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Solar wind/local interstellar medium interaction including charge exchange with neural hydrogenWe present results from a hydrodynamic model of the interaction of the solar wind with the local interstellar medium (LISM), self-consistently taking into account the effects of charge exchange between the plasma component and the interstellar neutrals. The simulation is fully time dependent, and is carried out in two or three dimensions, depending on whether the helio-latitudinal dependence of the solar wind speed and number density (both giving rise to three dimensional effects) are included. As a first approximation it is assumed that the neutral component of the flow can be described by a single, isotropic fluid. Clearly, this is not the actual situation, since charge exchange with the supersonic solar wind plasma in the region of the nose results in a 'second' neutral fluid propagating in the opposite direction as that of the LISM neutrals.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Pauls, H. Louis (Delaware Univ. Newark, DE United States)
Zank, Gary P. (Delaware Univ. Newark, DE United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
June 30, 1995
Subject Category
Plasma Physics
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.