Lauren Kahre

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chair

Gary P. Zank

Committee Member

Jacob Heerikhuisen

Committee Member

Nazirah Jetha


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.



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