Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 85, Issue 1–2, pp 35–41 | Cite as

Interaction of turbulent solar with with cometary plasma tails



The longitudinal electric field associated with the observed electrostatic turbulence in the solar wind is shown to modify the dispersive characteristics of the hydromagnetic waves propagating along the interface between the solar wind and the cometary plasma. Extremely weak turbulence has a tendency to stabilize these surface waves, whereas turbulence of moderate level can be stabilizing or destabilizing depending on the strength of the cometary magnetic fieldB oc relative to the interplanetary magnetic fieldB os . ForB oc B os , destabilization is not possible.


Solar Wind Surface Wave Moderate Level Dispersive Characteristic Weak Turbulence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Buti
    • 1
  1. 1.International Centre for Theoretical PhysicsTriesteItaly

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