Turbulent dissipation challenge: a community-driven effort

Tulasi N. Parashar, Chadi Salem, Robert T. Wicks, H. Karimabadi, S. Peter Gary, William H. Matthaeus

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Many naturally occurring and man-made plasmas are collisionless and turbulent. It is not yet well understood how the energy in fields and fluid motions is transferred into the thermal degrees of freedom of constituent particles in such systems. The debate at present primarily concerns proton heating. Multiple possible heating mechanisms have been proposed over the past few decades, including cyclotron damping, Landau damping, heating at intermittent structures and stochastic heating. Recently, a community-driven effort was proposed (Parashar & Salem, 2013, arXiv:1303.0204) to bring the community together and understand the relative contributions of these processes under given conditions. In this paper, we propose the first step of this challenge: a set of problems and diagnostics for benchmarking and comparing different types of 2.5D simulations. These comparisons will provide insights into the strengths and limitations of different types of numerical simulations and will help guide subsequent stages of the challenge.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
Issue number5
Early online date23 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


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