spacepy.empiricals.getExpectedSWTemp(velo, model='XB15', units='K')[source]

Return the expected solar wind temperature based on the bulk velocity

The formulations used by this function are those given by, L87 – Lopez, R.E., J. Geophys. Res., 92, 11189-11194, 1987 BS06 – Borovsky, J.E. and J.T. Steinberg, Geophysical Monograph Series 167, 59-76, 2006 XB15 – Xu, F. and J.E. Borovsky, J. Geophys. Res., 120, 70-100, 2015


Array like of solar wind bulk velocity values [km/s]

modelstr [optional]

Name of model to use. Valid choices are L87, BS06 and XB15. Default is XB15

unitsstr [optional]

Units for output temperature, options are eV or K. Default is Kelvin [K]


The expected solar wind temperature given the bulk velocity [K] or [eV]