Home
For authors
Submission status

Current
Archive (English)
Archive
   Volumes 61-80
   Volumes 41-60
   Volumes 21-40
   Volumes 1-20
   Volumes 81-92
      Volume 92
      Volume 91
      Volume 90
      Volume 89
      Volume 88
      Volume 87
      Volume 86
      Volume 85
      Volume 84
      Volume 83
      Volume 82
      Volume 81
Search
VOLUME 85 (2007) | ISSUE 5 | PAGE 288
Strong space plasma magnetic barriers and Alfvénic collapse
PACS: 52.30.-q, 52.40.Hf, 52.40.-w
Abstract
We propose to interpret high-magnitude magnetic barriers in space and solar plasma as due to pile-up of magnetic field lines and their Alfvénic collapse for MHD flows. The analysis of experimental data of both Interball and Cluster spacecrafts shows that high-magnitude magnetic structures found in the Earth magnetosheath and near the magnetopause are supported by a nearly thermal transverse plasma flow, with the minimum barrier width being of the order of the ion gyroradius. The collapse termination at such scales can be explained by the balance between pile-up of magnetic field lines and backward finite-gyroradius diffusion. Intercomparison of the theory, modeling and experimental data points out that the Alfvénic collapse is in general a promising mechanism for magnetic field generation and plasma separation.