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The Imprint of Intermittent Interchange Reconnection on the Solar Wind

AuthorWyper, Peter; DeVore, C.~R.; Antiochos, S.~K.; Pontin, D.~I.; Higginson, Aleida; Scott, Roger; Masson, Sophie; Pelegrin-Frachon, Theo;
KeywordsParker Data Used; Solar corona; Solar coronal holes; Solar wind; Solar magnetic reconnection; Solar magnetic fields; Solar Physics; 1483; 1484; 1534; 1504; 1503; 1476
AbstractThe solar wind is known to be highly structured in space and time. Observations from Parker Solar Probe have revealed an abundance of so-called magnetic switchbacks within the near-Sun solar wind. In this Letter, we use a high-resolution, adaptive-mesh, magnetohydrodynamics simulation to explore the disturbances launched into the solar wind by intermittent/bursty interchange reconnection and how they may be related to magnetic switchbacks. We find that repeated ejection of plasmoid flux ropes into the solar wind produces a curtain of propagating and interacting torsional Alfv\ enic waves. We demonstrate that this curtain forms when plasmoid flux ropes dynamically realign with the radial field as they are ejected from the current layer and that this is a robust effect of the 3D geometry of the interchange reconnection region. Simulated flythroughs of this curtain in the low corona reveal an Alfv\ enic patch that closely resembles observations of switchback patches, but with relatively small magnetic field deflections. Therefore, we suggest that switchbacks could be the solar wind imprint of intermittent interchange reconnection in the corona, provided an in situ process subsequently amplifies the disturbances to generate the large deflections or reversals of radial field that are typically observed. That is to say, our results indicate that a combination of low-coronal and inner-heliospheric mechanisms may be required to explain switchback observations.
Year of Publication2022
Number of PagesL29
Date Publisheddec