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Magnetic Field Spectral Evolution in the Inner Heliosphere

AuthorSioulas, Nikos; Huang, Zesen; Shi, Chen; Velli, Marco; Tenerani, Anna; Bowen, Trevor; Bale, Stuart; Huang, Jia; Vlahos, Loukas; Woodham, L.~D.; Horbury, T.~S.; de Wit, Thierry; Larson, Davin; Kasper, Justin; Owen, Christopher; Stevens, Michael; Case, Anthony; Pulupa, Marc; Malaspina, David; Bonnell, J.~W.; Livi, Roberto; Goetz, Keith; Harvey, Peter; MacDowall, Robert; c, Milan; Louarn, P.; Fedorov, A.;
KeywordsParker Data Used; Solar wind; Magnetohydrodynamics; interplanetary turbulence; Space plasmas; Plasma astrophysics; 1534; 1964; 830; 1544; 1261; Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; Physics - Plasma Physics; Physics - Space Physics
AbstractParker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter data are used to investigate the radial evolution of magnetic turbulence between 0.06 \ensuremath\lesssim R \ensuremath\lesssim 1 au. The spectrum is studied as a function of scale, normalized to the ion inertial scale d $_ i $. In the vicinity of the Sun, the inertial range is limited to a narrow range of scales and exhibits a power-law exponent of, \ensuremath\alpha $_ B $ = -3/2, independent of plasma parameters. The inertial range grows with distance, progressively extending to larger spatial scales, while steepening toward a \ensuremath\alpha $_ B $ = -5/3 scaling. It is observed that spectra for intervals with large magnetic energy excesses and low Alfv\ enic content steepen significantly with distance, in contrast to highly Alfv\ enic intervals that retain their near-Sun scaling. The occurrence of steeper spectra in slower wind streams may be attributed to the observed positive correlation between solar wind speed and Alfv\ enicity.
Year of Publication2023
Number of PagesL8
Date Publishedjan