Analyzing the large-scale curvature of interplanetary shocks
Author(s)Vogt, Marissa Farland
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics.
Justin C. Kasper.
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The 3-dimensional structure of interplanetary shock surfaces are analyzed using observations from the Wind and ACE spacecraft. Events seen by both spacecraft were selected from the available data and used to calculate the radius of curvature R, of the shock surface. The surface structure was examined within the ecliptic plane, and evidence of large-scale curvature was seen when the spacecraft separation was sufficiently large. A simulation was run to test the effects of small errors in the shock normal, and showed that these errors could affect R, calculations at small separation. The radius of curvature was studied as a function of shock strength to look for evidence of ripples on the shock surface, though no correlation was found.
Thesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, 2006.Thesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Physics, 2006.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 36-37).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences., Physics.