The dynamics of tail-like current sheets under the influence of small-scale plasma turbulence

  • A 2D-magnetohydrodynamic model of current-sheet dynamics caused by anomalous electrical resistivity as result of small-scale plasma turbulence is proposed. The anomalous resistivity is assumed to be proportional to the square of the gradient of the magnetic pressure as may be valid for instance in the case of lower-hybrid-drift turbulence. The initial resistivity pulse is given. Then the temporal and spatial evolution of the magnetic and electric fields, plasma density, pressure, convection and resistivity are considered. The motion of the induced electric field is discussed as indicator of the plasma disturbances. The obtained results found using much improved numerical methods show a magnetic field evolution with x-line formation and plasma acceleration. Besides, in the current sheet, three types of magnetohydrodynamic waves occur, fast magnetoacoustic waves of compression and rarefaction as well as slow magnetoacoustic waves.

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Author:A. V. Runov, M. I. Pudovkin, Claudia-Veronika Meister
Series (Serial Number):NLD Preprints (paper 054)
Document Type:Preprint
Year of Completion:1999
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2007/08/15
Organizational units:Zentrale und wissenschaftliche Einrichtungen / Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Dynamik komplexer Systeme
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 53 Physik / 530 Physik