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The paper is devoted to the shapes of the solar wind ion flux fluctuation spectrum at the transition between the inertial and the kinetic range using in situ high-resolution measurements of the Russian mission Spektr-R. We analyse the variability of the transition region and select five typical types of spectral shapes: (i) spectra with two slopes and one break, (ii) spectra characterized by a nonlinear steepening in the kinetic range, (iii) spectra with flattening in the vicinity of the break, (iv) spectra with a bump in the vicinity of the break and (v) spectra without any steepening in the kinetic range. The most popular is the well-known type (i) observed in approximately half of the cases. The second most popular type of spectra is type (iii) occurring in approximately one third of the cases. The other three types are observed less often: type (ii) – in approximately 6 %; type (iv) in 3 % and type (v) in 6 % of cases. An analysis of typical plasma conditions for different types of spectra revealed that the last two type of spectra (iv) and (v) are generally observed in a very slow solar wind with a low proton density, (i) and (iii) are observed in the solar wind with rather typical conditions and (ii) is usually observed in high-speed streams. The effect of nonlinear steepening of the spectra in the kinetic range increases with the solar wind speed. We present also the analysis of statistical properties of the observed events and compare them with the predictions of several statistical turbulence models. We show that intermittency is always observed in the solar wind flow despite the presence of one or another shape of spectra. The log-Poisson model with a dominant contribution of filament-like structures shows the best parameterization of the experimentally observed scaling.
The Universe is permeated by hot, turbulent, magnetized plasmas. Turbulent plasma is a major constituent of active galactic nuclei, supernova remnants, the intergalactic and interstellar medium, the solar corona, the solar wind and the Earth’s magnetosphere, just to mention a few examples. Energy dissipation of turbulent fluctuations plays a key role in plasma heating and energization, yet we still do not understand the underlying physical mechanisms involved. THOR is a mission designed to answer the questions of how turbulent plasma is heated and particles accelerated, how the dissipated energy is partitioned and how dissipation operates in different regimes of turbulence. THOR is a single-spacecraft mission with an orbit tuned to maximize data return from regions in near-Earth space – magnetosheath, shock, foreshock and pristine solar wind – featuring different kinds of turbulence. Here we summarize the THOR proposal submitted on 15 January 2015 to the ‘Call for a Medium-size mission opportunity in ESAs Science Programme for a launch in 2025 (M4)’. THOR has been selected by European Space Agency (ESA) for the study phase.
The WHO recommends hepatitis A virus (HAV) immunization according to level of transmission and disease burden. We aimed to identify susceptible age groups by standardized serosurveys to inform HAV vaccination policy in participating countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, and Slovakia. Each country tested national serum banks (n = 1854–6748), collected during 1996–2004, for anti-HAV antibodies. Local laboratory results were standardized to common units. Forty-one per cent of those aged <30 years and 6% of those aged ⩾30 years were susceptible to HAV in Romania; compared to 70–94% and 26–71%, respectively, elsewhere. Romania reported high HAV incidence in children and young adults. Other countries reported HAV disease primarily in older risk groups. The results suggest low level of HAV transmission in most of Europe. Romania, however, appeared as an area with intermediate transmission. Vaccination of risk groups in countries with high susceptibility of young and middle-aged adults needs to be continued.
The European Sero-Epidemiology Network 2 (ESEN2) aimed to compare serological results of vaccine-preventable diseases across Europe. To ensure direct inter-country comparability of hepatitis A virus antibody (anti-HAV) measurements, a standardization panel of 150 sera was developed by a designated reference laboratory and tested by participating national laboratories using assays of choice; each country's results were subsequently regressed against those of the reference laboratory. Quantitatively, the assays were generally highly correlated (R2>0·90). Nevertheless, qualitative comparisons indicated that results obtained with different assays may differ despite the usage of well-established international and local standards. To a great extent standardization successfully alleviated such differences. The generated standardization equations will be used to convert national serological results into common units to enable direct international comparisons of HAV seroprevalence data. The results of this study are expected to contribute to the evaluation and potential improvement of the currently employed immunization strategies for hepatitis in Europe.
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