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Journal Articles Space Science Reviews Year : 1996

UV studies and the solar wind

Jean-Loup Bertaux


The solar wind carves a cavity in the flow of interstellar H atoms through the solar system by charge-exchange ionization. The resulting Ly-α sky pattern depends on the latitude distribution of the solar wind flux and velocity. We review how the solar wind characteristics (mass flux latitude distribution) can be retrieved from Ly-α observations, yielding a new remote sensing method of solar wind studies, through UV optical measurements.

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insu-03586359 , version 1 (23-02-2022)



Jean-Loup Bertaux, Rosine Lallement, Eric Quémerais. UV studies and the solar wind. Space Science Reviews, 1996, 78 (1-2), pp.317-328. ⟨10.1007/BF00170818⟩. ⟨insu-03586359⟩
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