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Title: IS VOYAGER 1 INSIDE AN INTERSTELLAR FLUX TRANSFER EVENT?

Plasma wave observations from Voyager 1 have recently shown large increases in plasma density, to about 0.1 cm{sup –3}, consistent with the density of the local interstellar medium. However, corresponding magnetic field observations continue to show the spiral magnetic field direction observed throughout the inner heliosheath. These apparently contradictory observations may be reconciled if Voyager 1 is inside an interstellar flux transfer event—similar to flux transfer events routinely seen at the Earth's magnetopause. If this were the case, Voyager 1 remains inside the heliopause and based on the Voyager 1 observations we can determine the polarity of the interstellar magnetic field for the first time.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. University of New Hampshire, 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824 (United States)
  2. Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78238-5166 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22364115
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal Letters; Journal Volume: 778; 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; ASTRONOMY; ASTROPHYSICS; COSMIC RADIATION; HELIOSPHERE; INTERSTELLAR MAGNETIC FIELDS; INTERSTELLAR SPACE; MAGNETOPAUSE; PLASMA DENSITY; PLASMA WAVES; SUN; VOYAGER SPACE PROBES