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Global asymmetry of the heliosphere

Opher, Merav and Stone, E. C. and Liewer, Paulett C. and Gombosi, Tamas (2006) Global asymmetry of the heliosphere. In: PHYSICS OF THE INNER HELIOSHEATH: Voyager Observations, Theory, and Future Prospects; 5th Annual IGPP International Astrophysics Conference. AIP Conference Proceedings. No.858. American Institute of Physics , Melville, NY, pp. 45-50. ISBN 978-0-7354-0355-0.

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Opher et al. showed that an interstellar magnetic field parallel to the plane defined by the deflection of interstellar hydrogen atoms can produce a north/south asymmetry in the distortion of the solar wind termination shock. This distortion is consistent with Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 observations of the direction of field-aligned streaming of the termination shock particles upstream the shock. The model also indicates that such a distortion will result in a significant north/south asymmetry in the distance to the shock and the thickness of heliosheath. The two Voyager spacecraft should reveal the nature and degree of the asymmetry in the termination shock and heliosheath.

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Additional Information:© 2006 American Institute of Physics. The authors would like to thanks the use of Columbia cluster NASA Ames. Part of this work is the result of research performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Subject Keywords:solar wind; interstellar magnetic fields; hydrogen; shock waves
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