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Journal Article

Interplanetary Magnetic Fields

P. J. Coleman, Jr., Leverett Davis, Jr., E. J. Smith and C. P. Sonett
New Series, Vol. 138, No. 3545 (Dec. 7, 1962), pp. 1099-1100
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Preliminary analysis of Mariner II magnetometer data indicates a persistent interplanetary field varying between a least 2 and 10 gamma (1γ = 10$^{-5}$ gauss). The interplanetary field appears to lie mainly in the ecliptic plane, although there is a substantial, fluctuating, transverse component. The Mariner II data agree reasonably well with the prior Pioneer V observations. Typically, variations as large as 5 to 10 gamma in the field component radial from the sun are measured. Correlations with the Mariner II plasma measurements have been observed.

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