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VOYAGER 2 OBSERVES A LARGE DENSITY INCREASE IN THE HELIOSHEATH
Richardson, J. D.; Wang, C.; Richardson, JD (reprint author), MIT, Kavli Ctr Astrophys & Space Res, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA.
Department空间科学部
Source PublicationASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS
2012
Volume759Issue:1Pages:L19
ISSN2041-8205
Language英语
KeywordSolar Wind Sun: Heliosphere
AbstractVoyager 2 (V2) entered the heliosheath in 2007 August at roughly the same time solar minimum conditions were reaching the outer heliosphere. Soon after crossing the termination shock the solar wind density at Voyager decreased by a factor of two and the temperature decreased by a factor of three. At the beginning of 2011 the plasma density in the heliosheath began to increase and in mid-2012 it was up by more than a factor of two. The temperature rose by about 50% and the speed remained constant, although the flow direction continues to turn tailward. These changes may signal the end of solar minimum conditions at V2 in the heliosheath, although we do not understand why the speed did not decrease. The increased dynamic pressure has lead to an outward movement of the termination shock from its very compressed state at solar minimum.; Voyager 2 (V2) entered the heliosheath in 2007 August at roughly the same time solar minimum conditions were reaching the outer heliosphere. Soon after crossing the termination shock the solar wind density at Voyager decreased by a factor of two and the temperature decreased by a factor of three. At the beginning of 2011 the plasma density in the heliosheath began to increase and in mid-2012 it was up by more than a factor of two. The temperature rose by about 50% and the speed remained constant, although the flow direction continues to turn tailward. These changes may signal the end of solar minimum conditions at V2 in the heliosheath, although we do not understand why the speed did not decrease. The increased dynamic pressure has lead to an outward movement of the termination shock from its very compressed state at solar minimum.
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Funding Project中国科学院空间科学与应用研究中心
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.nssc.ac.cn/handle/122/3182
Collection空间科学部
Corresponding AuthorRichardson, JD (reprint author), MIT, Kavli Ctr Astrophys & Space Res, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA.
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Richardson, J. D.,Wang, C.,Richardson, JD . VOYAGER 2 OBSERVES A LARGE DENSITY INCREASE IN THE HELIOSHEATH[J]. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS,2012,759(1):L19.
APA Richardson, J. D.,Wang, C.,&Richardson, JD .(2012).VOYAGER 2 OBSERVES A LARGE DENSITY INCREASE IN THE HELIOSHEATH.ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS,759(1),L19.
MLA Richardson, J. D.,et al."VOYAGER 2 OBSERVES A LARGE DENSITY INCREASE IN THE HELIOSHEATH".ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS 759.1(2012):L19.
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