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Evolutionary Signatures in Complex Ejecta and Their Driven Shocks : Volume 22, Issue 10 (03/11/2004)

By Farrugia, C. J.

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Title: Evolutionary Signatures in Complex Ejecta and Their Driven Shocks : Volume 22, Issue 10 (03/11/2004)  
Author: Farrugia, C. J.
Volume: Vol. 22, Issue 10
Language: English
Subject: Science, Annales, Geophysicae
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
Member Page: Copernicus Publications


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Berdichevsky, D. B., & Farrugia, C. J. (2004). Evolutionary Signatures in Complex Ejecta and Their Driven Shocks : Volume 22, Issue 10 (03/11/2004). Retrieved from

Description: University of New Hampshire, Space Science Center, Durham, NH, 03824, USA. We examine interplanetary signatures of ejecta-ejecta interactions. To this end, two time intervals of inner-heliospheric (≤1AU) observations separated by 2 solar cycles are chosen where ejecta/magnetic clouds are in the process of interacting to form complex ejecta. At the Sun, both intervals are characterized by many coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and flares. In each case, a complement of observations from various instruments on two spacecraft are examined in order to bring out the in-situ signatures of ejecta-ejecta interactions and their relation to solar observations. In the first interval (April 1979), data are shown from Helios-2 and ISEE-3, separated by ~0.33AU in radial distance and 28° in heliographic longitude. In the second interval (March-April 2001), data from the SOHO and Wind probes are combined, relating effects at the Sun and their manifestations at 1AU on one of Wind's distant prograde orbits. At ~0.67AU, Helios-2 observes two individual ejecta which have merged by the time they are observed at 1AU by ISEE-3. In March 2001, two distinct Halo CMEs (H-CMEs) are observed on SOHO on 28-29 March approaching each other with a relative speed of 500kms-1 within 30 solar radii. In order to isolate signatures of ejecta-ejecta interactions, the two event intervals are compared with expectations for pristine (isolated) ejecta near the last solar minimum, extensive observations on which were given by Berdichevsky et al. (2002). The observations from these two event sequences are then intercompared. In both event sequences, coalescence/merging was accompanied by the following signatures: heating of the plasma, acceleration of the leading ejecta and deceleration of the trailing ejecta, compressed field and plasma in the leading ejecta, disappearance of shocks and the strengthening of shocks driven by the accelerated ejecta. A search for reconnection signatures at the interface between the two ejecta in the March 2001 event was inconclusive because the measured changes in the plasma velocity tangential to the interface (ΔΝt) were not correlated with Δ(Bt /Ρ). This was possibly due to lack of sufficient magnetic shear across the interface. The ejecta mergers altered interplanetary parameters considerably, leading to contrasting geoeffects despite broadly similar solar activity. The complex ejecta on 31 March 2001 caused a double-dip ring current enhancement, resulting in two great storms (Dst, corrected for the effect of magnetopause currents, <-450nT), while the merger on 5 April 1979 produced only a corrected Dst of ~-100nT, mainly due to effects of magnetopause currents.

Evolutionary signatures in complex ejecta and their driven shocks


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