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  • 1. Abdelsalam, UM
    et al.
    Moslem, WM
    Shukla, Padma Kant
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics. Institut für Theoretische Physik IV, Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum, Germany; Nonlinear Physics Centre & Center for Plasma Science and Astrophysics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum, Germany; Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, D-85741 Garching, Germany; GoLP/Instituto Superior Técnico, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal; CCLRC Centre for Fundamental Physics, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon 0X11 0QX, UK; SUPA Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G 40NG, UK; School of Physics, Faculty of Science & Agriculture, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban 4000, South Africa; Department of Physics, CITT, Islamabad, Pakistan.
    Ion-acoustic solitary waves in a dense pair-ion plasma containing degenerate electrons and positrons2008In: Physics Letters A, ISSN 0375-9601, E-ISSN 1873-2429, Vol. 372, no 22, p. 4057-4061Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Fully nonlinear propagation of ion-acoustic solitary waves in a collisionless dense/quantum electron-positron-ion plasma is investigated. The electrons and positrons are assumed to follow the Thomas-Fermi density distribution and the ions are described by the hydrodynamic equations. An energy balance-like equation involving a Sagdeev-type pseudo-potential is derived. Finite amplitude solutions are obtained numerically and their characteristics are discussed. The small-but finite-amplitude limit is also considered and an exact analytical solution is obtained. The present studies might be helpful to understand the excitation of nonlinear ion-acoustic solitary waves in a degenerate plasma such as in superdense white dwarfs.

  • 2. Abdelsalam, UM
    et al.
    Moslem, WM
    Shukla, Padma Kant
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics. Institut für Theoretische Physik IV, Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum, Germany; Nonlinear Physics Centre & Center for Plasma Science and Astrophysics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum, Germany; Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, D-85741 Garching, Germany; GoLP/Instituto Superior Técnico, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal; CCLRC Centre for Fundamental Physics, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon 0X11 0QX, UK; SUPA Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G 40NG, UK; School of Physics, Faculty of Science & Agriculture, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban 4000, South Africa; Department of Physics, CITT, Islamabad, Pakistan.
    Localized electrostatic excitations in a Thomas-Fermi plasma containing degenerate electrons2008In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, E-ISSN 1089-7674, Vol. 15, no 5, article id 052303Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    By using the Thomas-Fermi electron density distribution for quantum degenerate electrons, the hydrodynamic equations for ions, and the Poisson equation, planar and nonplanar ion-acoustic solitary waves in an unmagnetized collisionless plasma are investigated. The reductive perturbation method is used to derive cylindrical and spherical Korteweg-de Vries equations. Numerical solutions of the latter are presented. The present results can be useful in understanding the features of small but finite amplitude localized ion-acoustic solitary pulses in a degenerate plasma.

  • 3. Adhikary, N C
    et al.
    Misra, Amar P
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Bailung, H
    Chutia, J
    Ion-beam driven dust ion-acoustic solitary waves in dusty plasmas2010In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, E-ISSN 1089-7674, Vol. 17, no 4, article id 044502Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The nonlinear propagation of small but finite amplitude dust ion-acoustic waves (DIAWs) in an ion-beam driven plasma consisting of Boltzmannian electrons, positive ions, and stationary negatively charged dust grains is studied by using the standard reductive perturbation technique. It is shown that there exist two critical values (γc1) and (γc2) of ion beam to ion phase velocity ratio (γ), above and below which the beam generated solitons are not possible. The effects of the parameters, namely, γ, the ratio of the ion beam to plasma ion density (μi), the dust to ion density ratio (μd), and the ion beam to plasma ion mass ratio (μ) on both the amplitude and width of the stationary DIAWs, are analyzed numerically, and applications of the results to laboratory ion beam as well as space plasmas (e.g., auroral plasmas) are explained.

  • 4. Aikio, Anita T.
    et al.
    Pitkänen, Timo
    Fontaine, Dominic
    Dandouras, Iannis
    Amm, Olaf
    Kozlovsky, Alexander
    Vaivads, Andris
    Fazakerley, Andrew
    EISCAT and Cluster observations in the vicinity of the dynamical polar cap boundary2008In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 26, p. 87-105Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Aikio, Anita T.
    et al.
    Department of Physical Sciences, University of Oulu, Finland.
    Pitkänen, Timo
    Department of Physical Sciences, University of Oulu, Finland.
    Fontaine, Dominic
    CETP/UVSQ, Velizy, France.
    Dandouras, Iannis
    CESR/CNRS, Toulouse, France.
    Amm, Olaf
    Finnish meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland.
    Kozlovsky, Alexander
    Department of Physical Sciences, University of Oulu, Finland; Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, Sodankylä, Finland.
    Vaivads, Andris
    Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Fazakerley, Andrew
    Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College, London, UK.
    EISCAT and Cluster observations in the vicinity of the dynamical polar cap boundary2008In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 26, p. 87-105Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The dynamics of the polar cap boundary and auroral oval in the nightside ionosphere are studied during late expansion and recovery of a substorm from the region between Tromsø (66.6 degree cgmLat) and Longyearbyen (75.2 degree cgmLat) on 27 February 2004 by using the coordinated EISCAT incoherent scatter radar, MIRACLE magnetometer and Cluster satellite measurements. During the late substorm expansion/early recovery phase, the polar cap boundary (PCB) made zig-zag-type motion with amplitude of 2.5 degree cgmLat and period of about 30 min near magnetic midnight. We suggest that the poleward motions of the PCB were produced by bursts of enhanced reconnection at the near-Earth neutral line (NENL). The subsequent equatorward motions of the PCB would then represent the recovery of the merging line towards the equilibrium state (Cowley and Lockwood, 1992). The observed bursts of enhanced westward electrojet just equatorward of the polar cap boundary during poleward expansions were produced plausibly by particles accelerated in the vicinity of the neutral line and thus lend evidence to the Cowley-Lockwood paradigm.

    During the substorm recovery phase, the footpoints of the Cluster satellites at a geocentric distance of 4.4RE mapped in the vicinity of EISCAT measurements. Cluster data indicate that outflow of H+ and O+ ions took place within the plasma sheet boundary layer (PSBL) as noted in some earlier studies as well. We show that in this case the PSBL corresponded to a region of enhanced electron temperature in the ionospheric F region. It is suggested that the ion outflow originates from the F region as a result of increased ambipolar diffusion. At higher altitudes, the ions could be further energized by waves, which at Cluster altitudes were observed as BBELF (broad band extra low frequency) fluctuations.

    The four-satellite configuration of Cluster revealed a sudden poleward expansion of the PSBL by 2 degree during ˜ 5 min. The beginning of the poleward motion of the PCB was associated with an intensification of the downward FAC at the boundary. We suggest that the downward FAC sheet at the PCB is the high-altitude counterpart of the Earthward flowing FAC produced in the vicinity of the magnetotail neutral line by the Hall effect (Sonnerup, 1979) during a short-lived reconnection pulse.

