Kinetic scale turbulence and dissipation in the solar wind: key observational results and future outlook

M. L. Goldstein, R. T. Wicks, S. Perri, F. Sahraoui

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Abstract

Turbulence is ubiquitous in the solar wind. Turbulence causes kinetic and magnetic energy to cascade to small scales where they are eventually dissipated, adding heat to the plasma. The details of how this occurs are not well understood. This article reviews the evidence for turbulent dissipation and examines various diagnostics for identifying solar wind regions where dissipation is occurring. We also discuss how future missions will further enhance our understanding of the importance of turbulence to solar wind dynamics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20140147
Number of pages21
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Volume373
Issue number2041
Early online date15 May 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015
Externally publishedYes

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