Solar Physics

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 442–455

A model of interplanetary and coronal magnetic fields


  • Kenneth H. Schatten
    • Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California
  • John M. Wilcox
    • Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California
  • Norman F. Ness
    • Goddard Space Flight Center

DOI: 10.1007/BF00146478

Cite this article as:
Schatten, K.H., Wilcox, J.M. & Ness, N.F. Sol Phys (1969) 6: 442. doi:10.1007/BF00146478


A model of the large-scale magnetic field structure above the photosphere uses a Green's function solution to Maxwell's equations. Sources for the magnetic field are related to the observed photospheric field and to the field computed at a ‘source’ surface about 0.6 R above the photosphere. The large-scale interplanetary magnetic field sector pattern is related to the field pattern at this ‘source’ surface. The model generates magnetic field patterns on the ‘source’ surface that compare well with interplanetary observations. Comparisons are shown with observations of the interplanetary magnetic field obtained by the IMP-3 satellite.

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