  • 6. Aikio, Anita T.
    et al.
    Pitkänen, Timo
    Honkonen, Ilja
    Palmroth, Minna
    Amm, Olaf
    IMF effect on the polar cap contraction and expansion during a period of substorms2013In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 31, p. 1021-1034Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Aikio, Anita T.
    et al.
    Oulu, Finland.
    Pitkänen, Timo
    Oulu, Finland.
    Honkonen, Ilja
    Helsinki, Finland.
    Palmroth, Minna
    Helsinki, Finland.
    Amm, Olaf
    Helsinki, Finland.
    IMF effect on the polar cap contraction and expansion during a period of substorms2013In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 31, p. 1021-1034Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The polar cap boundary (PCB) location and motion in the nightside ionosphere has been studied by using measurements from the EISCAT radars and the MIRACLE magnetometers during a period of four substorms on 18 February 2004. The OMNI database has been used for observations of the solar wind and the Geotail satellite for magnetospheric measurements. In addition, the event was modelled by the GUMICS-4 MHD simulation. The simulation of the PCB location was in a rather good agreement with the experimental estimates at the EISCAT longitude. During the first three substorm expansion phases, neither the local observations nor the global simulation showed any poleward motions of the PCB, even though the electrojets intensified. Rapid poleward motions of the PCB took place only in the early recovery phases of the substorms. Hence, in these cases the nightside reconnection rate was locally higher in the recovery phase than in the expansion phase.

    In addition, we suggest that the IMF Bz component correlated with the nightside tail inclination angle and the PCB location with about a 17-min delay from the bow shock. By taking the delay into account, the IMF northward turnings were associated with dipolarizations of the magnetotail and poleward motions of the PCB in the recovery phase. The mechanism behind this effect should be studied further.

  • 8. Aikio, Anita T.
    et al.
    Pitkänen, Timo
    Kozlovsky, Alexander
    Amm, Olaf
    Method to locate the polar cap boundary in the nightside ionosphere and application to a substorm event2006In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 24, p. 1905-1917Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 9. Ali, S
    et al.
    Moslem, WM
    Shukla, Padma Kant
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics. Institut für Theoretische Physik IV, Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum, Germany; Max-Planck Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, D-85741 Garching, Germany; GoLP/Instituto Superior Técnico, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal; CCLRC Centre for Fundamental Physics, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon 0X11 0QX, UK; SUPA Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G 40NG, UK.
    Wake potential with mobile positive/negative ions in multicomponent dusty plasmas2008In: Physics Letters A, ISSN 0375-9601, E-ISSN 1873-2429, Vol. 372, no 44, p. 6650-6652Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We employ the test charge approach to calculate the electrostatic potential for a test charge in a multicomponent dusty plasma, whose constituents are the Boltzmann distributed electrons, mobile positive and negative ions, and immobile positive/negative charged dust particles. By using the modified dielectric constant of the dust-ion-acoustic (DIA) waves, the Debye screening and wake potentials are obtained. It is found that the presence of mobile negative ions significantly modify the DIA speed and the wake potential. The present results are relevant to polar mesosphere and microelectronic in the context of charged particle attraction and repulsion.

  • 10. Ali, S
    et al.
    Shukla, Padma K
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics. Institut für Theoretische Physik IV, Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum, Germany; Max-Planck Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, D-85741 Garching, Germany, GoLP/Instituto Superior Técnico, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal, Centre for Fundamental Physics, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon 0X11 0QX, United Kingdom, and Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom .
    Dust acoustic solitary waves in a quantum plasma2006In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, E-ISSN 1089-7674, Vol. 13, no 2, article id 022313Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    By employing one-dimensional quantum hydrodynamic (QHD) model for a three species quantum plasma, nonlinear properties of dust acoustic solitary waves are studied. For this purpose a Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation is derived, incorporating quantum corrections. The quantum mechanical effects are also examined numerically both on the profiles of the amplitude and the width of dust acoustic solitary waves. It is found that the amplitude remains constant but the width shrinks for different values of a dimensionless electron quantum parameter H-e=root(Z(d0)h(2)omega(2)(pd))/m(e)m(d)C(d)(4), where Z(d0) is the dust charge state, h is the Planck constant divided by 2 pi, omega(pd) is the dust plasma frequency, m(e) (m(d)) is the electron (dust) mass, and C-d is the dust acoustic speed.

  • 11. Ali, S
    et al.
    Shukla, Padma Kant
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics. Institut für Theoretische Physik IV and Centre for Plasma Science and Astrophysics, Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum, Germany; Max-Planck Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, D-85741 Garching, Germany; GoLP/Instituto Superior Técnico, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal; Centre for Fundamental Physics, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon 0X11 0QX, United Kingdom; Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.
    Dispersion properties of compressional electromagnetic waves in quantum dusty magnetoplasmas2006In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, E-ISSN 1089-7674, Vol. 13, no 5, article id 052113Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A new dispersion relation for low-frequency compressional electromagnetic waves is derived by employing quantum magnetohydrodynamic model and Maxwell equations in cold quantum dusty magnetoplasmas. The latter is composed of inertialess electrons, mobile ions, and immobile charged dust particulates. The dispersion relation for the low-frequency compressional electromagnetic modes is further analyzed for the waves propagating parallel, perpendicular, and oblique to the external magnetic field direction. It is found theoretically and numerically that the quantum parameter alpha(q)=(n(i0)/n(e0))h(2)/(4m(e)m(i)) affects the real angular frequencies and the phase speeds of the compressional electromagnetic modes. Here, n(i0) (n(e0)) is the equilibrium number density of the ions (electrons), m(e) (m(i)) is the electron (ion) mass, and h is the Plank constant divided by 2 pi.

  • 12.
    Ali, Shahid
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Physics.
    Waves and instabilities in quantum plasmas2008Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The study of waves and instabilities in quantum plasmas is of fundamental importance for understanding collective interactions in superdense astrophysical objects, in high intense laser-plasma/solid-matter interactions, in microelectronic devices and metallic nanostructures. In dense quantum plasmas, there are new pressure laws associated with the Fermi-Dirac distribution functions and new quantum forces associated with the quantum Bohm potential and the Bohr magnetization involving electron ½ spin. These forces significantly alter the collective behavior of dense quantum plasmas. This thesis contains six papers, considering several novel collective modes and instabilities at quantum scales. In Paper I, we have used the quantum hydrodynamical (QHD) model for studying the one-dimensional dust-acoustic (DA) waves incorporating the Fermi pressure law and the quantum Bohm potential. The latter modifies the DA wave dispersion relation in a collisional plasma. In Paper II, we have calculated the electrostatic potential of a test charge in an unmagnetized electron-ion quantum plasma. It is found that the Debye-Hückel and oscillatory wake potentials strongly depend upon the Fermi energy at quantum scales. The results can be of interest for explaining the charged particle attraction and repulsion in degenerate quantum plasmas, such as those in semiconductor and microelectronic devices. Paper III presents the parametric study of nonlinear electrostatic waves in two-dimensional collisionless quantum dusty plasmas. A reductive perturbation method has been employed to the QHD equations together with the Poisson equation, obtaining the cylindrical Kadomtsev-Petviashvili (CKP) equations and their stationary localized solutions. We have numerically examined the quantum mechanical and geometrical effects on the profiles of nonplanar quantum dust-ion-acoustic (DIA) and DA solitary waves. The role of static as well as mobile (negatively or positively charged) dust particles on the low-frequency electrostatic waves has also been highlighted for metallic nanostructures. Paper IV introduces the nonlinear properties of the ion-sound waves in a dense electron-ion Fermi magnetoplasma. The computational analysis of the nonlinear system reveals that the Sagdeev-like potential and the ion-sound density excitations are significantly affected by the wave direction cosine and the Mach number at quantum scales. Paper V considers the nonlinear interactions of electrostatic upper-hybrid (UH), ion-cyclotron (IC), lower-hybrid (LH), and Alfvén waves in a quantum magnetoplasma. The nonlinear dispersion relations have been analyzed analytically to obtain the growth rates for both the decay and modulational instabilities involving the dispersive IC, LH, and Alfvén waves. In Paper VI, we have identified a new drift-like dissipative instability in a collisional quantum plasma. The modified unstable drift-like mode can cause cross-field anomalous ion-diffusion at quantum scales.

