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    An indication of the existence of a solar wind strahl at 10AU

    Walsh, A.P. and Arridge, Chris S. and Masters, A. and Lewis, Gethyn R. and Fazakerley, A. and Jones, Geraint H. and Owen, C.J. and Coates, Andrew J. (2013) An indication of the existence of a solar wind strahl at 10AU. Geophysical Research Letters 40 (11), pp. 2495-2499. ISSN 0094-8276.

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    [1] The solar wind electron distribution is observed near and within 1 AU to consist of three components: a thermal core, and a suprathermal halo and strahl. The former two components are isotropic, while the strahl is field-aligned and flows outward along the interplanetary magnetic field. The evolution of solar wind electrons with heliocentric distance is poorly understood; although the halo is thought to be formed through pitch angle scattering of the strahl, the responsible physical process hasn’t been conclusively identified. Measurements of solar wind electrons throughout the heliosphere are required to solve this problem. We present the first observations of the suprathermal components of the solar wind electron distribution made outside5 AU. We find indications of a strahl component narrower than predicted by extrapolating observations and models of electrons in the inner heliosphere, suggesting the rate of electron pitch angle scattering in the solar wind can decrease with increasing heliocentric distance.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Solar Wind, Electrons, Strahl, Heliosphere
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 15:05
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:05


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