ZhETF, Vol. 120,
p. 771 (October 2001)
(English translation - JETP,
Vol. 93, No. 4,
available online at www.springer.com
SPIRAL MAGNETO-ELECTRON WAVES IN THE INTERSTELLAR GAS DYNAMICS
Bastrukov S.I., Yang Y., Podgainy D.V.
Received: March 29, 2001
We discuss possible observational consequences resulting from the propagation of transverse magneto-electron waves in the interstellar medium. We briefly describe the magnetohydrodynamics model for the cyclotron waves with the emphasis on their analogy with hydrodynamical inertial waves. It is shown that the cyclotron waves are heavily damped in the interstellar medium, and therefore, cannot affect the gas dynamics of star-forming molecular clouds. We developed an analytic model of helicoidal magneto-electron waves based on the electromagnetic induction equation for the magnetic flux density driven by the Hall and Ohmic components of the electric field generated by flows of thermal electrons. We find that the helicons can propagate in the interstellar medium without a noticeable attenuation. The presented numerical estimates for the group velocity of the intercloud helicons suggest that spiral circularly polarized magneto-electron waves of this type can be responsible for the broadening of molecular lines detected from dark interstellar clouds.