- Conference date: 17–22 June 2012
- Location: Big Island, Hawaii
Various NASA spacecraft have measured ultraviolet radiation in the heliosphere at different locations over time. Much of this data corresponds to back-scattered Lyman-alpha radiation from neutral hydrogen, particularly in the context of planetary atmospheric measurements and inferred solar activity. Less attention has been devoted to using this data in the context of large-scale heliospheric simulations with complex global models. A 3D Monte Carlo simulation has been developed for analysis of Lyman-alpha scattering using global heliospheric models developed within CSPAR as a background. The simulation tracks individual photons in a sun-centered spherical coordinate system with a radial limit of 1000 AU while retaining statistics for each cell within the grid space, which is defined by the global input data. Two of the statistics collected are the number of scatters and the total distance traveled by photons within a cell. Those photons directed towards the sun provide a measure of backscatter intensity that can be compared to antisolar observations of Lyman-alpha photons by spacecraft. Preliminary results reveal a similar trend of intensity between simulation in the upwind direction and reduced Voyager data, suggesting an accurate portrayal of neutral hydrogen in the heliosphere.
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