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Radial evolution of the solar wind from IMP 8 to Voyager 2Voyager 2 and Interplanetary Monitoring Platform (IMP) 8 data from 1977 through 1994 are presented and compared. Radial velocity and temperature structures remain intact over the distance from 1 to 43 AU, but density structures do not. Temperature and velocity changes are correlated and nearly in phase at 1 AU, but in the outer heliosphere temperature changes lead velocity changes by tens of days. Solar cycle variations are detected by both spacecraft, with minima in flux density and dynamic pressure near solar maxima. Differences between Voyager 2 and IMP 8 observations near the solar minimum in 1986-1987 are attributed to latitudinal gradients in solar wind properties. Solar rotation variations are often present even at 40 AU. The Voyager 2 temperature profile is best fit with a R(exp -0.49 +/- 0.01) decrease, much less steep than an adiabatic profile.
Document ID
19950045218
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Authors
Richardson, John D. (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, Cambridge, MA United States)
Paularena, Karolen I. (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, Cambridge, MA United States)
Lazarus, Alan J. (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, Cambridge, MA United States)
Belcher, John W. (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, Cambridge, MA United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
February 15, 1995
Publication Information
Publication: Geophysical Research Letters
Volume: 22
Issue: 4
ISSN: 0094-8276
Subject Category
SOLAR PHYSICS
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAG5-584
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAGW-1550
CONTRACT_GRANT: JPL-959203
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