Lognormal, normal and other distributions produced by algebraic operations in the solar wind

I. S. Veselovsky, A. V. Dmitriev, A. V. Suvorova

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Linear superposition of independent and arbitrary perturbations leads to the normal Gaussian statistics according to the central theorem of the probability theory. Contrary to this, most of solar wind and interplanetary field (IMF) fluctuating parameters observed during 1963-2007 are better fitted by lognormal distributions. This can be a manifestation of the dominance of nonlinear multiplicative interactions rather than of linear superposition during the solar wind and IMF formation processes on the Sun and further structuring in the heliosphere. This idea is complementary to current paradigms of the interplanetary turbulence [1].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTwelfth International Solar Wind Conference
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2010
Event12th International Solar Wind Conference - Saint-Malo, France
Duration: 21 Jun 200926 Jun 2009

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Conference12th International Solar Wind Conference


  • Interplanetary magnetic field
  • Solar wind


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