2013), the spectra exhibit a break, and the density fluctuation spectrum exhibits a local flattening. 2001; Salem et al. 2008; Chen et al. It has a worldwide membership of around 50 000 comprising physicists from all sectors, as well as those with an interest in physics. 2011b; Chen et al. (2015) have shown a linear dependence of the density break point on the gyrostructure frequency defined as fg = Vsw/2 π RT where Vsw is the solar wind bulk speed and RT is the proton thermal gyroradius, RT = Vth/ωc. (2013a) have shown that the fluctuations of the bulk and thermal speeds are similar to each other and that the spectral indices differ from those determined for the density fluctuations (Chen et al. By contrast, only two linear parts and one break point can be identified in the frequency spectra of bulk and thermal speeds in Figures 1(a) and (b). Since the smoothing described above uses 1000 values, the rectangles merge in one black thick line and the individual points can be distinguished only at the frequencies above 1 Hz or in the density panel (panel (c)). This paper analyzes solar wind power spectra of bulk and thermal speed fluctuations that are computed with a time resolution of 32 ms in the frequency range of 0.001–2 Hz. The American Astronomical Society. 2014a). The largest correlation coefficient is for the break point between scales (Figure 3(a)) and we can conclude that these breaks are controlled by the same mechanism. It is then possible to infer the matter density fluctuations in the linear or quasi-linear regime, but one needs to recover the matter power spectrum from the spectrum of the transmitted flux, a task that requires the use of hydro-dynamical simulations for the corresponding cosmological model. Electronic instruments called spectrum analyzers are used to observe and measure the power spectra of signals. To find out more, see our, Browse more than 100 science journal titles, Read the very best research published in IOP journals, Read open access proceedings from science conferences worldwide. Figure 2 shows the latest results, taken from reference [ 8 ]. Primordial inhomogeneities served as the seeds for structure formation. Observations of the solar wind magnetic field have shown that the magnetic power spectral density is a power law of approximately k −5/3 at large scales in the inertial range (e.g., Matthaeus & Goldstein 1982; Bruno & Carbone 2013), where aspects of the MHD approximation can be used (Biskamp 1993), as predicted by Goldreich & Sridhar . Scaling of normalized break points of velocity fluctuations according to ion β. The analysis uses measurements of the Bright Monitor of the Solar Wind on board the Spektr-R spacecraft that are limited to 570 km s−1 bulk speed. was supported by an Imperial College Junior Research Fellowship. Abstract: We calculate the output power density spectrum for a simple voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) circuit. 2014b; Šafránková et al. Each particular spectrum is shown by a small black dot, the red heavy lines stand for the medians computed in the range of a particular parameter and the second and third quartiles are denoted by the red dashed lines. 2011). On the other hand, Figure 7(c) shows that the scaling suggested by Leamon et al. 2011; Borovsky 2012); however, Grappin et al. This duration was chosen as a compromise between the noise in the frequency spectrum that increases with decreasing interval length and variations of the background parameters. Although both break points are almost identical when their frequencies are low (about 0.1–0.2 Hz), the speed break point is lower in a systematic way in the high-frequency range. Figure 4. Number 2 2011b; Chen et al. Nevertheless, we will return to this point in the discussion. This panel is given for comparison and uses only 100 subintervals for smoothing. of nonlinearity when the first objects collapse in the Universe is then complete-ly determined, characterized by a power spectrum for density fluctuations, P (k). Sleep EEG power spectra (also known as power density) for individual subjects are highly consistent between nights. There are two possible interpretations of the spectral steepening: (1) the slope increases due to a predominance of the forcing from large scales over dissipation (Šafránková et al. The figure compares frequency spectra of the proton bulk speed (panel 1(a)), proton thermal speed (panel 1(b)), and ion density (panel 1(c)) computed on the time interval of 1600–1900 UT, 2012 July 6. The correlation coefficients above the panel are given for the full data set (black) and for particular subsets. The spectral behavior of magnetic field or velocity fluctuations is usually analyzed using the sum of the power spectral densities of all three components. This n = 1 spectrum was considered a generic possibility long Published 2016 July 11, https://doi.org/10.3847/0004-637X/825/2/121. 2006). Median power spectral density of the bulk (a) and thermal (b) speeds as a function of the spacecraft frame frequency. You do not need to reset your password if you login via Athens or an Institutional login. 