The effects of boundary condition asymmetries on the interplanetary magnetic field-moon interaction
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Boundary condition asymmetries inherent in the solar wind flow past the Moon are included in a cylindrical model of the interplanetary magnetic field - Moon interaction. Numerical examinations of the sunward side response of this model are compared in the frequency domain with those of symmetrically excited spherical and cylindrical models and two characteristic differences are observed: the response of the asymmetric model is depressed at low frequencies due to magnetic diffusion around a conducting core, and is flattened at high frequencies because of the finite application time of the incident interplanetary magnetic field. The diffusion of field lines around the core is also evident in the time response of the model in the anti-solar cavity. The above features of the lunar response resulting from boundary condition asymmetries are shown to be evident in observational measurements.
KeywordsBoundary Condition Magnetic Field Time Response Solar Wind Frequency Domain
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