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Title: Magnetic clouds in the solar wind: a numerical assessment of analytical models
Authors: Dalakishvili, G ×
Kleimann, J
Fichtner, H
Poedts, Stefaan #
Issue Date: 17-Sep-2011
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Series Title: Astronomy & Astrophysics vol:536 pages:-
Article number: A100
Abstract: Magnetic clouds (MCs) are "magnetized plasma clouds" moving in the solar wind. MCs transport magnetic flux and helicity away from the Sun. These structures are not stationary but feature temporal evolution as they propagate in the solar wind. Simplified analytical models are frequently used to describe MCs, and they fit certain observational data well. The goal of the present study is to investigate numerically the validity of an analytical model which is widely used for the description of MCs, and to determine under which conditions this model's implied assumptions cease to be valid. A numerical approach is applied. Analytical solutions that have been derived in previous studies are implemented in a \textbf{3-D magnetohydrodynamic} simulation code as initial conditions. Initially, the analytical model represents the main observational features of the MCs. However, these characteristics prevail only if the structure moves with a velocity close to the velocity of the background flow. In this case an MC's evolution can quite accurately be described using an analytic, self-similar approach. The dynamics of the magnetic structures which move with a velocity significantly above or below that of the velocity of the solar wind is investigated in detail. Besides the standard case in which MCs only expand and propagate in the solar wind, the case of an MC rotating around its axis of symmetry is also considered, and the resulting influence on the MC's dynamics is studied.
ISSN: 0004-6361
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Plasma-astrophysics Section
× corresponding author
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