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Intriligator D.S.,Carmel Research Center Inc. | Detman T.,Carmel Research Center Inc. | Gloecker G.,University of Michigan | Gloeckler C.,University of Michigan | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics | Year: 2012

We report the first comparisons of pickup proton simulation results with in situ measurements of pickup protons obtained by the SWICS instrument on Ulysses. Simulations were run using the three dimensional (3D) time-dependent Hybrid Heliospheric Modeling System with Pickup Protons (HHMS-PI). HHMS-PI is an MHD solar wind model, expanded to include the basic physics of pickup protons from neutral hydrogen that drifts into the heliosphere from the local interstellar medium. We use the same model and input data developed by Detman et al. (2011) to now investigate the pickup protons. The simulated interval of 82 days in 2003-2004, includes both quiet solar wind (SW) and also the October-November 2003 solar events (the "Halloween 2003" solar storms). The HHMS-PI pickup proton simulations generally agree with the SWICS measurements and the HHMS-PI simulated solar wind generally agrees with SWOOPS (also on Ulysses) measurements. Many specific features in the observations are well represented by the model. We simulated twenty specific solar events associated with the Halloween 2003 storm. We give the specific values of the solar input parameters for the HHMS-PI simulations that provide the best combined agreement in the times of arrival of the solar-generated shocks at both ACE and Ulysses. We show graphical comparisons of simulated and observed parameters, and we give quantitative measures of the agreement of simulated with observed parameters. We suggest that some of the variations in the pickup proton density during the Halloween 2003 solar events may be attributed to depletion of the inflowing local interstellar medium (LISM) neutral hydrogen (H) caused by its increased conversion to pickup protons in the immediately preceding shock. © 2012. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. Source

Intriligator D.S.,Carmel Research Center Inc. | Intriligator J.,Bangor University | Miller W.D.,Carmel Research Center Inc. | Webber W.R.,New Mexico State University | Decker R.B.,Johns Hopkins University
Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics | Year: 2010

We have found in the Voyager 2 (V2) plasma science data in the heliosheath (HS) near the termination shock (TS) high-energy ions (HEIs) in addition to the bulk plasma convective flow ions. The HEI detections temporally coincide with increased V2 plasma wave subsystem (PWS) activity in "event A" of Gurnett and Kurth (2008). Maxwellian fits to HEI detections indicate the HEIs are moving radially anti-Sunward with a proton speed of 600 km/s, a density of 10-4 cm-3, and a thermal speed of 10 km/s. The heliosheath bulk convective protons have a speed of 204 km/s, a density of 0.0029 cm -3, and a thermal speed of 26.7 km/s. The HEI flux and ram pressure are approximately 10% and 30% of those of the bulk HS flow. Since the HEI speed is both close to twice the solar wind speed and independent of the heliosheath bulk plasma speed, the HEIs may be detections of pickup protons formed in the solar wind and convected through the TS. The HEIs also are reminiscent of the pickup protons upstream of the Mars bow shock where their energy also was independent of the bulk plasma speed and attributed to multiple reflections off the Mars bow shock. Gurnett and Kurth's (2008) event A enhanced PWS activity may be generated by a two-stream instability from the interaction of these HEIs with the heliosheath bulk plasma ions. We present our findings, discuss their implications, and also present alternative interpretations. Copyright 2010 by the American Geophysical Union. Source

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