Multi-channel coupling of decay instability in three-dimensional low-beta plasma

Comişel, Horia; Narita, Yasuhito; Motschmann, Uwe

Three-dimensional hybrid simulations have been carried out to verify the hypothesis of simultaneous multi-channel decay of a large-amplitude Alfvén wave in a low-beta plasma, e.g., in the shock-upstream region or the solar corona. Obliquely propagating daughter modes are excited along the perpendicular direction to the mean magnetic field at the same parallel wavenumbers and frequencies as the daughter modes driven by the field-aligned decay. We find that the transversal spectrum of waves is controlled by the multi-channel coupling of the decay process in low-beta plasmas and originates in the dispersion state of the shear Alfvén wave.

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Comişel, Horia / Narita, Yasuhito / Motschmann, Uwe: Multi-channel coupling of decay instability in three-dimensional low-beta plasma. 2019. Copernicus Publications.

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