Cosmic ray drift, shock wave acceleration, and the anomalous component of cosmic rays Academic Article uri icon


  • A model of the anomalous component of the quiet-time cosmic ray flux is presented in which ex--interstellar neutral particles are accelerated continuously in the polar regions of the solar-wind termination shock and then drift into the equatorial regions of the inner heliosphere. The observed solar-cycle variations, radial gradient, and apparent latitude gradient of the anomalous component are a natural consequence of this model.

publication date

  • January 1, 1981