TY - JOUR

T1 - Propagation of cosmic rays in the solar wind

AU - Jokipii, J. Randy

PY - 1971

Y1 - 1971

N2 - This paper presents a coherent exposition of the modern statistical theory of the transport of fast charged particles (cosmic rays) in the solar wind. Observations are discussed only as they illustrate the phenomena under discussion. A brief introductory section surveys the historical development of the theory. The dominant effect on the motion of cosmic rays in the solar wind is the interplanetary magnetic field, which is irregular and which is therefore best treated statistically, using random functions. The magnetic irregularities scatter the cosmic rays in pitch angle, so that to a good approximation the cosmic rays diffuse through the irregular magnetic field. Using a statistical analysis of the equations of motion, one may relate the diffusion tensor to the power spectrum of the magnetic field, which is in principle measurable. The resulting general transport theory relates the motion of cosmic rays, statistically, to the solar‐wind velocity and magnetic field. Application of the theory both to the modulation of galactic cosmic rays by the solar wind and to the propagation of solar cosmic rays is discussed in detail. It is concluded that the present theory explains the principal phenomena quite well. Future theoretical work will probably be devoted to obtaining better solutions of the equations, to obtaining better values of the parameters, and to studying higher‐order or more subtle effects.

AB - This paper presents a coherent exposition of the modern statistical theory of the transport of fast charged particles (cosmic rays) in the solar wind. Observations are discussed only as they illustrate the phenomena under discussion. A brief introductory section surveys the historical development of the theory. The dominant effect on the motion of cosmic rays in the solar wind is the interplanetary magnetic field, which is irregular and which is therefore best treated statistically, using random functions. The magnetic irregularities scatter the cosmic rays in pitch angle, so that to a good approximation the cosmic rays diffuse through the irregular magnetic field. Using a statistical analysis of the equations of motion, one may relate the diffusion tensor to the power spectrum of the magnetic field, which is in principle measurable. The resulting general transport theory relates the motion of cosmic rays, statistically, to the solar‐wind velocity and magnetic field. Application of the theory both to the modulation of galactic cosmic rays by the solar wind and to the propagation of solar cosmic rays is discussed in detail. It is concluded that the present theory explains the principal phenomena quite well. Future theoretical work will probably be devoted to obtaining better solutions of the equations, to obtaining better values of the parameters, and to studying higher‐order or more subtle effects.

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U2 - 10.1029/RG009i001p00027

DO - 10.1029/RG009i001p00027

M3 - Review article

AN - SCOPUS:84995103223

VL - 9

SP - 27

EP - 87

JO - Reviews of Geophysics

JF - Reviews of Geophysics

SN - 8755-1209

IS - 1

ER -