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A&A
Volume 608, December 2017



Article Number  A118  
Number of page(s)  12  
Section  The Sun  
DOI  https://doi.org/10.1051/00046361/201731412  
Published online  13 December 2017 
Magnetic cloud fit by uniformtwist toroidal flux ropes
^{1} Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Boční II 1401, 141 00 Praha 4, Czech Republic
email: vandas@asu.cas.cz
^{2} University Park, LSC, Houston, TX 77070, USA
email: romash7@gmail.com
Received: 21 June 2017
Accepted: 12 September 2017
Context. Detailed studies of magnetic cloud observations in the solar wind in recent years indicate that magnetic clouds are interplanetary flux ropes with a low twist. Commonly, their magnetic fields are fit by the axially symmetric linear forcefree field in a cylinder (Lundquist field), which in contrast has a strong and increasing twist toward the boundary of the flux rope. Therefore another field, the axially symmetric uniformtwist forcefree field in a cylinder (GoldHoyle field) has become employed to analyze magnetic clouds.
Aims. Magnetic clouds are bent, and for some observations, a toroidal rather than a cylindrical flux rope is needed for a local approximation of the cloud fields. We therefore try to derive an axially symmetric uniformtwist forcefree field in a toroid, either exactly, or approximately, and to compare it with observations.
Methods. Equations following from the conditions of solenoidality and forcefreeness in toroidally curved cylindrical coordinates were solved analytically. The magnetic field and velocity observations of a magnetic cloud were compared with solutions obtained using a nonlinear leastsquares method.
Results. Three solutions of (nearly) uniformtwist magnetic fields in a toroid were obtained. All are exactly solenoidal, and in the limit of high aspect ratios, they tend to the GoldHoyle field. The first solution has an exactly uniform twist, the other two solutions have a nearly uniform twist and approximate forcefree fields. The analysis of a magnetic cloud observation showed that these fields may fit the observed field equally well as the already known approximately linear forcefree (MillerTurner) field, but it also revealed that the geometric parameters of the toroid might not be reliably determined from fits, when (nearly) uniformtwist model fields are used. Sets of parameters largely differing in the size of the toroid and its aspect ratio yield fits of a comparable quality.
Key words: magnetic fields / Sun: coronal mass ejections (CMEs) / solar wind
© ESO, 2017
1. Introduction
Magnetic clouds were discovered in the 1970s by insitu spacecraft measurements in the solar wind (Krimigis et al. 1976; Burlaga et al. 1981) and defined as regions where the magnetic field magnitude is higher than in the background solar wind, the magnetic field vector smoothly rotates through large angles, and the proton temperature is lower than in the background (Klein & Burlaga 1982). The duration of the events is on the order of one day, which implies that their spatial extent is on the order of tenths of AU (Fig. 1). They are interpreted as large interplanetary magnetic flux ropes ejected from the solar corona during coronal mass ejections and propagating in the solar wind.
Fig. 1
Magnetic cloud of April 22, 2001. Observations (5min averages) are plotted by the red lines, B, B_{x}, B_{y}, and B_{z} are the magnetic field magnitude and the field components in the GSE coordinates, V, N, and T are the solar wind velocity, proton number density, and proton temperature, respectively. Estimated cloud boundaries are drawn by the blue vertical lines. The thick green lines are fits by cylindrical models, namely a) the (spatially) constantα forcefree field (the Lundquist solution) with expansion, and b) (spatially) uniformtwist field (the GoldHoyle tube) with expansion. 

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They are successfully locally modeled almost from the beginning by the axially symmetric constantα forcefree cylindrical magnetic field found by Lundquist (1950) (Burlaga 1988; Lepping et al. 1990, 2006), which in cylindrical coordinates r, ϕ, and z reads
where J_{0} and J_{1} are the Bessel functions of the first kind, B_{0} is the maximum magnetic field magnitude, and α is a constant fulfilling (4)The α is related to the fluxrope radius r_{0} by (5)where a_{0} is the first root of J_{0} (J_{0}(a_{0}) = 0, a_{0} ≐ 2.41). The sign stands for chirality, a plus means a righthanded flux rope. This selection of α yields the axial field B_{z} = 0 at the flux rope boundary.
