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We present a new data analysis method enabling the observation of magnetic field fluctuations associated with temperature anisotropy instabilities using the Ulysses spacecraft. The movement of the spacecraft away from the Sun causes the observed plasma conditions, turbulent fluctuation amplitude, magnetic field strength and important physical scales to change. We normalize wavelet power spectra of the magnetic field using local values for the proton gyroscale and large scale magnetic field fluctuation amplitude to remove ...
Published by: Published on: 07/2013
YEAR: 2013   DOI: 10.1063/1.4811048
96.50.Ci; 96.60.Hv; 96.60.Tf; 96.60.Vg; astrophysical plasma; data analysis; parker solar probe; plasma instability; solar magnetism; Solar Probe Plus; solar spectra; Solar wind; Solar wind plasma; sources of solar wind; wavelet transforms
Magnetic field reconnection is often invoked to explain electromagnetic energy conversion in planetary magnetospheres, stellar coronae, and other astrophysical objects. Because of the huge dynamic range of magnetic fields in these bodies, it is important to understand energy conversion as a function of magnetic field strength and related parameters. It is conjectured theoretically and shown experimentally that the energy conversion rate per unit area in reconnection scales as the cube of an appropriately weighted magnetic ...
Published by: Physics of Plasmas Published on: 10/2010
YEAR: 2010   DOI: 10.1063/1.3504224