Nonlinear wave interaction and spin models in the magnetohydrodynamic regime
2011 (English)In: New Journal of Physics, ISSN 1367-2630, Vol. 13, no August, 083017-08331 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Here we consider the influence on the electron spin in the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) regime. Recently developed models that include spin-velocity correlations are taken as the starting point. A theoretical argument is presented, suggesting that in the MHD regime a single-fluid electron model with spin correlations is equivalent to a model with spin-up and spin-down electrons constituting different fluids, but where the spin-velocity correlations are omitted. Three-wave interaction of two shear Alfven waves and a compressional Alfven wave is then taken as a model problem to evaluate the asserted equivalence. The theoretical argument turns out to be supported, because the predictions of the two models agree completely. Furthermore, the three-wave coupling coefficients obey the Manley-Rowe relations, which further support the soundness of the models and the validity of the assumptions made in the derivation. Finally, we point out that the proposed two-fluid model can be incorporated in standard particle-in-cell schemes with only minor modifications.
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Bristol, UK: Institute of Physics Pub. , 2011. Vol. 13, no August, 083017-08331 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-47668DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/13/8/083017ISI: 000294672100008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-47668DiVA: diva2:445216