Langmuir wave electric fields induced by electron beams in the heliosphere

Reid, H. A.S. and Kontar, E. P. (2017) Langmuir wave electric fields induced by electron beams in the heliosphere. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 598, A44. (doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201629697)

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Solar electron beams responsible for type III radio emission generate Langmuir waves as they propagate out from the Sun. The Langmuir waves are observed via in situ electric field measurements. These Langmuir waves are not smoothly distributed but occur in discrete clumps, commonly attributed to the turbulent nature of the solar wind electron density. Exactly how the density turbulence modulates the Langmuir wave electric fields is understood only qualitatively. Using weak turbulence simulations, we investigate how solar wind density turbulence changes the probability distribution functions, mean value and variance of the beam-driven electric field distributions. Simulations show rather complicated forms of the distribution that are dependent upon how the electric fields are sampled. Generally the higher magnitude of density fluctuations reduce the mean and increase the variance of the distribution in a consistent manor to the predictions from resonance broadening by density fluctuations. We also demonstrate how the properties of the electric field distribution should vary radially from the Sun to the Earth and provide a numerical prediction for the in situ measurements of the upcoming Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus spacecraft.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kontar, Professor Eduard and Reid, Dr Hamish
Authors: Reid, H. A.S., and Kontar, E. P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Astronomy and Astrophysics
Publisher:EDP Sciences
ISSN (Online):1432-0746
Published Online:27 January 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 EDP Sciences
First Published:First published in Astronomy and Astrophysics 598:A44
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
631581Consolidated grant in solar and astrophysical plasmasLyndsay FletcherScience & Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)ST/L000741/1S&E P&A - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY
652881Simulating Sun-Earth Solar Radio BurstsHamish ReidRoyal Society (ROYSOC)RG130642S&E P&A - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY