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Evidence of a Cascade and Dissipation of Solar-Wind Turbulence at the Electron Gyroscale

Abstract : We report the first direct determination of the dissipation range of magnetofluid turbulence in the solar wind at the electron scales. Combining high resolution magnetic and electric field data of the Cluster spacecraft, we computed the spectrum of turbulence and found two distinct breakpoints in the magnetic spectrum at 0.4 and 35 Hz, which correspond, respectively, to the Doppler-shifted proton and electron gyroscales, fρp and fρe. Below fρp, the spectrum follows a Kolmogorov scaling f−1.62, typical of spectra observed at 1 AU. Above fρp, a second inertial range is formed with a scaling f−2.3 down to fρe. Above fρe, the spectrum has a steeper power law ∼f−4.1 down to the noise level of the instrument. We interpret this as the dissipation range and show a remarkable agreement with theoretical predictions of a quasi-two-dimensional cascade into Kinetic Alfvén Waves (KAW).
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Fouad Sahraoui, M. L. Goldstein, Patrick Robert, Y. V. Khotyaintsev. Evidence of a Cascade and Dissipation of Solar-Wind Turbulence at the Electron Gyroscale. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2009, 102 (23), pp.231102. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.231102⟩. ⟨hal-01553802⟩

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