The Heliosphere in the Local Interstellar Medium

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

  • R. Von Steiger
  • R. Lallement
  • M. A. Lee
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Part of the Space Science Series of ISSI book series (SSSI, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Science as an Adventure

    1. H. Bondi
      Pages 1-5
  3. The Heliosphere

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. W. I. Axford
      Pages 9-14
    3. André Balogh
      Pages 15-28
    4. L. F. Burlaga, N. F. Ness, J. W. Belcher, A. J. Lazarus, J. D. Richardson
      Pages 33-42
    5. J. Geiss, G. Gloeckler, R. Von Steiger
      Pages 43-52
    6. D. A. Gurnett, W. S. Kurth
      Pages 53-66
    7. D. Ruciński, A. C. Cummings, G. Gloeckler, A. J. Lazarus, E. Möbius, M. Witte
      Pages 73-84
    8. Haruichi Washimi, Takashi Tanaka
      Pages 85-94
    9. P. G. Zank, H. L. Pauls
      Pages 95-106
  4. The Termination Shock

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Martin A. Lee
      Pages 109-116
    3. L. A. Fisk
      Pages 129-136
    4. J. R. Jokipii, J. Giacalone
      Pages 137-148
    5. R. A. Leske, R. A. Mewaldt, A. C. Cummings, J. R. Cummings, E. C. Stone, T. T. Von Rosenvinge
      Pages 149-154
  5. The Local Interstellar Medium

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Jeffrey L. Linsky
      Pages 157-164
    3. Michael Baguhl, Eberhard Grün, Markus Landgraf
      Pages 165-172
    4. Dieter Breitschwerdt
      Pages 173-182
    5. D. Breitschwerdt, R. Egger, M. J. Freyberg, P. C. Frisch, J. V. Vallerga
      Pages 183-198
    6. P. C. Frisch, J. D. Slavin
      Pages 223-228
    7. Johannes Geiss, Manfred Witte
      Pages 229-238
  6. Interaction between HS and LISM

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 399-399

About these proceedings


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.


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Editors and affiliations

  • R. Von Steiger
    • 1
  • R. Lallement
    • 2
  • M. A. Lee
    • 3
  1. 1.International Space Science InstituteBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Service d’Aéronomie du CNRSVerrières le BuissonFrance
  3. 3.University of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7296-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1782-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-7525
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