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1 Istituto Fisica Spazio Interplanetario 2 Dipartimento di Fisica Università della Calabria 3 LICRYL

Abstract : This study focuses on the role that magnetically dominated fluctuations have within the solar wind MHD turbulence. It is well known that, as the wind expands, magnetic energy starts to dominate over kinetic energy but we lack of a statistical study apt to estimate the relevance of these fluctuations depending on wind speed, radial distance from the sun and heliographic latitude. Our results suggest that this kind of fluctuations can be interpreted as non-propagating structures, advected by the wind during its expansion. In particular, observations performed in the ecliptic revealed a clear radial dependence of these magnetic structures within fast wind, but not within slow wind. At short heliocentric distances ~0.3 AU the turbulent population is largely dominated by Alfvénic fluctuations characterized by high values of normalized cross-helicity and a remarkable level of energy equipartition. However, as the wind expands, a new-born population, characterized by lower values of Alfvénicity and a clear imbalance in favor of magnetic energy becomes visible and clearly distinguishable from the Alfvénic population largely characterized by an outward sense of propagation. We estimate that more than 20% of all the analyzed intervals of hourly scale within fast wind are characterized by normalized cross-helicity close to zero and magnetic energy largely dominating over kinetic energy. Most of these advected magnetic structures result to be non-compressive and might represent the crossing of the border between adjacent flux tubes forming, as suggested in literature, the advected background structure of the interplanetary magnetic field. On the other hand, their features are also well fitted by the Magnetic Field Directional Turnings paradigm as proposed in literature.

Author: R. Bruno - R. D-Amicis - B. Bavassano - V. Carbone - L. Sorriso-Valvo -



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