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Parametric Decay Instability and Dissipation of Low-frequency Alfv\'en Waves in Low-beta Turbulent Plasmas.

Hui Li, Fan Guo, Vadim Roytershteyn, Xiaocan Li, Xiangrong Fu

Evolution of the parametric decay instability (PDI) of a circularly polarized Aflv\'en wave in a turbulent low-beta plasma background is investigated using 3D hybrid simulations. It is shown that the turbulence reduces the growth rate of PDI as compared to the linear theory predictions, but PDI can still exist. Interestingly, the damping rate of ion acoustic mode (as the product of PDI) is also reduced as compared to the linear Vlasov predictions. Nonetheless, significant heating of ions in the direction parallel to the background magnetic field is observed due to resonant Landau damping of the ion acoustic waves. In low-beta turbulent plasmas, PDI can provide an important channel for energy dissipation of low-frequency Alfv\'en waves at a scale much larger than the ion kinetic scales, different from the traditional turbulence dissipation models.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1710.04149

DOI: arXiv:1710.04149v2

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