- Conference date: 25-30 Jun 1995
- Location: Dana Point, California (USA)
We perform hybrid numerical simulations of initially linearly polarized and obliquely propagating Alfvén waves. These simulations can outline the actual role of ion kinetics. We find that moderate amplitude wave trains in warm ion plasmas have a tendency to evolve to a -constant state with arc polarization and are well described by a weakly nonlinear treatment. However, the generated magnetosonic fast modes are only weakly damped for small plasma As a result, does not asymptote to a constant over many wave train periods. These results can be used to explain the formation of arc polarized Alfvénic fluctuations in the solar wind.
- Plasma waves
- Plasma materials processing
- Hybrid methods
- Numerical analysis
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