Electron Energy Partition across Interplanetary Shocks. II. Statistics

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<p>A statistical analysis of 15,210 electron velocity distribution function (VDF) fits, observed within \textpm2 hr of 52 interplanetary (IP) shocks by the Wind spacecraft near 1 au, is presented. This is the second in a three-part series on electron VDFs near IP shocks. The electron velocity moment statistics for the dense, low-energy core, tenuous, hot halo, and field-aligned beam/strahl are a statistically significant list of values illustrated with both histograms and tabular lists for reference and baselines in future work. Given the large statistics in this investigation, the beam/strahl fit results in the upstream are now the most comprehensive attempt to parameterize the beam/strahl electron velocity moments in the ambient solar wind. The median density, temperature, beta, and temperature anisotropy values for the core(halo)[beam/strahl] components, with subscripts ec(eh)[eb], of all fit results, respectively, are n<sub>ec</sub>(h)[b]\~ 11.3(0.36)[0.17] cm<sup>-3</sup>, T<sub>ec</sub>(h)[b],tot\~ 14.6(48.4)[40.2] eV, β <sub>ec</sub>(h)[b],tot\~ 0.93(0.11)[0.05], and \mathcal A <sub>ec</sub>(h)[b] \~ 0.98(1.03)[0.93]. This work will also serve as a 1 au baseline and reference for missions like Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter</p>
Year of Publication
2019
Journal
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series
Volume
245
Number of Pages
24
Date Published
12/2019
URL
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5445
DOI
10.3847/1538-4365/ab5445