Magnetic reconnection as an erosion mechanism for magnetic switchbacks
Methods. We analyse magnetic field and plasma data from the Magnetometer and Solar Wind Analyser instruments aboard Solar Orbiter between 10 August and 30 August 2021. During this period, the spacecraft was 0.6 -– 0.7 au from the Sun. Using hodographs and Walén analysis methods, we test for rotational discontinuities (RDs) in the magnetic field and reconnection-associated outflows at the boundaries of the identified switchback structures. Results.
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