Large-scale turbulence, shocks, and charged-particle acceleration

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Abstract

We discuss the physics of particle acceleration by shocks moving in turbulent astrophysical plasmas. We suggest that the observed lack of agreement of energetic particles and shock properties in the heliosphere is likely to be a result of fluctuations and turbulence in the upstream fluid. Shock acceleration takes time, so the observations of particles at any given point and time at a shock reflects some combination of the history prior to the time of observation. Further, since the particles are mobile, there is spatial averaging as well. It follows that the shock properties observed by a spacecraft should not correlate well with the accelerated particles. Additionally, the upstream turbulence, and in particular, the fluctuations in plasma density have a large effect on the downstream magnetic field. These effects may also help to understand the magnetic field observed by Voyager 1 in the heliosheath.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIP Conference Proceedings
Pages243-257
Number of pages15
Volume932
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventTURBULENCE AND NONLINEAR PROCESSES IN ASTROPHYSICAL PLASMAS: 6th Annual International Astrophysics Conference - Oahu, HI, United States
Duration: Mar 16 2007Mar 22 2007

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OtherTURBULENCE AND NONLINEAR PROCESSES IN ASTROPHYSICAL PLASMAS: 6th Annual International Astrophysics Conference
CountryUnited States
CityOahu, HI
Period3/16/073/22/07

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Keywords

  • Cosmic rays
  • Particle acceleration
  • Turbulence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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