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Solar system plasma Turbulence: Observations, inteRmittency and Multifractals

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 313038

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 655 900

  • EU contribution

    € 1 998 200

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT ROYAL D'AERONOMIE SPATIALEDE BELGIQUE

Belgium

Objective

In this project we investigate solar system plasma turbulence from in-situ data gathered by automated platforms launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA. We investigate how the features of turbulence and intermittency vary with the solar activity and estimate the corresponding impact. We use electromagnetic field and plasma data provided by a core of three ESA spacecraft, Ulysses, Venus Express and the Cluster quartet, in coherence with data from other missions like ESA's Giotto and Rosetta, NASA's THEMIS, Cassini and Mars Global Surveyor. Complementary to the satellite databases we study the fluctuations of the geomagnetic field observed on ground. A package of advanced nonlinear analysis methods will be applied on the selected data sets. Power Spectral Densities (PSD) and Probability Distribution Functions (PDF) will be computed first. In a next step we apply five higher-order methods of analysis: (i) the partition function multifractal analysis, (ii) the Rank Ordered Multifractal analysis, (iii) the wave telescope, (iv) the multi-spacecraft methods for anisotropy (v) the discriminating statistics. The targeted physical processes are: the turbulent transfer of energy and dissipation, the intermittency and multifractals, the anisotropy, and non-linearity of the solar system plasma turbulence. The Consortium includes European experts with valuable achievements in space plasma turbulence
and complexity, as well as in satellite data analysis. The members of the Consortium are principal or co-investigators of several experiments on-board the selected missions. Two American experts agreed to collaborate and will increase the links with major space actors like the USA. The project responds to the Objectives of the Call by its international, multi-disciplinary dimension, the large number of targeted space missions and databases and the associated analysis methods, and the ambitious scientific objectives that are expected to have a significant impact.

Coordinator

INSTITUT ROYAL D'AERONOMIE SPATIALEDE BELGIQUE

Address

Avenue Circulaire 3
1180 Bruxelles

Belgium

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 358 000

Administrative Contact

Michael Middernacht (Mr.)

Participants (8)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG

Germany

INSTITUTET FOR RYMDFYSIK

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 248 600

CENTRUM BADAN KOSMICZNYCH POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 204 000

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE PENTRU FIZICA LASERILOR PLASMEI SI RADIATIEI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 261 400

OULUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 174 000

MAGYAR FOLDTANI ES GEOFIZIKAI INTEZET

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 198 200

OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 404 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 313038

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 655 900

  • EU contribution

    € 1 998 200

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT ROYAL D'AERONOMIE SPATIALEDE BELGIQUE

Belgium