  • 13.
    Al-Naseri, Haidar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Quantum kinetic relativistic theory of linearized waves in magnetized plasmas2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this work we have studied linear wave propagation in magnetized plasmas using a fully relativistic kinetic equation of spin-1/2 particles in the long scale approximation. The linearized kinetic equation is very long and complicated, hence we worked with restricted geometries in order to simplify the calculations. The dispersion relation of the relativistic model was calculated and compared with a dispersion relation from a previous work at the semi-relativistic limit.

    Moreover, a new mode was discovered that survives in the zero temperature limit. The origin of the mode in the kinetic equation was discussed and derived from a non-relativistic kinetic equation from a previous work.

  • 14.
    Arvelius, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Space Science.
    Calibration and quality assessment of DESCARTES: grabsampler for stratospheric tracers2005Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    DESCARTES is a light-weight, balloon-borne grab sampler for stratospheric long-lived tracers developed at the University of Cambridge. 33 flights have been performed with two versions of the instrument at northern latitudes by the DESCARTES team at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Kiruna during the years 1997-2000.

    The general interest in long-lived stratospheric tracers is to study the general global circulation of air in the stratosphere and the exchange between the stratosphere and troposphere. In the study of chemical ozone depletion in the stratosphere, long-lived tracers serve as an important reference to distinguish between the variations in ozone of dynamical and chemical origin.

    This thesis focuses on calibrations and quality assessment of the measurements made with the third version of the DESCARTES instrument based at IRF. Two different general approaches to make calibrations are discussed. Uncertainty estimations for both of these methods are made and the results are tested by laboratory methods and by comparisons to other instruments, including comparisons between two versions of DESCARTES. Analyzed and calibrated flight data for all successful flights are presented.

    The basic principle of the instrument is to chemically adsorb a number of tracers (in practice only CFC-11 is measured) in an adsorption bed of Carboxen in a micro trap through which the sampled air is driven by a pump. After recovery the adsorbed species in the trap is desorbed by electrical heating of the trap and analysed by gas chromatography.

    The resulting estimated mixing ratios from the instrument are directly dependent on the adsorption of the sampled species being quantitative in the traps. Laboratory experiments are described using two traps in series, where the performance of the first is tested by sampling the breakthrough by the second. A model is developed to recreate these tests in order to be able to compensate for breakthrough during flights. The model showed that the adsorption in the traps is not explained by simple chromatographic theory and the results allow us only to give an estimation of the uncertainty due to breakthrough.

  • 15.
    Arvelius, S.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Space Science.
    Yamauchi, M.
    Nilsson, H.
    Lundin, R.
    Hobara, Y.
    Rème, H.
    Bavassano- Cattaneo, M. B.
    Paschmann, G.
    Korth, A.
    Kistler, L. M.
    Parks, G. K.
    Statistical study of relationships between dayside high-altitude and high-latitude O+ ion outflows, solar winds, and geomagnetic activity2005In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 23, p. 1909-1916Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The persistent outflows of O+ ions observed by the Cluster CIS/CODIF instrument were studied statistically in the high-altitude (from 3 up to 11 RE) and high-latitude (from 70 to ~90 deg invariant latitude, ILAT) polar region. The principal results are: (1) Outflowing O+ ions with more than 1keV are observed above 10 RE geocentric distance and above 85deg ILAT location; (2) at 6-8 RE geocentric distance, the latitudinal distribution of O+ ion outflow is consistent with velocity filter dispersion from a source equatorward and below the spacecraft (e.g. the cusp/cleft); (3) however, at 8-12 RE geocentric distance the distribution of O+ outflows cannot be explained by velocity filter only. The results suggest that additional energization or acceleration processes for outflowing O+ ions occur at high altitudes and high latitudes in the dayside polar region.

  • 16.
    Arvelius, Sachiko
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Space Science.
    Energization and Acceleration of Dayside Polar Outflowing Oxygen2005Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis deals with energetic oxygen ions (i.e. single-charged atomic oxygen ions, O+) at altitudes higher than 5 Earth radii (RE) and at latitudes above 75 (toward 90) degrees invariant latitude (deg ILAT) in the dayside polar magnetosphere observed by Cluster. The instrument used in this study is CIS (Cluster Ion Spectrometry experiment) / CODIF (a time-of-flight ion COmposition and DIstribution Function analyser), which covers an energy range from »10 eV up to 38 keV. Cluster detected O+ with energies more than 1 keV (hereafter termed “keV O+”), indicating that energization and/or acceleration process(es) take place in the dayside high-altitude (inside magnetopause) and high-latitude region. These O+ are outflowing (precisely, upward-going along the geomagnetic field lines), and these outflowing keV O+ show a heated (or energized) signature in the velocity distribution as well.

    First, outflowing O+ are observed at the poleward cusp and/or the mantle formed a partial shell-like configuration seen in the velocity distribution. Second, the latitudinal distribution of outflowing O+ (most of them have energies less than 1 keV statistically) observed below 7 RE is consistent with velocity filter effect by the polar convection, while the latitudinal distribution of outflowing keV O+ observed above 7 RE cannot be explained by velocity filter effect only, i.e. this indicates that additional energization and/or acceleration takes place at higher altitudes in the dayside polar region. Thirdly, a tendency to observe outflowing keV O+ for during different geomagnetic conditions is studied. The keV O+ above 9 RE is more often for K p¸5 rather than for K p•3. However the energy of O+ is not dependent on ASY /SYM indices.

    Finally, the dependence on the solar wind conditions is also studied. The energization and/or acceleration of outflowing O+ is controlled by both solar wind moments (except solar wind electric field) and strong southward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) at the time scale of tens of minutes at only higher altitudes. Further examination shows that solar wind dependence is different at three regions: one is the poleward cusp, another is the low-altitude polar cap, and finally the high-altitude polar cap, combining all the results. There is (a) new energization and/or acceleration process(es) at the high-altitude polar cap. On the other hand, flux enhancement of O+ observed above 5 RE is also controlled by solar wind moments (e.g. solar wind electric field) and strong southward IMF, however the ionospheric changes play a more important role on the flux enhancement of O+.

  • 17.
    Asenjo, Felipe A.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Zamanian, Jens
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Marklund, Mattias
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Brodin, Gert
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Johansson, Petter
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Semi-relativistic effects in spin-1/2 quantum plasmas2012In: New Journal of Physics, ISSN 1367-2630, E-ISSN 1367-2630, Vol. 14, p. 073042-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Emerging possibilities for creating and studying novel plasma regimes, e. g. relativistic plasmas and dense systems, in a controlled laboratory environment also require new modeling tools for such systems. This motivates theoretical studies of the kinetic theory governing the dynamics of plasmas for which both relativistic and quantum effects occur simultaneously. Here, we investigate relativistic corrections to the Pauli Hamiltonian in the context of a scalar kinetic theory for spin-1/2 quantum plasmas. In particular, we formulate a quantum kinetic theory for the collective motion of electrons that takes into account effects such as spin-orbit coupling and Zitterbewegung. We discuss the implications and possible applications of our findings.

