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Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 145, Issue 1–4, pp 59–74 | Cite as

Multi-scale Turbulence in the Inner Solar Wind

  • Sébastien Galtier
Universal Features in Turbulence: From Quantum to Cosmological Scales

Spacecraft measurements made in the solar wind show velocity and magnetic fluctuations over a broad range of frequencies. These fluctuations possess many properties expected of fully developed turbulence. In this paper, a brief overview is given on turbulence in the inner (< 1UA) solar wind at low (< 1Hz) and high (> 1Hz) frequencies for which non linear dispersive effects dominate. Then, a discussion is given about recent theoretical results on anisotropy in magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence and their relevance for understanding the data at low frequency. Finally, I show that incompressible Hall MHD may give a multi-scale description of inner solar wind turbulence; in particular, the non-linear dispersive effects lead to a steepening of the magnetic fluctuation power law spectrum similar to what is observed at high frequency.

PACS Numbers

47.27 Jv 52.30 Cv 52.35 Ra 95.30 Qd 95.50 Ci 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS)Université Paris-Sud XI and CNRS (UMR 8617)OrsayFrance

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