We analyse two high-resolution 2D hybrid simulations of plasma turbulence with observation-driven initial conditions that are representative of the near-Sun and the near-Earth solar wind. The former employs values of some fundamental parameters that have been measured by the Parker Solar Probe at 0.17 au from the Sun, while, in the latter, they are set to average values typically observed at 1 au. We compare the spatial and spectral properties of the magnetic, ion velocity, and density fluctuations, as well as the time evolution of magnetic reconnection events that occur spontaneously as the result of the development of turbulence. Despite some differences due to the different plasma conditions, some key features are observed in both simulations: elongated ion-scale Alfvénic structures form in between vortices whenever the orientation of the magnetic field lines is the same, i.e., magnetic reconnection via the formation of an X point cannot occur; the magnetic and density fluctuations at sub-ion scales are governed by force balance; the magnetic compressibility at sub-ion scales is compatible with isotropic magnetic field components; the characteristic time of the formation of current sheets is the eddy turnover at the energy injection scale, while the characteristic time for their disruption via reconnection is compatible with the Alfvén time of the background turbulence.

Plasma Turbulence in the Near-Sun and Near-Earth Solar Wind: A Comparison via Observation-Driven 2D Hybrid Simulations / Franci L.; Papini E.; Del Sarto D.; Hellinger P.; Burgess D.; Matteini L.; Landi S.; Montagud-Camps V.. - In: UNIVERSE. - ISSN 2218-1997. - ELETTRONICO. - 8:(2022), pp. 0-0. [10.3390/universe8090453]

Plasma Turbulence in the Near-Sun and Near-Earth Solar Wind: A Comparison via Observation-Driven 2D Hybrid Simulations

Franci L.
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Papini E.
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Hellinger P.
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Matteini L.
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Landi S.
Membro del Collaboration Group
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2022

Abstract

We analyse two high-resolution 2D hybrid simulations of plasma turbulence with observation-driven initial conditions that are representative of the near-Sun and the near-Earth solar wind. The former employs values of some fundamental parameters that have been measured by the Parker Solar Probe at 0.17 au from the Sun, while, in the latter, they are set to average values typically observed at 1 au. We compare the spatial and spectral properties of the magnetic, ion velocity, and density fluctuations, as well as the time evolution of magnetic reconnection events that occur spontaneously as the result of the development of turbulence. Despite some differences due to the different plasma conditions, some key features are observed in both simulations: elongated ion-scale Alfvénic structures form in between vortices whenever the orientation of the magnetic field lines is the same, i.e., magnetic reconnection via the formation of an X point cannot occur; the magnetic and density fluctuations at sub-ion scales are governed by force balance; the magnetic compressibility at sub-ion scales is compatible with isotropic magnetic field components; the characteristic time of the formation of current sheets is the eddy turnover at the energy injection scale, while the characteristic time for their disruption via reconnection is compatible with the Alfvén time of the background turbulence.
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