Solar Wind Turbulence from 1 to 45 au. I. Evidence for Dissipation of Magnetic Fluctuations Using Voyager and ACE Observations

Academic Article


  • Abstract As part of a published effort to study low-frequency magnetic waves excited by newborn interstellar pickup ions seen by the Voyager spacecraft, we developed a set of control intervals that represent the background turbulence when the observations are not dominated by wave excitation. This paper begins an effort to better understand solar wind turbulence from 1 to 45 au while spanning greater than one solar cycle. We first focus on the diagnostics marking the onset of dissipation. This includes an expected break in the power spectrum at frequencies greater than the proton cyclotron frequency and a resultant steepening of the spectrum at higher frequencies. Contrary to what is established at 1 au, we only see the spectral break in rare instances. The expected scaling of the spectral index with the turbulence rate is seen, but it is not as clearly established as it was at 1 au. We also find that both Voyager data from 1 to 45 au and Advanced Composition Explorer data from 1 au show significant bias of the magnetic helicity at dissipation scales when the dissipation-range power-law spectral index steepens. We conclude that dissipation dynamics are similar throughout the heliosphere in so far as we have examined to date.
  • Authors

  • Pine, Zackary B
  • Smith, Charles
  • Hollick, Sophia J
  • Argall, Matthew R
  • Vasquez, Bernard J
  • Isenberg, Philip A
  • Schwadron, Nathan
  • Joyce, Colin
  • Sokol, Justyna M
  • Bzowski, Maciej
  • Kubiak, Marzena A
  • Hamilton, Kathleen E
  • McLaurin, Megan L
  • Leamon, Robert J
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • September 2020
  • Has Subject Area


  • Heliosphere
  • Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Solar wind
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 91
  • End Page

  • 91
  • Volume

  • 900
  • Issue

  • 2