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Authors: Macneil Allan R, Owens Mathew J, Wicks Robert T, Lockwood Mike, Bentley Sarah N, et al.
Title: The evolution of inverted magnetic fields through the inner heliosphereABSTRACT

Local inversions are often observed in the heliospheric magnetic field (HMF), but their origins and evolution are not yet fully understood. Parker Solar Probe has recently observed rapid, Alfvénic, HMF inversions in the inner heliosphere, known as ’switchbacks’, which have been interpreted as the possible remnants of coronal jets. It has also been suggested that inverted HMF may be produced by near-Sun interchange reconnection; a key process in mechanisms proposed for slow solar wind release. These cases suggest that the source of inverted HMF is near the Sun, and it follows that these inversions would gradually decay and straighten as they propagate out through the heliosphere. Alternatively, HMF inversions could form during solar wind transit, through phenomena such velocity shea. . .
Date: 04-2020 Publisher: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Pages: 3642 - 3655 DOI: 10.1093/mnras/staa951 Available at:
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Authors: Owens Mathew J., Lockwood Mike, Barnard Luke A., and MacNeil Allan R.
Title: Generation of Inverted Heliospheric Magnetic Flux by Coronal Loop Opening and Slow Solar Wind Release

In situ spacecraft observations provide much-needed constraints on theories of solar wind formation and release, particularly the highly variable slow solar wind, which dominates near-Earth space. Previous studies have shown an association between local inversions in the heliospheric magnetic field (HMF) and solar wind released from the vicinity of magnetically closed coronal structures. We here show that in situ properties of inverted HMF are consistent with the same hot coronal source regions as the slow solar wind. We propose that inverted HMF is produced by solar wind speed shear, which results from interchange reconnection between a coronal loop and open flux tube, and introduces a pattern of fast-slow-fast wind along a given HMF flux tube. This same loop-opening process is thought. . .
Date: 11/2018 Publisher: The Astrophysical Journal Pages: L14 DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aaee82 Available at:
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