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Title: The return of the bow shock

Recently, whether a bow shock ahead of the heliospheric stagnation region exists or not has been a topic of discussion. This was triggered by measurements indicating that the Alfvén speed and the speed of fast magnetosonic waves are higher than the flow speed of the local interstellar medium (LISM) relative to the heliosphere and resulted in the conclusion that either a bow wave or a slow magnetosonic shock might exist. We demonstrate here that including the He{sup +} component of the LISM yields both an Alfvén and fast magnetosonic wave speed lower than the LISM flow speed. Consequently, the scenario of a bow shock in front of the heliosphere, as modeled in numerous simulations of the interaction of the solar wind with the LISM, remains valid.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Institut für Theoretische Physik IV, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22348059
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 782; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ALFVEN WAVES; ATOMS; HELIOSPHERE; HYDRODYNAMICS; INTERACTIONS; MAGNETOACOUSTIC WAVES; SHOCK WAVES; SIMULATION; SOLAR WIND; SUN; VELOCITY