukla, P. K.; Pecseli, H. L.; Juul Rasmussen, Jens
1986-01-01
Making use of a kinetic ion and a hydrodynamic electron description together with the Maxwell equation, the authors derive a set of nonlinear equations which governs the dynamics of short wavelength ion drift-Alfven waves. It is shown that the nonlinear drift-Alfven waves can propagate as two...
HLL Riemann Solvers and Alfven Waves in Black Hole Magnetospheres
Punsly, Brian; Kim, Jinho; Garain, Sudip
2016-01-01
In the magnetosphere of a rotating black hole, an inner Alfven critical surface (IACS) must be crossed by inflowing plasma. Inside the IACS, Alfven waves are inward directed toward the black hole. The majority of the proper volume of the active region of spacetime (the ergosphere) is inside of the IACS. The charge and the totally transverse momentum flux (the momentum flux transverse to both the wave normal and the unperturbed magnetic field) are both determined exclusively by the Alfven polarization. However, numerical simulations of black hole magnetospheres are often based on 1-D HLL Riemann solvers that readily dissipate Alfven waves. Elements of the dissipated wave emerge in adjacent cells regardless of the IACS, there is no mechanism to prevent Alfvenic information from crossing outward. Thus, it is unclear how simulated magnetospheres attain the substantial Goldreich-Julian charge density associated with the rotating magnetic field. The HLL Riemann solver is also notorious for producing large recurring...
This paper discusses experiments on linear high beta helical axis stellarators. Experiments considered are: formation of linear high beta heliac plasma configurations; Alfven wave heating in a straight tube and in a linear high beat stellarator; shifted hardcore heliac studies; a system for measuring the timing of high-current switches in a pulsed high voltage fusion experiment; HBQM general refurbishment; and proposed experiment on excitation of the m = 1 tilt mode in field-reversed configurations
Emission of Alfven Waves by Planets in Close Orbits
MacGregor, Keith B.; Pinsonneault, M. H.
2011-01-01
We examine the electrodynamics of a conducting planet orbiting within a magnetized wind that emanates from its parent star. When the orbital motion differs from corotation with the star, an electric field exists in the rest frame of the planet, inducing a charge separation in its ionosphere. Because the planet is immersed in a plasma, this charge can flow away from it along the stellar magnetic field lines it successively contacts in its orbit. For sufficiently rapid orbital motion, a current system can be formed that is closed by Alfvenic disturbances that propagate along field lines away from the planet. Using a simple model for the wind from a Sun-like star, we survey the conditions under which Alfven wave emission can occur, and estimate the power radiated in the form of linear waves for a range of stellar, planetary, and wind properties. For a Jupiter-like planet in a close (a type star, the emitted wave power can be as large as 1027 erg/s. While only a small influence on the planet's orbit, a wave power of this magnitude may have consequences for wind dynamics and localized heating of the stellar atmosphere. NCAR is sponsored by the NSF.
Inertial Alfven waves in an inhomogeneous bi-Maxwellian plasma
The Vlasov kinetic equation is solved using gyrokinetic theory and the dielectric tensor for non-relativistic, magnetized, bi-Maxwellian plasmas is calculated. A generalized dispersion relation for kinetic Alfven waves is derived taking into account the density inhomogeneity and temperature anisotropy. The modified dispersion relation thus obtained is then used to examine the propagation characteristics of the kinetic Alfven waves in the inertial regime. The importance of density inhomogeneity and temperature anisotropy for Solar corona is highlighted. The growth rate of the inertial Alfven wave proves that density inhomogeneity acts as a source of free energy.
Preliminary results on Alfven wave system in the TCABR tokamak
A brief review of the Alfven Wave Excitation System (AWES) designed for the TCABR tokamak and the first experimental results on RF plasma heating are presented. One of four antenna modules has been completely installed in the vacuum chamber and the initial experiments were carried out in the low power regime using the four-phase RF generator. The main objectives were the antenna tuning according to the typical plasma parameters of TCABR and the evaluation of the antenna parasitic loading, as well as the calibration of the RF diagnostic tools in real discharge conditions. The first results have been obtained with standard diagnostics and with the RF signals measured using high sampling rate digital oscilloscopes. They showed that daily antenna cleaning and correct wave helicity excitation reduce significantly the parasitic loading and are crucial for efficient plasma coupling
This report discusses the following topics: Nonaxisymmetric radio- frequency heating in an l = 1 stellarator and in a linear plasma column; measurement of induced current in a hardcore theta pinch; externally driven tilt mode study on an FRC; elimination of induced plasma current in a hardcore theta pinch; and simulated toroidicity studies
This paper discusses induced axial current studies in a hardcore Theta-Pinch; nonaxisymmetric RF heating of a high-Beta plasma column; formation of Axisymmetric hardcore theta pinches with notched hardcore current; and externally driven till made experiments on the high-beta Q machine field reversed configuration
Generation of coherent wave packets of kinetic Alfven waves in solar plasmas
This work presents the numerical simulations to study the filamentation of kinetic Alfven waves in solar plasmas. Using the modified nonlinear Schroedinger equation model, we study the effect of changing the initial perturbation on filament formation and their nonlinear dynamics. The spectral indices of the power spectrum are calculated with different initial conditions of the simulations. The relevance of the present investigation in coronal heating and solar wind acceleration/turbulence is also pointed out
Alfven wave. [Book on linear and nonlinear properties for fusion applications
Hasegawa, A.; Uberoi, C.
1978-11-01
Seven chapters are included. Chapters 1 and 2 introduce the Alfven wave and describe its linear properties in a homogeneous medium. Chapters 3 and 4 cover the effects of inhomogeneities on these linear properties. Particular emphasis is placed on the appearance of a continuum spectrum and the associated absorption of the Alfven wave which arise due to the inhomogeneity. The explanation of the physical origin of absorption is given using kinetic theory. Chapter 5 is devoted to the associated plasma instabilities. Nonlinear effects discussed in Chapter 6 include quasilinear diffusion, decay, a solitary wave, and a modulational instability. The principles of Alfven wave heating, a design example and present-day experimental results are described in Chapter 7.
On the origin of solar wind. Alfven waves induced jump of coronal temperature
Mishonov, T M; Maneva, Y G
2007-01-01
Absorbtion of Alfven waves is considered as the main mechanism of heating of solar corona. It is concluded that the sharp increase of the plasma temperature by two orders of magnitude is related to a self-induced opacity with respect to Alfven waves. The maximal frequency for propagation of Alfven waves is determined by the strongly temperature dependent kinematic viscosity. In such a way the temperature jump is due to absorption of high frequency Alfven waves in a narrow layer above the solar surface. There is calculated the dissipated in this layer power, which blows up the plasma and gives birth to the solar wind. A model short wave-length (WKB) evaluation takes into account the 1/f^2 frequency dependance of the transversal magnetic field and velocity spectral densities. Such spectral densities agree with an old magnetometer's data taken by Voyager 1 and recent theoretical calculations in the framework of Langevin-Burgers MHD. The present theory predicts existence of intensive high frequency Alfven waves i...
Steinolfson, Richard S.; Davila, Joseph M.
1993-01-01
Numerical simulations of the MHD equations for a fully compressible, low-beta, resistive plasma are used to study the resonance absorption process for the heating of coronal active region loops. Comparisons with more approximate analytic models show that the major predictions of the analytic theories are, to a large extent, confirmed by the numerical computations. The simulations demonstrate that the dissipation occurs primarily in a thin resonance layer. Some of the analytically predicted features verified by the simulations are (a) the position of the resonance layer within the initial inhomogeneity; (b) the importance of the global mode for a large range of loop densities; (c) the dependence of the resonance layer thickness and the steady-state heating rate on the dissipation coefficient; and (d) the time required for the resonance layer to form. In contrast with some previous analytic and simulation results, the time for the loop to reach a steady state is found to be the phase-mixing time rather than a dissipation time. This disagreement is shown to result from neglect of the existence of the global mode in some of the earlier analyses. The resonant absorption process is also shown to behave similar to a classical driven harmonic oscillator.
Interplanetary Alfven waves and auroral (substorm) activity: IMP 8
Almost year of IMP 8 interplanetary magnetic field and plasma data (Days 1-312, 1979) have been examined to determine the interplanetary causes of geomagnetic AE activity. The nature of the interplanetary medium (Alfvenic or non-Alfvenic) and the B2 correlation with AE were examined over 12-hour increments throughout the study. It is found that Alfvenic wave intervals (defined as Vx-Bx cross-correlation coefficients of >0.6) are present over 60% of the time and the southward component of the Alfven waves is well correlated with AE (average peak correlation coefficient 0.62), with a median lag of 43 min. The most probable delay of AE from Bs is considerably shorter, about 20-25 min. Southward magnetic fields during non-Alfvenic intervals (Vx-Bx cross-correlation coefficients of s were variable from event to event (and at different times within the Alfven wave train), ranging from 45 min to as little as 0 min. The cause of this variable delay is somewhat surprising and is not presently well understood
Nonlinear coherent structures of Alfven wave in a collisional plasma
Low-frequency Magneto Hydrodynamic waves in general and Alfv´en wave, in particular, occurs in various physical problems starting from laboratory to space plasma. These low frequency disturbances make the magnetic fluctuations large enough so that nonlinear coupling becomes finite. Among these low-frequency waves, nonlinear Alfv´en wave has become a topic of intense research due to its applications in various physical processes, related to particle energization in magnetized plasma, self-modulation in strongly magnetized plasma, tokamak plasma heating, interplanetary shocks, turbulence etc. In the present work, we have investigated weakly nonlinear Alfv´en wave dynamics in the framework of Lagrangian two-fluid theory in a compressible cold magnetized plasma in presence of finite electron inertia effect. The electron-ion collision induced dissipation effect is also taken into account. In the finite amplitude limit, we have shown that the collisionless Alfv´en wave is governed by a modified Korteweg-de Vries (mKdV) equation. In presence of collision it becomes a modified Korteweg-de Vries -Burgers (mKdVB) equation, where the electron inertia is found to act as a dispersive effect and the electron-ion collision serves as a dissipation which is responsible for the Burgers term. In the long wavelength limit, we have also investigated another important physical phenomenon, known as the wave modulation instability. The dynamics of this modulated wave is shown to be governed by a nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLSE) with a linear damping term arising due to electron-ion collision. These two nonlinear equations are analyzed by means of analytical and numerical simulation to elucidate the various aspects of the phase-space dynamics of the nonlinear wave. Both the results reveal that nonlinear Alfven wave exhibits shock, dissipative envelope and breather like structures. Numerical simulation also predicts the formation of Alv´enic rogue wave and giant breathers
Stable Alfven wave dynamo action in the reversed field pinch
Recent advances in linear resistive MHD stability analysis are used to calculate the quasi-linear dynamo mean electromotive force of Alfven waves. This emf is incorporated into a one-dimensional transport and mean-field evolution code. The changing equilibrium is then fed back to the stability code to complete a computational framework that self-consistently evaluates a dynamic plasma dynamo. Static quasi-linear Alfven wave calculations have shown that dynamo emfs on the order of eta vector J are possible. This suggested a possible explanation of RFP behavior and a new (externally driven) mechanism for extending operation and controlling field profiles (possibly reducing plasma transport). This thesis demonstrates that the dynamo emf can quickly induce plasma currents whose emf cancels the dynamo effect. This thesis also contains extensive studies of resistive Alfven wave properties. This includes behavior versus spectral location, magnetic Reynolds number and wave number
ALFVEN WAVES IN A PARTIALLY IONIZED TWO-FLUID PLASMA
Soler, R.; Ballester, J. L.; Terradas, J. [Departament de Fisica, Universitat de les Illes Balears, E-07122 Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Carbonell, M., E-mail: roberto.soler@uib.es, E-mail: joseluis.ballester@uib.es, E-mail: jaume.terradas@uib.es, E-mail: marc.carbonell@uib.es [Departament de Matematiques i Informatica, Universitat de les Illes Balears, E-07122 Palma de Mallorca (Spain)
2013-04-20
Alfven waves are a particular class of magnetohydrodynamic waves relevant in many astrophysical and laboratory plasmas. In partially ionized plasmas the dynamics of Alfven waves is affected by the interaction between ionized and neutral species. Here we study Alfven waves in a partially ionized plasma from the theoretical point of view using the two-fluid description. We consider that the plasma is composed of an ion-electron fluid and a neutral fluid, which interact by means of particle collisions. To keep our investigation as general as possible, we take the neutral-ion collision frequency and the ionization degree as free parameters. First, we perform a normal mode analysis. We find the modification due to neutral-ion collisions of the wave frequencies and study the temporal and spatial attenuation of the waves. In addition, we discuss the presence of cutoff values of the wavelength that constrain the existence of oscillatory standing waves in weakly ionized plasmas. Later, we go beyond the normal mode approach and solve the initial-value problem in order to study the time-dependent evolution of the wave perturbations in the two fluids. An application to Alfven waves in the low solar atmospheric plasma is performed and the implication of partial ionization for the energy flux is discussed.
Nonlinear Alfven waves and solitons in cold plasma
A finite-zone sector for the derivative nonlinear Schroedinger equation, which describes nonlinear small-amplitude. Alfven waves in the long-wave approximation, is investigated. The formulas for periodic one-phase and one-soliton solutions and the general formula for an n-soliton solution envelope are obtained
Oxygen Ion Heat Rate within Alfvenic Turbulence in the Cusp
Coffey, Victoria N.; Singh, Nagendra; Chandler, Michael O.
2009-01-01
The role that the cleft/cusp has in ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling makes it a dynamic and important region. It is directly exposed to the solar wind, making it possible for the entry of electromagnetic energy and precipitating electrons and ions from dayside reconnection and other dayside events. It is also a significant source of ionospheric plasma, contributing largely to the mass loading of the magnetosphere with large fluxes of outflowing ions. Crossing the cusp/cleft near 5100 km, the Polar instruments observe the common correlation of downward Poynting flux, ion energization, soft electron precipitation, broadband extremely low-frequency (BB-ELF) emissions, and density depletions. The dominant power in the BB-ELF emissions is now identified to be from spatially broad, low frequency Alfv nic structures. For a cusp crossing, we determine using the Electric Field Investigation (EFI), that the electric and magnetic field fluctuations are Alfv nic and the electric field gradients satisfy the inequality for stochastic acceleration. With all the Polar 1996 horizontal crossings of the cusp, we determine the O+ heating rate using the Thermal Ion Dynamics Experiment (TIDE) and Plasma Wave Investigation (PWI). We then compare this heating rate to other heating rates assuming the electric field gradient criteria exceeds the limit for stochastic acceleration for the remaining crossings. The comparison suggests that a stochastic acceleration mechanism is operational and the heating is controlled by the transverse spatial scale of the Alfvenic waves.
Resonant Alfven wave instabilities driven by streaming fast particles
A plasma simulation code is used to study the resonant interactions between streaming ions and Alfven waves. The medium which supports the Alfven waves is treated as a single, one-dimensional, ideal MHD fluid, while the ions are treated as kinetic particles. The code is used to study three ion distributions: a cold beam; a monoenergetic shell; and a drifting distribution with a power-law dependence on momentum. These distributions represent: the field-aligned beams upstream of the earth's bow shock; the diffuse ions upstream of the bow shock; and the cosmic ray distribution function near a supernova remnant shock. 92 refs., 31 figs., 12 tabs
Quantum effects on compressional Alfven waves in compensated semiconductors
Amin, M. R. [Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, East West University, Aftabnagar, Dhaka 1212 (Bangladesh)
2015-03-15
Amplitude modulation of a compressional Alfven wave in compensated electron-hole semiconductor plasmas is considered in the quantum magnetohydrodynamic regime in this paper. The important ingredients of this study are the inclusion of the particle degeneracy pressure, exchange-correlation potential, and the quantum diffraction effects via the Bohm potential in the momentum balance equations of the charge carriers. A modified nonlinear Schrödinger equation is derived for the evolution of the slowly varying amplitude of the compressional Alfven wave by employing the standard reductive perturbation technique. Typical values of the parameters for GaAs, GaSb, and GaN semiconductors are considered in analyzing the linear and nonlinear dispersions of the compressional Alfven wave. Detailed analysis of the modulation instability in the long-wavelength regime is presented. For typical parameter ranges of the semiconductor plasmas and at the long-wavelength regime, it is found that the wave is modulationally unstable above a certain critical wavenumber. Effects of the exchange-correlation potential and the Bohm potential in the wave dynamics are also studied. It is found that the effect of the Bohm potential may be neglected in comparison with the effect of the exchange-correlation potential in the linear and nonlinear dispersions of the compressional Alfven wave.
Kinetic Alfven Waves at the Magnetopause-Mode Conversion, Transport and Formation of LLBL; TOPICAL
At the magnetopause, large amplitude, low-frequency (ULF), transverse MHD waves are nearly always observed. These waves likely result from mode conversion of compressional MHD waves observed in the magnetosheath to kinetic Alfven waves at the magnetopause where there is a steep gradient in the Alfven velocity[Johnson and Cheng, Geophys. Res. Lett. 24 (1997) 1423]. The mode-conversion process can explain the following wave observations typically found during satellite crossings of the magnetopause: (1) a dramatic change in wave polarization from compressional in the magnetosheath to transverse at the magnetopause, (2) an amplification of wave amplitude at the magnetopause, (3) a change in Poynting flux from cross-field in the magnetosheath to field-aligned at the magnetopause, and (4) a steepening in the wave power spectrum at the magnetopause. We examine magnetic field data from a set of ISEE1, ISEE2, and WIND magnetopause crossings and compare with the predictions of theoretical wave solutions based on the kinetic-fluid model with particular attention to the role of magnetic field rotation across the magnetopause. The results of the study suggest a good qualitative agreement between the observations and the theory of mode conversion to kinetic Alfven waves. Because mode-converted kinetic Alfven waves readily decouple particles from the magnetic field lines, efficient quasilinear transport (D(approx) 109m2/s) can occur. Moreover, if the wave amplitude is sufficiently large (Bwave/B0 and gt; 0.2) stochastic particle transport also occurs. This wave-induced transport can lead to significant heating and particle entry into the low latitude boundary layer across closed field lines.At the magnetopause, large amplitude, low-frequency (ULF), transverse MHD waves are nearly always observed. These waves likely result from mode conversion of compressional MHD waves observed in the magnetosheath to kinetic Alfven waves at the magnetopause where there is a steep gradient in
Shear Alfven wave excitation by direct antenna coupling and fast wave resonant mode conversion
Antenna coupling to the shear Alfven wave by both direct excitation and fast wave resonant mode conversion is modelled analytically for a plasma with a one dimensional linear density gradient. We demonstrate the existence of a shear Alfven mode excited directly by the antenna. For localised antennas, this mode propagates as a guided beam along the steady magnetic field lines intersecting the antenna. Shear Alfven wave excitation by resonant mode conversion of a fast wave near the Alfven resonance layer is also demonstrated and we prove that energy is conserved in this process. We compare the efficiency of these two mechanisms of shear Alfven wave excitation and present a simple analytical formula giving the ratio of the coupled powers. Finally, we discuss the interpretation of some experimental results. 45 refs., 7 figs
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Recent Results of Alfven Wave Studies in TCABR
The results on comparative studies of Alfven wave plasma heating by two different antenna types in TCABR are presented. Emphasis is placed on the excited wave spectra and parasitic coupling with the edge plasma. The antenna modules have two groups of RF current-carrying straps separated by a toroidal angle of approximately 22 deg. In type I antenna, each group consists of two circular loops that are cut in two half-turn windings. The feeders of each loop pair are rotated 90 deg. in the poloidal direction with respect to each other, to decrease the mutual coupling between them and make it possible to excite single helicity plasma modes (M=+1 or M=-1). In type II antenna, each group consists of two poloidal straps located at the low-magnetic-field side of the vacuum chamber. The poloidal extension of each strap is around 90 deg. and the angle between straps is also of the same value. In both antenna types, the straps have side protectors of boron nitride. Initial experiments indicate that the parasitic interaction with the edge plasma is quite different for the two antennae. Also the first type has larger self-inductance, making it more difficult to deliver high currents to the antenna without increasing the dynamic polarization voltage up to breakdown limits. Results on the excited spectrum and floating potential at the plasma edge are presented
Overdamped Alfven waves due to ion-neutral collisions in the solar chromosphere
Soler, R; Zaqarashvili, T V
2014-01-01
Alfvenic waves are ubiquitous in the solar atmosphere and their dissipation may play an important role in atmospheric heating. In the partially ionized solar chromosphere, collisions between ions and neutrals are an efficient dissipative mechanism for Alfven waves with frequencies near the ion-neutral collision frequency. The collision frequency is proportional to the ion-neutral collision cross section for momentum transfer. Here, we investigate Alfven wave damping as a function of height in a simplified chromospheric model and compare the results for two sets of collision cross sections, namely those of the classic hard-sphere model and those based on recent quantum-mechanical computations. We find important differences between the results for the two sets of cross sections. There is a critical interval of wavelengths for which impulsively excited Alfven waves are overdamped as a result of the strong ion-neutral dissipation. The critical wavelengths are in the range from 1 km to 50 km for the hard-sphere cr...
