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Volume 16, issue 1
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 16, 83–98, 2009
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-16-83-2009
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Special issue: Coupling between large and small scale turbulence in space...

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 16, 83–98, 2009
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-16-83-2009
© Author(s) 2009. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  16 Feb 2009

16 Feb 2009

Wave turbulence in magnetized plasmas

S. Galtier1,2 S. Galtier
  • 1Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, bâtiment 121, Université Paris-Sud XI, UMR 8617, 91405 Orsay, France
  • 2Institut Universitaire de France, France

Abstract. The paper reviews the recent progress on wave turbulence for magnetized plasmas (MHD, Hall MHD and electron MHD) in the incompressible and compressible cases. The emphasis is made on homogeneous and anisotropic turbulence which usually provides the best theoretical framework to investigate space and laboratory plasmas. The solar wind and the coronal heating problems are presented as two examples of application of anisotropic wave turbulence. The most important results of wave turbulence are reported and discussed in the context of natural and simulated magnetized plasmas. Important issues and possible spurious interpretations are also discussed.

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