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Published August 25, 2008 | Published
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STEREO and ACE observations of CIR particles


In the present solar minimum, corotating interaction regions (CIRs) produce frequent particle enhancements at 1 AU as observed at STEREO and ACE. As the two STEREO spacecraft move apart, differences in CIR time profiles observed at each spacecraft are becoming large. The timing differences are often roughly similar to the corotation time lag between the two spacecraft, however many of the features seen at Ahead and Behind require more than just a time shift. Perhaps transient disturbances in the solar wind affect connection to or transport from the shock, or temporal changes occur in the CIR shock itself. Additional timing differences of >1 day result from the different heliographic latitudes of the two STEREO spacecraft

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© 2008 American Institute of Physics. This work was supported by NASA grants NAS5-03131 and NAG5-12929. We thank STEREO/PLASTIC (NASA contract NAS5-00132) and MAG investigators for making their data publicly available, and the Wilcox Solar Observatory for the HCS data. PACS: 96.50.-e,96.50.Qx,96.50.Vg.

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