Magnetic clouds expand during their propagation (Klein & Burlaga 1982), which is manifested by an almost linear decrease of the solar wind velocity magnitude (Fig. 1). The first attempts to incorporate expansion into models of magnetic clouds were made by Osherovich et al. (1993) and Marubashi (1997). Analytical solutions of an expanding cylindrical flux rope (Shimazu & Vandas 2002; Berdichevsky et al. 2003) indicate that they can asymptotically be described by Eqs. (1)–(3) with timedependent B_{0} and α, meaning that the fields are spatially forcefree and where E is the expansion factor, t is the time, and B_{00} and α_{0} are quantities at t = t_{0} (for our purposes, t_{0} is the time when a spacecraft enters a flux rope or magnetic cloud). It follows from the definition of α by Eq. (5) that the flux rope radius r_{t} increases linearly in time, (8)and that (9)We can also obtain these time dependencies heuristically, assuming that the flux rope expansion is given by Eq. (8). The magnetic flux of the flux rope must be conserved during expansion. The flux through its cross section is for the field (1)–(3) given by (10)We see that Φ is independent of time when B_{0} behaves as given by Eq. (6).
Figure 1a shows an observation of a magnetic cloud identified by Lepping et al. (2006) and its fit by the model (1)–(3) when expansion is considered. All observations presented in this paper were taken from OMNIWeb through the Space Physics Data Facility at NASA GSFC. The fitting procedure is described in detail in Vandas et al. (2015), and it yields the flux rope orientation, radius, impact parameter (signed closest approach to the rope axis divided by r_{0}), flux rope velocity, and expansion factor. Fitted are the magnetic field components and the velocity magnitude. The resulting geometric parameters in our case are r_{0} = 0.10 AU, ϑ = − 56° (inclination angle to the ecliptic plane in the geocentric solar ecliptic (GSE) coordinates), φ = 269° (azimuthal angle in the ecliptic plane in the GSE coordinates), and p = − 0.09 (impact parameter); the field is lefthanded.
Magnetic field lines in flux ropes are helically twisted around its magnetic axis. The angle that a magnetic field line makes around the axis and along it within a unit length is called its twist per unit length. For the Lundquist solution (1)–(3), the twist of magnetic field lines approaching the boundary increases without limits because B_{z} goes to zero while  B_{ϕ}  increases (cf. Fig. 8). However, investigations indicate that interplanetary magnetic flux ropes (magnetic clouds) have a relatively weak twist, contrary to the Lundquist solution (Larson et al. 1997; Hu et al. 2014, 2015). In principle, we could suppress the strong twist in the Lundquist solution by a selection of a smaller flux rope radius than r_{0} given by Eq. (5) (for a fixed α following from a fit), because every r = const. is a magnetic surface (due to B_{r} = 0). Another problem would emerge, however: the magnetic field magnitude profile would be too shallow, contrary to observations. It is therefore suggested that a uniformtwist model might be more relevant (Hu et al. 2015).
The magnetic field of a cylindrical flux rope with a uniform twist (the socalled GoldHoyle tube, Gold & Hoyle 1960) is given by where b is a parameter related to the twist and its sign gives the field chirality, and B_{0} determines the level of the magnetic field magnitude. It is a nonlinear forcefree field with (14)The twist per unit length is given by (15)and it is constant. The Lamé coefficients for cylindrical coordinates are h_{ϕ} = r and h_{z} = 1. As in the case of the Lundquist solution, B_{r} = 0, therefore every r = const. may serve as a flux rope boundary. In contrast to the Lundquist solution, B_{z} does not change its sign.