Roles of Fast-Cyclotron and Alfven-Cyclotron Waves for the Multi-Ion Solar Wind
Xiong, Ming; Li, Xing
2012-01-01
Using linear Vlasov theory of plasma waves and quasi-linear theory of resonant wave-particle interaction, the dispersion relations and the electromagnetic field fluctuations of fast and Alfven waves are studied for a low-beta multi-ion plasma in the inner corona. Their probable roles in heating and accelerating the solar wind via Landau and cyclotron resonances are quantified. We assume that (1) low-frequency Alfven and fast waves have the same spectral shape and the same amplitude of power s...
Nonlinear absorption of Alfven wave in dissipative plasma
Taiurskii, A. A., E-mail: tayurskiy2001@mail.ru; Gavrikov, M. B., E-mail: nadya-p@cognitive.ru [Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences, 4 Miusskaya sq. Moscow 125047 (Russian Federation)
2015-10-28
We propose a method for studying absorption of Alfven wave propagation in a homogeneous non-isothermal plasma along a constant magnetic field, and relaxation of electron and ion temperatures in the A-wave. The absorption of a A-wave by the plasma arises due to dissipative effects - magnetic and hydrodynamic viscosities of electrons and ions and their elastic interaction. The method is based on the exact solution of two-fluid electromagnetic hydrodynamics of the plasma, which for A-wave, as shown in the work, are reduced to a nonlinear system of ordinary differential equations.
Nonlinear absorption of Alfven wave in dissipative plasma
We propose a method for studying absorption of Alfven wave propagation in a homogeneous non-isothermal plasma along a constant magnetic field, and relaxation of electron and ion temperatures in the A-wave. The absorption of a A-wave by the plasma arises due to dissipative effects - magnetic and hydrodynamic viscosities of electrons and ions and their elastic interaction. The method is based on the exact solution of two-fluid electromagnetic hydrodynamics of the plasma, which for A-wave, as shown in the work, are reduced to a nonlinear system of ordinary differential equations
Plastic damping of Alfv\\'en waves in magnetar flares and delayed afterglow emission
Li, Xinyu
2015-01-01
Magnetar flares generate Alfv\\'en waves bouncing in the closed magnetosphere with energy up to $\\sim 10^{46}$ erg. We show that on a 10-ms timescale the waves are transmitted into the star and form a compressed packet of high energy density. This packet strongly shears the stellar crust and initiates a plastic flow, heating the crust and melting it hundreds of meters below the surface. A fraction of the deposited plastic heat is eventually conducted to the stellar surface, contributing to the surface afterglow months to years after the flare. A large fraction of heat is lost to neutrino emission or conducted into the core of the neutron star.
Simulation of the interaction between Alfven waves and fast particles
There is a wide variety of Alfven waves in tokamak and stellarator plasmas. While most of them are damped, some of the global eigenmodes can be driven unstable when they interact with energetic particles. By coupling the MHD code CKA with the gyrokinetic code EUTERPE, a hybrid kinetic-MHD model is created to describe this wave-particle interaction in stellarator geometry. In this thesis, the CKA-EUTERPE code package is presented. This numerical tool can be used for linear perturbative stability analysis of Alfven waves in the presence of energetic particles. The equations for the hybrid model are based on the gyrokinetic equations. The fast particles are described with linearized gyrokinetic equations. The reduced MHD equations are derived by taking velocity moments of the gyrokinetic equations. An equation for describing the Alfven waves is derived by combining the reduced MHD equations. The Alfven wave equation can retain kinetic corrections. Considering the energy transfer between the particles and the waves, the stability of the waves can be calculated. Numerically, the Alfven waves are calculated using the CKA code. The equations are solved as an eigenvalue problem to determine the frequency spectrum and the mode structure of the waves. The results of the MHD model are in good agreement with other sophisticated MHD codes. CKA results are shown for a JET and a W7-AS example. The linear version of the EUTERPE code is used to study the motion of energetic particles in the wavefield with fixed spatial structure, and harmonic oscillations in time. In EUTERPE, the gyrokinetic equations are discretized with a PIC scheme using the delta-f method, and both full orbit width and finite Larmor radius effects are included. The code is modified to be able to use the wavefield calculated externally by CKA. Different slowing-down distribution functions are also implemented. The work done by the electric field on the particles is measured to calculate the energy transfer
Looking for Cosmological Alfven Waves in WMAP Data
Chen, Gang; Mukherjee, Pia; Kahniashvili, Tina; Ratra, Bharat; Wang, Yun
2004-01-01
A primordial cosmological magnetic field induces and supports vorticity or Alfven waves, which in turn generate cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropies. A homogeneous primordial magnetic field with fixed direction induces correlations between the $a_{l-1,m}$ and $a_{l+1,m}$ multipole coefficients of the CMB temperature anisotropy field. We discuss the constraints that can be placed on the strength of such a primordial magnetic field using CMB anisotropy data from the WMAP experiment. W...
Kuridze, D
2007-01-01
Nonlinear coupling between 3-minute oscillations and Alfven waves in the solar lower atmosphere is studied. 3-minute oscillations are considered as acoustic waves trapped in a chromospheric cavity and oscillating along transversally inhomogeneous vertical magnetic field. It is shown that under the action of the oscillations the temporal dynamics of Alfven waves is governed by Mathieu equation. Consequently, the harmonics of Alfven waves with twice period and wavelength of 3-minute oscillations grow exponentially in time near the layer where the sound and Alfven speeds equal. Thus the 3-minute oscillations are resonantly absorbed by pure Alfven waves near this resonant layer. The resonant Alfven waves may penetrate into the solar corona taking energy from the chromosphere. Therefore the layer c_s=v_A may play a role of energy channel for otherwise trapped acoustic oscillations.
Zaqarashvili, T. V.; Khodachenko, M. L.; Soler, R.
2012-01-01
Ion-neutral collisions may lead to the damping of Alfven waves in chromospheric and prominence plasmas. Neutral helium atoms enhance the damping in certain temperature interval, where the ratio of neutral helium and neutral hydrogen atoms is increased. Therefore, the height-dependence of ionization degrees of hydrogen and helium may influence the damping rate of Alfven waves. We aim to study the effect of neutral helium in the damping of Alfven waves in stratified partially ionized plasma of ...
Enhanced phase mixing of Alfv\\'en waves propagating in stratified and divergent coronal structures
Smith, P. D.; Tsiklauri, D.; Ruderman, M. S.
2007-01-01
Corrected analytical solutions describing the enhanced phase mixing of Alfven waves propagating in divergent stratified coronal structures are presented. These show that the enhanced phase mixing mechanism can dissipate Alfven waves at heights less than half that is predicted by the previous analytical solutions. The enhanced phase mixing of 0.1 Hz harmonic Alfven waves propagating in strongly divergent, H_b=5 Mm, stratified coronal structures, H_rho=50 Mm, can fulfill 100% of an active regio...
Alfv\\'en waves in simulations of solar photospheric vortices
Shelyag, S; Reid, A; Mathioudakis, M
2013-01-01
Using advanced numerical magneto-hydrodynamic simulations of the magnetised solar photosphere, including non-grey radiative transport and a non-ideal equation of state, we analyse plasma motions in photospheric magnetic vortices. We demonstrate that apparent vortex-like motions in photospheric magnetic field concentrations do not exhibit "tornado"-like behaviour or a "bath-tub" effect. While at each time instance the velocity field lines in the upper layers of the solar photosphere show swirls, the test particles moving with the time-dependent velocity field do not demonstrate such structures. Instead, they move in a wave-like fashion with rapidly changing and oscillating velocity field, determined mainly by magnetic tension in the magnetised intergranular downflows. Using time-distance diagrams, we identify horizontal motions in the magnetic flux tubes as torsional Alfv\\'en perturbations propagating along the nearly vertical magnetic field lines with local Alfv\\'en speed.
The effect of compressibility on the Alfven spatial resonance heating
The effect of compressibility of magnetic field line on the damping rate of Alfven spatial resonance heating for a high beta plasma (Kinetic pressure/magnetic pressure) was analysed, using the ideal MHD (Magnetohydrodynamic) model in cylindrical geometry for a diffuse θ-pinch with conducting wall. The dispersion relation was obtained solving the equation of motion in the plasma and vacuum regions together with boundary conditions. (Author)
A transition of a core localized type toroidal Alfven eigenmode with n 1 toroidal mode number to two n = 1 global Alfven eignemodes was observed in NBI-heated plasmas in the Compact Helical System (CHS) heliotron/torsatron. This transition phenomenon is interpreted based on the temporal evolution of the rotational transform near the plasma center caused by the increased in the beam-driven current. (author)
Modulational instability of finite-amplitude, circularly polarized Alfven waves
Derby, N. F., Jr.
1978-01-01
The simple theory of the decay instability of Alfven waves is strictly applicable only to a small-amplitude parent wave in a low-beta plasma, but, if the parent wave is circularly polarized, it is possible to analyze the situation without either of these restrictions. Results show that a large-amplitude circularly polarized wave is unstable with respect to decay into three waves, one longitudinal and one transverse wave propagating parallel to the parent wave and one transverse wave propagating antiparallel. The transverse decay products appear at frequencies which are the sum and difference of the frequencies of the parent wave and the longitudinal wave. The decay products are not familiar MHD modes except in the limit of small beta and small amplitude of the parent wave, in which case the decay products are a forward-propagating sound wave and a backward-propagating circularly polarized wave. In this limit the other transverse wave disappears. The effect of finite beta is to reduce the linear growth rate of the instability from the value suggested by the simple theory. Possible applications of these results to the theory of the solar wind are briefly touched upon.
Characteristics of Short-wavelength Oblique Alfven and Slow waves
Zhao, J S; Yu, M Y; Lu, J Y; Wu, D J
2014-01-01
Linear properties of kinetic Alfv\\'en waves (KAWs) and kinetic slow waves (KSWs) are studied in the framework of two-fluid magnetohydrodynamics. We obtain the wave dispersion relations that are valid in a wide range of the wave frequency {\\omega} and plasma-to-magnetic pressure ratio {\\beta}. The KAW frequency can reach and exceed the ion cyclotron frequency at ion kinetic scales, whereas the KSW frequency remains sub-cyclotron. At {\\beta}\\sim1, the plasma and magnetic pressure perturbations of both modes are in anti-phase, so that there is nearly no total pressure perturbations. However, these modes exhibit several different properties. At high {\\beta}, the electric field polarization of KAW and KSW is opposite at the ion gyroradius scale, where KAWs are polarized in sense of electron gyration (right-hand polarized) and KSWs are left-hand polarized. The magnetic helicity {\\sigma}\\sim1 for KAWs and {\\sigma}\\sim-1 for KSWs, and the ion Alfv\\'en ratio R_{Ai}\\ll 1 for KAWs and R_{Ai}\\gg 1 for KSWs. We also found...
Interplanetary Alfven waves inducing ionospheric disturbances observed by GPS data
Complete text of publication follows. Interplanetary Alfven waves appear in satellite data as high-amplitude, fast oscillations in the interplanetary magnetic field and solar wind velocity components. The waves are more often present in high speed solar wind streams emanating from coronal holes. For a long time, these Alfven waves were not believed as able to produce geomagnetic responses due to the absence of a strong and sustained southward Bz (Bs) interplanetary magnetic field. But in 1987, Tsurutani and Gonzalez showed that these structures were responsible by intense and long-lasting auroral activity (observable through the AE index). However, these phenomena were not strong enough to produce significant ring current intensification (measured by the middle/low latitude Dst index). In this work we analyze three intervals of strong auroral activity related to interplanetary Alfven waves outside main phases of geomagnetic storms. These events occurred in the years 2002, 2003, and 2005. The ionospheric effects were observed through the vertical Total Electron Content (TEC) data from GPS receivers. Data from three GPS stations were employed in this study: Porto Alegre (POAL, Brazil, Lat. 30.1deg S, Long. 51.1deg W, Dip Lat. 20.7deg S, LT=UT-3 h), Bahia Blanca (VBCA, Argentina, Lat 38.7deg S, Long. 62.3deg W, Dip Lat. 22.4deg S, LT=UT-4 h), and Rio Grande (RIOG, Argentina, Lat. 53.6deg S, Long. 67.8deg W, Dip Lat. 43.6deg S, LT=UT-4 h). For each event three quiet days around the date were used to calculate the VTEC average and standard deviation. These values were assumed as reference for disturbed intervals comparisons. For the three selected intervals we observed VTEC increases in all the analyzed stations. The VTEC values may reach over 50% increases compared to quiet day values. Another remarkable observation is that the POAL station (the most equatorward station) always presents higher increases than the other stations. This effect is reduced as the latitude
Nonlinear astrophysical Alfven waves - Onset and outcome of the modulational instability
Spangler, S. R.
1985-01-01
The nonlinear development of Alfven waves is numerically studied, with applications to Alfven waves in astrophysical plasmas. It is found that amplitude-modulated Alfven wave packets undergo a collapse instability in which the wave packets become more intense and of smaller spatial extent. The wave packet steepening is eventually halted in a process most aptly described as soliton formation. A simple analytic model based on the method of characteristics can account for many of the results of the numerical calculations. The instability probably cannot prevent particle pitch angle isotropization due to self-generated Alfven waves. Nonlinear effects of the collapse may modify the process by which energetic electrons are reaccelerated by plasma turbulence. The model calculations can semiquantitatively account for properties of shock-associated Alfven waves in the solar system.
Drift-Kinetic Alfven Waves Observed near a Reconnection X Line in the Earth's Magnetopause
We identify drift-kinetic Alfven waves in the vicinity of a reconnection X line on the Earth's magnetopause. The dispersive properties of these waves have been determined using wavelet interferometric techniques applied to multipoint observations from the Cluster spacecraft. Comparison of the observed wave dispersion with that expected for drift-kinetic Alfven waves shows close agreement. The waves propagate outwards from the X line suggesting that reconnection is a kinetic Alfven wave source. Energetic O+ ions observed in these waves indicate that reconnection is a driver of auroral ion outflow
Singh, Nagendra; Khazanov, George; Mukhter, Ali
2007-01-01
We present results here from 2.5-D particle-in-cell simulations showing that the electrostatic (ES) components of broadband extremely low frequency (BBELF) waves could possibly be generated by cross-field plasma instabilities driven by the relative drifts between the heavy and light ion species in the electromagnetic (EM) Alfvenic component of the BBELF waves in a multi-ion plasma. The ES components consist of ion cyclotron as well as lower hybrid modes. We also demonstrate that the ES wave generation is directly involved in the transverse acceleration of ions (TAI) as commonly measured with the BBELF wave events. The heating is affected by ion cyclotron resonance in the cyclotron modes and Landau resonance in the lower hybrid waves. In the simulation we drive the plasma by the transverse electric field, E(sub y), of the EM waves; the frequency of E(sub y), omega(sub d), is varied from a frequency below the heavy ion cyclotron frequency, OMEGA(sub h), to below the light ion cyclotron frequency, OMEGA(sub i). We have also performed simulations for E(sub y) having a continuous spectrum given by a power law, namely, |Ey| approx. omega(sub d) (exp -alpha), where the exponent alpha = _, 1, and 2 in three different simulations. The driving electric field generates polarization and ExB drifts of the ions and electrons. When the interspecies relative drifts are sufficiently large, they drive electrostatic waves, which cause perpendicular heating of both light and heavy ions. The transverse ion heating found here is discussed in relation to observations from Cluster, FAST and Freja.
Ion Heating by Fast Particle Induced Alfven Turbulence
A novel mechanism that directly transfers energy from Super-Alfvenic energetic ions to thermal ions in high-beta plasmas is described. The mechanism involves the excitation of compressional Alfvin eigenmodes (CAEs) in the frequency range with omega less than or approximately equal to omega(subscript ci). The broadband turbulence resulting from the large number of excited modes causes stochastic diffusion in velocity space, which transfers wave energy to thermal ions. This effect may be important on the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), and may scale up to reactor scenarios. This has important implications for low aspect ratio reactor concepts, since it potentially allows for the modification of the ignition criterion
Particle simulation of energetic particle driven Alfven modes in NBI heated DIII-D experiments
The mutual nonlinear interactions of shear Alfven modes and alpha particles can enhance their transport in burning plasmas. Theoretical and numerical works have shown that rapid transport of energetic ions can take place because of fast growing Alfven modes (e.g. energetic particle driven modes, EPMs). This kind of transport has been observed in experiments as well as in numerical simulations. Hybrid MHD-gyrokinetic codes can investigate linear and nonlinear dynamics of energetic particle (EP) driven modes, retaining the mutual interaction between waves and EPs self-consistently. Self-consistent nonlinear wave-particle interactions (both in configuration and velocity space) are crucial for a correct description of the mode dynamics in the case of strongly driven modes; thus, a non-perturbative approach is mandatory. The knowledge of the threshold characterizing the transition from weakly to strongly driven regimes is of primary importance for burning plasma operations (e.g. for ITER), in order to avoid EPM enhanced EP transport regimes. The hybrid MHD-gyrokinetic code (HMGC) has been applied to the interpretation of phenomena observed in present experiments with neutral beam (NB) heating. In reversed-shear beam-heated DIII-D discharges, a large discrepancy between the expected and measured EP radial density profiles has been observed in the presence of large Alfvenic activity. HMGC simulations with EP radial profiles expected from classical NB deposition as input give rise to strong EPM activity, resulting in relaxed EP radial profiles at saturation level close to experimental measurements. The frequency spectra obtained from several simulations with different toroidal mode numbers, as calculated during the saturated phase when the strong EPMs transform in weak reversed-shear Alfven modes, are quite close to experimental observations both in absolute frequency and in radial localization. In this work, we discuss in particular the effects of nonlinear coupling
Relationship Between Alfvenic Fluctuations and Heavy Ion Heating in the Cusp at 1 Re
Coffey, Victoria; Chandler, Michael; Singh, Nagendra
2008-01-01
We look at the effect of heavy ion heating from their coupling with observed broadband (BB-ELF) emissions. These wave fluctuations are common to many regions of the ionosphere and magnetosphere and have been described as spatial turbulence of dispersive Alfven waves (DAW) with short perpendicular wavelengths. With Polar passing through the cusp at 1 Re in the Spring of 1996, we show the correlation of their wave power with mass-resolved O+ derived heating rates. This relationship lead to the study of the coupling of the thermal O+ ions and these bursty electric fields. We demonstrate the role of these measurements in the suggestion of DAW and stochastic ion heating and the observed density cavity characteristics.
