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Title: ELECTRON THERMAL CONDUCTION AS A POSSIBLE PHYSICAL MECHANISM TO MAKE THE INNER HELIOSHEATH THINNER

We show that electron thermal conductivity may strongly affect the heliosheath plasma flow and the global pattern of the solar wind's interaction with the local interstellar medium. In particular, it leads to strong reduction of the inner heliosheath thickness, which makes it possible to explain (qualitatively) why Voyager 1 (V1) has crossed the heliopause at an unexpectedly small heliocentric distance of 122 AU. To estimate the effect of thermal conductivity, we consider a limiting case when thermal conduction is very effective. To do that, we assume the plasma flow in the entire heliosphere is nearly isothermal. Due to this effect, the heliospheric distance of the termination shock has increased by about 15 AU in the V1 direction compared with the adiabatic case with γ = 5/3. The heliospheric distance of the heliopause has decreased by about 27 AU. As a result, the thickness of the inner heliosheath in the model has decreased by about 42 AU and has become equal to 32 AU.
Authors:
 [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. Department of Mechanics and Mathematics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 1 Leninskie gory, Moscow, 119991 (Russian Federation)
  2. Space Research Institute (IKI) of Russian Academy of Sciences, 84/32 Profsoyuznaya Street, Moscow, 117997 (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22364572
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal Letters; Journal Volume: 795; 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; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DISTANCE; HELIOSPHERE; INTERSTELLAR SPACE; PLASMA; SOLAR WIND; SUN; THERMAL CONDUCTION; THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY; VOYAGER SPACE PROBES