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Similarity solutions for nonlinear Landau damping of Alfvén waves

  • J. F. McKenzie (a1)

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In this paper we develop similarity solutions for the problem of nonlinear Landau damping of Alfvén waves. These solutions which are applicable to power-law wave spectra illustrate not only the basic feature of the damping process, namely that short-wavelength waves decay more rapidly than long-wavelength waves, but also how the damping depends on the initial strength of the power spectrum and its distribution in wavenumber.

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Similarity solutions for nonlinear Landau damping of Alfvén waves

  • J. F. McKenzie (a1)

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