Plasma heating inside ICMEs by Alfvenic fluctuations dissipation
Li, Hui; He, Jiansen; Zhang, Lingqian; Richardson, John D; Belcher, John W; Tu, Cui
2016-01-01
Nonlinear cascade of low-frequency Alfvenic fluctuations (AFs) is regarded as one candidate of the energy sources to heat plasma during the non-adiabatic expansion of interplanetary coronal mass ejections (ICMEs). However, AFs inside ICMEs were seldom reported in the literature. In this study, we investigate AFs inside ICMEs using observations from Voyager 2 between 1 and 6 au. It is found that AFs with high degree of Alfvenicity frequently occurred inside ICMEs, for almost all the identified ICMEs (30 out of 33 ICMEs), and 12.6% of ICME time interval. As ICMEs expand and move outward, the percentage of AF duration decays linearly in general. The occurrence rate of AFs inside ICMEs is much less than that in ambient solar wind, especially within 4 au. AFs inside ICMEs are more frequently presented in the center and at the boundaries of ICMEs. In addition, the proton temperature inside ICME has a similar distribution. These findings suggest significant contribution of AFs on local plasma heating inside ICMEs.
Exact Analytical Solution of Alfven Waves in Nonuniform Plasmas
Full text: The propagation of Alfven waves in non-uniform plasmas is described through linear second-order differential equations, governing the total pressure and radial plasma velocity. In general, these two differential equations only admit numerical solutions, whose behavior is very much complicated especially near resonance surfaces which encompass essential degeneracies. It is well-known that most existing analytical methods, including the famous Wentzel-Karmers-Brillouin (WKB) approximation fail near such singularities. In this paper, a power analytical method, which is recently developed and named the Differential Transfer Matrix Method (DTMM), is applied to find a rigorously exact solution to the problem of interest. We also present an approximate solution based on the Airy functions. (author)
The Structure of Plasma Heating in Gyrokinetic Alfv\\'enic Turbulence
Navarro, A B; Told, D; Groselj, D; Crandall, P; Jenko, F
2016-01-01
We analyze plasma heating in weakly collisional kinetic Alfv\\'en wave (KAW) turbulence using high resolution gyrokinetic simulations spanning the range of scales between the ion and the electron gyroradii. Real space structures that have a higher than average heating rate are shown not to be confined to current sheets. This novel result is at odds with previous studies, which use the electromagnetic work in the local electron fluid frame, i.e. $\\mathbf{J} \\!\\cdot\\! (\\mathbf{E} + \\mathbf{v}_e\\times\\mathbf{B})$, as a proxy for turbulent dissipation to argue that heating follows the intermittent spatial structure of the electric current. Furthermore, we show that electrons are dominated by parallel heating while the ions prefer the perpendicular heating route. We comment on the implications of the results presented here.
The modulational instability and envelope-solitons are analyzed for the Alfven waves propagating along the static magnetic field in cold collisionless plasmas, using the modified nonlinear Schroedinger equation previously derived by the authors. The modulational instability occurs in the left-hand circularly polarized Alfven wave (left Alfven wave) for a small amplitude but does not for an amplitude larger than the critical value. On the other hand, the instability never occurs in the right-hand circularly polarized Alfven wave (right Alfven wave). When the modulational instability does not occur, the rarefactive and compressive envelope-solitons exist in the left Alfven wave and the two types of the rarefactive envelope-solitons exist in the right Alfven wave. (auth.)
Reversed shear Alfven eigenmode stabilization by localized electron cyclotron heating
Van Zeeland, M A; Hyatt, A W; Lohr, J; Petty, C C [General Atomics, PO Box 85608 San Diego, CA 92186-5608 (United States); Heidbrink, W W [University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697 (United States); Nazikian, R; Solomon, W M; Gorelenkov, N N; Kramer, G J [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ 08543-0451 (United States); Austin, M E [University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX 78712 (United States); Berk, H L [Institute for Fusion Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 (United States); Holcomb, C T; Makowski, M A [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA (United States); McKee, G R [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53726 (United States); Sharapov, S E [Euratom/UKAEA Fusion Association, Culham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3DB (United Kingdom); Rhodes, T L [University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 90095 (United States)], E-mail: vanzeeland@fusion.gat.com
2008-03-15
Reversed shear Alfven eigenmode (RSAE) activity in DIII-D is stabilized by electron cyclotron heating (ECH) applied near the minimum of the magnetic safety factor (q{sub min}) in neutral beam heated discharges with reversed-magnetic shear. The degree of RSAE stabilization, fast ion density and the volume averaged neutron production (S{sub n}) are highly dependent on ECH deposition location relative to q{sub min}. While discharges with ECH stabilization of RSAEs have higher S{sub n} and more peaked fast ion profiles than discharges with significant RSAE activity, neutron production remains strongly reduced (up to 60% relative to TRANSP predictions assuming classical fast ion transport) even when RSAEs are stabilized.
Multiple-gap theory of toroidal Alfven waves with kinetic effects
The stability of kinetic toroidal Alfven waves with multi-gap coupling is analyzed by using the two-dimensional ballooning transform. An alternate convergence scheme, based on the smallness of the inverse aspect ratio, is devised. The resulting wave functions are oscillatory and do not balloon in contrast to the wave functions of conventional ballooning theory. It is shown that the single-gap theory is a special, weak shear (s → 0) limit of the formalism. Analytical and numerical results for the two fundamental branches, the ideal toroidal Alfven eigenmode (TAE), and the kinetic toroidal Alfven eigenmode (KTAE) are presented and discussed
Similon, Philippe L.; Sudan, R. N.
1989-01-01
The importance of field line geometry for shear Alfven wave dissipation in coronal arches is demonstrated. An eikonal formulation makes it possible to account for the complicated magnetic geometry typical in coronal loops. An interpretation of Alfven wave resonance is given in terms of gradient steepening, and dissipation efficiencies are studied for two configurations: the well-known slab model with a straight magnetic field, and a new model with stochastic field lines. It is shown that a large fraction of the Alfven wave energy flux can be effectively dissipated in the corona.
Alfven Waves in a Plasma Sheet Boundary Layer Associated with Near-Tail Magnetic Reconnection
YUAN Zhi-Gang; DENG Xiao-Hua; PANG Ye; LI Shi-You; WANG Jing-Fang
2007-01-01
We report observations from Geotail satellite showing that large Poynting fluxes associated with Alfven waves in the plasma sheet boundary layer(PSBL) occur in the vicinity of the near-tail reconnection region on 10 December 1996.During the period of large Poynting fluxex,Geotail also observed strong tailward plasma flws.These observations demonstrate the importance of near-tail reconnection process as the energy source of Alfven waves in the PSBL.Strong tailward(Earthward)plasma flows ought to be an important candidate in generating Alfven waves.Furthermore,the strong pertutbations not only of the magnetic field but also of the electric field observed in the PSBL indicate that the PSBL plays an important role in the generation and propagation of the energy flux associated with Alfven waves.
Formation of convective cells by modulational instability of drift Alfven waves
A model equation describing drift Alfven wave with E X B nonlinearity is derived. For a special ordering a nonlinear Schroedinger equation is derived, which governs modulational instability of the drift Alfven wave. Translational invariance is assumed along the magnetic field. The relation between the characteristic scale lengths parallel and perpendicular to the drift flow for the onset of cell formation has been found. The influence of perpendicular ion viscosity is also discussed. (Auth.)
Observation of an Alfv\\'en Wave Parametric Instability in a Laboratory Plasma
Dorfman, S
2016-01-01
A shear Alfv\\'en wave parametric instability is observed for the first time in the laboratory. When a single finite $\\omega/\\Omega_i$ kinetic Alfv\\'en wave (KAW) is launched in the Large Plasma Device above a threshold amplitude, three daughter modes are produced. These daughter modes have frequencies and parallel wave numbers that are consistent with copropagating KAW sidebands and a low frequency nonresonant mode. The observed process is parametric in nature, with the frequency of the daughter modes varying as a function of pump wave amplitude. The daughter modes are spatially localized on a gradient of the pump wave magnetic field amplitude in the plane perpendicular to the background field, suggesting that perpendicular nonlinear forces (and therefore $k_{\\perp}$ of the pump wave) play an important role in the instability process. Despite this, modulational instability theory with $k_{\\perp}=0$ has several features in common with the observed nonresonant mode and Alfv\\'en wave sidebands.
Alfven-wave particle interaction in finite-dimensional self-consistent field model
A low-dimensional Hamiltonian model is derived for the acceleration of ions in finite amplitude Alfven waves in a finite pressure plasma sheet. The reduced low-dimensional wave-particle Hamiltonian is useful for describing the reaction of the accelerated ions on the wave amplitudes and phases through the self-consistent fields within the envelope approximation. As an example, the authors show for a single Alfven wave in the central plasma sheet of the Earth's geotail, modeled by the linear pinch geometry called the Harris sheet, the time variation of the wave amplitude during the acceleration of fast protons
Kinetic effects on Alfven wave nonlinearity. II. The modified nonlinear wave equation
The study of kinetic effects on Alfven wave nonlinearity is continued. Previously obtained expressions for the perturbed (by an Alfven wave) ion and electron distribution functions are used to obtain a nonlinear wave equation for parallel-propagating, circularly polarized waves. The results are cast in the form of a modified version of the familiar derivative nonlinear Schroedinger equation. The approach in obtaining this equation is a hybrid one; fluid theory is used to the greatest extent possible, and kinetic theory is introduced where the correction is believed to be most important. Fluid theory at two levels of sophistication is employed. The first uses a simple scalar pressure term. This approach yields physical insight and illuminates the field-aligned fluid flow and the associated plasma density perturbation as a major contributor to Alfven wave nonlinearity. The second approach employs a tensor pressure term that in general will be necessary. The results indicate that kinetic effects in general produce a nonlinear wave equation that is of a different functional form than the derivative nonlinear Schroedinger equation, as previously reported by Mjolhus and Wyller [Phys. Scr. 33, 442 (1986); J. Plasma Phys. 40, 229 (1988)]. The coefficient of the derivative cubic term depends on the plasma beta in a way which, in general, is quite different from the fluid expression. In addition, a functionally novel term appears in the modified equation. The magnitude of this term, named the ''nonlocal term'' by Mjolhus and Wyller, can be large when the plasma beta is comparable to unity. The susceptibility of the modified equation to modulational instability is studied. Kinetic effects cause modulational instability of wave packets, even when fluid theory would predict modulational stability. This modulational instability occurs for both right- and left-hand polarized waves
AMPTE/CCE observations of substorm-associated standing Alfven waves in the midnight sector
Takahashi, K.; Mcentire, R. W.; Potemra, T. A.; Kokubun, S.; Sakurai, T.
1988-01-01
Magnetic-field and medium-energy particle data from the AMPTE/CCE spacecraft are used to study substorm-associated ULF pulsations in the midnight sector at a radial distance of 8 to 9 earth radii. The particle data are used to identify ion injections and to detect the electric field of ULF waves. A case study of the events on May 23, 1985 shows that the waves have the properties of a fundamental-mode standing Alfven wave. It is suggested that these observations are evidence of substorm-associated standing Alfven waves in the nightside magnetosphere.
Long-Alfven-wave trains in collisionless plasmas. I. Kinetic theory
A generalized kinetic derivative nonlinear Schroedinger equation for the multidimensional dynamics of Alfven wave trains propagating along an ambient magnetic field is derived from the Vlasov-Maxwell equations by a reductive perturbative expansion. It retains in addition to the Landau damping, the coupling to longitudinally averaged fields driven by both transverse gradients and kinetic effects. These mean fields that modulate the propagation speed of the wave play a main role in transverse instabilities of extended Alfven wave packets and in the filamentation phenomenon. This long-wave model also provides a benchmark for Landau-fluid descriptions of collisionless plasmas
Kinetic Alfven wave in the presence of kappa distribution function in plasma sheet boundary layer
The particle aspect approach is adopted to investigate the trajectories of charged particles in the electromagnetic field of kinetic Alfven wave. Expressions are found for the dispersion relation, damping/growth rate and associated currents in the presence of kappa distribution function. Kinetic effect of electrons and ions are included to study kinetic Alfven wave because both are important in the transition region. It is found that the ratio β of electron thermal energy density to magnetic field energy density and the ratio of ion to electron thermal temperature (Ti/Te), and kappa distribution function affect the dispersion relation, damping/growth rate and associated currents in both cases(warm and cold electron limit).The treatment of kinetic Alfven wave instability is based on assumption that the plasma consist of resonant and non resonant particles. The resonant particles participate in an energy exchange process, whereas the non resonant particles support the oscillatory motion of the wave
Destabilization of hydromagnetic drift-Alfven waves in a finite pressure, collisional plasma
The hydromagnetic drift mode of the coupled drift-Alfven wave is destabilized as a standing wave in a dense, current-free plasma in the presence of a density gradient. When an axial electron current is drawn, a localized Alfven mode propagating against the current is destabilized, in addition to the unstable drift mode now propagating along the current. The measured wave properties, dispersion, and dependence on plasma parameters are found to agree with the theory derived for a finite β, collisional plasma
Threaded-Field-Lines Model for the Low Solar Corona Powered by the Alfven Wave Turbulence
Sokolov, Igor V; Manchester, Ward B; Ozturk, Doga Can Su; Szente, Judit; Taktakishvili, Aleksandre; Tóth, Gabor; Jin, Meng; Gombosi, Tamas I
2016-01-01
We present an updated global model of the solar corona, including the transition region. We simulate the realistic tree-dimensional (3D) magnetic field using the data from the photospheric magnetic field measurements and assume the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) Alfv\\'en wave turbulence and its non-linear dissipation to be the only source for heating the coronal plasma and driving the solar wind. In closed field regions the dissipation efficiency in a balanced turbulence is enhanced. In the coronal holes we account for a reflection of the outward propagating waves, which is accompanied by generation of weaker counter-propagating waves. The non-linear cascade rate degrades in strongly imbalanced turbulence, thus resulting in colder coronal holes. The distinctive feature of the presented model is the description of the low corona as almost-steady-state low-beta plasma motion and heat flux transfer along the magnetic field lines. We trace the magnetic field lines through each grid point of the lower boundary of the g...
Excitation of global Alfven Eigenmodes by RF heating in JET
Kerner, W.; Borba, D.; Gormezano, C.; Huysmans, G.; Porcelli, F.; Start, D. [Commission of the European Communities, Abingdon (United Kingdom). JET Joint Undertaking; Fasoli, A. [Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Lausanne (Switzerland). Centre de Recherche en Physique des Plasma (CRPP); Sharapov, S. [Kurchatov Institute, Moscow (Russian Federation)
1994-07-01
The alpha-particle confinement of future D-T experiments at JET can be severely degraded by Global Alfven Eigenmodes (AE). Scenarios for the excitation of Alfven Eigenmodes in usual (e.g. D-D) plasmas are proposed, which provide a MHD diagnostic and allow the study of the transport of super-Alfvenic ions. Active studies with separate control of TAE amplitude and energetic particle destabilization, measuring the plasma response, give more information than passive studies, in particular concerning the damping mechanisms. The TAE excitation can be achieved by means of the saddle coil and the ICRH antenna. The experimental method is introduced together with a theoretical model for RF excitation. (authors). 6 refs., 3 figs.
Excitation of global Alfven Eigenmodes by RF heating in JET
The alpha-particle confinement of future D-T experiments at JET can be severely degraded by Global Alfven Eigenmodes (AE). Scenarios for the excitation of Alfven Eigenmodes in usual (e.g. D-D) plasmas are proposed, which provide a MHD diagnostic and allow the study of the transport of super-Alfvenic ions. Active studies with separate control of TAE amplitude and energetic particle destabilization, measuring the plasma response, give more information than passive studies, in particular concerning the damping mechanisms. The TAE excitation can be achieved by means of the saddle coil and the ICRH antenna. The experimental method is introduced together with a theoretical model for RF excitation. (authors). 6 refs., 3 figs
Quantum Treatment of Kinetic Alfv\\'en Waves instability in a dusty plasma: Magnetized ions
Rubab, N
2016-01-01
The dispersion relation of kinetic Alfv\\'en wave in inertial regime is studied in a three component non-degenerate streaming plasma. A lin- ear dispersion relation using fluid- Vlasov equation for quantum plasma is also derived. The quantum correction CQ raised due to the insertion of Bohm potential in Vlasov model causes the suppression in the Alfven wave frequency and the growth rates of instability. A number of analytical expressions are derived for various modes of propagation. It is also found that many system parameters, i.e, streaming velocity, dust charge, num- ber density and quantum correction significantly influence the dispersion relation and the growth rate of instability.
Alfven Wave Collisions, The Fundamental Building Block of Plasma Turbulence II: Numerical Solution
Nielson, Kevin D; Dorland, William
2013-01-01
This paper presents the numerical verification of an asymptotic analytical solution for the nonlinear interaction between counterpropagating Alfven waves, the fundamental building block of astrophysical plasma turbulence. The analytical solution, derived in the weak turbulence limit using the equations of incompressible MHD, is compared to a nonlinear gyrokinetic simulation of an Alfven wave collision. The agreement between these methods signifies that the incompressible solution satisfactorily describes the essential dynamics of the nonlinear energy transfer, even under the weakly collisional plasma conditions relevant to many astrophysical environments.
The soliton transform and a possible application to nonlinear Alfven waves in space
Hada, T.; Hamilton, R. L.; Kennel, C. F.
1993-01-01
The inverse scattering transform (IST) based on the derivative nonlinear Schroedinger (DNLS) equation is applied to a complex time series of nonlinear Alfven wave data generated by numerical simulation. The IST describes the long-time evolution of quasi-parallel Alfven waves more efficiently than the Fourier transform, which is adapted to linear rather than nonlinear problems. When dissipation is added, so the conditions for the validity of the DNLS are not strictly satisfied, the IST continues to provide a compact description of the wavefield in terms of a small number of decaying envelope solitons.
Magnetohydrodynamics in the Early Universe and the Damping of Non-linear Alfven Waves
Subramanian, K; Subramanian, Kandaswamy; Barrow, John D.
1998-01-01
The evolution and viscous damping of cosmic magnetic fields in the early universe, is analysed. Using the fact that the fluid, electromagnetic, and shear viscous energy-momentum tensors are all conformally invariant, the evolution is transformed from the expanding universe setting into that in flat spacetime. Particular attention is paid to the evolution of nonlinear Alfven modes. For a small enough magnetic field, which satisfies our observational constraints, these wave modes either oscillate negligibly or, when they do oscillate, become overdamped. Hence they do not suffer Silk damping on galactic and subgalactic scales. The smallest scale which survives damping depends on the field strength and is of order a dimensionless Alfven velocity times the usual baryon-photon Silk damping scale. After recombination, nonlinear effects can convert the Alfven mode into compressional, gravitationally unstable waves and seed cosmic structures if the cosmic magnetic field is sufficiently strong.
Energetic particle destabilization of shear Alfven waves in stellarators and tokamaks
An important issue for ignited devices is the resonant destabilization of shear Alfven waves by energetic populations. These instabilities have been observed in a variety of toroidal plasma experiments in recent years, including: beam-destabilized toroidal Alfven instabilities (TAE) in low magnetic field tokamaks, ICRF destabilized TAE's in higher field tokamaks, and global Alfven instabilities (GAE) in low shear stellarators. In addition, excitation and study of these modes is a significant goal of the TFIR-DT program and a component of the ITER physics tasks. The authors have developed a gyrofluid model which includes the wave-particle resonances necessary to excite such instabilities. The TAE linear mode structure is calculated nonperturbatively, including many of the relevant damping mechanisms, such as: continuum damping, non-ideal effects (ion FLR and electron collisionality), and ion/electron Landau damping. This model has been applied to both linear and nonlinear regimes for a range of experimental cases using measured profiles
Reflection and dissipation of Alfv\\'en waves in interstellar clouds
Pinto, C.; A. Verdini; Galli, D.; Velli, M.
