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Potential Field Source Surface Models
Entry ID: PFSS

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Abstract: Potential Field Source Surface Models provide an approximate description of the solar coronal magnetic field based on observed photospheric fields (magnetograms). They were initially developed by Altschuler and Newkirk (Sol. Phys. 9, 131, 1969) and Schatten et al. (Sol. Phys. 6, 442, 1969), and later refined by Hoeksema (1984 Thesis, Stanford University) and Wang and Sheeley (ApJ 392, 310, 1992).
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Caption Description:  Magnetic Field

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Originators: J. Luhmann et al., SSL/UC Berkeley
Title: Potential Field Source Surface Models
Provider: Community Coordinated Modeling Center
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Coronal Magnetic Field

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NASA/GSFC/SED/HSD/GPL/CCMC > Community Coordinated Modeling Center, Geospace Physics Lab, Heliospheric Science Division, Science and Exploration Directorate, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Supplemental Info
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Phone: 301-286-8224
Fax: 301-286-1648
Email: Michael.Hesse at
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Mailstop 674.0
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
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Distribution_Media: Online
Phone: 301-286-2061
Email: peter.j.macneice at
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
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Altschuler, M.D. and G. Newkirk, Magnetic fields and structure of solar corona .I. Methods of calculating coronal fields, Solar Physics 9, 131, 1969.

Hoeksema, J. T. 1984, Ph.D. thesis, Stanford University.

Schatten, K. H., Wilcox J. M, and N. F. Ness, A model of interplanetary and coronal magnetic fields, Solar Physics, 6, 442, 1969.

Wang, Y. M. And N. R. Sheeley , On potential-field models of the solar corona, Astrophysical Journal 392 (1): 310-319 Part 1 JUN 10 1992.
Creation and Review Dates
SERF Creation Date: 2006-08-10
SERF Last Revision Date: 2011-11-10
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