Large-scale Alfvén vortices

O. G. Onishchenko, O. A. Pokhotelov, W. Horton, E. Scullion, V. Fedun

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The new type of large-scale vortex structures of dispersionless Alfvén waves in collisionless plasma is investigated. It is shown that Alfvén waves can propagate in the form of Alfvén vortices of finite characteristic radius and characterised by magnetic flux ropes carrying orbital angular momentum. The structure of the toroidal and radial velocity, fluid and magnetic field vorticity, the longitudinal electric current in the plane orthogonal to the external magnetic field are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122901
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number12
Early online date9 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


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