By direct numerical simulations we investigate the nonlinear dynamics of a compressible Hall Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) plasma. At small scales, where the Hall effect dominates, we found an increase of the compressibility of the system and the breakdown of thestrong link between velocity and magnetic fields, typical of usual MHD. Moreover, we find that small-scale fluctuations are characterizedby an anti-correlation between density and magnetic field intensity. These features characterize the excitation of a quasi-perpendicular magnetosonic turbulence that can be interpreted as the small-scale signature of the break-down of the MHD nonlinear energy cascadedue to Hall effect. Fluctuations with the same properties, based on measurements by Cluster spacecraft in space plasma turbulence during different magnetopause crossings, have been recently observed.
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|Titolo:||Compressible turbulence in Hall Magnetohydrodynamics|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|