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Turbulence in the interstellar medium

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Author(s):
Falceta-Goncalves, D. [1, 2] ; Kowal, G. [2] ; Falgarone, E. [3, 4] ; Chian, A. C. -L. [5, 6, 7, 8]
Total Authors: 4
Affiliation:
[1] Univ St Andrews, SUPA, Sch Phys & Astron, St Andrews KY16 9SS, Fife - Scotland
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Escola Artes Ciencias Humanidades, BR-03828000 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[3] Ecole Normale Super, CNRS, LERMA LRA, F-75231 Paris - France
[4] Observ Paris, F-75231 Paris - France
[5] Observ Paris, CNRS, LESIA, F-92190 Meudon - France
[6] Natl Inst Space Res INPE, BR-12227010 Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP - Brazil
[7] WISER, BR-12227010 Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP - Brazil
[8] Univ Adelaide, Sch Math Sci, Adelaide, SA 5005 - Australia
Total Affiliations: 8
Document type: Journal article
Source: Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics; v. 21, n. 3, p. 587-604, 2014.
Web of Science Citations: 22
Abstract

Turbulence is ubiquitous in the insterstellar medium and plays a major role in several processes such as the formation of dense structures and stars, the stability of molecular clouds, the amplification of magnetic fields, and the re-acceleration and diffusion of cosmic rays. Despite its importance, interstellar turbulence, like turbulence in general, is far from being fully understood. In this review we present the basics of turbulence physics, focusing on the statistics of its structure and energy cascade. We explore the physics of compressible and incompressible turbulent flows, as well as magnetised cases. The most relevant observational techniques that provide quantitative insights into interstellar turbulence are also presented. We also discuss the main difficulties in developing a three-dimensional view of interstellar turbulence from these observations. Finally, we briefly present what the main sources of turbulence in the interstellar medium could be. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/04073-2 - Magnetic reconnection and related processes in collisional and collisionless astrophysical plasmas: from solar flares to extragalactic sources
Grantee:Grzegorz Kowal
Support type: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
FAPESP's process: 11/12909-8 - Magnetic fields, turbulence and plasma effects in the intergalactic medium
Grantee:Diego Antonio Falceta Gonçalves
Support type: Regular Research Grants