Articles | Volume 38, issue 1
Ann. Geophys., 38, 51–60, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-38-51-2020
Ann. Geophys., 38, 51–60, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-38-51-2020

Regular paper 15 Jan 2020

Regular paper | 15 Jan 2020

On the magnetic characteristics of magnetic holes in the solar wind between Mercury and Venus

Martin Volwerk et al.

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The magnetic field that is carried by the solar wind slowly decreases in strength as it moves further from the Sun. However, there are sometimes localized decreases in the magnetic field strength, called magnetic holes. These are small structures where the magnetic field strength decreases to less than 50 % of the surroundings and the plasma density increases. This paper presents a statistical study of the behaviour of these holes between Mercury and Venus using MESSENGER data.