2015). 2011a; Chen et al. Since the density break-point frequency changes by an order of magnitude but the solar wind speed only cahnges by a factor of two, the spatial dimensions of turbulent eddies are more important. Dash points: k min = 1/R, k max = ∞. 1998; Alexandrova et al. Figure 4 compares the break frequencies corresponding to the transition from the MHD to kinetic regime for the density (break point 2) and bulk speed spectra; the figure format is identical to Figure 3. 2015), or (2) the slope becomes gradual if the dissipation weakens (e.g., Smith et al. Please note, The Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJL) and Research Notes of the AAS (RNAAS) The residual energy has been shown to follow the scaling of the total energy spectrum (Grappin et al. The power spectrum of matter density fluctuations has now been measured with considerable accuracy across roughly four decades in scale. This slope is around −1.5 (between −1 and −2) in a great majority of the cases but even rare events with slopes in the range from −1 to 0 exhibit the same trend (Figure 3(b)). We calculate the evolution of the power spectrum P(k,a) of the density field in the Zel'dovich approximation, which can be reduced to a single one-dimensional integral. (2014a), but this suggestion was based on a discussion of events with β > 10 and/or β < 0.03. Figure 2. The Zel'dovich approximation, combined with an initial spectrum, appears to yield a surprisingly good prescription of the large-scale matter distribution for the evolution of structure in the Universe; in particular, it describes the evolution of structure fairly accurately well into the non-linear regime, and is thus superior to the standard Eulerian linear perturbation theory. Figure 7 suggests that a scaling of the bulk speed variations obeys similar rules as the scaling of magnetic field turbulence analyzed in Chen et al. (2015), namely, it consists of three power-law segments that are divided by two break points. (2014a) suggested that the break point would be determined by the larger of two characteristic lengths; thus Figure 6(c) compares results of our analysis with this suggestion. This simplified view can be applied on the velocity spectra but the density spectra exhibit two breaks and a plateau between them (Figure 1(c)). The distribution of the averaged β representing our set is shown in Figure 5. Primordial fluctuations are typically quantified by a power spectrum which gives the power of the variations as a function of spatial scale. http://aurora.troja.mff.cuni.cz/spektr-r/project/. (2015). We first relate the observed large-scale shape of xi(r) to a power-law form for the power spectrum, P(k)\\propto k^{-2.2}. (2) The whole frequency interval (0.001–2 Hz) is divided into 1000 equidistant parts on a logarithmic scale. The Astrophysical Journal, Dependence of slope 2 on (a) bulk and (b) thermal PSD spectra as a function of ion β. In-flation can explain the origin and predict their spectrum. Although the time resolution is sufficient for the determination of spectral properties up to 16 Hz, Šafránková et al. BTW, in the above derivation, the power spectrum P (k) is dimensionless in term of the fluctuation f (x) = (x) = [y (x) - y] / y, where y is the average. (2013a) have shown that this break can be expected between 1.5 and 0.3 Hz under typical solar wind conditions. An analysis of the spectra at different distances from the Sun shows that the velocity field evolves more rapidly than the magnetic field (Roberts 2010) due to the dominance of the magnetic energy over the kinetic at inertial range scales (e.g., Belcher & Davis 1971; Podesta et al. Figure 3. For example, the density break point of 1 Hz roughly corresponds to the 0.3 Hz break point in the speed spectrum. An analogous analysis of a dependence of the break point on the inertial length frequency is shown in Figure 6(b). The density break frequency is always lower than the gyrostructure frequency, whereas it is above the inertial length frequency in low-, The density break frequency is larger than the speed break frequency; the difference decreases with. Its spectral index was found to be close to −1.9 (Boldyrev et al. This coefficient is equal to 1 if the two variables are monotonically related. This conclusion was supported with an analysis of magnetic field spectra and we have shown that it can be applied to the speed spectra as well. This systematic study is based on a relatively large set of the plasma data from the Bright Monitor of Solar Wind (BMSW) instrument that was launched on board the Spektr-R spacecraft. The real-space density correlations can also be extracted from the measured temperature power spectrum. A linear dependence of the density break point on this frequency suggests that the character of turbulence changes when the fluctuations become comparable to the proton gyroradius. In other words, the break-point frequency defines the smallest structures that could be supported by MHD processes under given conditions. The diagonal black lines indicate an equality of the given quantities. The same is true for Slope 1, which corresponds to the range of MHD fluctuations. Accepted 2016 May 2 The gas clumping factor estimated from the power spectrum of the density fluctuations is lower than 7-8 per cent for radii ~30-220 kpc from the center, leading to a density bias of less than 3-4 per cent in the cluster core. The overlapping duration is 19 minutes and thus, for example, a 1 hr interval of continuous measurements provides 40 basic subintervals. Receive alerts on all new research papers in American Astronomical Society 2015). 