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Alfv\ enic fluctuations are very common features in the solar wind and are found especially within the main portion of fast-wind streams while the slow wind usually is less Alfv\ enic and more variable. In general, the fast and slow winds show many differences, which span from the large-scale structure to small-scale phenomena, including also a different turbulent behaviour. Recent studies, however, have shown that even the slow wind can sometimes be highly Alfv\ enic, with fluctuations as large as those of the fast wind. ...
Published by: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Published on: 3/2019
YEAR: 2018   DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty3329
Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics; methods: data analysis; parker solar probe; Physics - Data Analysis; Physics - Plasma Physics; Physics - Space Physics; Solar Probe Plus; Solar wind; Statistics and Probability; turbulence
To test a technique to be used on the white-light imager onboard the recently launched Parker Solar Probe mission, we performed a numerical differentiation of the brightness profiles along the photometric axis of the F-corona models that are derived from STEREO Ahead Sun Earth Connection Heliospheric Investigation observations recorded with the HI-1 instrument between 2007 December and 2014 March. We found a consistent pattern in the derivatives that can be observed from any S/C longitude between about 18\textdegree and 2 ...
Published by: The Astrophysical Journal Published on: 11/2018
YEAR: 2018   DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aae6cb
White-light coronal and heliospheric imagers observe scattering of photospheric light from both dust particles (the F-Corona) and free electrons in the corona (the K-corona). The separation of the two coronae is thus vitally important to reveal the faint K-coronal structures (e.g., streamers, co-rotating interaction regions, coronal mass ejections, etc.). However, the separation of the two coronae is very difficult, so we are content in defining a background corona that contains the F- and as little K- as possible. For bo ...
Published by: The Astrophysical Journal Published on: 04/2017
YEAR: 2017   DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa6a12