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Title: Assessment of energetic neutral He atom intensities expected from the IBEX Ribbon

Full sky maps of energetic neutral atoms (ENA) obtained with the Interstellar Boundary Explorer revealed a bright, arc-like Ribbon. We compare possible, though as yet undetected, He ENA emission in two models of the Ribbon origin. The models were originally developed for hydrogen ENA. In the first one, ENA are produced outside the heliopause from the ionized neutral solar wind in the direction where the local interstellar magnetic field is perpendicular to the line of sight. The second model proposes production at the contact layer between the Local Interstellar Cloud (LIC) and the Local Bubble (LB). The models are redesigned to helium using relevant interactions between atoms and ions. Resulting intensities are compared with possible emission of helium ENA from the heliosheath. In the first model, the expected intensity is ∼0.014 (cm{sup 2} s sr keV){sup –1}, i.e., of the order of the He emission from the heliosheath, whereas in the second, the LIC/LB contact layer model, the intensity is ∼(2-7) (cm{sup 2} s sr keV){sup –1}, i.e., a few hundred times larger. If the IBEX Ribbon needs a source population of He ENA leaving the heliosphere, it should not be visible in He ENA fluxes mainly because of themore » insufficient supply of the parent He ENA originating from the neutralized solar wind α-particles. We conclude that full-sky measurements of He ENA could give promising prospects for probing the Local Interstellar Medium at the distance of a few thousand AU and create the possibility of distinction between the above mentioned models of Ribbon origin.« less
Authors:
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  1. Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Bartycka 18A, 00-716 Warsaw (Poland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22351401
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 782; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ATOMS; AVAILABILITY; CHARGES; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; EMISSION; HELIOSPHERE; HELIUM; HYDROGEN; INTERACTIONS; INTERSTELLAR MAGNETIC FIELDS; KEV RANGE; LAYERS; PARTICLES; SOLAR WIND; SUN