Complexity and Turbulence at the Substorm Onset

Monday, 15 December 2014: 11:08 AM
Giuseppe Consolini, Rossana De Marco and Emanuela Acquaviva, INAF-Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Roma, Italy
Geomagnetic substorms are one of the principal manifestations of the Earth’s magnetospheric complex dynamics in response to solar wind changes. In the last two decades, in-situ susbtorm related studies showed that the onset of this phenomenon is accompanied by fluctuations covering a wide range of scales from the MHD domain to the small non-MHD one. Furthermore, these fluctuations have a turbulent, sporadic and intermittent character. This is particularly true for the well-known current disruption (CD) process, occurring at the substorm onset. Here, the features of the turbulence observed during a CD phenomenon are investigated, with a particular attention to the genereation of a 1/f spectrum in the MHD domain and its connection with a competing direct and inverse cascading process. A comparison with Hall-MHD shell-model simulations will be presented and discussed.

This research has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme ([FP7/2007-2013]) under Grant agreement no. 313038/STORM.