Farrugia et al. (1999) were the first to fit a particular magnetic cloud with this solution. Recently, Wang et al. (2016) made a comprehensive study and fit many magnetic clouds by the GoldHoyle field (11)–(13). The authors included expansion of flux ropes in a manner similar to that described above for the Lundquist solution. Following the heuristic approach, it is again assumed that the flux rope expands according to Eq. (8). The magnetic flux through the rope cross section is (16)Φ is independent of time when B_{0} behaves as given by Eq. (6) and b by (17)where b_{0} is the value of b at t = t_{0}. Similarly to Eq. (9), it holds (18)Figure 1b shows the same observation of the magnetic cloud as Fig. 1a, but supplemented with a fit by the uniformtwist model (11)–(13) when expansion is considered. The fitting algorithm was the same as in the previous case. The resulting geometric parameters now are r_{0} = 0.07 AU, ϑ = − 34°, φ = 207°, and p = 0.44; the unitless twist is b_{0}r_{0} = − 2.1. We see from Fig. 1 that the uniformtwist field fits the observations equally well as the constantα field. However, the parameters differ, notably the impact parameter.
In some cases of magnetic cloud observations, a local approximation by a cylindrical flux rope is not appropriate because the curvature of the flux rope plays a role. Some approximate variants of the Lundquist solution in toroidal geometry have been used to fit these observations (Marubashi 1997; Marubashi & Lepping 2007). There are also other toroidal solutions found in spacephysics literature, for instance, an approximately forcefree field with a uniformly distributed toroidal current by Titov & Démoulin (1999), applied to coronal flux ropes, or a nonforcefree field in a looplike flux rope with varying cross section by Hidalgo (2014), applied to magnetic cloud observations. Recently, a procedure suggesting a GradShafranov reconstruction of magnetic fields in toroidal flux ropes has been proposed (Hu 2017). It assumes rotational symmetry, static structure, and an arbitrary cross section. In view of the current preference for weaktwist solutions, we question such solutions in toroidal geometry. More specifically, in the present paper, we search analytically for an analog of the GoldHoyle field (11)–(13) for a toroidal flux rope, that is, a uniformtwist field in an ideal toroid.
The paper is organized as follows: in Sect. 2 we derive three solutions of (nearly) uniformtwist magnetic fields in an ideal toroid of arbitrary aspect ratio, which are exactly solenoidal and approximately forcefree (with an increasing accuracy). Section 3 presents fits of a magnetic cloud by the toroidal solutions, and Sect. 4 concludes the paper. The magnetic cloud was taken from the list by Marubashi & Lepping (2007), and our fitting approach closely follows the cited paper. We investigated the performance of the solutions in comparison with the known constantα forcefree field in context of the results by Marubashi & Lepping (2007).
2. Construction of (nearly) uniformtwist magnetic fields in an ideal toroid
Uniformtwist toroidal flux ropes can be constructed quite easily. We work in toroidally curved cylindrical coordinates, r, ϕ, and θ, where These coordinates describe an ideal toroid with the major radius R_{0}, minor radius r_{0}, and the rotational axis coinciding with the zaxis, by r ∈ ⟨ 0,r_{0} ⟩, ϕ ∈ ⟨0,2π), and θ ∈ ⟨0,2π); r = r_{0} is the equation of the toroid boundary.
In accord with Eqs. (11)–(13), we assume that the field is azimuthally symmetric and set (22)which means that magnetic surfaces are symmetrically coaxial toroids. The magnetic field lines helically wind on toroids, and their constant twist means the condition (23)where h_{ϕ} = R_{0} + rcosθ and h_{θ} = r are the Lamé coefficients. The third condition is (24)which is simply (25)We may therefore write (26)where F is a function. From Eq. (23) we have (27)However, this field cannot be strictly forcefree because of Eq. (22).
When we require that the field with the components (22), (27), and (26) tend to the GoldHoyle field (11)–(13) for high aspect ratios, then τ and F are determined, and we have We call this the uniformtwist field in the paper.
Fig. 2
Toroidal flux rope with a uniformtwist field. One magnetic field line is drawn in red. It closes in on itself, and this holds for all field lines. This behavior only occurs for specific values of twist, otherwise the field lines are ergodic. 

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For specific values of twist, all magnetic field lines are closed, that is, if 2πbR_{0} = n, where n is an integer. One such field line is shown in Fig. 2. Figure 3 shows a cross section of a flux rope with the field given by Eqs. (28)–(30). We see that the magnetic field magnitude maximum is shifted toward the toroid hole from the toroid circular axis, and that such a flux rope will be approximately forcefree only for very high aspect ratios.