2012-01-01
Context: Supersonic nonthermal motions in molecular clouds are often interpreted as long-lived magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) waves. The propagation and amplitude of these waves is affected by local physical characteristics, most importantly the gas density and the ionization fraction. Aims: We study the propagation, reflection and dissipation of Alfv\\'en waves in molecular clouds deriving the behavior of observable quantities such as the amplitudes of velocity fluctuations and the rate of energy ...
Kinetic structures of shear Alfven and acoustic wave spectra in burning plasmas
Zonca, F; Biancalani, A; Chavdarovski, I; Chen, L; Di Troia, C; Wang, X, E-mail: fulvio.zonca@enea.it
2010-11-01
We present a general theoretical framework for discussing the physics of low frequency fluctuation spectra of shear Alfven and acoustic waves in toroidal plasmas of fusion interest. This framework helps identifying the relevant dynamics and, thus, interpreting experimental observations. We also discuss the roles of such general theoretical framework for verification and validation of numerical simulation codes vs. analytic predictions and experimental results.
Kinetic structures of shear Alfven and acoustic wave spectra in burning plasmas
We present a general theoretical framework for discussing the physics of low frequency fluctuation spectra of shear Alfven and acoustic waves in toroidal plasmas of fusion interest. This framework helps identifying the relevant dynamics and, thus, interpreting experimental observations. We also discuss the roles of such general theoretical framework for verification and validation of numerical simulation codes vs. analytic predictions and experimental results.
Reflection and dissipation of Alfv\\'en waves in interstellar clouds
Pinto, C; Galli, D; Velli, M
2012-01-01
Context: Supersonic nonthermal motions in molecular clouds are often interpreted as long-lived magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) waves. The propagation and amplitude of these waves is affected by local physical characteristics, most importantly the gas density and the ionization fraction. Aims: We study the propagation, reflection and dissipation of Alfv\\'en waves in molecular clouds deriving the behavior of observable quantities such as the amplitudes of velocity fluctuations and the rate of energy dissipation. Methods: We formulated the problem in terms of Els\\"asser variables for transverse MHD waves propagating in a one-dimensional inhomogeneous medium, including the dissipation due to collisions between ions and neutrals and to a nonlinear turbulent cascade treated in a phenomenological way. We considered both steady-state and time-dependent situations and solved the equations of the problem numerically with an iterative method and a Lax-Wendroff scheme, respectively. Results: Alfv\\'en waves incident on overdens...
Weng, C. J. [Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Institute of Space Science, National Central University, Jhongli 320, Taiwan (China); Lee, L. C. [Institute of Space Science, National Central University, Jhongli 320, Taiwan (China); Institute of Earth Science, Academia Sinica, Nankang 115, Taiwan (China); Kuo, C. L. [Institute of Space Science, National Central University, Jhongli 320, Taiwan (China); Wang, C. B. [CAS Key Laboratory of Geospace Environment, School of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei (China)
2013-03-15
Alfven waves are low-frequency transverse waves propagating in a magnetized plasma. We define the Alfven frequency {omega}{sub 0} as {omega}{sub 0}=kV{sub A}cos{theta}, where k is the wave number, V{sub A} is the Alfven speed, and {theta} is the angle between the wave vector and the ambient magnetic field. There are partially ionized plasmas in laboratory, space, and astrophysical plasma systems, such as in the solar chromosphere, interstellar clouds, and the earth ionosphere. The presence of neutral particles may modify the wave frequency and cause damping of Alfven waves. The effects on Alfven waves depend on two parameters: (1) {alpha}=n{sub n}/n{sub i}, the ratio of neutral density (n{sub n}), and ion density (n{sub i}); (2) {beta}={nu}{sub ni}/{omega}{sub 0}, the ratio of neutral collisional frequency by ions {nu}{sub ni} to the Alfven frequency {omega}{sub 0}. Most of the previous studies examined only the limiting case with a relatively large neutral collisional frequency or {beta} Much-Greater-Than 1. In the present paper, the dispersion relation for Alfven waves is solved for all values of {alpha} and {beta}. Approximate solutions in the limit {beta} Much-Greater-Than 1 as well as {beta} Much-Less-Than 1 are obtained. It is found for the first time that there is a 'forbidden zone (FZ)' in the {alpha}-{beta} parameter space, where the real frequency of Alfven waves becomes zero. We also solve the wavenumber k from the dispersion equation for a fixed frequency and find the existence of a 'heavy damping zone (HDZ).' We then examine the presence of FZ and HDZ for Alfven waves in the ionosphere and in the solar chromosphere.
Hahn, Michael
2013-01-01
We present a measurement of the energy carried and dissipated by Alfv\\'en waves in a polar coronal hole. Alfv\\'en waves have been proposed as the energy source that heats the corona and drives the solar wind. Previous work has shown that line widths decrease with height in coronal holes, which is a signature of wave damping, but have been unable to quantify the energy lost by the waves. This is because line widths depend on both the non-thermal velocity v_nt and the ion temperature T_i. We have implemented a means to separate the T_i and v_nt contributions using the observation that at low heights the waves are undamped and the ion temperatures do not change with height. This enables us to determine the amount of energy carried by the waves at low heights, which is proportional to v_nt. We find the initial energy flux density present was 6.7 +/- 0.7 x 10^5 erg cm^-2 s^-1, which is sufficient to heat the coronal hole and acccelerate the solar wind during the 2007 - 2009 solar minimum. Additionally, we find tha...
Turbulence in the sub-Alfv\\'enic solar wind driven by reflection of low-frequency Alfv\\'en waves
Verdini, A; Buchlin, E
2009-01-01
We study the formation and evolution of a turbulent spectrum of Alfv\\'en waves driven by reflection off the solar wind density gradients, starting from the coronal base up to 17 solar radii, well beyond the Alfv\\'enic critical point. The background solar wind is assigned and 2D shell models are used to describe nonlinear interactions. We find that the turbulent spectra are influenced by the nature of reflected waves. Close to the base, these give rise to a flatter and steeper spectrum for the outgoing and reflected waves respectively. At higher heliocentric distance both spectra evolve toward an asymptotic Kolmogorov spectrum. The turbulent dissipation is found to account for at least half of the heating required to sustain the background imposed solar wind and its shape is found to be determined by the reflection-determined turbulent heating below 1.5 solar radii. Therefore reflection and reflection-driven turbulence are shown to play a key role in the accelerationof the fast solar wind and origin of the tur...
Experimental evidence of Alfv\\'en wave propagation in a Gallium alloy
Alboussiere, Thierry; Debray, François; La Rizza, Patrick; Masson, Jean-Paul; Plunian, Franck; Ribeiro, Adolfo; Schmitt, Denys
2011-01-01
Experiments with a liquid metal alloy, galinstan, are reported and show clear evidence of Alfv\\'en wave propagation as well as resonance of Alfv\\'en modes. Galinstan is liquid at room temperature, and although its electrical conductivity is not as large as that of liquid sodium or NaK, it has still been possible to study Alfv\\'en waves, thanks to the use of intense magnetic fi elds, up to 13 teslas. The maximal values of Lundquist number, around 60, are similar to that of the reference experimental study by Jameson [1]. The generation mechanism for Alfv\\'en waves and their refl ection is studied carefully. Numerical simulations have been performed and have been able to reproduce the experimental results despite the fact that the simulated magnetic Prandtl number was much larger than that of galinstan. An originality of the present study is that a poloidal disturbance (magnetic and velocity fields) is generated, allowing us to track its propagation from outside the conducting domain, hence without interfering.
Alfven wave coupled with flow-driven fluid instability in interpenetrating plasmas
Vranjes, J
2015-01-01
The Alfven wave is analyzed in case of one quasineutral plasma propagating with some constant speed $v_0$ through another static quasineutral plasma. A dispersion equation is derived describing the Alfven wave coupled with the flow driven mode $\\omega= k v_0$ and solutions are discussed analytically and numerically. The usual solutions for two oppositely propagating Alfv\\'en waves are substantially modified due to the flowing plasma. More profound is modification of the solution propagating in the negative direction with respect to the magnetic field and the plasma flow. For a large enough flow speed (exceeding the Alfven speed in the static plasma), this negative solution may become non-propagating, with frequency equal to zero. In this case it represents a spatial variation of the electromagnetic field. For greater flow speed it becomes a forward mode, and it may merge with the positive one. This merging of the two modes represents the starting point for a flow-driven instability, with two complex-conjugate...
Stability of global Alfven waves (TAE, EAE) in JET tritium discharges
The study of MHD modes driven unstable by energetic particles due to additional heating and, in particular, by alpha particles is crucial for the prediction of α-confinement for future JET D-T discharges aiming at QDT≅1. In this paper we analyse the toroidicity and elongation induced Alfven eigenmodes (TAE, EAE), their damping and their destabilisation by energetic particles. The spectral code CASTOR (Complex Alfven Spectrum for Toroidal Plasmas) together with the equilibrium solver HELENA provides the tool for the analysis of the ideal and dissipative MHD spectrum. (author) 3 refs., 3 figs
Nonlinear coupling of O- and X-mode radio emission and Alfven waves in the solar corona
The nonlinear coupling of extraordinary and ordinary waves via kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) is investigated on the basis of two fluid magnetohydrodynamics. The equation governing the time dependence of electric field of excited O-mode is found. We estimate the time of effective coupling between modes and corresponding interaction distance in solar corona. Our theoretical results show that the X- and O-mode couplings via Alfven waves can be efficient depolarization mechanism for the coronal radioemission
Magnetosphere--Ionosphere Coupling: Effects of Plasma Alfven Wave Relative Motion
Christiansen, P. J.; Dum, C. T.
1989-06-01
The introduction of relative perpendicular motion between a flux-tube supporting shear Alfven wave activity and the background plasma is studied in the context of the coupling of a wave generating region with a distant ionosphere. The results of a representative simulation, using an extended version of the code developed by Lysak & Dum (J. geophys. Res. 88, 365 (1983)), are used as a basis for interpreting some aspects of recent satellite observations.
Propagation of Alfv\\'enic Waves From Corona to Chromosphere and Consequences for Solar Flares
Russell, A. J. B.; Fletcher, L.
2013-01-01
How do magnetohydrodynamic waves travel from the fully ionized corona, into and through the underlying partially ionized chromosphere, and what are the consequences for solar flares? To address these questions, we have developed a 2-fluid model (of plasma and neutrals) and used it to perform 1D simulations of Alfv\\'en waves in a solar atmosphere with realistic density and temperature structure. Studies of a range of solar features (faculae, plage, penumbra and umbra) show that energy transmis...
Transverse dynamics of dispersive Alfven waves. II. Driving of a reduced magnetohydrodynamic flow
The nonlinear dynamics resulting from transverse and quasi-transverse instabilities of a finite-amplitude dispersive Alfven wave propagating along an ambient magnetic field is studied by direct numerical simulations of the three-dimensional Hall-magnetohydrodynamic (Hall-MHD) equations. When the pump wave has a moderate amplitude and a long enough wavelength, one observes the generation of nonlinear structures in the form of helical filaments for the transverse magnetic field intensity and the density fluctuations. An interesting feature is the development of a quasi-incompressible turbulent flow, with a longitudinal characteristic scale large compared to the Alfven wavelength, that remains spectrally well separated from the wave throughout the evolution. The coexistence of this 'reduced MHD' flow with nonlinear Alfven waves was predicted on the basis of an asymptotic analysis [A. Gazol, T. Passot, and P. L. Sulem, Phys. Plasmas 6, 3114 (1999)] carried out in the long-wavelength limit. Whereas in this regime the generation of the reduced MHD flow is negligible, it becomes significant on a time scale of a few wave periods when dispersion is increased. Increasing the dispersion also leads to a faster destabilization of the wave and to a more rapid dissipation, a remarkable effect due to enhanced instability growth rates. In the case of a larger amplitude pump, or of an Alfven wavelength close to the ion-inertial length, the helical structures get fragmented and the spectral gap observed at early times between the large-scale flow and the waves rapidly disappears, leading to a fully three-dimensional MHD turbulent flow
Modification and damping of Alfven waves in a magnetized dusty plasma
The dispersion characteristics of the circularly polarized electromagnetic waves along a homogeneous magnetic field in a dusty plasma have been investigated theoretically. The Vlasov equation has been employed to find the response of the magnetized plasma particles where the dust grains form a static background of highly charged and massive centers having certain correlation. It is found that in addition to the usual Landau damping which is negligible in the low temperature approximation, a novel mechanism of damping of the Alfven waves due to the dust comes into play. The modification and damping of the Alfven waves depend on the dust perturbation parameters, unequal densities of plasma particles, the average correlation length of the dust grains, temperature of the plasma and the magnetic field. (author)
Supergranulation-driven Alfven waves in the solar chromosphere and related phenomena.
Hollweg, J. V.
1972-01-01
It has recently been recognized that Alfven waves frequently dominate the microstructure of the solar wind at the orbit of the earth. We seek a solar source for these waves, and consider here their excitation by the supergranular motions. The wave equation is solved in a horizontally stratified, bi-exponential solar atmosphere. The interaction of Alfven wave motions associated with adjacent supergranules is discussed qualitatively. The Alfven wave effectively conveys the supergranular motions to great heights in the chromosphere. These motions are oppositely directed above intersupergranule boundaries, and compress the magnetic field there. A naive calculation of the compression, based on balancing dynamic and magnetic pressures, leads to adequate agreement with observations of the chromospheric network. We find that the magnetic field is appreciably compressed only below about 1500 km, and on this basis we reject theories of spicule formation which require large vertical magnetic fields at the heights reached by spicules. We advance a theory for spicule formation, in which spicules form as a result of matter being squeezed upward, out of the compression region between adjacent supergranules.
Flow shear suppression of turbulence using externally driven ion Bernstein and Alfven waves
The utilization of externally-launched radio-frequency waves as a means of active confinement control through the generation of sheared poloidal flows is explored. For low-frequency waves, kinetic Alfven waves are proposed, and are shown to drive sheared E x B flows as a result of the radial variation in the electromagnetic Reynolds stress. In the high frequency regime, ion Bernstein waves are considered, and shown to generate sheared poloidal rotation through the ponderomotive force. In either case, it is shown that modest amounts of absorbed power (∼ few 100 kW) are required to suppress turbulence in a region of several cm radial width. 9 refs
On the reflection of Alfv\\'en waves and its implication for Earth's core modeling
Schaeffer, Nathanaël; Cardin, Philippe; Marie, Drouard
2011-01-01
Alfv\\'en waves propagate in electrically conducting fluids in the presence of a magnetic field. Their reflection properties depend on the ratio between the kinematic viscosity and the magnetic diffusivity of the fluid, also known as the magnetic Prandtl number Pm. In the special case Pm=1, there is no reflection on an insulating, no-slip boundary, and the wave energy is entirely dissipated in the boundary layer. We investigate the consequences of this remarkable behaviour for the numerical modeling of torsional Alfv\\'en waves (also known as torsional oscillations), which represent a special class of Alfv\\'en waves, in rapidly rotating spherical shells. They consist of geostrophic motions and are thought to exist in the fluid cores of planets with internal magnetic field. In the geophysical limit Pm 0.3, which is the range of values for which geodynamo numerical models operate. As a result, geodynamo models with no-slip boundary conditions cannot exhibit torsional oscillation normal modes.
Kinetic Alfv\\'en waves generation by large-scale phase-mixing
Vasconez, C L; Valentini, F; Servidio, S; Matthaeus, W H; Malara, F
2015-01-01
One view of the solar-wind turbulence is that the observed highly anisotropic fluctuations at spatial scales near the proton inertial length $d_p$ may be considered as Kinetic Alfv\\'en waves (KAWs). In the present paper, we show how phase-mixing of large-scale parallel propagating Alfv\\'en waves is an efficient mechanism for the production of KAWs at wavelengths close to $d_p$ and at large propagation angle with respect to the magnetic field. Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD), Hall-Magnetohydrodynamic (HMHD), and hybrid Vlasov-Maxwell (HVM) simulations modeling the propagation of Alfv\\'en waves in inhomogeneous plasmas are performed. In linear regime, the role of dispersive effects is singled out by comparing MHD and HMHD results. Fluctuations produced by phase-mixing are identified as KAWs through a comparison of polarization of magnetic fluctuations and wave group velocity with analytical linear predictions. In the nonlinear regime, comparison of HMHD and HVM simulations allows to point out the role of kinetic effe...
Torsional Alfven Waves in Solar Magnetic Flux Tubes of Axial Symmetry
Murawski, K; Musielak, Z E; Srivastava, A K; Kraskiewicz, J
2015-01-01
Aims: Propagation and energy transfer of torsional Alfv\\'en waves in solar magnetic flux tubes of axial symmetry is studied. Methods: An analytical model of a solar magnetic flux tube of axial symmetry is developed by specifying a magnetic flux and deriving general analytical formulae for the equilibrium mass density and a gas pressure. The main advantage of this model is that it can be easily adopted to any axisymmetric magnetic structure. The model is used to simulate numerically the propagation of nonlinear Alfv\\'en waves in such 2D flux tubes of axial symmetry embedded in the solar atmosphere. The waves are excited by a localized pulse in the azimuthal component of velocity and launched at the top of the solar photosphere, and they propagate through the solar chromosphere, transition region, and into the solar corona. Results: The results of our numerical simulations reveal a complex scenario of twisted magnetic field lines and flows associated with torsional Alfv\\'en waves as well as energy transfer to t...
Energy densities of Alfven waves between 0.7 and 1.6 AU. [in interplanetary medium
Belcher, J. W.; Burchsted, R.
1974-01-01
Plasma and field data from Mariner 4 and 5 between 0.7 and 1.6 AU are used to study the radial dependence of the levels of microscale fluctuation associated with interplanetary Alfven waves. The observed decrease of these levels with increasing distance from the sun is consistent with little or no local generation or damping of the ambient Alfven waves over this range of radial distance.
Inbound waves in the solar corona: a direct indicator of Alfv\\'en Surface location
DeForest, C E; McComas, D J
2014-01-01
The tenuous supersonic solar wind that streams from the top of the corona passes through a natural boundary -- the Alfv\\'en surface -- that marks the causal disconnection of individual packets of plasma and magnetic flux from the Sun itself. The Alfv\\'en surface is the locus where the radial motion of the accelerating solar wind passes the radial Alfv\\'en speed, and therefore any displacement of material cannot carry information back down into the corona. It is thus the natural outer boundary of the solar corona, and the inner boundary of interplanetary space. Using a new and unique motion analysis to separate inbound and outbound motions in synoptic visible-light image sequences from the COR2 coronagraph on board the STEREO-A spacecraft, we have identified inbound wave motion in the outer corona beyond 6 solar radii for the first time, and used it to determine that the Alfv\\'en surface is at least 12.5 solar radii from the Sun over the polar coronal holes and 17 solar radii in the streamer belt, well beyond ...
The first direct observation of the internal structure of driven global Alfven eigenmodes in a tokamak plasma is presented. A carbon dioxide laser scattering/interferometer has been designed, built, and installed on the PRETEXT tokamak. By using this diagnostic system in the interferometer configuration, we have for the first time, thoroughly investigated the resonance conditions required for, and the spatial wave field structure of, driven plasma eigenmodes at frequencies below the ion cyclotron frequency in a confined, high temperature, tokamak plasma
Magnetohydrodynamics in the Early Universe and the Damping of Non-linear Alfven Waves
Subramanian, Kandaswamy; Barrow, John D.
1997-01-01
The evolution and viscous damping of cosmic magnetic fields in the early universe, is analysed. Using the fact that the fluid, electromagnetic, and shear viscous energy-momentum tensors are all conformally invariant, the evolution is transformed from the expanding universe setting into that in flat spacetime. Particular attention is paid to the evolution of nonlinear Alfven modes. For a small enough magnetic field, which satisfies our observational constraints, these wave modes either oscilla...
