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Coupling between whistler waves and slow-mode solitary waves

Abstract : The interplay between electron- and ion-scale phenomena is of general interest for both laboratory and space plasma physics. In this paper, we investigate the linear coupling between whistler waves and slow magnetosonic solitons through two-fluid numerical simulations. Whistler waves can be trapped in the presence of inhomogeneous external fields such as a density hump or hole where they can propagate for times much longer than their characteristic time scale, as shown by laboratory experiments and space measurements. Space measurements have detected whistler waves also in correspondence to magnetic holes, i.e., to density humps with magnetic field minima extending on ion-scales. This raises the interesting question of how ion-scale structures can couple to whistler waves. Slow magnetosonic solitons share some of the main features of a magnetic hole. Using the ducting properties of an inhomogeneous plasma as a guide, we present a numerical study of whistler waves that are trapped and transported inside propagating slow magnetosonic solitons.
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Anna Tenerani, F. Califano, F. Pegoraro, Olivier Le Contel. Coupling between whistler waves and slow-mode solitary waves. Physics of Plasmas, American Institute of Physics, 2012, 19, pp.052103. ⟨10.1063/1.4717764⟩. ⟨hal-01553710⟩



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