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Composition of Anomalous Cosmic Rays and Other Heliospheric Ions

Cummings, A. C. and Stone, E. C. and Steenberg, C. D. (2002) Composition of Anomalous Cosmic Rays and Other Heliospheric Ions. Astrophysical Journal, 578 (1). pp. 194-210. ISSN 0004-637X. doi:10.1086/342427.

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Interstellar pickup ions accelerated by the termination shock of the solar wind dominate the anomalous cosmic-ray (ACR) intensities observed by the Voyager spacecraft in the outer heliosphere. Using a two-dimensional acceleration and propagation model, we derive the relative abundances of these interstellar ACRs and determine the mass dependence of the injection/acceleration efficiency for the diffusive acceleration of H^+, He^+, N^+, O^+, and Ne^+. The energy spectra of C, Na, Mg, Si, S, and Ar also exhibit ACR increases at low energies. To interpret these observations, we have developed a new set of ionization rates for 11 neutral atoms, H, He, C, N, O, Ne, Na, Mg, Si, S, and Ar at 1 AU, and a new set of filtration factors relating neutral densities in the local interstellar medium to those at the location of the solar wind termination shock. Using the injection/acceleration efficiencies and the Ar filtration factor, we estimate the density of neutral Ar to be (3.5 ± 1.6) × 10^(-7) cm^(-3) in the local interstellar medium. ACR C may have a significant contribution from interstellar neutral C, but the observed intensities of ACR Na, Mg, Si, and S significantly exceed that expected from interstellar neutrals, providing evidence of another source of pickup ions. One possibility discussed is the recently discovered "inner source" of singly charged ions that is thought to be solar wind atoms desorbed from interplanetary dust grains.

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Additional Information:© 2002 The American Astronomical Society. Received 2002 April 3; accepted 2002 June 20. We thank E. Christian for algorithms to analyze the H and He events that do not stop within the CRS detectors (e.g., ≳ 80 MeV nucleon^(-1)). We thank D. Reames for providing machine-readable intensities for the 1 AU Wind energy spectra. We thank the MIT Space Plasma Group for making IMP 8 data available at their website (ftp://space.- SOLAR2000 Research Grade historical irradiances are provided courtesy of W. Kent Tobiska and These historical irradiances have been developed with funding from the NASA UARS, TIMED, and SOHO missions. We appreciate valuable discussions with R. Leske, A. F. Barghouty, N. Schwadron, G. Gloeckler, J. Slavin, P. Frisch, K. Tobiska, G. Ferland, F. Keenan, and P. Stancil. This work was supported by NASA under contract NAS 7-1407.
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NASANAS 7-1407
Subject Keywords:acceleration of particles; atomic processes; cosmic rays; interplanetary medium; ISM : abundances; ISM : atoms
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Official Citation:Composition of Anomalous Cosmic Rays and Other Heliospheric Ions A. C. Cummings et al. 2002 ApJ 578 194
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