Statistical tools of interstellar turbulence: Connecting observations with theory

B. Burkhart, A. Lazarian

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MHD Turbulence is a critical component of the current paradigms of star formation, particle transport, magnetic reconnection and evolution of the ISM, to name just a few. Progress on this difficult subject is made via numerical simulations and observational studies, however in order to connect these two, statistical methods are required. This calls for new statistical tools to be developed in order to study turbulence in the interstellar medium. Here we briefly review some of the recently developed statistics that focus on characterizing gas compressibility and magnetization and their uses to interstellar studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Plasma Astrophysics
EditorsAlfio Bonanno, Elisabete de Gouveia Dal Pino, Alexander Kosovichev
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
ISSN (Print)1743-9213
ISSN (Electronic)1743-9221

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • ISM: general
  • methods:statistical numerical
  • turbulence


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