A connection between kinetic processes and two-dimensional intermittent plasma turbulence is observed using direct numerical simulations of a hybrid Vlasov-Maxwell model, in which the Vlasov equation is solved for protons, while the electrons are described as a massless fluid. During the development of turbulence, the proton distribution functions depart from the typical configuration of local thermodynamic equilibrium, displaying statistically significant non-Maxwellian features. In particular, temperature anisotropy and distortions are concentrated near coherent structures, generated as the result of the turbulent cascade, such as current sheets, which are nonuniformly distributed in space. Here, the partial variance of increments (PVI) method has been employed to identify high magnetic stress regions within a two-dimensional turbulent pattern. A quantitative association between non-Maxwellian features and coherent structures is established.
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|Titolo:||Inhomogeneous kinetic effects related to intermittent magnetic discontinuities|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|