Articles | Volume 15, issue 3
09 Jun 2008
 | 09 Jun 2008

Solar cycle dependence of scaling in solar wind fluctuations

S. C. Chapman, B. Hnat, and K. Kiyani

Abstract. In this review we collate recent results for the statistical scaling properties of fluctuations in the solar wind with a view to synthesizing two descriptions: that of evolving MHD turbulence and that of a scaling signature of coronal origin that passively propagates with the solar wind. The scenario that emerges is that of coexistent signatures which map onto the well known "two component" picture of solar wind magnetic fluctuations. This highlights the need to consider quantities which track Alfvénic fluctuations, and energy and momentum flux densities to obtain a complete description of solar wind fluctuations.