Plasma acceleration by the interaction of parallel propagating Alfv\\'en waves
Mottez, Fabrice
2014-01-01
It is shown that two circularly polarised Alfv\\'en waves that propagate along the ambient magnetic field in an uniform plasma trigger non oscillating electromagnetic field components when they cross each other. The non-oscilliating field components can accelerate ions and electrons with great efficiency. This work is based on particle-in-cell (PIC) numerical simulations and on analytical non-linear computations. The analytical computations are done for two counter-propagating monochromatic wa...
Effect of Rossby and Alfv\\'{e}n waves on the dynamics of the tachocline
Leprovost, Nicolas; Kim, Eun-Jin
2006-01-01
To understand magnetic diffusion, momentum transport, and mixing in the interior of the sun, we consider an idealized model of the tachocline, namely magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) turbulence on a $\\beta$ plane subject to a large scale shear (provided by the latitudinal differential rotation). This model enables us to self-consistently derive the influence of shear, Rossby and Alfv\\'{e}n waves on the transport properties of turbulence. In the strong magnetic field regime, we find that the turbule...
Spectroscopic Observations and Modelling of Impulsive Alfv\\'en Waves Along a Polar Coronal Jet
Jelínek, P; Murawski, K; Kayshap, P; Dwivedi, B N
2015-01-01
Using the Hinode/EIS 2$"$ spectroscopic observations, we study the intensity, velocity, and FWHM variations of the strongest Fe XII 195.12 \\AA\\ line along the jet to find the signature of Alfv\\'en waves. We simulate numerically the impulsively generated Alfv\\'en waves within the vertical Harris current-sheet, forming the jet plasma flows, and mimicking their observational signatures. Using the FLASH code and the atmospheric model with embedded weakly expanding magnetic field configuration within a vertical Harris current-sheet, we solve the two and half-dimensional (2.5-D) ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations to study the evolution of Alfv\\'en waves and vertical flows forming the plasma jet. At a height of $\\sim 5~\\mathrm{Mm}$ from the base of the jet, the red-shifted velocity component of Fe XII 195.12 \\AA\\ line attains its maximum ($5~\\mathrm{km\\,s}^{-1}$) which converts into a blue-shifted one between the altitude of $5-10~\\mathrm{Mm}$. The spectral intensity continously increases up to $10~\\mathrm{Mm...
Jo, Young Hyun; Lee, Hae June; Mikhailenko, Vladimir V.; Mikhailenko, Vladimir S.
2016-01-01
It was derived that the drift-Alfven instabilities with the shear flow parallel to the magnetic field have significant difference from the drift-Alfven instabilities of a shearless plasma when the ion temperature is comparable with electron temperature for a finite plasma beta. The velocity shear not only modifies the frequency and the growth rate of the known drift-Alfven instability, which develops due to the inverse electron Landau damping, but also triggers a combined effect of the velocity shear and the inverse ion Landau damping, which manifests the development of the ion kinetic shear-flow-driven drift-Alfven instability. The excited unstable waves have the phase velocities along the magnetic field comparable with the ion thermal velocity, and the growth rate is comparable with the frequency. The development of this instability may be the efficient mechanism of the ion energization in shear flows. The levels of the drift--Alfven turbulence, resulted from the development of both instabilities, are determined from the renormalized nonlinear dispersion equation, which accounts for the nonlinear effect of the scattering of ions by the electromagnetic turbulence. The renormalized quasilinear equation for the ion distribution function, which accounts for the same effect of the scattering of ions by electromagnetic turbulence, is derived and employed for the analysis of the ion viscosity and ions heating, resulted from the interactions of ions with drift-Alfven turbulence. In the same way, the phenomena of the ion cyclotron turbulence and anomalous anisotropic heating of ions by ion cyclotron plasma turbulence has numerous practical applications in physics of the near-Earth space plasmas. Using the methodology of the shearing modes, the kinetic theory of the ion cyclotron turbulence of the plasma with transverse current with strong velocity shear has been developed.
Observation of fast-ion Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonance with shear Alfven waves
The Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonance (ω-kzvz=Ωf) between fast ions and shear Alfven waves is experimentally investigated (ω, wave frequency; kz, axial wavenumber; vz, fast-ion axial speed; Ωf, fast-ion cyclotron frequency). A test particle beam of fast ions is launched by a Li+ source in the helium plasma of the LArge Plasma Device (LAPD) [W. Gekelman, H. Pfister, Z. Lucky, J. Bamber, D. Leneman, and J. Maggs, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 62, 2875 (1991)], with shear Alfven waves (SAW) (amplitude δ B/B up to 1%) launched by a loop antenna. A collimated fast-ion energy analyzer measures the nonclassical spreading of the beam, which is proportional to the resonance with the wave. A resonance spectrum is observed by launching SAWs at 0.3-0.8ωci. Both the magnitude and frequency dependence of the beam-spreading are in agreement with the theoretical prediction using a Monte Carlo Lorentz code that launches fast ions with an initial spread in real/velocity space and random phases relative to the wave. Measured wave magnetic field data are used in the simulation.
Stimulated emission of fast Alfv\\'en waves within magnetically confined fusion plasmas
Cook, J W S; Chapman, S C
2016-01-01
A fast Alfv\\'en wave with finite amplitude is shown to grow by a stimulated emission process that we propose for exploitation in toroidal magnetically confined fusion plasmas. Stimulated emission occurs while the wave propagates inward through the outer mid-plane plasma, where a population inversion of the energy distribution of fusion-born ions is observed to arise naturally. Fully nonlinear first principles simulations, which self-consistently evolve particles and fields under the Maxwell-Lorentz system, demonstrate this novel "alpha-particle channelling" scenario for the first time.
The combined plasma non-uniformity effects on the energy deposition of Alfven waves launched by an external antenna in pre-heated spherical tokamaks are investigated. The following relevant physical processes are here possible: (a) the emergence of gaps in the shear Alfven continuum spectrum and the generation of discrete global Alfven eigenmodes with frequencies inside the gaps; (b) multi-wave interactions, interactions of gaps of the same kind (e.g., toroidicity induced) and of different kinds (toroidicity, ellipticity and triangularity induced) as well as of secondary order gaps arising when a pair of modes is coupled to one or more modes through other coupling parameters; (c) basic wave-plasma interactions as propagation, reflection, mode-conversion, tunneling and deposition. Thus, we solved numerically the full 2D wave equations for the vector and scalar potentials, using a quite general two-fluid resistive tensor-operator, without any geometrical limitations. The results obtained indicate the existence of antenna-launched wave characteristics for which the power is most efficiently coupled in outer regions of plasmas, which is of special interest for low aspect ratio tokamaks, e.g., for the generation of non-inductive current drive as well as for turbulence suppression and transport barriers formation
Shukla, P K
2012-01-01
It is shown that a three-dimensional (3D) modified-kinetic Alfv\\'en waves (m-KAWs) can propagate in the form of Alfv\\'enic tornadoes characterized by plasma density whirls or magnetic flux ropes carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM). By using the two fluid model, together with Amp\\`ere's law, we derive the wave equation for a 3D m-KAWs in a magnetoplasma with $m_e/m_i \\ll \\beta \\ll 1$, where $m_e$ $(m_i)$ is the electron (ion) mass, $\\beta =4 \\pi n_0 k_B (T_e + T_i)/B_0^2$, $n_0$ the unperturbed plasma number density, $k_B$ the Boltzmann constant, $T_e (T_e)$ the electron (ion) temperature, and $B_0$ the strength of the ambient magnetic field. The 3D m-KAW equation admits solutions in the form of a Laguerre-Gauss (LG) Alfv\\'enic vortex beam or Alfv\\'enic tornadoes with plasma density whirls that support the dynamics of Alfv\\'en magnetic flux ropes.
Alfven waves and current relaxation: attenuation at high frequencies and large resistivity
The dispersion relations of Alfven waves propagating in a resistive plasma are explored by assuming a finite relaxation time for the current density. It is shown that the proposed approach is consistent with the hydromagnetic approximation. An extension for the equation governing the space and time evolution of Alfven waves is provided. New results are found at high values of the wave frequency ω: for a small resistivity, the wavelength increases as the cube of the equilibrium magnetic field but decreases with the cube of ω; for a large resistivity, the wave attenuation does not depend on ω, saturating to a finite value which is fully determined by the relaxation time of the current density. A transition frequency, ωt, between two sharply distinct regimes of the perturbation is identified: for ω t, the disturbance propagates in the resistive plasma as an attenuated oscillation; for ω > ωt the wave ceases very rapidly to oscillate (in space), its amplitude saturating to a finite value. The results presented here may be relevant for investigations of some transient phenomena in plasma physics such as the reconnection of magnetic field lines.
Non-inductive electric current generation with the Alfven waves
Non-inductive current generation by means of radio frequency waves is studied using one-dimensional (1D) quasilinear equations. The main results obtained in this thesis are the general expressions for the current generated, for the efficiency of current generation and for the critical power - the lowest power required for current saturation. (M.W.O.)
Plasma acceleration by the interaction of parallel propagating Alfv\\'en waves
Mottez, Fabrice
2014-01-01
It is shown that two circularly polarised Alfv\\'en waves that propagate along the ambient magnetic field in an uniform plasma trigger non oscillating electromagnetic field components when they cross each other. The non-oscilliating field components can accelerate ions and electrons with great efficiency. This work is based on particle-in-cell (PIC) numerical simulations and on analytical non-linear computations. The analytical computations are done for two counter-propagating monochromatic waves. The simulations are done with monochromatic waves and with wave packets. The simulations show parallel electromagnetic fields consistent with the theory, and they show that the particle acceleration result in plasma cavities and, if the waves amplitudes are high enough, in ion beams. These acceleration processes could be relevant in space plasmas. For instance, they could be at work in the auroral zone and in the radiation belts of the Earth magnetosphere. In particular, they may explain the origin of the deep plasma...
Effects of heavy ion temperature on low-frequency kinetic Alfven waves
Heavy ion-electron (or proton) temperature ratio varies in a wide range in the solar and space environment. In this paper, proton and heavy ion temperatures are included in a three-fluid plasma model. For the specified parameters, low-frequency (<< heavy ion gyrofrequency) kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) with sub- and super-Alfvenic speeds are found to coexist in the same plasma environment. Our results show that the temperature ratio of heavy ions to electrons can considerably affect the dispersion, propagation, and electromagnetic polarizations of the KAWs. In particular, the temperature ratio can increase the ratio of parallel to perpendicular electric fields and the normalized electric to magnetic field ratio, the variations of which are greatly different in regions with a high heavy ion temperature and with a low one. The results may help to understand the physical mechanism of some energization processes of heavy ions in the solar and space plasma environment. Effects of the ratio of electron thermal to Alfven speeds and the heavy ion abundance on these parameters are also discussed.
Kinetic Alfv\\'{e}n solitary and rogue waves in superthermal plasmas
Bains, A; Xia, L -D
2014-01-01
We investigate the small but finite amplitude solitary Kinetic Alfv\\'{e}n waves (KAWs) in low $\\beta$ plasmas with superthermal electrons modeled by a kappa-type distribution. A nonlinear Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation describing the evolution of KAWs is derived by using the standard reductive perturbation method. Examining the dependence of the nonlinear and dispersion coefficients of the KdV equation on the superthermal parameter $\\kappa$, plasma $\\beta$ and obliqueness of propagation, we show that these parameters may change substantially the shape and size of solitary KAW pulses. Only sub-Alfv\\'enic, compressive solitons are supported. We then extend the study to examine kinetic Alfv\\'en rogue waves by deriving a nonlinear Schr\\"{o}dinger equation from {the KdV} equation. Rational solutions that form rogue wave envelopes are obtained. We examine how the behavior of rogue waves depends on the plasma parameters in question, finding that the rogue envelopes are lowered with increasing electron superthermal...
Transverse dynamics of dispersive Alfven waves. I. Direct numerical evidence of filamentation
The three-dimensional dynamics of a small-amplitude monochromatic Alfven wave propagating along an ambient magnetic field is simulated by direct numerical integration of the Hall-magnetohydrodynamics equations. As predicted by the two-dimensional nonlinear Schroedinger equation or by more general amplitude equations retaining the coupling to low-frequency magnetosonic waves, the transverse instability of the pump leads to wave collapse and formation of intense magnetic filaments, in spite of the presence of competing, possibly linearly dominant, instabilities that in some instances distort the above structures. In computational boxes, including a large number of pump wavelengths, an early arrest of the collapse is possible under the effect of quasi-transverse instabilities that drive magnetosonic waves and also prescribe the directions of the filaments
The results of the initial experimental studies of the Alfven wave antenna module, which is destined to be a part of the advanced antenna system of TCABR tokamak, are presented. The tests were carried out in a specially constructed vacuum chamber and included the measurement of antenna electrical parameters and testing of the power diagnostic tools. The complex impedances and inductive mutual coupling of antenna loops were measured and results were compared with theoretical calculations. The tests have shown that the parameters of the antenna module have values according to the design. (author)
Nonlinear reflection process of linearly-polarized, broadband Alfv\\'en waves in the fast solar wind
Shoda, Munehito
2016-01-01
Using one-dimensional numerical simulations, we study the elementary process of Alfv\\'{e}n wave reflection in a uniform medium, including nonlinear effects. In the linear regime, Alfv\\'{e}n wave reflection is triggered only by the inhomogeneity of the medium, whereas in the nonlinear regime, it can occur via nonlinear wave-wave interactions. Such nonlinear reflection (backscattering) is typified by decay instability. In most studies of decay instabilities, the initial condition has been a circularly polarized Alfv\\'{e}n wave. In this study we consider a linearly polarized Alfv\\'en wave, which drives density fluctuations by its magnetic pressure force. For generality, we also assume a broadband wave with a red-noise spectrum. In the data analysis, we decompose the fluctuations into characteristic variables using local eigenvectors, thus revealing the behaviors of the individual modes. Different from circular-polarization case, we find that the wave steepening produces a new energy channel from the parent Alfv\\...
Lazarian, A
2016-01-01
This paper considers turbulent damping of Alfven waves in magnetized plasmas. We identify two cases of damping, one related to damping of cosmic rays streaming instability, the other related to damping of Alfven waves emitted by a macroscopic wave source, e.g. stellar atmosphere. The physical difference between the two cases is that in the former case the generated waves are emitted in respect to the local direction of magnetic field, in the latter in respect to the mean field. The scaling of damping is different in the two cases. We the regimes of turbulence ranging from subAlfvenic to superAlfvenic we obtain analytical expressions for the damping rates and define the ranges of applicability of these expressions. Describing the damping of the streaming instability, we find that for subAlfvenic turbulence the range of cosmic ray energies influenced by weak turbulence is unproportionally large compared to the range of scales that the weak turbulence is present. On the contrary, the range of cosmic ray energies...
Filamentation of dispersive Alfven waves in density channels: Hall magnetohydrodynamics description
Filamentation of dispersive Alfven waves initiated by low or high density channels (depending on the plasma beta) is simulated numerically in the framework of ideal Hall magnetohydrodynamics, and asymptotically modeled with a two-dimensional nonlinear Schroedinger equation including a linear attracting potential. Compared with the dynamics in a homogeneous plasma, the phenomenon is accelerated and occurs for a broader range of parameters. In the case of an isolated channel with a width comparable to the pump wavelength, the transverse wave collapse can be replaced by a moderate amplification. In many cases, a relatively complex dynamics takes place, characterized by an oscillation between magnetic filaments and magnetic ribbons, leading to the formation of small scales at which dissipative effects could become relevant. Alfven vortices, governed by the equations of the reduced magnetohydrodynamics, are also identified in the simulations, in spite of their small amplitude relative to the wave. The formation of structures under the effect of periodic or random distributions of low and high density channels is also discussed
Integrated campaign to study the stationary inertial Alfven wave in the laboratory and space regimes
A small, off-axis mesh-anode electrode at one plasma-column end is used to create a paraxial channel of electron current and depleted density in the large plasma device upgrade at UCLA. We show that the on-axis, larger, surrounding-plasma column rotates about its cylindrical axis because a radial electric field is imposed by a multiple-segmented-disc termination electrode on the same end as the mesh-anode electrode. The radial profile of azimuthal velocity is shown to be consistent with predictions of rigid-body rotation. Launched inertial Alfven waves are shown to concentrate in the off-axis channel of electron current and depleted plasma density. In the absence of launched waves, time varying boundary conditions, or spatially structured boundary conditions, a non-fluctuating, non-traveling pattern in the plasma density is shown to arise spontaneously in the channel, but only in the combined presence of electron current, density depletion, and spontaneously in the channel, cross-field convection (i.e. rotation). These results may be relevant to the stationary Alfven wave in the inertial regime in space and laboratory plasmas
Studies of the Jet in BL Lacertae. II. Superluminal Alfv\\'en Waves
Cohen, M H; Arshakian, T G; Clausen-Brown, E; Homan, D C; Hovatta, T; Kovalev, Y Y; Lister, M L; Pushkarev, A B; Richards, J L; Savolainen, T
2014-01-01
Ridge lines on the pc-scale jet of the active galactic nucleus BL Lac display transverse patterns that move superluminally downstream. The patterns are not ballistic, but are analogous to waves on a whip. Their apparent speeds $\\beta_\\mathrm{app}$ (units of $c$) range from 4.2 to 13.5, corresponding to $\\beta_\\mathrm{wave}^\\mathrm{gal}= 0.981 - 0.998$ in the galaxy frame. We show that the magnetic field in the jet is well-ordered with a strong transverse component, and assume that it is helical and that the transverse patterns are longitudinal Alfv\\'en waves. The wave-induced transverse speed of the jet is non-relativistic ($\\beta_\\mathrm{tr}^\\mathrm{gal}\\sim 0.09$) and in agreement with our assumption of low-amplitude waves. In 2010 the wave activity subsided and the jet displayed a mild wiggle that had a complex oscillatory behavior. The waves are excited by changes in the position angle of the recollimation shock, in analogy to exciting a wave on a whip by shaking it. Simple models of the system are presen...
Marto, Natália
2005-01-01
During the summer of 2003, record high temperatures were reported across Europe, causing thousands of casualties. Heat waves are sporadic recurrent events, characterised by intense and prolonged heat, associated with excess mortality and morbidity. The most frequent cause of death directly attributable to heat is heat stroke but heat waves are known to cause increases in all-cause mortality, specially circulatory and respiratory mortality. Epidemiological studies demonstrate excess casualties cluster in specific risk groups. The elderly, those with chronic medical conditions and the socially isolated are particularly vulnerable. Air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related disorders. Heat waves cause disease indirectly, by aggravating chronic disorders, and directly, by causing heat-related illnesses (HRI). Classic HRI include skin eruptions, heat cramps, heat syncope, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke is a medical emergency characterised by hyperthermia and central nervous system dysfunction. Treatment includes immediate cooling and support of organ-system function. Despite aggressive treatment, heat stroke is often fatal and permanent neurological damage is frequent in those who survive. Heat related illness and death are preventable through behavioural adaptations, such as use of air conditioning and increased fluid intake. Other adaptation measures include heat emergency warning systems and intervention plans and environmental heat stress reduction. Heat related mortality is expected to rise as a consequence of the increasing proportion of elderly persons, the growing urban population, and the anticipated increase in number and intensity of heat waves associated with global warming. Improvements in surveillance and response capability may limit the adverse health conditions of future heat waves. It is crucial that health professionals are prepared to recognise, prevent and treat HRI and learn to cooperate with local health
Kinetic Alfven solitary waves in a magnetized plasma with superthermal electrons
Panwar, A., E-mail: anurajrajput@gmail.com, E-mail: ryu201@postech.ac.kr, E-mail: bainsphysics@yahoo.co.in; Ryu, C. M., E-mail: anurajrajput@gmail.com, E-mail: ryu201@postech.ac.kr, E-mail: bainsphysics@yahoo.co.in [POSTECH, Hyoja-Dong San 31, KyungBuk, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Bains, A. S., E-mail: anurajrajput@gmail.com, E-mail: ryu201@postech.ac.kr, E-mail: bainsphysics@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan S7N5E2 (Canada)
2015-09-15
A study of the ion Larmor radius effects on the solitary kinetic Alfven waves (SKAWs) in a magnetized plasma with superthermal electrons is presented by employing the kinetic theory. The linear dispersion relation of SKAW is shown to depend on the superthermal parameter κ, ion to electron temperature ratio, and the angle of wave propagation. Using the Sagdeev potential approach, the energy balance equation has been derived to study the dynamics of SKAWs. The effects of various plasma parameters are investigated for the propagation of SKAWs. It is shown that only compressive solitons can exist and in the Maxwellian limit our results are in good agreement with previous studies. Further, the characteristics of small amplitude SKAWs are investigated. Present study could be useful for the understanding of SKAWs in a low β plasma in astrophysical environment, where particle distributions are superthermal in nature.
