Pickup ion driven simulation of bulk properties of the outer heliosphere as compared to Voyager observations
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Gary P. Zank
Voyager Project., Heliosphere (Astrophysics), Solar wind., Plasma astrophysics., Interstellar matter.
Motivated by the development of a very general theoretical model describing the transport of turbulence and bulk flow of the solar wind throughout the heliosphere, we present a study of the bulk properties of the solar wind in the outer heliosphere. This investigation involves the addition of pickup ion source terms to an existing simluation and a comparison to Voyager observations. Specifically, we focus on solar wind speed, density, and temperature. We present results that suggest that pickup ions are an integral part of bulk property behavior in the outer heliosphere, specifically in the radial speed and temperature profiles.
Kahre, Lauren, "Pickup ion driven simulation of bulk properties of the outer heliosphere as compared to Voyager observations" (2013). Theses. 53.