Radial Variations of Outward and Inward Alfvénic Fluctuations Based on Ulysses Observations
Yang,L.1,2; Lee,L. C.3,4; Li,J. P.5; Luo,Q. Y.1; Kuo,C. L.6; Shi,J. K.2; Wu,D. J.1
Source PublicationThe Astrophysical Journal
AbstractAbstract Ulysses magnetic and plasma data are used to study hourly scale Alfvénic fluctuations in the solar polar wind. The calculated energy ratio (cal) of inward to outward Alfvén waves is obtained from the observed Walén slope through an analytical expression, and the observed (obs) is based on a direct decomposition of original Alfvénic fluctuations into outward- and inward-propagating Alfvén waves. The radial variation of (cal) shows a monotonically increasing trend with heliocentric distance r, implying the increasing local generation or contribution of inward Alfvén waves. The contribution is also shown by the radial increase in the occurrence of dominant inward fluctuations. We further pointed out a higher occurrence ( of a day in average) of dominant outward Alfvénic fluctuations in the solar wind than previously estimated. Since (cal) is more accurate than (obs) in the measurement of the energy ratio for dominant outward fluctuations, the values of (cal) in our results are likely more realistic in the solar wind than those previously estimated as well as (obs) in our results. The duration ratio RT of dominant inward to all Alfvénic fluctuations increases monotonically with r, and is about two or more times that from Voyager 2 observations at . These results reveal new qualitative and quantitative features of Alfvénic fluctuations therein compared with previous studies and put constraints on modeling the variation of solar wind fluctuations.
Keywordmagnetohydrodynamics (MHD) methods: analytical plasmas solar wind waves
WOS IDIOP:0004-637X-850-2-aa9615
PublisherThe American Astronomical Society
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Affiliation1.CAS Key Laboratory of Planetary Sciences, Purple Mountain Observatory, CAS, Nanjing 210008, China;
2.State Key Laboratory of Space Weather, National Space Science Center, CAS, Beijing 100190, China
3.Space Science Institute, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau, China
4.Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 11529, Taiwan
5.Purple Mountain Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, China
6.Institute of Space Science, National Central University, Jhongli 320, Taiwan
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Yang,L.,Lee,L. C.,Li,J. P.,et al. Radial Variations of Outward and Inward Alfvénic Fluctuations Based on Ulysses Observations[J]. The Astrophysical Journal,2017,850(2).
APA Yang,L..,Lee,L. C..,Li,J. P..,Luo,Q. Y..,Kuo,C. L..,...&Wu,D. J..(2017).Radial Variations of Outward and Inward Alfvénic Fluctuations Based on Ulysses Observations.The Astrophysical Journal,850(2).
MLA Yang,L.,et al."Radial Variations of Outward and Inward Alfvénic Fluctuations Based on Ulysses Observations".The Astrophysical Journal 850.2(2017).
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