Parametric instability of a monochromatic Alfven wave: Perpendicular decay in low beta plasma

Xinliang Gao, Quanming Lu, Xing Li, Lican Shan, Shui Wang

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Abstract

Two-dimensional hybrid simulations are performed to investigate the parametric decay of a monochromatic Alfven wave in low beta plasma. Both the linearly and left-hand polarized pump Alfven waves are considered in the paper. For the linearly polarized pump Alfven wave, either a parallel or obliquely propagating wave can lead to the decay along the perpendicular direction. Initially, the parametric decay takes place along the propagating direction of the pump wave, and then the decay occurs in the perpendicular direction. With the increase of the amplitude and the propagating angle of the pump wave (the angle between the propagating direction of the pump wave and the ambient magnetic field), the spectral range of the excited waves becomes broad in the perpendicular direction. But the effects of the plasma beta on the spectral range of the excited waves in perpendicular direction are negligible. However, for the left-hand polarized pump Alfven wave, when the pump wave propagates along the ambient magnetic field, the parametric decay occurs nearly along the ambient magnetic field, and there is no obvious decay in the perpendicular direction. Significant decay in the perpendicular direction can only be found when the pump wave propagates obliquely.
Original languageEnglish
Article number072092
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Volume20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2013

Keywords

  • plasma Alfven waves
  • pasma instability
  • plasma simulation
  • plasma transport processes

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