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Solitary kinetic Alfven waves in the two-fluid model
KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
1996 (English)In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, Vol. 3, 2879-2884 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Employing the two-fluid model, a generalized Sagdeev equation governing solitary kinetic Alfven waves (SKAWs) and the criterion for the existence of SKAWs, which are valid for different ranges of plasma pressure parameter beta, are presented. In the limit cases of beta much greater than m(e)/m(i) and beta much less than m(e)/m(i), the present results correspond, respectively, with conclusions obtained by Hasegawa ct al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 37, 690 (1976)] and by Shukla et al. [J. Plasma Phys. 28, 125 (1982)], that is, SKAWs accompanied by, respectively, hump and dip density solitons for beta much greater than m(e)/m(i) and beta much less than m(e)/m(i). However, for the case of beta similar to m(e)/m(i), the present results show that SKAWs accompanied by both hump and dip density solitons are possible, and lead to KdV solitons in the small amplitude limit. In addition, the possibility for applying these results to electromagnetic spikes observed by the Freja scientific satellite is discussed [detailed information about the Freja satellite experiments can be found in serial papers presented in Space Sci. Rev. 70, Nos. 3/4 (1994)]. (C) 1996 American Institute of Physics.

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1996. Vol. 3, 2879-2884 p.
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Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-92868DOI: 10.1063/1.871648OAI: diva2:514355
NR 20140805Available from: 2012-04-08 Created: 2012-04-07 Last updated: 2012-04-08Bibliographically approved

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