Oughton, S., Matthaeus, W.H., Smith, C.W., Breech, B. & Isenberg, P.A. (2011). Transport of solar wind fluctuations: A two-component model. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, A08105.
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We present a new model for the transport of solar wind fluctuations which treats them as two interacting incompressible components: quasi-two-dimensional turbulence and a wave-like piece. Quantities solved for include the energy, cross helicity, and characteristic transverse length scale of each component, plus the proton temperature. The development of the model is outlined and numerical solutions are compared with spacecraft observations. Compared to previous single-component models, this new model incorporates a more physically realistic treatment of fluctuations induced by pickup ions and yields improved agreement with observed values of the correlation length, while maintaining good observational accord with the energy, cross helicity, and temperature.
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An edited version of this paper was published by AGU. Copyright (2011) American Geophysical Union. To view the published open abstract, go to http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2010JA016365