Kinetic Alfven solitary waves in a magnetized plasma with superthermal electrons
A study of the ion Larmor radius effects on the solitary kinetic Alfven waves (SKAWs) in a magnetized plasma with superthermal electrons is presented by employing the kinetic theory. The linear dispersion relation of SKAW is shown to depend on the superthermal parameter κ, ion to electron temperature ratio, and the angle of wave propagation. Using the Sagdeev potential approach, the energy balance equation has been derived to study the dynamics of SKAWs. The effects of various plasma parameters are investigated for the propagation of SKAWs. It is shown that only compressive solitons can exist and in the Maxwellian limit our results are in good agreement with previous studies. Further, the characteristics of small amplitude SKAWs are investigated. Present study could be useful for the understanding of SKAWs in a low β plasma in astrophysical environment, where particle distributions are superthermal in nature
Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonance of fast ions with circularly polarized shear Alfven waves
The Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonance between fast ions and shear Alfven waves (SAWs) has been experimentally investigated with a test-particle fast-ion (Li+) beam launched in the helium plasma of the Large Plasma Device [Gekelman et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 62, 2875 (1991)]. Left- or right-hand circularly polarized SAWs are launched by an antenna with four current channels. A collimated fast-ion energy analyzer characterizes the resonance by measuring the nonclassical spreading of the averaged beam signal. Left-hand circularly polarized SAWs resonate with the fast ions but right-hand circularly polarized SAWs do not. The measured fast-ion profiles are compared with simulations by a Monte Carlo Lorentz code that uses the measured wave field data.
In the field of wave heating absorption studies of plasma magnetic waves in the theta pinch are extended to axially inhomogeneous waves. In the Plasmaus 4 experiment direct plasma production has been accomplished for overcritical densities and high magnetic fields. The numerical methods developed at IPF for plasma simulation studies have been applied successfully to further problems. (orig./GG)
Shukla, P. K.
2012-01-01
It is shown that a three-dimensional (3D) modified-kinetic Alfv\\'en waves (m-KAWs) can propagate in the form of Alfv\\'enic tornadoes characterized by plasma density whirls or magnetic flux ropes carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM). By using the two fluid model, together with Amp\\`ere's law, we derive the wave equation for a 3D m-KAWs in a magnetoplasma with $m_e/m_i \\ll \\beta \\ll 1$, where $m_e$ $(m_i)$ is the electron (ion) mass, $\\beta =4 \\pi n_0 k_B (T_e + T_i)/B_0^2$, $n_0$ the unpert...
Carter, T A
2006-11-16
Final report for DOE Plasma Physics Junior Faculty Development award DOE-FG02-02ER54688. Reports on research undertaken from 8/1/2002 until 5/15/2006, investigating nonlinear interactions between Alfven waves in a laboratory experiment.
Neugebauer, M.; Buti, B.
1990-01-01
Results are presented of a study designed to confirm the suspected relation between Alfven solitons (steepened Afven waves) and rotational discontinuities (RDs) in the solar wind. The ISEE 3 data were used to search for the predicted correlations between the beta value of plasma, the sense of polarization of the discontinuity, and changes of the magnetic field strength and plasma density across the discontinuity. No statistically significant evidence was found for the evolution of RDs from Alfven solitons. A possibility is suggested that the observations made could have been far from the regions in which the RDs were formed.
Solitary Kinetic Alfven Waves in a Low-β Dusty Plasma
CHEN Yin-Hua; LU Wei
2000-01-01
The nonlinear kinetic Alfven waves in a low-β(0<β<1)dusty plasma have been investigated with the fluid model of three-component plasma. The nonlinear equation governing the perturbation density of electrons in a form of the energy integral has been derived. In the approximation of small amplitude, the soliton solution for the perturbation density of electrons is found, and the characteristics of solitons in different range of plasma parameters is studied numerically. The results show that the density dip or hump can be formed in a dusty plasma for different ranges of parameters, the amplitude of density dip is enhanced and the amplitude of density hump is reduced with increasing dust grain content.
Zaqarashvili, T. V.; Khodachenko, M. L.; Rucker, H.O.
2011-01-01
Chromospheric and prominence plasmas contain neutral atoms, which may change the plasma dynamics through collision with ions. Most of the atoms are neutral hydrogen, but a significant amount of neutral helium may also be present in the plasma with a particular temperature. Damping of MHD waves due to ion collision with neutral hydrogen is well studied, but the effects of neutral helium are largely unknown. We aim to study the effect of neutral helium in the damping of Alfven waves in solar pa...
The Origin of Ripples in Cool Cores of Galaxy Clusters: Heating by MHD Waves?
Fujita, Yutaka; Suzuki, Takeru K.; Kudoh, Takahiro; Yokoyama, Takaaki
2007-01-01
We consider MHD waves as a heating source of cool cores of galaxy clusters. In particular, we focus on transverse waves (Alfven waves), because they can propagate a longer distance than longitudinal waves (sound waves). Using MHD simulations, we found that the transverse waves can stably heat a cool core if the wave period is large enough (>~ 10^8 yr). Moreover, the longitudinal waves that are created as a by-product of the nonlinear evolution of the transverse waves could be observed as the ...
The Origin of Ripples in Cool Cores of Galaxy Clusters: Heating by MHD Waves?
Fujita, Y; Kudoh, T; Yokoyama, T; Fujita, Yutaka; Suzuki, Takeru K.; Kudoh, Takahiro; Yokoyama, Takaaki
2007-01-01
We consider MHD waves as a heating source of cool cores of galaxy clusters. In particular, we focus on transverse waves (Alfven waves), because they can propagate a longer distance than longitudinal waves (sound waves). Using MHD simulations, we found that the transverse waves can stably heat a cool core if the wave period is large enough (>~ 10^8 yr). Moreover, the longitudinal waves that are created as a by-product of the nonlinear evolution of the transverse waves could be observed as the 'ripples' found in cool cores.
Tsiklauri, David
2015-04-01
Previous studies (e.g., Malara et al., Astrophys. J. 533, 523 (2000)) considered small-amplitude Alfven wave (AW) packets in Arnold-Beltrami-Childress (ABC) magnetic field using WKB approximation. They draw a distinction between 2D AW dissipation via phase mixing and 3D AW dissipation via exponentially divergent magnetic field lines. In the former case, AW dissipation time scales as S 1/3 and in the latter as log(S) , where S is the Lundquist number. In this work [1], linearly polarised Alfven wave dynamics in ABC magnetic field via direct 3D magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) numerical simulation is studied for the first time. A Gaussian AW pulse with length-scale much shorter than ABC domain length and a harmonic AW with wavelength equal to ABC domain length are studied for four different resistivities. While it is found that AWs dissipate quickly in the ABC field, contrary to an expectation, it is found the AW perturbation energy increases in time. In the case of the harmonic AW, the perturbation energy growth is transient in time, attaining peaks in both velocity and magnetic perturbation energies within timescales much smaller than the resistive time. In the case of the Gaussian AW pulse, the velocity perturbation energy growth is still transient in time, attaining a peak within few resistive times, while magnetic perturbation energy continues to grow. It is also shown that the total magnetic energy decreases in time and this is governed by the resistive evolution of the background ABC magnetic field rather than AW damping. On contrary, when the background magnetic field is uniform, the total magnetic energy decrease is prescribed by AW damping, because there is no resistive evolution of the background. By considering runs with different amplitudes and by analysing the perturbation spectra, possible dynamo action by AW perturbation-induced peristaltic flow and inverse cascade of magnetic energy have been excluded. Therefore, the perturbation energy growth is attributed
Recent Observations of Plasma and Alfvenic Wave Energy Injection at the Base of the Fast Solar Wind
McIntosh, Scott W
2012-01-01
We take stock of recent observations that identify the episodic plasma heating and injection of Alfvenic energy at the base of fast solar wind (in coronal holes). The plasma heating is associated with the occurrence of chromospheric spicules that leave the lower solar atmosphere at speeds of order 100km/s, the hotter coronal counterpart of the spicule emits radiation characteristic of root heating that rapidly reaches temperatures of the order of 1MK. Furthermore, the same spicules and their coronal counterparts ("Propagating Coronal Disturbances"; PCD) exhibit large amplitude, high speed, Alfvenic (transverse) motion of sufficient energy content to accelerate the material to high speeds. We propose that these (disjointed) heating and accelerating components form a one-two punch to supply, and then accelerate, the fast solar wind. We consider some compositional constraints on this concept, extend the premise to the slow solar wind, and identify future avenues of exploration.
In this paper, effects of a fast flow in the tail plasma sheet on the generation of kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) in the high-latitude of the near-Earth magnetotail are investigated by performing a two-dimensional (2-D) global-scale hybrid simulation, where the plasma flow is initialized by the E×B drift near the equatorial plane due to the existence of the dawn-dusk convection electric field. It is found that firstly, the plasma sheet becomes thinned and the dipolarization of magnetic field appears around (x,z)=(−10.5RE,0.3RE), where RE is the radius of the Earth. Then, shear Alfven waves are excited in the plasma sheet, and the strong earthward flow is braked by the dipole-like magnetic field. These waves propagate along the magnetic field lines toward the polar regions later. Subsequently, KAWs with k⊥≫k∥ are generated in the high-latitude magnetotail due to the existence of the non-uniformity of the magnetic field and density in the polar regions. The ratio of the electric field to the magnetic field in these waves is found to obey the relation (δEz)/(δBy )∼ω/k∥ of KAWs. Our simulation provides a mechanism for the generation of the observed low-frequency shear Alfven waves in the plasma sheet and kinetic Alfven waves in the high-latitude near-Earth magnetotail, whose source is suggested to be the flow braking in the low-latitude plasma sheet
Guo, Zhifang [Key Laboratory of Ionospheric Environment, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029 (China); Beijing National Observatory of Space Environment, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Hong, Minghua; Du, Aimin [Key Laboratory of Ionospheric Environment, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029 (China); Beijing National Observatory of Space Environment, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029 (China); Lin, Yu; Wang, Xueyi [CAS Key Lab of Geoscience Environment, Department of Geophysics and Planetary Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Physics Department, Auburn University, 206 Allison Laboratory, Auburn, Alabama 36849-5311 (United States); Wu, Mingyu; Lu, Quanming, E-mail: qmlu@ustc.edu.cn [CAS Key Lab of Geoscience Environment, Department of Geophysics and Planetary Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Astronautical Science and Technology (China)
2015-02-15
In this paper, effects of a fast flow in the tail plasma sheet on the generation of kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) in the high-latitude of the near-Earth magnetotail are investigated by performing a two-dimensional (2-D) global-scale hybrid simulation, where the plasma flow is initialized by the E×B drift near the equatorial plane due to the existence of the dawn-dusk convection electric field. It is found that firstly, the plasma sheet becomes thinned and the dipolarization of magnetic field appears around (x,z)=(−10.5R{sub E},0.3R{sub E}), where R{sub E} is the radius of the Earth. Then, shear Alfven waves are excited in the plasma sheet, and the strong earthward flow is braked by the dipole-like magnetic field. These waves propagate along the magnetic field lines toward the polar regions later. Subsequently, KAWs with k{sub ⊥}≫k{sub ∥} are generated in the high-latitude magnetotail due to the existence of the non-uniformity of the magnetic field and density in the polar regions. The ratio of the electric field to the magnetic field in these waves is found to obey the relation (δE{sub z})/(δB{sub y} )∼ω/k{sub ∥} of KAWs. Our simulation provides a mechanism for the generation of the observed low-frequency shear Alfven waves in the plasma sheet and kinetic Alfven waves in the high-latitude near-Earth magnetotail, whose source is suggested to be the flow braking in the low-latitude plasma sheet.
Guo, Zhifang; Hong, Minghua; Lin, Yu; Du, Aimin; Wang, Xueyi; Wu, Mingyu; Lu, Quanming
2015-02-01
In this paper, effects of a fast flow in the tail plasma sheet on the generation of kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) in the high-latitude of the near-Earth magnetotail are investigated by performing a two-dimensional (2-D) global-scale hybrid simulation, where the plasma flow is initialized by the E ×B drift near the equatorial plane due to the existence of the dawn-dusk convection electric field. It is found that firstly, the plasma sheet becomes thinned and the dipolarization of magnetic field appears around (x ,z ) =(-10.5 RE,0.3 RE) , where RE is the radius of the Earth. Then, shear Alfven waves are excited in the plasma sheet, and the strong earthward flow is braked by the dipole-like magnetic field. These waves propagate along the magnetic field lines toward the polar regions later. Subsequently, KAWs with k⊥≫k∥ are generated in the high-latitude magnetotail due to the existence of the non-uniformity of the magnetic field and density in the polar regions. The ratio of the electric field to the magnetic field in these waves is found to obey the relation (δEz)/(δBy )˜ω/k∥ of KAWs. Our simulation provides a mechanism for the generation of the observed low-frequency shear Alfven waves in the plasma sheet and kinetic Alfven waves in the high-latitude near-Earth magnetotail, whose source is suggested to be the flow braking in the low-latitude plasma sheet.
Radiofrequency plasma heating: proceedings
The conference proceedings include sessions on Alfven Wave Heating, ICRF Heating and Current Drive, Lower Hybrid Heating and Current Drive, and ECRF Heating. Questions of confinement, diagnostics, instabilities and technology are considered. Individual papers are cataloged separately
James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics Talk: On Nonlinear Physics of Shear Alfv'en Waves
Chen, Liu
2012-10-01
Shear Alfv'en Waves (SAW) are electromagnetic oscillations prevalent in laboratory and nature magnetized plasmas. Due to its anisotropic propagation property, it is well known that the linear wave propagation and dispersiveness of SAW are fundamentally affected by plasma nonuniformities and magnetic field geometries; for example, the existence of continuous spectrum, spectral gaps, and discrete eigenmodes in toroidal plasmas. This talk will discuss the crucial roles that nonuniformity and geometry could also play in the physics of nonlinear SAW interactions. More specifically, the focus will be on the Alfv'enic state and its breaking up by finite compressibility, non-ideal kinetic effects, and geometry. In the case of compressibility, finite ion-Larmor-radius effects are shown to qualitatively and quantitatively modify the three-wave parametric decays via the ion-sound perturbations. In the case of geometry, the spontaneous excitation of zonal structures by toroidal Alfv'en eigenmodes is investigated; demonstrating that, for realistic tokamak geometries, zonal current dominates over zonal flow. [4pt] Present address: Institute for Fusion Theory and Simulation, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.
Sahraoui, Fouad; Goldstein, Melvyn L.
2010-01-01
Over the past few decades, large-scales solar wind (SW) turbulence has been studied extensively, both theoretically and observationally. Observed power spectra of the low frequency turbulence, which can be described in the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) limit, are shown to obey the Kolmogorov scaling, $k"{ -5/3 }$, down the local proton gyrofrequency ($C{ci} \\sim O.l$-Hz). Turbulence at frequencies above $C{ci}$ has not been thoroughly investigated and remains far less well understood. Above $C{ ci}$ the spectrum steepens to $\\sim f"{ -2.5}$ and a debate exists as to whether the turbulence has become dominated by dispersive kinetic Alfven waves (KA W) or by whistler waves, before it is dissipated at small scales, In a case study Sahraoui et al., PRL (2009) have reported the first direct determination of the dissipation range of solar wind turbulence near the electron gyroscale using the high resolution Cluster magnetic and electric field data (up to $10"2$-Hz in the spacecraft reference frame). Above the Doppler-shifted proton scale $C{\\rho i}$ a new inertial range with a scaling $\\sim f"{ -2.3}$ has been evidenced and shown to remarkably agree with theoretical predictions of a quasi-two-dimensional cascade into KA W turbulence. Here, we use a wider sample of data sets of small scale SW turbulence under different plasma conditions, and investigate under which physical criteria the KA W (or the whistler) turbulence may be observed to carry out the cascade at small scales, These new observations/criteria are compared to the predictions on the cascade and the (kinetic) dissipation from the Vlasov theory. Implications of the results on the heating problem of the solar wind will be discussed.
Scattering of fast magnetoacoustic waves on a ionosphere perturbed by Alfven waves
Scattering of fast magnetoacoustic waves on an ionospheric plasma layer is emphasized. The mathematical calculations consider that the magnetoacoustic wave, scattered on the plasma layer with periodical inhomogeneities is the result of some partial wave superposition. The expressions for 0 and +-1 order partial waves and also the corrections to the zeroth order approximation are estimated. The dependence of the amplitude of the +1 order partial waves on the incidence angle THETA and the distance from the boundary of the perturbed plasma layer is studied. With this end in view the analytical form of the amplitudes is expressed. As a rule a periodical dependence of the +1 order partial wave amplitude on THETA and on the distance from the boundary of the pertubed layer occurs. For THETA = 35 deg, it is worth noting a marked maximum for all small perturbations of the +1 order partial wave
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In a circular cylindrical geometry, the author solves a fourth-order set of differential equations numerically for the perturbed fields Eτ and Eperpendicular. The model takes into account the equilibrium current, magnetic shear, finite ω/ωc1 effect, mode conversion effects like finite ion gyroradius and electron inertia, and various dissipative mechanisms such as electron Landau and collisional damping, and minority fundamental and majority second harmonic cyclotron absorption. To illustrate the results, the author plots the perturbed electric fields and the energy absorbed by each species. He first examines cold plasma surface Alfven eigenmodes analytically and numerically in a pure plasma. The motivation for this work is to investigate how to avoid the undesirable edge absorption and introduce the methods for the study of impurity effects. In the two-species plasmas, he considers three special examples: (1) minority oxygen in hydrogen in PRETEXT, (2) minority T or H in deuterium in TFTR. He adopts two models: (i) a radially varying minority charge, or (ii) a radially varying magnetic field to investigate the minority gyroresonance heating. The model (ii) is used to examine these three examples. But the model (i) is only applied to the first one. In model (i), it is found that surface modes can induce the eigenmodes and dissipate substantial energy near the hybrid layer in the interior. Some cases analytically manageable are given an interpretation of why there is large or small energy deposition in this layer. It is shown that this strongly depends on poloidal mode numbers, minority concentrations, and minority charge profiles
He, Jiansen; Marsch, Eckart; Chen, Christopher H K; Wang, Linghua; Pei, Zhongtian; Zhang, Lei; Salem, Chadi S; Bale, Stuart D
2015-01-01
Magnetohydronamic turbulence is believed to play a crucial role in heating the laboratorial, space, and astrophysical plasmas. However, the precise connection between the turbulent fluctuations and the particle kinetics has not yet been established. Here we present clear evidence of plasma turbulence heating based on diagnosed wave features and proton velocity distributions from solar wind measurements by the Wind spacecraft. For the first time, we can report the simultaneous observation of counter-propagating magnetohydrodynamic waves in the solar wind turbulence. Different from the traditional paradigm with counter-propagating Alfv\\'en waves, anti-sunward Alfv\\'en waves (AWs) are encountered by sunward slow magnetosonic waves (SMWs) in this new type of solar wind compressible turbulence. The counter-propagating AWs and SWs correspond respectively to the dominant and sub-dominant populations of the imbalanced Els\\"asser variables. Nonlinear interactions between the AWs and SMWs are inferred from the non-orth...