  • 18.
    Ayllon, Rolando
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Cyclotron Damping in Magnetized Plasmas2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this thesis was to study the cyclotron damping in magnetized plasmas using a different approach to the dielectric tensor that is the stardard way to study this case. In this approach given we deduce a set of coupled differential equations that give us the evolution of the electric field and the distribution function. The system of coupled equations can not be solved analitically, that is why we have found numerical solutions. The algorithm we used to obtain the numerical solutions is the staggered leap-frog method that common used in problems involving electromagnetic fields.

    We have studied two cases where we consider two different initial conditions for our distribution function in the velocity space. In the first example we used ˜g(t = 0, v_n) = 0. In this case we found that the electric field decays exponentially and there is phase mixing in the evolution of the distribution function. As second example we used as initial condition the expression ˜g(t = 0, v_n) = E_n/(iv_n −\gamma). In this case the phase mixing is less pronounced compared to the first example, and the electric field start growing until the oscillations of the distribution function start to become important, then the electric field start to decay slowly.

  • 19.
    Backman, Fredrick
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
    Från föhn till feu!: Esrange och den norrländska rymdverksamhetens tillkomsthistoria från sekelskiftet 1900 till 19662010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay is about the origin, planning and establishment of the European Space Research Organisation's (ESRO) sounding rocket base Esrange outside Kiruna in Northern Sweden. Three main questions are examined. First I show there were not just scientific and technical but also political, economical as well as military reasons to build a European rocket base. Second, I scrutinize the reasons to choose Northern Sweden as the location for the rocket base. As it turns out, the main reasons were the favourable location of Northern Sweden within the aurora oval zone, the proximity of the Kiruna Geophysical Observatory, and the possibility to use a large, although not quite uninhabited, area where the launched rockets could crash. Finally, I examine the difficulty of talking about boundaries of various kinds, such as temporal, spatial and functional. The essay also provides a discussion on possible ways to continue research on this topic.

  • 20. Baikov, I. V.
    et al.
    Suslin, V. M.
    Chechetkin, V. M.
    Bychkov, V
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Physics.
    Stenflo, Lennart
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Physics.
    Radiation of a neutrino mechanism for type II supernovae2007In: Astronomy Reports, Vol. 51, p. 274-Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 21. Bains, AS
    et al.
    Misra, Amar P
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Saini, NS
    Gill, TS
    Modulational instability of ion-acoustic wave envelopes in magnetized quantum electron-positron-ion plasmas2010In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, E-ISSN 1089-7674, Vol. 17, no 1, article id 012103Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The amplitude modulation of quantum ion-acoustic waves (QIAWs) along an external magnetic field is studied in a quantum electron-positron-ion (e-p-i) magnetoplasma. Reductive perturbation technique is used to derive the three-dimensional nonlinear Schroumldinger equation which governs the slow modulation of QIAW packets. Accounting for the effects of the electron to ion number density ratio (mu), the normalized ion-cyclotron frequency (omega(c)) as well as the ratio (H) of the "plasmonic energy density" to the Fermi energy, new regimes for the modulational instability of QIAWs are obtained and analyzed. In contrast to one-dimensional unmagnetized e-p-i plasmas, the instability growth rate is shown to suppress with increasing mu or decreasing the values of H. The predicted results could be important for understanding the salient features of modulated QIAW packets in dense astrophysical plasmas as well as to the next generation intense laser solid density plasma experiments.

  • 22. Banerjee, S
    et al.
    Misra, Amar P
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Shukla, P K
    Rondoni, L
    Spatiotemporal chaos and the dynamics of coupled Langmuir and ion-acoustic waves in plasmas2010In: Physical Review E. Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, ISSN 1539-3755, E-ISSN 1550-2376, Vol. 81, no 4, article id 046405Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A simulation study is performed to investigate the dynamics of coupled Langmuir waves (LWs) and ion-acoustic waves (IAWs) in an unmagnetized plasma. The effects of dispersion due to charge separation and the density nonlinearity associated with the IAWs are considered to modify the properties of Langmuir solitons, as well as to model the dynamics of relatively large amplitude wave envelopes. It is found that the Langmuir wave electric field, indeed, increases by the effect of ion-wave nonlinearity (IWN). Use of a low-dimensional model, based on three Fourier modes, shows that a transition to temporal chaos is possible, when the length scale of the linearly excited modes is larger than that of the most unstable ones. The chaotic behaviors of the unstable modes are identified by the analysis of Lyapunov exponent spectra. The space-time evolution of the coupled LWs and IAWs shows that the IWN can cause the excitation of many unstable harmonic modes and can lead to strong IAW emission. This occurs when the initial wave field is relatively large or the length scale of IAWs is larger than the soliton characteristic size. Numerical simulation also reveals that many solitary patterns can be excited and generated through the modulational instability of unstable harmonic modes. As time goes on, these solitons are seen to appear in the spatially partial coherence state due to the free ion-acoustic radiation as well as in the state of spatiotemporal chaos due to collision and fusion in the stochastic motion. The latter results in the redistribution of initial wave energy into a few modes with small length scales, which may lead to the onset of Langmuir turbulence in laboratory as well as space plasmas.

  • 23.
    Behar, Etienne
    et al.
    Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna.
    Lindkvist, Jesper
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics. Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna.
    Nilsson, Hans
    Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna.
    Holmström, Mats
    Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna.
    Stenberg-Wieser, Gabriella
    Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna.
    Ramstad, Robin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics. Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna.
    Götz, Charlotte
    Technicsche Universität Braunschweig, Institute for Geophysics an Extraterrestrial Physics, Braunschweig.
    Mass-loading of the solar wind at 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: Observations and modelling2016In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, E-ISSN 1432-0746, Vol. 596, article id A42Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Context. The first long-term in-situ observation of the plasma environment in the vicinity of a comet, as provided by the European Rosetta spacecraft.

    Aims. Here we offer characterisation of the solar wind flow near 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P) and its long term evolution during low nucleus activity. We also aim to quantify and interpret the deflection and deceleration of the flow expected from ionization of neutral cometary particles within the undisturbed solar wind.

    Methods. We have analysed in situ ion and magnetic field data and combined this with hybrid modeling of the interaction between the solar wind and the comet atmosphere.

    Results. The solar wind deflection is increasing with decreasing heliocentric distances, and exhibits very little deceleration. This is seen both in observations and in modeled solar wind protons. According to our model, energy and momentum are transferred from the solar wind to the coma in a single region, centered on the nucleus, with a size in the order of 1000 km. This interaction affects, over larger scales, the downstream modeled solar wind flow. The energy gained by the cometary ions is a small fraction of the energy available in the solar wind.

    Conclusions. The deflection of the solar wind is the strongest and clearest signature of the mass-loading for a small, low-activity comet, whereas there is little deceleration of the solar wind. 

