SH028:
The Local Interstellar Medium and its Interaction with the Heliosphere





Session ID#: 26235

Session Description:
The very local interstellar medium (VLISM) just beyond the heliosphere has received considerable recent interest. Voyager 1 is likely now making the first in situ measurements in the VLISM. Remote observations, such as energetic neutral atoms, galactic cosmic-ray anisotropies, and Lyman-alpha spectroscopy also provide new insights. Interpretation of the new observations presents a challenge. The VLISM is a combination of the pre-existing large-scale turbulent interstellar medium, and transient disturbances from the heliosphere. This includes a few events recently observed by Voyager 1 that will likely continue. The fluctuating solar wind, currently measured in situ by Voyager 2 and others, likely also influences the VLISM. The goal of this session is to highlight the new observations and bring together theorists and numerical modelers whose recent work brings fresh insights into the physics of the VLISM. We welcome abstracts in all the above and related areas.
Primary Convener:  Joe Giacalone, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States
Conveners:  Alan C Cummings, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, United States and Jack R Jokipii, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States
Index Terms:

2104 Cosmic rays [INTERPLANETARY PHYSICS]
2124 Heliopause and solar wind termination [INTERPLANETARY PHYSICS]
2126 Heliosphere/interstellar medium interactions [INTERPLANETARY PHYSICS]
2144 Interstellar gas [INTERPLANETARY PHYSICS]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Eric Zirnstein, Princeton University, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton, NJ, United States
Cesare Grava1, Wayne Robert Pryor2, Paul Feldman3, Kurt D Retherford4, Randy Gladstone1 and Thomas K Greathouse1, (1)Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, United States, (2)Central Arizona College, Coolidge, AZ, United States, (3)Johns Hopkins Univ, Baltimore, MD, United States, (4)Southwest Research Inst, San Antonio, TX, United States
Gary Paul Zank1, Senbei Du2 and Peter Hunana1, (1)University of Alabama in Huntsville, CSPAR, Huntsville, AL, United States, (2)University of Alabama in Huntsville, Department of Space Science, Huntsville, AL, United States
Philip A Isenberg, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, United States and Harald Kucharek, Univ New Hampshire, Durham, NH, United States
Sarah A. Spitzer, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI, United States, Jason A Gilbert, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States and Susan T Lepri, Univ Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Zac P Freeman, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, United States and Vladimir A Florinski, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL, United States
Jamie Sue Rankin, Edward C Stone and Alan C Cummings, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, United States
Jeewoo Park1, Harald Kucharek2, Adam Szabo3, Nikolaos Paschalidis4, Alex Grocer3 and Sarah Jones5, (1)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (2)Univ New Hampshire, Durham, NH, United States, (3)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (4)NASA/GSFC-Heliophysics Sci, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (5)Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States
Harald Kucharek, University of New Hampshire Main Campus, Durham, NH, United States, Philip A Isenberg, Univ New Hampshire, Durham, NH, United States, Park Jeewoo, Berlin, Germany, Marzena A. Kubiak, Space Research Center Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland and Maciej Bzowski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Merav Opher1, James Frederick Drake2, Gabor Toth3, Marc Swisdak2, Adam Michael1, Marc Zachary Kornbleuth1 and Bertalan Zieger1, (1)Boston University, Boston, MA, United States, (2)University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States, (3)University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Vladimir A Florinski, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, United States, Xiaocheng Guo, CSSAR, CAS, Beijing, China and Leonard F Burlaga, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 673, Greenbelt, MD, United States