Articles | Volume 21, issue 2
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 21, 405–416, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-21-405-2014

Special issue: Nonlinear waves and chaos in space plasmas

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 21, 405–416, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-21-405-2014

Review article 13 Mar 2014

Review article | 13 Mar 2014

Alfvén waves in space and astrophysical dusty plasmas

V. Jatenco-Pereira1, A. C.-L. Chian2,3,4, and N. Rubab5 V. Jatenco-Pereira et al.
  • 1Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas (IAG/USP), Rua do Matão, 1226, 05508-090 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
  • 2Paris Observatory, LESIA, CNRS, 92190 Meudon, France
  • 3National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and World Institute for Space Environment Research (WISER), P.O. Box 515, 12227-010 São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil
  • 4School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
  • 5Department of Space Science, Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad, Pakistan

Abstract. In this paper, we present some results of previous works on Alfvén waves in a dusty plasma in different astrophysical and space regions by taking into account the effect of superthermal particles on the dispersive characteristics. We show that the presence of dust and superthermal particles sensibly modify the dispersion of Alfvén waves. The competition between different damping processes of kinetic Alfvén waves and Alfvén cyclotron waves is analyzed. The nonlinear evolution of Alfvén waves to chaos is reviewed. Finally, we discuss some applications of Alfvén waves in the auroral region of space plasmas, as well as stellar winds and star-forming regions of astrophysical plasmas.