  • 24.
    Behar, Etienne
    et al.
    Swedish Institute of Space Physics.
    Tabone, Benoit
    LERMA, Observatoire de Paris.
    Saillenfest, Melaine
    IMCCE, Observatoire de Paris.
    Henri, Pierre
    LPC2E, CNRS.
    Deca, Jan
    Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), University of Colorado Boulder.
    Lindkvist, Jesper
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Holmström, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics. Swedish Institute of Space Physics.
    Nilsson, Hans
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics. Swedish Institute of Space Physics.
    Solar wind dynamics around a comet: A 2D semi-analytical kinetic model2018In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, E-ISSN 1432-0746Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 25.
    Belova, Alla
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Kirkwood, Sheila
    Murtagh, Donal
    Planetary waves in ozone and temperature in the Northern hemisphere winter of 2002-2003 by Odin satellite data2009In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 27, p. 1189-1206Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Temperature and ozone data from the sub-millimetre radiometer (SMR) installed aboard the Odin satellite have been examined to study the relationship between temperature and ozone concentration in the lower and upper stratosphere in winter time. The retrieved ozone and temperature profiles have been considered between the range of 24–46 km during the Northern Hemisphere (NH) winter of December 2002 to March 2003 and January to March 2005. A comparison between the ozone mixing ratio and temperature fields has been made for the zonal means, wavenumber one variations and 5-day planetary waves. The amplitude values in temperature variations are ~5 K in the wavenumber one and 0.5–1 K in the 5-day wave. In ozone mixing ratio, the amplitudes reach ~0.5 ppmv in the wavenumber one and 0.05–0.1 ppmv in the 5-day wave.

    Several stratospheric warming events were observed during the NH winters of 2002/2003 and early 2005. Along with these warming events, amplification of the amplitude has been detected in wavenumber one (up to 30 K in temperature and 1.25 ppmv in ozone) and partly in the 5-day perturbation (up to 2 K in temperature and 0.2 ppmv in ozone). 

    In general, the results show the expected in-phase behavior between the temperature and ozone fields in the lower stratosphere due to dynamic effects, and an out-of-phase pattern in the upper stratosphere, which is expected as a result of photochemical effects. However, these relationships are not valid for zonal means and wavenumber one components when the wave amplitudes are changing dramatically during the strongest stratospheric warming event (at the end of December 2002/beginning of January 2003). Also, for several shorter intervals, the 5-day perturbations in ozone and temperature are not well-correlated at lower heights, particularly when conditions change rapidly. 

    Odin's basic observation schedule provides stratosphere mode data every third day and to validate the reliability of the 5-day waves extracted from the Odin measurements, additional independent data have been analysed in this study: temperature assimilation data by the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) for the NH winter of 2002/2003, and satellite measurements of temperature and ozone by the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) on board the Aura satellite for the NH winter in early 2005. 

    Good agreement between the temperature fields from Odin and ECMWF data is found at middle latitude where, in general, the 5-day perturbations from the two data sets coincide in both phase and amplitude throughout the examined interval. Analysis of the wavenumber one and the 5-day wave perturbations in temperature and ozone fields from Odin and from Aura demonstrates that, for the largest part of the examined period, quite similar characteristics are found in the spatial and temporal domain, with slightly larger amplitude values seen by Aura. Hence, the comparison between the Odin data, sampled each third day, and daily data from Aura and the ECMWF shows that the Odin data are sufficiently reliable to estimate the properties of the 5-day oscillations, at least for the locations and time intervals with strong wave activity.

  • 26.
    Belova, Alla
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Kirkwood, Sheila
    Murtagh, Donal
    Singer, Werner
    Hocking, Wayne
    Mitchell, Nick
    Five-day planetary waves in the middle atmosphere from Odin satellite data and ground-based instruments in Northern Hemisphere summer 2003, 2004, 2005 and 20072008In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 26, p. 3557-3570Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A number of studies have shown that 5-day planetary waves modulate noctilucent clouds and the closely related Polar Mesosphere Summer Echoes (PMSE) at the summer mesopause. Summer stratospheric winds should inhibit wave propagation through the stratosphere and, although some numerical models (Geisler and Dickinson, 1976) do show a possibility for upward wave propagation, it has also been suggested that the upward propagation may in practice be confined to the winter hemisphere with horizontal propagation of the wave from the winter to the summer hemisphere at mesosphere heights causing the effects observed at the summer mesopause. It has further been proposed (Garcia et al., 2005) that 5-day planetary waves observed in the summer mesosphere could be excited in-situ by baroclinic instability in the upper mesosphere. In this study, we first extract and analyze 5-day planetary wave characteristics on a global scale in the middle atmosphere (up to 54 km in temperature, and up to 68 km in ozone concentration) using measurements by the Odin satellite for selected days during northern hemisphere summer from 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007. Second, we show that 5-day temperature fluctuations consistent with westward-traveling 5-day waves are present at the summer mesopause, using local ground-based meteor-radar observations. Finally we examine whether any of three possible sources of the detected temperature fluctuations at the summer mesopause can be excluded: upward propagation from the stratosphere in the summer-hemisphere, horizontal propagation from the winter-hemisphere or in-situ excitation as a result of the baroclinic instability. We find that in one case, far from solstice, the baroclinic instability is unlikely to be involved. In one further case, close to solstice, upward propagation in the same hemisphere seems to be ruled out. In all other cases, all or any of the three proposed mechanisms are consistent with the observations.

  • 27. Bingham, R
    et al.
    Shukla, Padma Kant
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics. Institut für Theoretische Physik IV, Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum, Germany.
    Spicer, DS
    Coronal heating by dissipating current sheets2004In: Physica scripta. T, ISSN 0281-1847, Vol. T107, p. 247-249Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is shown that the lower-hybrid turbulence produced by the lower-hybrid-drift wave instability at current sheets can heat electrons and ions in the solar corona. The waves heat the plasma particles by collisionless Landau damping. The waves resonate with electrons moving in the direction of the magnetic field, while they resonate with ions moving in the perpendicular direction.

  • 28.
    Brinkfeldt, Klas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Space Science.
    Instrumentation for energetic Neutral atom measurements at Mars, Venus and The Earth2005Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis deals with the development and calibrations of sensors to measure energetic neutral atoms (ENAs) at Mars, Venus, and the Earth. ENAs are formed in charge exchange processes between energetic, singly--charged ions and a cold neutral gas. Since ENAs can travel in long straight trajectories, unaffected by electric or magnetic fields, they can be used to remotely image plasma interactions with neutral atmospheres. ENA instrument techniques have matured over the last decade and ENA images of the Earth's ring current for example, have successfully been analyzed to extract ion distributions and characterize plasma flows and currents in the inner magnetosphere.

    Three different ENA sensors have been developed to image ENAs at Mars, Venus, and the Earth. Two of them, the nearly identical Neutral Particle imagers (NPIs) are on-board the Mars Express and Venus Express spacecraft as a part of the Analyzer of Space Plasmas and Energetic Atoms (ASPERA-3 and 4) instruments. The third is the Neutral Atom Detector Unit, NUADU, aboard the TC-2 spacecraft of the Double Star mission. The NPI design is based on a surface reflection technique to measure low energy (~0.3-60 keV) ENAs, while the NUADU instrument is based on a simple design with large geometrical factor and solid state detectors to measure high energy ENAs (~20-300 keV).

