SWICSSolar Wind Ion Composition Spectrometer
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Using data from the Solar-Wind Ion Composition Spectrometer (SWICS), Johannes Geiss, George Gloeckler, and their colleagues have established that the outward-racing polar wind originates in a region of the solar atmosphere several hundred thousand degrees cooler than the 1,800,000 [degrees] Kelvin source of the slower wind at the equator.
The SWICS investigators suspect this compositional distinction is rooted in the chromosphere (a thin zone between the Sun's visible surface and the corona) or in processes occurring underneath the coronal holes.
Pickup ions of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and neon were seen for the first time by the SWICS experiment.