Wednesday, January 23, 2013

1301.5155 (Pierre Henri et al.)

Vlasov-Poisson simulations of electrostatic parametric instability for localized Langmuir wave packets in the solar wind    [PDF]

Pierre Henri, Francesco Califano, Carine Briand, André Mangeney
Recent observation of large amplitude Langmuir waveforms during a Type III event in the solar wind have been interpreted as the signature of the electrostatic decay of beam-driven Langmuir waves. This mechanism is thought to be a first step to explain the generation of solar Type III radio emission. The threshold for this parametric instability in typical solar wind condition is investigated here by means of 1D-1V Vlasov-Poisson simulations. We show that the amplitude of the observed Langmuir beat-like waveforms is of the order of the effective threshold computed from the full kinetic simulations. The expected level of associated ion acoustic density fluctuations have also been computed for comparison with observations.
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