Alfven solitons in the solar wind
Ovenden, C.; Schwartz, S. J.
1983-01-01
A nonlinear Alfven soliton solution of the MHD equations is presented. This solution represents the final state of modulationally unstable Alfven waves. A model of the expected turbulent spectrum due to a collection of such solitons is briefly described.
On the spatial scales of wave heating in the solar chromosphere
Soler, Roberto; Ballester, Jose Luis
2015-01-01
Dissipation of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) wave energy has been proposed as a viable heating mechanism in the solar chromospheric plasma. Here, we use a simplified one-dimensional model of the chromosphere to theoretically investigate the physical processes and the spatial scales that are required for the efficient dissipation of Alfv\\'en waves and slow magnetoacoustic waves. We consider the governing equations for a partially ionized hydrogen-helium plasma in the single-fluid MHD approximation and include realistic wave damping mechanisms that may operate in the chromosphere, namely Ohmic and ambipolar magnetic diffusion, viscosity, thermal conduction, and radiative losses. We perform an analytic local study in the limit of small amplitudes to approximately derive the lengthscales for critical damping and efficient dissipation of MHD wave energy. We find that the critical dissipation lengthscale for Alfv\\'en waves depends strongly on the magnetic field strength and ranges from 10~m to 1~km for realistic field ...
Finite amplitude solitary Alfven waves in a low-β plasma
Different exact forms of Alfven solitons were found recently in low-beta plasmas by different assumptions. The present paper studies the case of parallel ion inertia and current density. Both super and sub-Alfvenian rarefactive solitons were found to exist depending on the angle of inclination of the propagation vector with the magnetic field. (D.Gy.)
Adopting the theoretical framework for the generalized fishbonelike dispersion relation, an extended hybrid magnetohydrodynamics gyrokinetic simulation model has been derived analytically by taking into account both thermal ion compressibility and diamagnetic effects in addition to energetic particle kinetic behaviors. The extended model has been used for implementing an extended version of hybrid magnetohydrodynamics gyrokinetic code (XHMGC) to study thermal ion kinetic effects on Alfvenic modes driven by energetic particles, such as kinetic beta induced Alfven eigenmodes in tokamak fusion plasmas. The XHMGC nonlinear model can be used to address a number of problems, where kinetic treatments of both thermal and supra-thermal plasma components are necessary, as theoretically predicted, or where it is desirable to investigate the phenomena connected with the presence of two supra-thermal particle species with different radial profiles and velocity space distributions.
Reappraising Transition Region Line Widths in light of Recent Alfv\\'{e}n Wave Discoveries
McIntosh, Scott W; Tarbell, Theodore D
2008-01-01
We provide a new interpretation of ultraviolet transition region emission line widths observed by the SUMER instrument on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). This investigation is prompted by observations of the chromosphere at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution from the Solar Optical Telescope (SOT) on Hinode revealing that all chromospheric structures above the limb display significant transverse (Alfvenic) perturbations. We demonstrate that the magnitude, network sensitivity and apparent center-to-limb isotropy of the measured line widths (formed below 250,000K) can be explained by an observationally constrained forward-model in which the line width is caused by the line-of-sight superposition of longitudinal and Alfvenic motions on the small-scale (spicular) structures that dominate the chromosphere and low transition region.
The mechanism of momentum and energy transfer by internal Alfven-gravity waves is studied in a turbulent plasma flow, modelling astrophysical and geophysical situations. The difficulty of the indeterminate system of equations is solved by using gradient diffusion model as a suitable closure. It is found that the weak stratification and the magnetic field decrease the intensity of the turbulence. (D.Gy.)
Suzuki, T. K.
2008-01-01
We review our recent results of global one-dimensional (1-D) MHD simulations for the acceleration of solar and stellar winds. We impose transverse photospheric motions corresponding to the granulations, which generate outgoing Alfvén waves. We treat the propagation and dissipation of the Alfvén waves and consequent heating from the photosphere by dynamical simulations in a self-consistent manner. Nonlinear dissipation of Alfven waves becomes quite effective owing to the stratification of the ...
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Cally, P. S.; Goossens, M
2007-01-01
The efficacy of fast/slow MHD mode conversion in the surface layers of sunspots has been demonstrated over recent years using a number of modelling techniques, including ray theory, perturbation theory, differential eigensystem analysis, and direct numerical simulation. These show that significant energy may be transferred between the fast and slow modes in the neighbourhood of the equipartition layer where the Alfven and sound speeds coincide. However, most of the models so far have been two...
Experimental results and their theoretical interpretations of rf heating experiments in the ion cyclotron range of frequencies are presented. The presentation is in two parts, with this part describing the experimental facilities and characteristics of fast compressional Alfven waves in the tokamak, and a subsequent paper which will deal with the pricipal heating results. It is shown that a simple coupling structure which consists essentially of a semi-circular metal strip and a pair of bumper limiters is sufficient to efficiently couple rf power to the plasma. The major part of the coupled power is radiated as the fast wave, and there is no evidence that parasitic loading, if any, accounts for a significant amount of the power. A coupling efficiency (net coupled power/incident power) in excess of 90% is routinely obtained
The Alfven wave spectrum of analytic high-beta tokamak equilibria
This thesis addresses a number of problems regarding the equilibrium and stability of a tokamak plasma under fusion conditions. To get insight into the geometric effects on the behaviour of the most prominent global modes, a spectral study was carried out on a class of analytic, noncircular plasma equilibria. Parallel to this work, extending a previous high-beta energy principle a variational principle is developed for the numerical determination of the Alfven spectrum of a high-beta tokamak with arbitrary cross-section. Based on the Lagrangian formalism, representations were derived for the potential and kinetic energy in terms of arbitrary, non-orthogonal flux coordinates, which can be readily implemented in a numerical programme. The method is then tested by using the analytic equilibrium as input. 85 refs.; 32 figs.; 2 tabs
Tsiklauri, D
2015-01-01
Our magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations and analytical calculations show that, when a background flow is present, mathematical expressions for the Alfv\\'en wave (AW) damping via phase mixing are modified by a following substitution $C_A^\\prime(x) \\to C_A^\\prime(x)+V_0^\\prime(x)$, where $C_A$ and $V_0$ are AW phase and the flow speeds and prime denotes derivative in the direction across the background magnetic field. In uniform magnetic field and over-dense plasma structures, in which $C_A$ is smaller compared to surrounding plasma, the flow, that is confined to the structure, in the same direction as the AW, reduces the effect of phase mixing, because on the edges of the structure $C_A^\\prime$ and $V_0^\\prime$ have opposite sign. Thus, the wave damps via phase mixing {\\it slower} compared to the case without the flow. This is the consequence of the co-directional flow reducing the wave front stretching in the transverse direction. Although, the result is generic and is applicable to different laboratory or ...
Hellinger, Petr
2016-01-01
Using one-dimensional hybrid expanding box model we investigate properties of the solar wind in the outer heliosphere. We assume a proton-electron plasma with a strictly transverse ambient magnetic field and, beside the expansion, we take into account influence of a continuous injection of cold pick-up protons through the charge-exchange process between the solar wind protons and hydrogen of interstellar origin. The injected cold pick-up protons form a ring distribution function that rapidly becomes unstable and generate Alfv\\'en cyclotron waves. The Alfv\\'en cyclotron waves scatter pick-up protons to a spherical shell distribution function that thickens over that time owing to the expansion-driven cooling. The Alf\\'ven cyclotron waves heat solar wind protons in the perpendicular direction (with respect to the ambient magnetic field) through the cyclotron resonance. At later times, the Alfv\\'en cyclotron waves become parametrically unstable and the generated ion acoustic waves heat protons in the parallel dir...
We have constructed a quadratic dispersion relation, in which various MHD and kinetic effects like ion diamagnetism, electron diamagnetism, electron-electron electron-ion collisions, ion Landau-damping, E x B drift and energetic particles are included and treated in a systematic way. The numerical study in which we use the formalism to investigate the two most likely instabilities in tandem mirror machines produced many quantitative and qualitative results about the two modes. We have proposed a physically motivated, non-perturbative closure scheme to deal with some problems in plasma or fluid turbulence. After discussing a few simple analytically tractable applications, we have applied our formalism to a model problem: the shear-Alfven turbulence. The problem is readily solved numerically to obtain the turbulent spectrum with the following features: the calculated spectrum has explicit frequency shift from the linear theory as well as explicit band-broadening in k, ω space; the frequency integrated spectrum obeys a power law in the intermediate k range, i.e., I/sub k/ /approximately/ K/sup -α/, where α approaches the value 2 in the case we studied; and the form of the power law is hardly influenced by changing low-k, high-k damping effects, or by changing the strength of the turbulence. It is very encouraging that this closure scheme is capable of producing essential features associated with a turbulence spectrum. 66 refs., 38 figs
Computing the damping and destabilization of global Alfven waves in tokamaks
The role of ideal MHD in magnetic fusion is in the first place to discover magnetic geometries with favourable equilibrium and stability properties. Non-ideal effects cause slower and weaker instabilities leading to enhanced transport and often to violent disruptions. MHD spectroscopy, i.e. the identification of ideal and dissipative MHD modes for the purpose of diagnosing tokamaks and optimising their stability properties, requires a numerical tool which accurately calculates the dissipative MHD spectra for measured equilibria. The new spectral code CASTOR (Complex Alfven Spectrum for TORoidal Plasmas), together with the equilibrium solver HELENA, provides such a tool. In CASTOR, the fluid variables ρ, v, T, and b are discretized by means of a combination of cubic Hermite and quadratic finite elements for the radial direction and Fourier modes for the poloidal coordinate. The equilibrium in non-orthogonal flux coordinates ψ, θ, φ with straight field lines is computed using isoparametric bicubic Hermite elements, resulting in a very accurate representation of the metric elements. Finally, for analysis of JET discharges the equilibrium solver HELENA is interfaced with the equilibrium identification code IDENTC(D). (author) 5 refs., 5 figs
Nonlinear Energetic Particle Transport in the Presence of Multiple Alfvenic Waves in ITER
Schneller, Mirjam; Briguglio, Sergio
2015-01-01
This work presents the results of a multi mode ITER study on Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes, using the nonlinear hybrid HAGIS-LIGKA model. It is found that main conclusions from earlier studies of ASDEX Upgrade discharges can be transferred to the ITER scenario: global, nonlinear effects are crucial for the evolution of the multi mode scenario. This work focuses on the ITER 15 MA baseline scenario with with a safety factor at the magnetic axis of $q_0 =$ 0.986. The least damped eigenmodes of the system are identified with the gyrokinetic, non-perturbative LIGKA solver, concerning mode structure, frequency and damping. Taking into account all weakly damped modes that can be identified linearly, nonlinear simulations with HAGIS reveal strong multi mode behavior: while in some parameter range, quasi-linear estimates turn out to be reasonable approximations for the nonlinearly relaxed energetic particle profile, under certain conditions low-n TAE branches can be excited. As a consequence, not only grow amplitudes of ...
Ion Bernstein wave heating research
Ion Bernstein wave heating (IBWH) utilizes the ion Bernstein wave (IBW), a hot plasma wave, to carry the radio frequency (rf) power to heat tokamak reactor core. Earlier wave accessibility studies have shown that this finite-Larmor-radius (FLR) mode should penetrate into a hot dense reactor plasma core without significant attenuation. Moreover, the IBW's low phase velocity (ω/kperpendicular ∼ VTi much-lt Vα) greatly reduces the otherwise serious wave absorption by the 3.5 MeV fusion α-particles. In addition, the property of IBW's that kperpendicular ρi ∼ 1 makes localized bulk ion heating possible at the ion cyclotron harmonic layers. Such bulk ion heating can prove useful in optimizing fusion reactivity. In another vein, with proper selection of parameters, IBW's can be made subject to strong localized electron Landau damping near the major ion cyclotron harmonic resonance layers. This property can be useful, for example, for rf current drive in the reactor plasma core. This paper discusses this research
Weiland, Markus; Geiger, Benedikt; Bilato, Roberto; Schneider, Philip; Tardini, Giovanni; Lauber, Philipp; Ryter, Francois; Schneller, Mirjam [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Collaboration: ASDEX Upgrade Team
2015-05-01
Fast, supra-thermal ions are created in the tokamak ASDEX Upgrade by neutral beam injection and ion cyclotron resonance heating (ICRH) and they are needed for plasma heating and current drive. A possibility to study them is the spectroscopic observation of line radiation (fast-ion D-alpha, FIDA), which emerges from charge exchange reactions. Here, the fast ions can be distinguished from the thermal particles through there strong Doppler-shift, and their radial density profile can be measured and compared to theoretical models. An analysis of the whole Doppler spectrum yields information about the 2D velocity distribution f(v {sub parallel}, v {sub perpendicular} {sub to}). Observation from different viewing angles allows consequently a tomographic reconstruction of f(v {sub parallel}, v {sub perpendicular} {sub to}). For this purpose, the FIDA diagnostic at ASDEX Upgrade has been extended from two to five views, and the spectrometer setup was improved to allow a simultaneous measurement of blue and red Doppler shifts. These recently developed diagnostic capabilities are used to study changes in the fast-ion distribution, which are caused by Alfven eigenmodes. Moreover, the further acceleration of fast ions through 2{sup nd} harmonic ICRH is investigated and compared to theoretical predictions.
Alfven Eigenmode And Ion Bernstein Wave Studies For Controlling Fusion Alpha Particles
Franklin, F R
1999-01-01
In magnetic confinement fusion reactor plasmas, the charged fusion products (such as alpha particles in deuterium-tritium plasmas) will be the dominant power source, and by controlling these charged fusion products using wave-particle interactions the reactor performance could be optimized. This thesis studies two candidate waves: Mode- Converted Ion Bernstein Waves (MCIBWs) and Alfvé n Eigenmodes (AEs). Rates of MCIBW-driven losses of alpha-like fast deuterons, previously observed in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR), are reproduced by a new model so that the wave-particle diffusion coefficient can be deduced. The MCIBW power in TFTR is found to be ∼ 1/3 that needed for collisionless alpha particle control...
Rehman, M. A.; Qureshi, M. N. S. [Department of Physics, GC University, Kachery Road, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Shah, H. A. [Department of Physics, Forman Christian College, Ferozepur Road, Lahore 54600 (Pakistan); Masood, W. [COMSATS, Institute of Information Technology, Park Road, Chak Shehzad, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); National Centre for Physics (NCP) Shahdra Valley Road, Islamabad (Pakistan)
2015-10-15
Nonlinear circularly polarized Alfvén waves are studied in magnetized nonrelativistic, relativistic, and ultrarelativistic degenerate Fermi plasmas. Using the quantum hydrodynamic model, Zakharov equations are derived and the Sagdeev potential approach is used to investigate the properties of the electromagnetic solitary structures. It is seen that the amplitude increases with the increase of electron density in the relativistic and ultrarelativistic cases but decreases in the nonrelativistic case. Both right and left handed waves are considered, and it is seen that supersonic, subsonic, and super- and sub-Alfvénic solitary structures are obtained for different polarizations and under different relativistic regimes.
Heat Waves Pose Big Health Threats
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Alfven Eigenmode And Ion Bernstein Wave Studies For Controlling Fusion Alpha Particles
Heeter, R F
1999-01-01
In magnetic confinement fusion reactor plasmas, the charged fusion products (such as alpha particles in deuterium-tritium plasmas) will be the dominant power source, and by controlling these charged fusion products using wave-particle interactions the reactor performance could be optimized. This thesis studies two candidate waves: Mode-Converted Ion Bernstein Waves (MCIBWs) and Alfvén Eigenmodes (AEs). Rates of MCIBW-driven losses of alpha-like fast deuterons, previously observed in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR), are reproduced by a new model so that the wave-particle diffusion coefficient can be deduced. The MCIBW power in TFTR is found to be ∼ 1/3 that needed for collisionless alpha particle control. A reasonable reactor power scaling is derived. To study AEs, existing magnetic fluctuation probes at the Joint European Torus (JET) have been absolutely calibrated from 30–500 kHz for the first time, allowing fluctuation measurements with &vbm0;dBpol&vbm0;/B0&am...
Erkaev, NV; Shaidurov, VA; Semenov, VS; Biernat, HK; Heidorn, D; Lakhina, GS
2006-01-01
A ratio of the maximal and minimal cross sections of the magnetic tube (contraction ratio) is a crucial parameter which affects very strongly on reflections of MHD wave pulses propagating along a narrowing magnetic flux tube. In cases of large contraction ratios of magnetospheric magnetic tubes, the
Wang, X; Chen, L; Di Troia, C; Fogaccia, G; Vlad, G; Zonca, F
2010-01-01
Adopting the theoretical framework for the generalized fishbonelike dispersion relation, an extended hybrid magnetohydrodynamics gyrokinetic simulation model has been derived analytically by taking into account both thermal ion compressibility and diamagnetic effects in addition to energetic particle kinetic behaviors. The extended model has been used for implementing an eXtended version of Hybrid Magnetohydrodynamics Gyrokinetic Code (XHMGC) to study thermal ion kinetic effects on Alfv\\'enic modes driven by energetic particles, such as kinetic beta induced Alfv\\'en eigenmodes in tokamak fusion plasmas.
Review of tokamak experiments on direct electron heating and current drive with fast waves
Results from tokamak experiments on direct electron interaction with the compressional Alfven wave (open-quote fast wave close-quote) are reviewed. Experiments aimed at electron heating as well as those in which fast wave electron current drive was investigated are discussed. A distinction is drawn between experiments employing the lower hybrid range of frequencies, where both the lower hybrid wave (open-quote slow wave close-quote) and the fast wave can propagate in much of the plasma, and those experiments using the fast wave in the range of moderate to high ion cyclotron harmonics, where only the fast wave can penetrate to the plasma core. Most of the early tokamak experiments were in the lower hybrid frequency regime, and the observed electron interaction appeared to be very similar to that obtained with the slow wave at the same frequency. In particular, electron interaction with the fast wave was observed only below a density limit nearly the same as the well known slow wave density limit. In the more recent lower frequency fast wave experiments, electron interaction (heating and current drive) is observed at the center of the discharge, where slow waves are not present
Chiral heat wave and mixed waves in kinetic theory
Frenklakh, D
2016-01-01
We study collective excitations in hot rotating chiral media in presence of magnetic field in kinetic theory, namely Chiral Heat Wave and its' mixings with Chiral Vortical Wave and Chiral Magnetic Wave. Our results for velocities of these waves have slight alterations from those obtained earlier. We explain the origin of these alterations and also give the most general expressions for the velocities of all these waves in hydrodynamic approach.
Formation of quasiparallel Alfven solitons
Hamilton, R. L.; Kennel, C. F.; Mjolhus, E.
1992-01-01
The formation of quasi-parallel Alfven solitons is investigated through the inverse scattering transformation (IST) for the derivative nonlinear Schroedinger (DNLS) equation. The DNLS has a rich complement of soliton solutions consisting of a two-parameter soliton family and a one-parameter bright/dark soliton family. In this paper, the physical roles and origins of these soliton families are inferred through an analytic study of the scattering data generated by the IST for a set of initial profiles. The DNLS equation has as limiting forms the nonlinear Schroedinger (NLS), Korteweg-de-Vries (KdV) and modified Korteweg-de-Vries (MKdV) equations. Each of these limits is briefly reviewed in the physical context of quasi-parallel Alfven waves. The existence of these limiting forms serves as a natural framework for discussing the formation of Alfven solitons.
Wang, X.; Briguglio, S.; Chen, L.; Di Troia, C; Fogaccia, G.; Vlad, G.; Zonca, F.
2010-01-01
Adopting the theoretical framework for the generalized fishbonelike dispersion relation, an extended hybrid magnetohydrodynamics gyrokinetic simulation model has been derived analytically by taking into account both thermal ion compressibility and diamagnetic effects in addition to energetic particle kinetic behaviors. The extended model has been used for implementing an eXtended version of Hybrid Magnetohydrodynamics Gyrokinetic Code (XHMGC) to study thermal ion kinetic effects on Alfv\\'enic...
