By L. F. Burlaga
Spacecraft resembling the Pioneer, Vela, and Voyager have explored the interplanetary medium among the orbits of Mercury and Pluto. The insights derived from those missions were effectively utilized to magnetospheric, astro-solar, and cosmic ray physics. This e-book is an summary of those insights, utilizing magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) flows because the framework for studying items and approaches saw within the interplanetary medium. issues contain quite a few forms of MHD shocks and interactions between them, tangential and rotational discontinuities, force-free box configurations, the formation of merged interplay areas linked to quite a few different types of flows, the destruction of flows, the expansion of the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability and formation of a heliospheric vortex road, the improvement of multifractal fluctuations on quite a few scales, and the evolution of multifractal intermittent turbulence. scholars and researchers in astrophysics will worth the information from those missions, which supply affirmation of many theoretical versions of the interstellar medium.
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The footpoints of the HCS (the neutral line) are assumed to corotate rigidly with the sun. A highly idealized but frequently reproduced form of the heliospheric current sheet for the case in which the HCS is a rotating plane near the sun with a tilt angle of approximately 20° was drawn by Thomas and Smith (1981). Numerous other examples of the shape of the HCS for different tilt angles and different neutral lines have been published in many papers, including Svalgaard and Wilcox (1974, 1978), Alfven (1977), Akasofu and Fry (1986), Fry and Akasofu (1986), and Hundhausen (1977).
A1(1 AU,t, 0) for spacecraft in the equatorial plane. Thus, any flux deficit would be measured by Assuming that D = 0 at 1 AU, as it must be by definition, Burlaga et al. found the results for D(R) shown in Fig. 8 for the Voyager and Pioneer data. 0023). Neither set of data shows a significant flux deficit within the errors, and a flux deficit as large as 1%/AU is ruled out. Fig. 8. Magnetic flux deficit? F. F. Ness, J. Geophys. ) 32 Large-Scale Magnetic Field 33 Parker's model for the radial variation of the magnetic field strength provides a very satisfactory description of the observations between 1 AU, despite its simplicity and the complexity of the solar wind.
1986) reported that the deficit is as large as 25% at 10 AU. Winterhalter et al. (1988) reported a deficit of 29% at 20 AU. Winterhalter et al. (1990), concluded that the deficit is "approximately 1%/AU" out to 20 AU. Large-Scale Magnetic Field 31 Theoretically, small meridional flows can be produced by several mechanisms. The magnetic field pressure varies as cos2(S), so that it is a maximum at the equatorial plane and decreases above and below the equatorial plane. This gives a pressure gradient that would tend to drive a flow away from the ecliptic, but the effect is much too small to explain the alleged flux deficit.
Interplanetary Magnetohydrodynamics by L. F. Burlaga