    The calibration approach of both NPI sensors were to define the detailed response, including properties such as the angular response function and efficiency of one reference sensor direction then find the relative response of the other sensor directions. Because of the simple geometry of the NUADU instrument, the calibration strategy involved simulations to find the cutoff energy, geometrical factor and angular response. The NUADU sensor head was then calibrated to find the response to particles of different mass and energy. The NPI sensor for the Mars Express mission revealed a so-called priority effect in the sensor that lowers the angular resolution at high detector bias. During the calibration of the Venus Express NPI sensor tests were made which showed that the priority effect is a result of low amplitude (noise) pulses generated in the detector system. The conclusion is that the effect is caused by capacitive couplings between different anode sectors of the sensor. The thresholds on the preamplifiers were set higher on the Venus Express NPI, which removed the priority effect.

    Two of the three ENA experiments, the Double Star NUADU instrument and the Mars Express NPI sensor, have successfully measured ENAs that are briefly described in the thesis. The first ENA measurements at Mars were performed with Mars Express. Initial results from the NPI include measurements of ENAs formed in the Martian magnetosheath and solar wind ENAs penetrating to the nightside of Mars. The first results from NUADU in Earth orbit show the expected ENA emissions from a storm time ring current. Also, together with the HENA instrument on the IMAGE spacecraft, NUADU have produced the first multi-point ENA image of the ring current.

  • 29.
    Brodin, Gert
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Ekman, Robin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Zamanian, Jens
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Nonlinear wave damping due to multi-plasmon resonances2018In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, ISSN 0741-3335, E-ISSN 1361-6587, Vol. 60, no 2, article id 025009Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    For short wavelengths, it is well known that the linearized Wigner-Moyal equation predicts wave damping due to wave-particle interaction, where the resonant velocity shifted from the phase velocity by a velocity v(q) = hk/2m. Here h is the reduced Planck constant, k is the wavenumber and m is the electron mass. Going beyond linear theory, we find additional resonances with velocity shifts nv(q), n= 2,3, ..., giving rise to a new wave-damping mechanism that we term multi-plasmon damping, as it can be seen as the simultaneous absorption (or emission) of multiple plasmon quanta. Naturally this wave damping is not present in classical plasmas. For a temperature well below the Fermi temperature, if the linear (n = 1) resonant velocity is outside the Fermi sphere, the number of linearly resonant particles is exponentially small, while the multi-plasmon resonances can be located in the bulk of the distribution. We derive sets of evolution equations for the case of two-plasmon and three-plasmon resonances for Langmuir waves in the simplest case of a fully degenerate plasma. By solving these equations numerically for a range of wave-numbers we find the corresponding damping rates, and we compare them to results from linear theory to estimate the applicability. Finally, we discuss the effects due to a finite temperature.

  • 30.
    Brodin, Gert
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Ekman, Robin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Zamanian, Jens
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Quantum kinetic theories in degenerate plasmas2017In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, ISSN 0741-3335, E-ISSN 1361-6587, Vol. 59, no 1, article id 014043Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this review we give an overview of the recent work on quantum kinetic theories of plasmas. We focus, in particular, on the case where the electrons are fully degenerate. For such systems, perturbation methods using the distribution function can be problematic. Instead we present a model that considers the dynamics of the Fermi surface. The advantage of this model is that, even though the value of the distribution function can be greatly perturbed outside the equilibrium Fermi surface, deformation of the Fermi surface is small up to very large amplitudes. Next, we investigate the short-scale dynamics for which the Wigner-Moyal equation replaces the Vlasov equation. In particular, we study wave-particle interaction, and deduce that new types of wave damping can occur due to the simultaneous absorption (or emission) of multiple wave quanta. Finally, we consider exchange effects within a quantum kinetic formalism to find a model that is more accurate than those using exchange potentials from density functional theory. We deduce the exchange corrections to the dispersion relations for Langmuir and ion-acoustic waves. In comparison to results based on exchange potentials deduced from density functional theory we find that the latter models are reasonably accurate for Langmuir waves, but rather inaccurate for ion acoustic waves.

  • 31.
    Brodin, Gert
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Lundin, Joakim
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Marklund, Mattias
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Nonlinear quantum electrodynamics in vacuum and plasmas2010In: New frontiers in advanced plasma physics, American Institute of Physics (AIP), 2010, p. 24-34Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We consider high field physics due to quantum electrodynamics, in particular those that can be studied in the next generation of laser facilities. Effective field theories based on the Euler-Heisenberg Lagrangian are briefly reviewed, and examples involving plasma- and vacuum physics are given.

  • 32.
    Brodin, Gert
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Marklund, Mattias
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Zamanian, Jens
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Spin kinetic models of plasmas: semiclassical and quantum mechanical theory2009In: New developments in nonlinear plasma physics, American Institute of Physics (AIP), 2009, p. 280-289Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work a recently published semiclassical spin kinetic model, generalizing those of previous authors are discussed. Some previously described properties are reviewed, and a new example illustrating the theory is presented. The generalization to a fully quantum mechanical description is discussed, and the main features of such a theory is outlined. Finally, the main conclusions are presented.

  • 33.
    Brodin, Gert
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Stenflo, L.
    A new decay channel for upper-hybrid waves2016In: Physica Scripta, ISSN 0031-8949, E-ISSN 1402-4896, Vol. 91, no 10, article id 104005Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We look here at a three-wave interaction process involving only electrostatic waves in an electron plasma with stationary ions. Special attention is given to the case with an upper-hybrid wave as a pump wave, where a new decay channel is pointed out. The corresponding growth rate is calculated.

  • 34.
    Brodin, Gert
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Stenflo, L.
    A simple electron plasma wave2017In: Physics Letters A, ISSN 0375-9601, E-ISSN 1873-2429, Vol. 381, no 11, p. 1033-1035Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Considering a class of solutions where the density perturbations are functions of time, but not of space, we derive a new exact large amplitude wave solution for a cold uniform electron plasma. This result illustrates that most simple analytical solutions can appear even if the density perturbations are large.

  • 35.
    Brodin, Gert
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Stenflo, L.
    Large amplitude electron plasma oscillations2014In: Physics Letters A, ISSN 0375-9601, E-ISSN 1873-2429, Vol. 378, no 22-23, p. 1632-1635Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We consider a cold plasma in order to find new large-amplitude wave solutions in the long-wavelength limit. Accordingly we derive two generic coupled equations which describe the energy exchange between the electrostatic and electromagnetic waves. A new kind of quasi-periodic behavior is found. Our derivations may be considered as a prerequisite to extended studies of stimulated Raman scattering for cases where the wave amplitudes are so large that standard perturbation techniques are not applicable.

  • 36.
    Brodin, Gert
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Stenflo, L.
    Nonlinear dynamics of a cold collisional electron plasma2017In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, E-ISSN 1089-7674, Vol. 24, no 12, article id 124505Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We study the influence of collisions on the dynamics of a cold non-relativistic plasma. It is shown that even a comparatively small collision frequency can significantly change the large amplitude wave solution.

  • 37.
    Brodin, Gert
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Stenflo, L.
    Nonlinear dynamics of large amplitude modes in a magnetized plasma2014In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, E-ISSN 1089-7674, Vol. 21, no 12, article id 122301Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We derive two equations describing the coupling between electromagnetic and electrostatic oscillations in one-dimensional geometry in a magnetized cold and non-relativistic plasma. The nonlinear interaction between the wave modes is studied numerically. The effects of the external magnetic field strength and the initial electromagnetic polarization are of particular interest here. New results can, thus, be identified. 