Wave Heating of the Solar Chromosphere
Wolfgang Kalkofen
2008-03-01
The nonmagnetic interior of supergranulation cells has been thought since the 1940s to be heated by the dissipation of acoustic waves. But all attempts to measure the acoustic flux have failed to show sufficient energy for chromospheric heating. Recent space observations with TRACE, for example, have found 10% or less of the necessary flux. To explain the missing energy it has been speculated that the nonmagnetic chromosphere is heated mainly by waves related to the magnetic field. If that were correct, the whole chromosphere, magnetic as well as nonmagnetic, would be heated mainly by waves related to the magnetic field. But contrary to expectation, the radiation emerging from the nonmagnetic chromosphere shows none of the signatures of magnetic waves, only those of acoustic waves. Nearly all the heating of the nonmagnetic chromosphere must therefore be due to acoustic waves. In the magnetic network on the boundary of supergranulation cells, on the other hand, the small filling factor of the magnetic field in the photosphere implies that only a small fraction of the wave flux that travels upward to heat the chromosphere can be channeled by the magnetic field. Hence, while some of the energy that is dissipated in the magnetic network is in the form of magnetic waves, most of it must be in the form of acoustic waves. Thus, the quiet solar chromosphere, instead of being heated mainly by magneticwaves throughout, must be heated mainly by acoustic waves throughout. The full wave flux heating the quiet chromosphere must travel through the photosphere. In the nonmagnetic medium, this flux is essentially all in the form of acoustic waves; TRACE registers at most 10% of it, perhaps because of limited spatial resolution.
Heating Cooling Flows with Weak Shock Waves
Mathews, W. G.; Faltenbacher, A.; Brighenti, F
2005-01-01
The discovery of extended, approximately spherical weak shock waves in the hot intercluster gas in Perseus and Virgo has precipitated the notion that these waves may be the primary heating process that explains why so little gas cools to low temperatures. This type of heating has received additional support from recent gasdynamical models. We show here that outward propagating, dissipating waves deposit most of their energy near the center of the cluster atmosphere. Consequently, if the gas i...
Chiral Heat Wave and wave mixing in chiral media
Chernodub, M N
2016-01-01
We show that a hot rotating fluid of relativistic chiral fermions possesses a new gapless collective excitation associated with coherent propagation of energy density and chiral density waves along the axis of rotation. This excitation, which we call the Chiral Heat Wave, emerges due to a mixed gauge-gravitational anomaly. At finite density the Chiral Heat Wave couples to the Chiral Vortical Wave while in the presence of an external magnetic field it mixes with the Chiral Magnetic Wave. We find that the coupled waves - which are coherent fluctuations of the vector, axial and energy currents - have generally different velocities compared to the velocities of the individual waves. We also demonstrate that rotating chiral systems subjected to external magnetic field possess non-propagating metastable thermal excitations, the Dense Hot Spots.
On The Role of MHD Waves in Heating Localised Magnetic Structures
Erdélyi, R.; Nelson, C. J.
2016-04-01
Satellite and ground-based observations from e.g. SOHO, TRACE, STEREO, Hinode, SDO and IRIS to DST/ROSA, IBIS, CoMP, STT/CRISP have provided a wealth of evidence of waves and oscillations present in a wide range of spatial scales of the magnetised solar atmosphere. Our understanding about localised solar structures has been considerably changed in light of these high spatial and time resolution observations. However, MHD waves not only enable us to perform sub-resolution magneto-seismology of magnetic waveguides but are also potential candidates to carry and damp the necessary non-thermal energy in these localised waveguides. First, we will briefly outline the basic recent developments in MHD wave theory focussing on linear waves. Next, we discuss the role of the most frequently studied wave classes, including the Alfven, and magneto-acoustic kink and sausage waves. The current theoretical (and often difficult) interpretations of the detected solar atmospheric wave and oscillatory phenomena within the framework of MHD will be shown. Last, the latest reported observational findings of potential MHD wave flux, in terms of localised plasma heating, in the solar atmosphere is discussed, bringing us closer to solve the coronal heating problem.
Applications of linear mode conversion at Alfven/ion-ion hybrid resonances and at electron plasma frequency have been discussed. Alfven resonances play an important role on energy transport the outer to inner regions of magnetospheres. At Earth's magnetopause, the mode-converted kinetic Alfven waves also lead to solar wind particle entry and transverse ion heating. IIH resonant waves can explain of the generation of linearly polarized EMIC waves at Earth. Compressional waves can also interact with Mercury's magnetosphere exciting IIH resonances as global eigenmodes. Linear mode conversion (LMC) from Langmuir to electromagnetic waves is relevant to explain type II and III radio bursts. Through the LMC, both right- and left-hand polarized wave modes are produced and it provides the solutions for linear/partial polarized type II and III problems.
Kinetic Damping of Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes
G.Y. Fu; H.L. Berk; A. Pletzer
2005-05-03
The damping of Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes in JET plasmas is investigated by using a reduced kinetic model. Typically no significant damping is found to occur near the center of the plasma due to mode conversion to kinetic Alfven waves. In contrast, continuum damping from resonance near the plasma edge may be significant, and when it is, it gives rise to damping rates that are compatible with the experimental observations.
Low-n shear Alfven spectra in axisymmetric toroidal plasmas
In toroidal plasmas, the toroidal magnetic field is nonuniform over a magnetic surface and causes coupling of different poloidal harmonics. It is shown both analytically and numerically that the toroidicity not only breaks up the shear Alfven continuous spectrum, but also creates new, discrete, toroidicity-induced shear Alfven eigenmodes with frequencies inside the continuum gaps. Potential applications of the low-n toroidicity-induced shear Alfven eigenmodes on plasma heating and instabilities are addressed. 17 refs., 4 figs
Nogami, S. H.; Koepke, M. E.; Gillies, D. M.; Knudsen, D. J.; Vincena, S. T.; Van Compernolle, B.; Donovan, E.
2015-12-01
The Stationary Inertial Alfven Wave (StIAW) [Knudsen J. Geophys. Res., 101, 10761 (1996)] is a non-fluctuating, non-travelling, spatially periodic pattern in electromagnetic field and fluid quantities that arises in the simultaneous presence of a magnetic-field-aligned current channel and cross-magnetic field plasma flow. Theory predicts [Finnegan et al., Nonlin. Proc. Geophys., 15, 957 (2008)] that the wave appears as an ion density perturbation that is static in the laboratory frame and that the wave electric field can accelerate electrons parallel to a background magnetic field. For experiments in the afterglow plasma in LAPD-U, results of which are reported on in this poster, the necessary conditions for the stationary wave are generated by a biased segmented electrode that creates a convective flow and a planar-mesh electrode that draws current parallel to the background magnetic field. An electrostatic probe and a retarding field energy analyzer measure fixed (in the laboratory frame) patterns in the ion density and electron energy. Spatial patterns of electron acceleration are reminiscent of the patterns present during the formation of discrete auroral arcs. Observation of long-lived discrete arcs indicates that some arcs require a generation mechanism that supports electron acceleration parallel to auroral field lines for tens of minutes. We present arc lifetime statistics to emphasize the paucity of physical models that explain these observations. *Support from NSF grant PHY-130-1896 and grants from the Canadian Space Agency is gratefully acknowledged. We also thank the THEMIS ASI Teams at U Calgary and UC Berkeley.
Pfaff, R. F.
2009-01-01
On December 14,2002, a NASA Black Brant X sounding rocket was launched equatorward from Ny Alesund, Spitzbergen (79 N) into the dayside cusp and subsequently cut across the open/closed field line boundary, reaching an apogee of771 km. The launch occurred during Bz negative conditions with strong By negative that was changing during the flight. SuperDarn (CUTLASS) radar and subsequent model patterns reveal a strong westward/poleward convection, indicating that the rocket traversed a rotational reversal in the afternoon merging cell. The payload returned DC electric and magnetic fields, plasma waves, energetic particle, suprathermal electron and ion, and thermal plasma data. We provide an overview of the main observations and focus on the DC electric field results, comparing the measured E x B plasma drifts in detail with the CUTLASS radar observations of plasma drifts gathered simultaneously in the same volume. The in situ DC electric fields reveal steady poleward flows within the cusp with strong shears at the interface of the closed/open field lines and within the boundary layer. We use the observations to discuss ionospheric signatures of the open/closed character of the cusp/low latitude boundary layer as a function of the IMF. The electric field and plasma density data also reveal the presence of very strong plasma irregularities with a large range of scales (10 m to 10 km) that exist within the open field line cusp region yet disappear when the payload was equatorward of the cusp on closed field lines. These intense low frequency wave observations are consistent with strong scintillations observed on the ground at Ny Alesund during the flight. We present detailed wave characteristics and discuss them in terms of Alfven waves and static irregularities that pervade the cusp region at all altitudes.
Heat waves, aging, and human cardiovascular health.
Kenney, W Larry; Craighead, Daniel H; Alexander, Lacy M
2014-10-01
This brief review is based on a President's Lecture presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in 2013. The purpose of this review was to assess the effects of climate change and consequent increases in environmental heat stress on the aging cardiovascular system. The earth's average global temperature is slowly but consistently increasing, and along with mean temperature changes come increases in heat wave frequency and severity. Extreme passive thermal stress resulting from prolonged elevations in ambient temperature and prolonged physical activity in hot environments creates a high demand on the left ventricle to pump blood to the skin to dissipate heat. Even healthy aging is accompanied by altered cardiovascular function, which limits the extent to which older individuals can maintain stroke volume, increase cardiac output, and increase skin blood flow when exposed to environmental extremes. In the elderly, the increased cardiovascular demand during heat waves is often fatal because of increased strain on an already compromised left ventricle. Not surprisingly, excess deaths during heat waves 1) occur predominantly in older individuals and 2) are overwhelmingly cardiovascular in origin. Increasing frequency and severity of heat waves coupled with a rapidly growing at-risk population dramatically increase the extent of future untoward health outcomes. PMID:24598696
Dispersion relation on the collective models of Alfven wave resonant heating
By considering the magnetic compressibility it is shown that, for a theta pinch type plasma, the m=1 collective mode could be cut off. This is in contrast with the results based on an incompressible fluid model. This restricts the collective mode to a small region of k space near zero. (Author)
Experimental observation of radiation heat waves
DingYao－Nan; YaoZhen－Yu; 等
1997-01-01
Radiation heat waves play an important role in high-temperature hydrodrnamic phenomena which is very important for laser fusion.Therefore,the propagation of a radiation heat wave through a thin foil of solid aluminium is observed.The wave is driven by the intense solft-X-ray radiation in a cylindrical cavity heated by the intense laser pulse.Experiments are carried out with two beams of λ=1.05μm light form the Shenguang Nd-glass laser facility.The pulse energy is about 600 J and the pulse duration 0.8ns.Evidence of radiation heat wave is obtained by observing the delayes signal of intense thermal emission from the outside of the foil.The delay is 850ps for 1.5μm thick foil and the mass ablation rate is about 4.8×105g/(cm2.s) under the X-ray flux of about 1×1013W/cm2.Also.the radiation-driven shock waves of (2±1)TPa are observed from different shots in the experiments.
On the Definition of a Heat Wave.
Robinson, Peter J.
2001-04-01
Heat waves are a major cause of weather-related deaths. With the current concern for global warming it is reasonable to suppose that they may increase in frequency, severity, duration, or areal extent in the future. However, in the absence of an adequate definition of a heat wave, it is impossible to assess either changes in the past or possible consequences for the future. A set of definitions is proposed here, based on the criteria for heat stress forecasts developed by the National Weather Service (NWS). Watches or warnings are issued when thresholds of daytime high and nighttime low heat index (Hi) values are exceeded for at least two consecutive days. The heat index is a combination of ambient temperature and humidity that approximates the environmental aspect of the thermal regime of a human body, with the NWS thresholds representing a generalized estimate of the onset of physiological stress. These thresholds cannot be applied directly nationwide. In hot and humid regions, physical, social, and cultural adaptations will require that the thresholds be set higher to ensure that only those events perceived as stressful are identified. In other, cooler, areas the NWS criteria may never be reached even though unusually hot events may be perceived as heat waves. Thus, it is likely that a similar number of perceived heat events will occur in all regions, with the thresholds varying regionally. Hourly Hi for 178 stations in the coterminous United States was analyzed for the 1951-90 period to determine appropriate threshold criteria. Use of the NWS criteria alone indicated that much of the nation had less than three heat waves per decade, and this value was adopted as the baseline against which to establish suitable thresholds. For all areas, a percentile threshold approach was tested. Using all available data, daytime high and nighttime low thresholds were established separately for each specific percentile. Heat waves were treated as occurring when conditions
HEAT WAVES, AGING, AND HUMAN CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
Kenney, W. Larry; Craighead, Daniel H.; Alexander, Lacy M.
2014-01-01
This brief review is based on a President’s Lecture presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in 2013. The purpose of this review is to assess the effects of climate change and consequent increases in environmental heat stress on the aging cardiovascular system. The earth’s average global temperature is slowly but consistently increasing, and along with mean temperature changes come increases in heat wave frequency and severity. Extreme passive thermal stress ...
Climate Change Effects on Heat Waves and Future Heat Wave-Associated IHD Mortality in Germany
Stefan Zacharias
2014-12-01
Full Text Available The influence of future climate change on the occurrence of heat waves and its implications for heat wave-related mortality due to ischemic heart diseases (IHD in Germany is studied. Simulations of 19 regional climate models with a spatial resolution of 0.25° × 0.25° forced by the moderate climate change scenario A1B are analyzed. Three model time periods of 30 years are evaluated, representing present climate (1971–2000, near future climate (2021–2050, and remote future climate (2069–2098. Heat waves are defined as periods of at least three consecutive days with daily mean air temperature above the 97.5th percentile of the all-season temperature distribution. Based on the model simulations, future heat waves in Germany will be significantly more frequent, longer lasting and more intense. By the end of the 21st century, the number of heat waves will be tripled compared to present climate. Additionally, the average duration of heat waves will increase by 25%, accompanied by an increase of the average temperature during heat waves by about 1 K. Regional analyses show that stronger than average climate change effects are observed particularly in the southern regions of Germany. Furthermore, we investigated climate change impacts on IHD mortality in Germany applying temperature projections from 19 regional climate models to heat wave mortality relationships identified in a previous study. Future IHD excess deaths were calculated both in the absence and presence of some acclimatization (i.e., that people are able to physiologically acclimatize to enhanced temperature levels in the future time periods by 0% and 50%, respectively. In addition to changes in heat wave frequency, we incorporated also changes in heat wave intensity and duration into the future mortality evaluations. The results indicate that by the end of the 21st century the annual number of IHD excess deaths in Germany attributable to heat waves is expected to rise by factor 2
Northern Eurasian Heat Waves and Droughts
Schubert, Siegfried; Wang, Hailan; Koster, Randal; Suarez, Max; Groisman, Pavel
2013-01-01
This article reviews our understanding of the characteristics and causes of northern Eurasian summertime heat waves and droughts. Additional insights into the nature of temperature and precipitation variability in Eurasia on monthly to decadal time scales and into the causes and predictability of the most extreme events are gained from the latest generation of reanalyses and from supplemental simulations with the NASA GEOS-5 AGCM. Key new results are: 1) the identification of the important role of summertime stationary Rossby waves in the development of the leading patterns of monthly Eurasian surface temperature and precipitation variability (including the development of extreme events such as the 2010 Russian heat wave), 2) an assessment of the mean temperature and precipitation changes that have occurred over northern Eurasia in the last three decades and their connections to decadal variability and global trends in SST, and 3) the quantification (via a case study) of the predictability of the most extreme simulated heat wave/drought events, with some focus on the role of soil moisture in the development and maintenance of such events. A literature survey indicates a general consensus that the future holds an enhanced probability of heat waves across northern Eurasia, while there is less agreement regarding future drought, reflecting a greater uncertainty in soil moisture and precipitation projections. Substantial uncertainties remain in our understanding of heat waves and drought, including the nature of the interactions between the short-term atmospheric variability associated with such extremes and the longer-term variability and trends associated with soil moisture feedbacks, SST anomalies, and an overall warming world.
Sears, Stephanie; Anderson, Jay; Capecchi, William; Bonofiglo, Phillip; Kim, Jungha
2015-11-01
Alfven wave dissipation is an important mechanism behind anomalous ion heating, both in astrophysical and reversed-field pinch (RFP) plasma systems. Additionally, the damping rate has implications for the stability of energetic particle driven modes (EPMs) and their associated nonlinear dynamics and fast ion transport, which are crucial topics for any burning plasma reactor. With a 1 MW neutral beam injector on the MST RFP, a controlled set of EPMs and Alfvenic eigenmodes can be driven in this never-before-probed region of strong magnetic shear and weak externally applied magnetic field. The decay time of the average of 100s of reproducible bursts is computed for different equilibrium profiles. In this work, we report initial measurements of Alfvenic damping rates with varied RFP equilibria (including magnetic shear and flow shear) and the effects on fast ion transport. This research is supported by DOE and NSF.
Non-linear study of fast particle excitation of global Alfven eigenmodes during ICRH
Full text: Fast ions created by ICRH have been proposed for simulating alpha particle heating. In order to extrapolate results regarding excitation of global Alfven eigenmodes to that of thermonuclear alpha particles it is important to understand the differences between excitation by ICRH and by thermonuclear alpha particles. ICRH does not only produce strong anisotropic distribution functions of the resonant ion species compared to the nearly isotropic one of thermonuclear alpha particles, but also decorrelates the interactions between the high-energy ions and the global Alfven eigenmode. In absence of decorrelation the resonant ions will make superadiabatic oscillations in energy. The decorrelation caused by collisions and RF interactions leads to an effective broadening of the MHD resonant region hence increasing the extent of the energy transport region in phase space. The decorrelations also affect the growth rate and the amplitude of the saturation level. ICRH decorrelates the MHD interactions and pushes ions in and out of resonance with the Alfven wave leading to enhanced excitation or damping of the mode. The decorrelation by Coulomb collisions decreases with energy and is more important for particles with low energy, whereas the decorrelation by ICRH becomes more important for high-energy particles. A method to calculate the distribution function of the resonant ions and amplitude of the global Alfven wave self-consistently during ICRH has been developed and implemented in the SELFO- code. The SELFO code consists of the orbit averaged Monte Carlo code FIDO for calculating the distribution function of the heated ions and the global wave code LION for calculating the wave field for ICRF heating. Self-consistent calculations of the ICRF wave field and distribution function is carried out by solving the wave field in LION with a dielectric tensor calculated from the global distribution function obtained with the FIDO code. The wave field of the global Alfven
Kinetic Alfven solitons in a low-beta plasma
Kinetic Alfven solitons with hot electrons and finite electron inertia in a low beta (β=8πnoT/B2G, the ratio of the kinetic to the magnetic pressure) plasma is studied analytically, with the ion motion being considered dominant through the polarization drift. Both compressive and rarefactive kinetic Alfven solitons are found to exist within a definite range of kz (the direction of propagation of the kinetic Alfven solitary waves with respect to the direction of the magnetic field) for each pair of assigned values of β and M (Mach number). Unlike in previous theoretical investigations, β appears as an explicit parameter for the kinetic Alfven solitons in this case. In addition, consideration of the electron pressure gradient is found to suppress the speed of both the Alfven solitons considerably for A (=2QM2 / βk2z, with Q the electron-to-ion mass ratio) less than unity. (Author)
Elastic Waves And Their Conversion Due To Heating
S. B. Srivastava
1973-04-01
Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to consider the effect of thermal waves on solids producing thereby elastic waves and the secondary thermal waves, conversion of elastic waves into electromagnetic waves and their application to Defence problems, for example, projection of rockets and missiles. The investigation is restricted to the case when neither melting nor evaporation takes place during heat supply.