Space Sciences Series of ISSI

The Heliosphere in the Local Interstellar Medium

Proceedings of the First ISSI Workshop 6–10 November 1995, Bern, Switzerland

Editors: von Steiger, Rudolf, Lallement, R., Lee, M.A. (Eds.)

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In summary, we can conclude that the contributions of the different ionization processes to the total ionization rate for the most abundant interstellar species are basically known. The ionization of the noble gases He and Ne is almost completely dominated by photoionization, whereas for H charge-exchange with the solar wind is most important. For other species, such as 0 and Ar, both processes contribute significantly. Electron impact ionization can typically contribute by '" 10% to the total rate in the inner Solar System. Because direct measurements of the solar EUV flux are not yet continuously available, the variation of the ionization rate over the solar cycle still contains a relatively large uncertainty. The recent measurements of pickup ion distributions and of the neutral helium gas provide an independent tool to determine the total ionization rate that can be used to cross calibrate with the results obtained for the individual ionization processes. Acknowledgements The authors are grateful to M. Allen for supplying us with new data on photoioniza­ tion cross-sections compiled by him. We thank also M. Gruntman for drawing our attention to and support in collecting the most recent data on charge-exchange cross-sections. D. R. was supported by grant No. 2 P03C. 004. 09 from the Com­ mittee for Scientific Research (Poland). This work was also supported in part through NASA contract NAS7-918, NSF Grant INT-911637, NASA Grant NAGW- 2579.

Table of contents (40 chapters)

  • Science as an Adventure

    Bondi, H.

    Pages 1-5

  • The Heliosphere

    Axford, W. I.

    Pages 9-14

  • The Heliospheric Magnetic Field

    Balogh, André

    Pages 15-28

  • The Solar Wind: A Turbulent Magnetohydrodynamic Medium

    Bavassano, B.

    Pages 29-32

  • Voyager Observations of the Magnetic Field, Interstellar Pickup Ions and Solar Wind in the Distant Heliosphere

    Burlaga, L. F. (et al.)

    Pages 33-42

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Heliosphere in the Local Interstellar Medium
Book Subtitle
Proceedings of the First ISSI Workshop 6–10 November 1995, Bern, Switzerland
Editors
  • Rudolf von Steiger
  • R. Lallement
  • M.A. Lee
Series Title
Space Sciences Series of ISSI
Series Volume
1
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-1782-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-1782-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-4320-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-7296-0
Series ISSN
1385-7525
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 399
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