1/f noise is an intermediate between the well understood white noise with no correlation in time and random walk (Brownian motion) noise with no correlation between increments. The automated routine fits each individual smoothed spectrum with two power-law functions and the break point is determined as the frequency corresponding to their intersection. At the MHD scale, the slope of −1.45 for the speed spectrum was consistent with the finding of other authors (Podesta et al. The only systematic difference between bulk and thermal speed velocity spectra is shown in Figure 3(c). As the histogram shows, the set does not contain intervals with extreme values of β, and thus we have chosen values of 0.1 and 1 as limits. 2006, 2007; Podesta & Borovsky 2010; Boldyrev et al. (2013b). Nevertheless, the dependences of normalized break frequencies on β in Figures 7(a) and (b) are opposite and thus a combination of these normalizations would be independent on β. Leamon et al. the fluctuations prior to the onset. The blue and red points and lines mark two β ranges. The magnetic field exhibits an average spectral index close to −5/3 (e.g., Podesta & Borovsky 2010; Boldyrev et al. The difference between power indices of bulk and thermal speeds is about 0.5 and it holds nearly in the whole range of observed slopes. Although these two interpretations are basically identical, the first of them underlines an increase of forcing, whereas the second accents the lack of dissipation. Scaling of normalized break points of density fluctuations according to ion β. Note that this comment is valid to all correlations given in the present paper. Luttrell & Richter studied power spectra of magnetic field and density fluctuations in the frequency range of 10 −4 −10 −2 Hz. The slope of the bulk speed spectrum in the MHD range is close to the already suggested value of 3/2. Observations of the solar wind magnetic field have shown that the magnetic power spectral density is a power law of approximately k−5/3 at large scales in the inertial range (e.g., Matthaeus & Goldstein 1982; Bruno & Carbone 2013), where aspects of the MHD approximation can be used (Biskamp 1993), as predicted by Goldreich & Sridhar (1995). Šafránková et al. The segments of the red thick line show medians in particular bins and dashed segments stand for first and third quartiles. On the other hand, for the low-β events (blue), there is no correlation of the speed break point and inertial length frequency. We have checked these spectra and found that they correspond to foreshock intervals or intervals containing IP shocks and similar strong discontinuities. The smoothed values are shown by the black rectangles. Currently, it is thought that the residual energy in the solar wind fluctuations can be injected by driving or can arise from turbulent interactions (Chen et al. This paper analyzes solar wind power spectra of bulk and thermal speed fluctuations that are computed with a time resolution of 32 ms in the frequency range of 0.001–2 Hz. Google Scholar. One can see a relatively good scaling of the high-β events with the gyrostructure frequency and a little worse but still a good scaling of the low-β events. 2013a); however, the residual energy spectrum (in the kinetic normalization) was found to be steeper than the total energy as well as the velocity and magnetic field spectra. The panels of this figure show the parameters describing the shape of the thermal speed spectra (break point, Slope 1, and Slope 2) as a function of the same parameter of the bulk speed spectrum. (2015) has shown a very good correlation of the break frequency between MHD and kinetic scales with the gyrostructure frequency for solar wind density variations, but the dependence on β was not analyzed. © 2016. (1998) for cyclotron resonant wave damping can also be applied to the speed variations regardless of β. The Zel'dovich approximation, combined with an initial spectrum, appears to yield a surprisingly good prescription of the large-scale matter distribution for the evolution of structure in the Universe; in particular, it describes the evolution of structure fairly accurately well into the non-linear regime, and is thus superior to the standard Eulerian linear perturbation theory. The smoothed spectra of speeds are then fitted with two (the density spectrum in the panel 1(c) with three) straight lines and these fits are shown with red lines. 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