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Type: Journal article
Title: Non-Gaussianity and cross-scale coupling in interplanetary magnetic field turbulence during a rope-rope magnetic reconnection event
Author: Miranda, R.A.
Schelin, A.B.
Chian, A.C.L.
Ferreira, J.L.
Citation: Annales Geophysicae: atmospheres, hydrospheres and space sciences, 2018; 36(2):497-507
Publisher: Copernicus Publications
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 0992-7689
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Rodrigo A. Miranda, Adriane B. Schelin, Abraham C.-L. Chian, and José L. Ferreira
Abstract: In a recent paper (Chian et al., 2016) it was shown that magnetic reconnection at the interface region between two magnetic flux ropes is responsible for the genesis of interplanetary intermittent turbulence. The normalized third-order moment (skewness) and the normalized fourth-order moment (kurtosis) display a quadratic relation with a parabolic shape that is commonly observed in observational data from turbulence in fluids and plasmas, and is linked to non-Gaussian fluctuations due to coherent structures. In this paper we perform a detailed study of the relation between the skewness and the kurtosis of the modulus of the magnetic field |B| during a triple interplanetary magnetic flux rope event. In addition, we investigate the skewness–kurtosis relation of two-point differences of |B| for the same event. The parabolic relation displays scale dependence and is found to be enhanced during magnetic reconnection, rendering support for the generation of non-Gaussian coherent structures via rope–rope magnetic reconnection. Our results also indicate that a direct coupling between the scales of magnetic flux ropes and the scales within the inertial subrange occurs in the solar wind.
Keywords: Space plasma physics (turbulence)
Rights: © Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
DOI: 10.5194/angeo-36-497-2018
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