Volume 420, Number 3, June IV 2004
|Page(s)||799 - 808|
|Published online||04 June 2004|
Cosmic ray transport in anisotropic magnetohydrodynamic turbulence*
III. Mixed magnetosonic and Alfvénic turbulence
Institut für Theoretische Physik, Lehrstuhl IV: Weltraum- und Astrophysik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 44780 Bochum, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 now at: Bartol Research Institute, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
Corresponding author: A. Shalchi, email@example.com
Accepted: 2 February 2004
Observations of interstellar turbulence imply that the power spectrum of the wave turbulence must be highly anisotropic. This anisotropy has to be included when transport of high energy cosmic rays in the Galaxy is discussed. Here we evaluate the relevant cosmic ray transport parameters in the presence of anisotropic plasma wave turbulence, consisting of a mixture of shear Alfvén waves and fast magnetosonic waves. By averaging the respective Fokker-Planck coefficient over the particle pitch-angle we calculate the momentum and spatial diffusion coefficients for different anisotropy parameters. For strongly perpendicular turbulence () we obtain that the momentum diffusion coefficient is proportional to , whereas for strongly parallel turbulence () the momentum diffusion coefficient is a constant. We also calculate the anisotropy dependence of the spatial diffusion coefficient and the parallel mean free path for the mixed turbulence. For all coefficients we discuss the rigidity dependence for different cosmic ray particles.
Key words: magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) / plasmas / turbulence / ISM: cosmic rays / ISM: magnetic fields / acceleration of particles
© ESO, 2004
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