On Modeling Flux Rope-type Small Interplanetary Transients by Non-Force Free Methods
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Small interplanetary transients can have the geometry of magnetic flux ropes. We show examples of these taken from STEREO and Wind observations. We then model these configurations using techniques which do not assume a force-free state. We do this because past work (Wenyuan et al., 2014) has shown statistically over a large sample that the ratio of the thermal (proton plus electron) pressure to the magnetic pressure, i.e., the plasma beta, can be of order unity. We apply two methods, one analytical and one based on Grad-Shafranov reconstruction. We then discuss and interpret the results obtained from this least-squares fitting approach. We also consider the results in the context of a comparison with what one would obtain from a linear force-free algorithm (Lundquist solution).