Small scale structures

The solar wind exhibits variations on various scale sizes. We have focussed on scales of the order of the particle gyroradii. This is the scale that corresponds to plasma discontinuities.

We have:

  • developed a kinetic model that describes the fine structure of tangential discontinuities
  • applied this to solar wind discontinuities at different latitudes, in slow and fast solar wind streams
  • done a statistical study of both tangential and rotational discontinuities



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