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Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 371–383 | Cite as

Interplanetary sector structure and the helliomagnetic equator

  • Michael Schulz
Article

Abstract

The magnetohydrodynamics of solar-wind flow lead logically to the formation of one warped annular neutral surface that apparently extends from ≈ 2r (solar radii) to the boundary of the heliosphere. The most likely asymptotic configuration for this neutral sheet intersects the heliomagnetic equatorial plane along four corotating arcs. The observer sees a reversal of magnetic polarity on each crossing of the neutral surface, and so interprets each reversal as the crossing of a sector boundary.

Keywords

Solar Wind Field Line Interplanetary Magnetic Field Heliocentric Distance Ecliptic Plane 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht-Holland 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Schulz
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  1. 1.Space Physics LaboratoryThe Aerospace CorporationEl SegundoU.S.A.

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