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The THEMIS five-probe constellation was launched in 17 February 2007 to study substorms; however its instrumentation and the alignment at distances <1RE among some of the THEMIS probes, particularly in the first period of its mission, provides unique opportunities to study ULF pulsations in the...
The process of magnetospheric radiation belt electron transport driven by ULF waves is studied using a 2-D ideal MHD model for ULF waves in the equatorial plane including day/night asymmetry and a magnetopause boundary, and a test kinetic model for equatorially mirroring electrons. We find that...
The nonlinear dynamics of a shear flow and its subsequent evolution in the equatorial plane of the inner plasma sheet is studied. A linear analysis of the ideal MHD equations reveals a hybrid vortex instability which appears because of the coupling of Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH) and Rayleigh-Taylor...
The emission of propagating MHD waves from the boundaries of flow channels that are unstable to the Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability (KHI) in magnetized plasma is investigated. The KHI and MHD wave emission are found to be two competing processes. It is shown that the fastest growing modes of the KHI...
The three-dimensional, nonlinear evolution of a shear how (or Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH)) instability driven by a large-amplitude shear Alfven wave (SAW) in the Earth's magnetosphere is studied by using numerical solutions to the complete set of ideal magnetohydrodynamic equations. An initial setup is...
Stability of Magnetohydrodynamic Shear Flow Boundaries: Kelvin-Helmholtz Instabilities and Emission of Magnetosonic WavesDownload
boundaries for the Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability (KHI) is investigated. We have focused our attention on the emission of magnetosonic waves from the Kelvin-Helmholtz (K-H) unstable shear flow boundaries of MHD plasmas. We have shown for the first time that the Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability is a...