FAST PLASMA STREAMS RECORDED NEAR THE EARTH DURING 1985–1996

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Abstract

A reference catalogue of 373 well-defined high-speed plasma streams identified in the solar wind measurements from 1985 to 1996 is reported. The data base for this study is the interplanetary plasma/magnetic field data compilation made available by the NSSDC/WDC-A for rockets and satellites (NASA/GSFC-Greenbelt). The main characteristics of those streams, such as the beginning time, the duration, the origin of them (corotating or flare-generated), the interplanetary magnetic field polarity (Stanford magnetic field), are given in the catalogue.

The long-term variation in the occurrence rate of high-speed streams shows interesting differences between even and odd solar cycles when catalogues for solar cycles 20, 21, and 22 are considered together. Hence, this catalogue, extended now over three solar cycles, should be useful for studies connected with solar-interplanetary or solar-terrestrial phenomena, and to clarify solar activity in time.

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