We note that Chui & Moffatt (1992) derived another uniformtwist field in an ideal toroid. In their case, τ from Eq. (23) is not constant, but all field lines make the same number of turns along the whole toroid. We may therefore say that the integral twist is constant for this field, while in our case, the differential twist is constant. However, their solution has a minimum of the magnetic field magnitude inside the rope and the magnitude increases toward the boundary, which means that this field is not suitable for modeling of magnetic clouds.
The question is whether the cylindrical field (11)–(13) can be generalized to a toroidal field that would represent a toroidal flux rope with an (approximately) uniform twist and an (approximately) forcefree field. We search for an approximate solution in such a way that the field (11)–(13) is taken as a zeroorder solution and corrections on the order of r/R_{0} (r ≤ r_{0}) are evaluated. For the constantα Lundquist solution, this procedure yields the Miller & Turner (1981) solution cut at , explicitly, We call this the MT solution. It is approximately solenoidal and approximately forcefree (Vandas & Romashets 2015). For α given by Eq. (5), the boundary of the ideal toroid with r_{0} and R_{0} is a magnetic surface where B_{r} = 0. In addition, B_{ϕ} = 0 there as well, which means that the field is purely poloidal and the twist of the magnetic field lines goes to infinity there, similarly as for the Lundquist solution (cf. Fig. 8).
An azimuthally symmetric toroidal forcefree field in toroidally curved cylindrical coordinates must fulfill These equations are explicitly written in conditions (4) and (24), respectively. Inserting the components B_{r} and B_{θ} from Eqs. (34) and (36) into Eqs. (35) and (37), we obtain Equation (39) is fulfilled when (40)where is a function. From analogy with the cylindrical solution (11)–(14), it follows (41)We may therefore set (42)In this case, Eq. (39) is fulfilled, which means that the field is exactly solenoidal. The components B_{r} and B_{θ} are given by Eqs. (34) and (36) from B_{ϕ}, therefore the forcefree condition is fulfilled for them exactly. Equation (38) yields (43)which is an equation for α. We rewrite it in the form (44)We solve this approximately by setting α = α_{c}(r)(1 + δα_{1}), where α_{c} is given by Eq. (14) (from the cylindrical solution, but r is now interpreted as the toroidal coordinate r) and δα_{1}(r,θ) is on the order of .
Fig. 3
a) Magnetic field magnitude distribution and b) distribution of angles δ between the field vectors and current for a toroidal flux rope with aspect ratio R_{0}/r_{0} = 5, uniformtwist field, and unitless twist br_{0} = 1.5. Lines are cross sections of magnetic field surfaces on which magnetic field lines lie. The thick line (circle) is the flux rope boundary. The magnetic field magnitude B is scaled by its maximum value B_{max} inside the flux rope. The angle δ is zero for an exact forcefree solution. 

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When we set δα_{1} = 0, the zeroorder terms in Eq. (35) cancel as expected, but the terms remain. This means that Eq. (44) is fulfilled as (45)Components follow from Eqs. (34), (42), and (36) with α = α_{c}, and they are These equations determine a solenoidal solution for a toroidal flux rope with a circular cross section. It is approximately forcefree only for high aspect ratios, or near the flux rope magnetic axis (flux rope core) where r is small. It has an approximately uniform twist (given by b). For brevity, this field is called the zeroorder solution in the paper.
For δα_{1} ≠ 0, we try to meet Eq. (44) to first order, that is, (49)Setting δα_{1} = α_{1}(r,θ) r/R_{0}, where α_{1} is on the order of , we obtain from condition (49) an equation for α_{1}: (50)The prime means derivative by r and the dot by θ. There is a term with cosθ and terms with α_{1}, its derivatives by r, and terms with . We may therefore set α_{1} = f_{1}(r)cosθ to meet the theta dependence. We obtain from Eq. (50) (51)The solution of Eq. (51) is given in Appendix A. It depends on a parameter that may be a value of f_{1}(0).
