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Magnetohydrodynamic parametric instabilities of parallel propagating incoherent Alfvén waves
© The Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (SGEPSS); The Seismological Society of Japan; The Volcanological Society of Japan; The Geodetic Society of Japan; The Japanese Society for Planetary Sciences. 2007
Received: 4 December 2006
Accepted: 16 January 2007
Published: 28 March 2007
Numerical experiments for parametric instabilities of incoherent Alfvén waves in the context of one dimensional Hall-MHD equation sets are studied. The reason why the decay instability of incoherent waves can be explained in terms of that of the coherent wave is understood through analysis on nonlinearly driven finite amplitude density fluctuations. Numerical results suggest the importance of modulational instabilities of left-hand polarized Alfvén waves.