  • 38.
    Brodin, Gert
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Stenflo, L.
    Nonlinear wave interactions of kinetic sound waves2015In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 33, no 8, p. 1007-1010Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We reconsider the nonlinear resonant interaction between three electrostatic waves in a magnetized plasma. The general coupling coefficients derived from kinetic theory are reduced here to the low-frequency limit. The main contribution to the coupling coefficient we find in this way agrees with the coefficient recently presented in Annales Geophysicae. But we also deduce another contribution which sometimes can be important, and which qualitatively agrees with that of an even more recent paper. We have thus demonstrated how results derived from fluid theory can be improved and generalized by means of kinetic theory. Possible extensions of our results are outlined.

  • 39.
    Brodin, Gert
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Stenflo, Lennart
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    On the parametric decay of waves in magnetized plasmas2009In: Journal of Plasma Physics, ISSN 0022-3778, E-ISSN 1469-7807, Vol. 75, p. 9-13Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We reconsider the theory for three-wave interactions in cold plasmas. In particular, we demonstrate that previously overlooked formulations of the general theory are highly useful when deriving concrete expressions for specific cases. We also point out that many previous results deduced directly from the basic plasma equations contain inappropriate approximations leading to unphysical results. Finally, generalizations to more elaborate plasma models containing, for example, kinetic effects are given.

  • 40.
    Brodin, Gert
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Stenflo, Lennart
    Department of Physics, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden .
    Stimulated Brillouin scattering in magnetized plasmas2013In: Journal of Plasma Physics, ISSN 0022-3778, E-ISSN 1469-7807, Vol. 79, no Special Issue 06, p. 983-986Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Previous theory for stimulated Brillouin scattering is reconsidered and generalized. We introduce an effective ion sound velocity that turns out to be useful in describing scattering instabilities.

  • 41.
    Brodin, Gert
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Stenflo, Lennart
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Wave Generation in a Warm Magnetized Multi-Component Plasma2014In: Contributions to Plasma Physics, ISSN 0863-1042, E-ISSN 1521-3986, Vol. 54, no 7, p. 623-625Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The resonant interaction between three waves propagating perpendicularly to an external magnetic field in a plasma is considered. We present the explicit expressions for the three wave coupling coefficients of a warm multi-component plasma. The results of previous work on the generation of THz radiation by laser plasma interaction are significantly improved. (C) 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

  • 42.
    Brosch, Noah
    et al.
    The Wise Observatory and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics and Astronomy, the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel.
    Häggström, Ingemar
    EISCAT Scientific Association.
    Pellinen-Wannberg, Asta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Westman, Assar
    EISCAT Scientific Association.
    Unusual features in high statistics radar meteor studies at EISCAT2010In: Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, ISSN 0035-8711, E-ISSN 1365-2966, Vol. 401, no 2, p. 1069-1079Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We describe results of an experiment conducted with the European Incoherent Scatter (EISCAT) radars during three 8-h runs on consecutive nights in 2008 December aiming to detect and study the high-altitude meteor population along with the meteors detected at classical ~100-km altitudes. The experiment used coaxial ultra-high-frequency (UHF) and very high-frequency (VHF) radar beams pointed vertically to the zenith of Ramfjordmoen near Tromsø (Norway), and remote UHF receivers at Kiruna (Sweden) and Sodankyl¨a (Finland) for tristatic observations of a very limited volume at an altitude of 170 km above the transmitter site.

    The EISCAT VHF radar detected during the 24-h period 22 698 echoes identified as meteors. The number of UHF echoes in the same period was 2138, most detected also at VHF. Among the VHF meteors, 11 were detected at altitudes higher than 150 km. Of these, the record highest meteor was at 246.9 km. No high-altitude UHF echoes were detected, none was tristatic, and no echoes with a Doppler velocity above ~60 km s−1 were identified. Given the large number of echoes, which argues in favour of a highly significant characterization of the meteoroid population, we discuss the statistical properties of the detections and their possible physical nature.

    The average detection rate of VHF radar meteors was about 16 min-1. Comparing this high rate with that of the faintest optically detected meteors indicates that the radar detections originate from a meteoroid population that could be as optically faint as 13–14 mag. We did not observe a marked enhancement of the rates at the peak of the Geminid shower, confirming once again the proposal that most faint meteors, be these radar or optical, belong to the sporadic population and not to a specific shower.

    For a few meteors, our data show definite deceleration and possible fragmentation. A simple calculation indicates that one of the detected meteoroids was a submillimetre body that fragmented when the ram pressure reached about 0.5 pascal. This is much lower than the pressure that fragments brighter cometary meteors, which is at least two orders of magnitude higher.

  • 43.
    Brändström, Urban
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Space Science.
    The Auroral Large Imaging System: design, operation and scientific results2003Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The Auroral Large Imaging System (ALIS) was proposed in 1989 by Åke Steen as a joint Scandinavian ground-based nework of automated auroral imaging stations. The primary scientic objective was in the field of auroral physics, but it was soon realised that ALIS could be used in other fields, for example, studies of Polar Stratospheric Clouds (PSC), meteors, as well as other atmospheric phenomena.

    This report describes the design, operation and scientic results from a Swedish prototype of ALIS consisting of six unmanned remote-controlled stations located in a grid of about 50 km in northern Sweden. Each station is equipped with a sensitive high-resolution (1024 x 1024 pixels) unintensified monochromatic CCDimager. A six-position filter-wheel for narrow-band interference filters facilitates absolute spectroscopic measurements of, for example, auroral and airglow emissions. Overlapping fields-of-view resulting from the station baseline of about 50 km combined with the station field-of-view of 50° to 60°, enable triangulation as well as tomographic methods to be employed for obtaining altitude information of the observed phenomena.

    ALIS was probably one of the first instruments to take advantage of unintensi- fied (i.e. no image-intensifier) scientific-grade CCDs as detectors for spectroscopic imaging studies with multiple stations of faint phenomena such as aurora, airglow, etc. This makes absolute calibration a task that is as important as it is dificult.

    Although ALIS was primarily designed for auroral studies, the majority of the scientific results so far have, quite unexpectedly, been obtained from observations of HF pump-enhanced airglow (recently renamed Radio-Induced Aurora). ALIS made the first unambiguous observation of this phenomena at high-latitudes and the first tomography-like inversion of height profiles of the airglow regions. The scientific results so far include tomographic estimates of the auroral electron spectra, coordinated observations with satellite and radar, as well as studies of polar stratospheric clouds. An ALIS imager also participated in a joint project that produced the first ground-based daytime auroral images. Recently ALIS made spectroscopic observations of a Leonid meteor-trail and preliminary analysis indicates the possible detection of water in the Leonid.

