Plasma and Magnetic Field Inside Magnetic Clouds: a Global Study
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- Cid, C., Hidalgo, M., Nieves-Chinchilla, T. et al. Solar Physics (2002) 207: 187. doi:10.1023/A:1015542108356
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Data observed during spacecraft encounters with magnetic clouds have been extensively analyzed in the literature. Moreover, several models have been proposed for the magnetic topology of these events, and fitted to the observations. Although these interplanetary events present well-defined plasma features, none of those models have included a simultaneous analysis of magnetic field and plasma data. Using as a starting point a non-force-free model that we have developed previously, we present a global study of MCs that include both the magnetic field topology and the plasma pressure. In this paper we obtain the governing equations for both magnitudes inside a MC. The expressions deduced are fitted simultaneously to the measurements of plasma pressure and magnetic field vector. We perform an analysis of magnetic field and plasma WIND observations within several MCs from 1995 to 1998. The analysis is confined to four of these events that have high-quality data. Only in one fitting procedure we obtain the orientation of the magnetic cloud relative to the ecliptic plane and the current density of the plasma inside the cloud. We find that the equations proposed reproduce the experimental data quite well.