Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 14, 153–161, 2007
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 14, 153–161, 2007

  16 Apr 2007

16 Apr 2007

Determining the verse of magnetic turbulent cascades in the Earth's magnetospheric cusp via transfer entropy analysis: preliminary results

M. Materassi1, A. Wernik2, and E. Yordanova3 M. Materassi et al.
  • 1Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi del CNR, Florence, Italy
  • 2Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, Poland
  • 3Space Research Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia, Bulgaria

Abstract. The inter-scale coupling in the dynamics of the magnetic field in the Earth's magnetospheric cusp is studied with the technique of transfer entropy. This is a non-linear data analysis technique conceived to determine which is the process that plays the role of the "dynamical driver" between two processes interacting.

The time series of the magnetic field components measured along the trajectory of a spacecraft through the cusp are decomposed via continuous wavelets, so a time series of the square modulus of the wavelet coefficients may be associated to each scale ℓ considered. The coupling between to two nearby scales is studied, with the purpose of singling out turbulent cascade directions from large to small scales and viceversa.

Preliminary physical conclusions are proposed.