Corotating Interaction Regions

Proceedings of an ISSI Workshop 6–13 June 1998, Bern, Switzerland

  • A. Balogh
  • J. T. Gosling
  • J. R. Jokipii
  • R. Kallenbach
  • H. Kunow
Conference proceedings

Part of the Space Sciences Series of ISSI book series (SSSI, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Freword

    1. A. Balogh, J. T. Gosling, J. R. Jokipii, R. Kallenbach, H. Kunow
      Pages 1-3
  3. Introductory Papers

  4. Working Group Reports

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. A. Balogh, V. Bothmer, N. U. Crooker, R. J. Forsyth, G. Gloeckler, A. Hewish et al.
      Pages 141-178
    3. N. U. Crooker, J. T. Gosling, V. Bothmer, R. J. Forsyth, P. R. Gazis, A. Hewish et al.
      Pages 179-220
    4. H. Kunow, M. A. Lee, L. A. Fisk, R. J. Forsyth, B. Heber, T. S. Horbury et al.
      Pages 221-268
    5. P. R. Gazis, F. B. McDonald, R. A. Burger, S. Chalov, R. B. Decker, J. Dwyer et al.
      Pages 269-305
    6. R. B. McKibben, J. R. Jokipii, R. A. Burger, B. Heber, J. Kóta, F. B. McDonald et al.
      Pages 307-326
    7. G. M. Mason, R. Von Steiger, R. B. Decker, M. I. Desai, J. R. Dwyer, L. A. Fisk et al.
      Pages 327-367
    8. M. Scholer, G. Mann, S. Chalov, M. I. Desai, L. A. Fisk, J. R. Jokipii et al.
      Pages 369-399
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 401-411

About these proceedings


A Corotating Interaction Region (CIR) is the result of the interaction of fast solar wind with slower solar wind ahead. CIRs have a very large three-dimensional ex­ tent and are the dominant large-scale structure in the heliosphere on the declining and minimum phase of the solar activity cycle. Until recently, however, CIRs could only be observed close to the ecliptic plane, and their three-dimensional structure was therefore not obvious to observers and theoreticians alike. Ulysses was the first spacecraft allowing direct exploration of the third dimen­ sion of the heliosphere. Since 1992, when it has entered a polar orbit that takes it 0 up to 80 latitude, the spacecraft's performance has been flawless and the mission has provided excellent data from a superbly matched set of instruments. Perhaps the most exciting observation during Ulysses' first passage towards the south pole of the Sun was a strong and long lasting CIR whose energetic particle effects were observed up to unexpectedly high latitudes. These observations, documented in a number of publications, stimulated considerable new theoretical work.


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Editors and affiliations

  • A. Balogh
    • 1
  • J. T. Gosling
    • 2
  • J. R. Jokipii
    • 3
  • R. Kallenbach
    • 4
  • H. Kunow
    • 5
  1. 1.The Blackett LaboratoryImperial CollegeLondonUK
  2. 2.Los Alamos National Laboratory, MS D466Los AlamosUSA
  3. 3.Lunar and Planetary LaboratoryUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  4. 4.International Space Science InstituteBernSwitzerland
  5. 5.Extraterrestrische Physik, Institut für Experimentelle und Angewandte PhysikUniversität KielKielGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5367-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1179-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-7525
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