Articles | Volume 24, issue 2
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 24, 203–214, 2017
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 24, 203–214, 2017

Review article 12 May 2017

Review article | 12 May 2017

Review article: Wave analysis methods for space plasma experiment

Yasuhito Narita Yasuhito Narita
  • Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Schmiedlstr. 6, 8042 Graz, Austria

Abstract. A review of analysis methods is given on quasi-monochromatic waves, turbulent fluctuations, and wave–wave and wave–particle interactions for single-spacecraft data in situ in near-Earth space and interplanetary space, in particular using magnetic field and electric field data. Energy spectra for different components of the fluctuating fields, minimum variance analysis, propagation and polarization properties of electromagnetic waves, wave distribution function, helicity quantities, higher-order statistics, and detection methods for wave–particle interactions are explained.

Short summary
Various methods in the single-spacecraft data analysis are reviewed to determine physical properties of waves, turbulent fluctuations, and wave-wave and wave-particle interactions in the space plasma environment using the magnetic field, the electric field, and the plasma data.