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Three-dimensional MHD simulation of the lunar wake
Xie LiangHai; Li Lei; Zhang YiTeng; De Zeeuw, Darren Lee; Li, L (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, Ctr Space Sci & Appl Res, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China.
Department空间科学部
Source PublicationSCIENCE CHINA-EARTH SCIENCES
2013
Volume56Issue:2Pages:330-338
ISSN1674-7313
Language英语
KeywordLunar Wake Mhd Simulation Solar Wind
AbstractWe study the interaction between the Moon and the solar wind through a three-dimensional MHD simulation. Three cases have been discussed in which the interplanetary magnetic field lies at 90A degrees, 180A degrees, and 135A degrees to the solar wind flow, respectively. A wake with low density and low pressure can always be formed behind the Moon. The plasma temperature and magnetic field are enhanced in the central wake, but the field strength is reduced in the surrounding region. A Mach cone is formed by rarefaction waves emanating from the limb. These rarefaction waves propagate via the fast magnetosonic mode with different velocities in different directions relative to the magnetic field. When the interplanetary magnetic field is not parallel to the solar wind flow, the wake shows some asymmetries, with an acceleration region turning up at the center. Finally, the results are compared with the observations by WIND spacecraft. Our calculations agree reasonably well with the observed values.
Indexed BySCI ; EI
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.nssc.ac.cn/handle/122/5061
Collection空间科学部
Corresponding AuthorLi, L (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, Ctr Space Sci & Appl Res, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China.
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Xie LiangHai,Li Lei,Zhang YiTeng,et al. Three-dimensional MHD simulation of the lunar wake[J]. SCIENCE CHINA-EARTH SCIENCES,2013,56(2):330-338.
APA Xie LiangHai,Li Lei,Zhang YiTeng,De Zeeuw, Darren Lee,&Li, L .(2013).Three-dimensional MHD simulation of the lunar wake.SCIENCE CHINA-EARTH SCIENCES,56(2),330-338.
MLA Xie LiangHai,et al."Three-dimensional MHD simulation of the lunar wake".SCIENCE CHINA-EARTH SCIENCES 56.2(2013):330-338.
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