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https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-2021-64
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-2021-64

  03 Jan 2022

03 Jan 2022

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Menura: a code for simulating the interaction between a turbulent solar wind and solar system bodies

Etienne Behar1,2, Shahab Fatemi3, Pierre Henri2,4, and Mats Holmström2 Etienne Behar et al.
  • 1Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna, Sweden
  • 2Laboratoire Lagrange, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Université Côte d’Azur, CNRS, Nice, France
  • 3Department of Physics at Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
  • 4LPC2E, Orléans, France

Abstract. Despite the close relationship between planetary science and plasma physics, few advanced numerical tools allow to bridge the two topics. The code Menura proposes a breakthrough towards the self-consistent modelling of these overlapping field, in a novel 2-step approach allowing for the global simulation of the interaction between a fully turbulent solar wind and various bodies of the solar system. This article introduces the new code and its 2-step global algorithm, illustrated by a first example: the interaction between a turbulent solar wind and a comet.

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Model code and software

Menura Etienne Behar https://gitlab.com/etienne.behar/menura

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Despite the solar wind being turbulent in nature, numerical models of its interaction with obstacles have until now assumed it to be laminar. The code Menura allows for the global simulation of the interaction between a fully turbulent solar wind and various bodies of the solar system. The code is illustrated by a first example: the interaction between a turbulent solar wind and a comet.