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Paper: Non-Kolmogorov-like Turbulence in the Local Interstellar Medium
Volume: 385, Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows: Astronum-2007
Page: 50
Authors: Shaikh, D.
Abstract: We develop a self-consistent model of turbulence in a local interstellar medium (ISM). The model describes a partially ionized magnetofluid ISM in which a neutral hydrogen fluid interacts with a plasma dominantly through a charge exchange. The ISM turbulent correlation scales in our model are much bigger than the shock characteristic length-scales. Unlike small length-scale linear collisional dissipation in the fluid, the charge exchange processes can be effective unpredictably on a variety of ISM length-scales depending upon the neutral and plasma densities, the charge exchange cross section and the characteristic length scales. We find, from scaling arguments that the charge exchange interactions modify spectral transfer associated with large-scale energy containing eddies. Consequently, the ISM turbulent cascade are steeper than those predicted by Kolmogorov’s phenomenology.
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