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Strahl is the strongly field-aligned, beam-like population of electrons in the solar wind. Strahl width is observed to increase with distance from the Sun, and hence strahl electrons must be subject to in-transit scattering effects. Different energy relations have been both observed and modeled for both strahl width and the width increase with radial distance. Thus, there is much debate regarding what mechanism(s) scatter strahl. In this study, we use a novel method to investigate strahl evolution within 1 au by estimatin ...
Published by: The Astrophysical Journal Published on: 03/2018
YEAR: 2018   DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aaaf1b
Simple estimates of the number of Coulomb collisions experienced by the interplanetary plasma to the point of observation, I.e., the \textquotedblleftcollisional age\textquotedblright, can be usefully employed in the study of non-thermal features of the solar wind. Usually these estimates are based on local plasma properties at the point of observation. Here we improve the method of estimation of the collisional age by employing solutions obtained from global three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamics simulations. This enable ...
Published by: The Astrophysical Journal Published on: 04/2016
YEAR: 2016   DOI: 10.3847/0004-637X/821/1/34