  • 44. Buck, A.
    et al.
    Wenz, J.
    Xu, Jiancai
    Khrennikov, K.
    Schmid, K.
    Heigoldt, M.
    Mikhailova, J. M.
    Geissler, M.
    Shen, B.
    Krausz, F.
    Karsch, S.
    Veisz, László
    Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany.
    Shock-Front Injector for High-Quality Laser-Plasma Acceleration2013In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, E-ISSN 1079-7114, Vol. 110, no 18, article id 185006Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We report the generation of stable and tunable electron bunches with very low absolute energy spread (ΔE≈5  MeV) accelerated in laser wakefields via injection and trapping at a sharp downward density jump produced by a shock front in a supersonic gas flow. The peak of the highly stable and reproducible electron energy spectrum was tuned over more than 1 order of magnitude, containing a charge of 1–100 pC and a charge per energy interval of more than 10  pC/MeV. Laser-plasma electron acceleration with Ti:sapphire lasers using this novel injection mechanism provides high-quality electron bunches tailored for applications.

  • 45.
    Burza, M.
    et al.
    Lund Univ, Dept Phys, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden.
    Gonoskov, Arkady
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Svensson, K.
    Lund Univ, Dept Phys, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden.
    Wojda, F.
    Lund Univ, Dept Phys, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden.
    Persson, A.
    Lund Univ, Dept Phys, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden.
    Hansson, M.
    Lund Univ, Dept Phys, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden.
    Genoud, G.
    Lund Univ, Dept Phys, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden.
    Marklund, Mattias
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Wahlström, C-G.
    Lund Univ, Dept Phys, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden.
    Lundh, O.
    Lund Univ, Dept Phys, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden.
    Laser wakefield acceleration using wire produced double density ramps2013In: Physical Review Special Topics. Accelerators and Beams, ISSN 1098-4402, E-ISSN 1098-4402, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 011301-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A novel approach to implement and control electron injection into the accelerating phase of a laser wakefield accelerator is presented. It utilizes a wire, which is introduced into the flow of a supersonic gas jet creating shock waves and three regions of differing plasma electron density. If tailored appropriately, the laser plasma interaction takes place in three stages: Laser self-compression, electron injection, and acceleration in the second plasma wave period. Compared to self-injection by wave breaking of a nonlinear plasma wave in a constant density plasma, this scheme increases beam charge by up to 1 order of magnitude in the quasimonoenergetic regime. Electron acceleration in the second plasma wave period reduces electron beam divergence by ≈25%, and the localized injection at the density downramps results in spectra with less than a few percent relative spread.

  • 46.
    Bychkov, Vitaly
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Modestov, Mikhail
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Akkerman, Vyacheslav
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Eriksson, Lars-Erik
    Department of Applied Mechanics, Chalmers University of Technology 41246 Göteborg, Sweden.
    The Rayleigh-Taylor instability in inertial  fusion, astrophysical plasma and flames2007In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, ISSN 0741-3335, E-ISSN 1361-6587, Vol. 49, no 12B, p. B513-B520Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Previous results are reviewed and new results are presented on the Rayleigh-Taylor instability in inertial confined fusion, flames and Supernovae including gravitational and thermonuclear explosion mechanisms. The instability couples micro-scale plasma interaction with laser radiation, with neutrino, or thermonuclear reactions to large-scale hydrodynamic phenomena. In inertial fusion the instability stops target compression. In Supernovae the instability produces large-scale convection, which determines fate of the star. The instability is often accompanied by mass flux through the unstable interface, which may have both stabilizing or destabilizing influence. Destabilization happens due to the Darrieus-Landau instability of a deflagartion front. Still, it is unclear if the instabilities lead to well-organized large-scale structures (bubbles) or to relatively isotropic turbulence (mixing layer)

  • 47.
    Bychkov, Vitaly
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Modestov, Mikhail
    Law, Chung K.
    Combustion Phenomena in Modern Physics: I. Inertial Confinement Fusion2015In: Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, ISSN 0360-1285, E-ISSN 1873-216X, Vol. 47, p. 32-59Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The overarching objective of the present endeavor is to demonstrate the universal character of combustion phenomena for various areas of modern physics, focusing on inertial confinement fusion (ICF) in this review. We present the key features of laser deflagration, and consider the similarities and differences between the laser plasma flow and the slow combustion front. We discuss the linear stage of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability in laser ablation, short-wavelength stabilization of the instability due to the mass flow, and demonstrate the importance of the concepts and methods of combustion science for an understanding of the corresponding ICF processes. We show the possibility of the Darrieus-Landau instability in the laser ablation flow and discuss the specific features of the instability at the linear and nonlinear stages as compared to the combustion counterpart of this phenomenon. We consider the nonlinear stage of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability in the ICF and generation of ultra-high magnetic field by the instability, and show that proper understanding of vorticity production in the laser plasma and, hence, of the magnetic field generation requires concepts from combustion science.

  • 48.
    Campbell-Brown, Margaret
    et al.
    University of Western Ontario.
    Kero, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Szasz, Csilla
    Institutet för rymdfysik.
    Pellinen-Wannberg, Asta
    Weryk, Rob
    University of Western Ontario.
    Photometric and ionization masses of meteors with simultaneous EISCAT UHF radar and intensified video observations2012In: Journal of Geophysical Research, ISSN 0148-0227, E-ISSN 2156-2202, Vol. 117, p. A09323-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There are significant uncertainties in the calculation of photometric and ionization masses of meteors, particularly those derived from meteor head echoes observed by high power, large aperture radars. Simultaneous observations of meteors with the EISCAT UHF tristatic system and narrow field two-station intensified video were conducted in October 2007; 11 hours of data produced four useful meteors observed on all three radar receivers and both cameras. The positions and speeds calculated on the two systems generally agree to within the observational uncertainty. The photometric and ionization masses for each meteor were calculated using several values of luminous efficiency and ionization probability from literature, and all of these masses were found to agree to within the estimated error in the methods. More observations are required to select among the various values of ionization coefficient and luminous efficiency.

  • 49. Cresswell-Moorcock, Kathy
    et al.
    Rodger, Craig J.
    Kero, Antti
    Collier, Andrew B.
    Clilverd, Mark A.
    Häggström, Ingemar
    Pitkänen, Timo
    A reexamination of latitudinal limits of substorm-produced energetic electron precipitation2013In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 118, p. 6694-6705Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 50. Demir, Sinan
    et al.
    Akkerman, V'yacheslav
    Rangwala, Ali S.
    Bychkov, Vitaliy
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    ANALYSIS OF "FINGER" FLAME ACCELERATION AS A STAGE OF A METHANE AIR-DUST FIRE IN A COAL MINE2016In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME POWER CONFERENCE, 2015, The american society of mechanical engineers , 2016, article id V001T03A007Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To reveal the inner mechanism of gas explosion, the entire scenario of premixed flame front evolution within an accidental fire is prescribed. Specifically, "finger" flame shape, which is one of the key stages of flame evolution, is scrutinized with the situation of a methane-air explosion. A transition from a globally -spherical front to a finger-shaped one occurs when a flame starts approaching the passage walls. While this acceleration is extremely strong, it stops as soon as the flame touches the passage wall. This mechanism is Reynolds-independent; being equally relevant to micro channels and giant tunnels. The flame speed increases by an order of magnitude during this stage. To implement dusty environments, Seshadri formulation for the planar flame [Combustion and Flame 89 (7992) 333] is employed with a non-uniform distribution of inert dust gradients, specifically, linear, parabolic and hyperbolic spatial dust distribution gradients are incorporated into the "finger" flame shape. This study systematically investigates how the noncombustible dust distributions affect fire evolution, the flame shape, and propagation velocity.

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