Knowing the function f_{1}(r), we can evaluate the field components: α is (55)Equations (52)–(54) determine a solenoidal solution for a toroidal flux rope that has a circular cross section when the value of f_{1}(0) is properly chosen (as described in Appendix A). It is approximately forcefree, on the order of , and with an approximately uniform twist (given by b). This field is called the firstorder solution in the paper for brevity.
Fig. 4
Magnetic field profiles along the x axis for several flux ropes with R_{0}/r_{0} = 5. Comparison of the MT solution (black lines) to the zeroorder solution with several values of br_{0}. The green lines are for br_{0} = 1, the blue lines for br_{0} = 2, and the red lines for br_{0} = 3. 

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Fig. 5
Magnetic field profiles for four flux ropes and along three different directions are shown in the middle part. Comparison of the MT solution (in black) to the zero (in green) and first (in red) order solutions and the uniformtwist solution (in blue). All flux ropes have circular cross sections with radius r_{0}, R_{0}/r_{0} = 5, and br_{0} = 1.5. Trajectories along which the profiles are displayed are shown by the thick arrows in the top sketches of the flux ropes. Panel a displays the profiles along the xaxis, panel b along the line parallel to the yaxis and crossing the xaxis at the point [R_{0}−r_{0}/ 2,0,0], and panel c along the line parallel to the zaxis and crossing the xaxis at the point [R_{0},0,0]. The bottom part shows hodograms of the magnetic field vectors along the displayed trajectories. The color coding of the lines is the same as in the middle part. The arrows show directions of the hodograms and also indicate the entry into the toroid (blue) and the exit (green). 

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Figure 4 shows profiles of the magnetic field magnitude and components for several toroidal flux ropes with R_{0}/r_{0} = 5. The B_{x} component at the xaxis is the radial field, which is exactly zero for all solutions and therefore not shown; the B_{y} component is the axial field, and the B_{z} component is the azimuthal field. The constantα MT field is plotted with the black line for reference. Its axial field reaches zero at the boundary (this indicates infinite twist), while the other fields do not, which are the zeroorder solutions with different twist parameters b. We see that the best correspondence to the MT solution is br_{0} between 1 and 2. Therefore Fig. 5 is made for br_{0} = 1.5. The MT and zeroorder solutions are given by the black and green lines, respectively. The red lines show profiles of the firstorder solution, and the blue lines show profiles of the uniformtwist solution. The value of f_{1}(0) for the firstorder solution was determined by the condition f_{1}(r_{0}) = 0, as described in Appendix A. We see that the differences among the first and zeroorder solutions and the uniformtwist solution are very small, one profile often obscures another in the panels. The MT solution matches the other solutions in the B_{z} component and the inner part (r/r_{0} ≲ 0.5) in the B_{x} and B_{y} components.
Figures 6–7 show flux ropes with zero and firstorder solutions and for two aspect ratios, 5 and 3, respectively. The Cartesian coordinate system is the same as in figures displaying profiles (i.e., Figs. 4–5). Lines are cross sections of magnetic surfaces with the plane y = 0. They are circular for the top panels and nearly circular for the bottom panels. The angle δ in the figures tests the forcefree condition. We see that the firstorder solution strongly improves it.
We determined the twist of magnetic field lines by tracing them along the toroid and counting their turns. The twist per unit length was then calculated by dividing the twist by the toroid length. It is denoted as to distinguish it from τ defined by Eq. (23), which depends on spatial coordinates (e.g., θ) and changes along a field line. The results are shown in Fig. 8. Twists per unit length are nearly constant and close to b. The zeroorder solution is closer to the value of b than the firstorder solution, but the differences are small. For lower aspect ratios, the twist has larger deviations from b near the flux rope boundary and it is decreasing. The uniformtwist solution, Eqs. (28)–(30), would clearly have τ equal to b, and it would be represented by the horizontal dashed line in the figure.
3. Fit of a magnetic cloud observation by toroidal models
Marubashi & Lepping (2007) analyzed longduration magnetic clouds and fit them by a toroidal model similar to the MT solution. We took one cloud from their list, namely the magnetic cloud of March 19–22, 2001 (their event 13), and fit its observation by the MT field and the toroidal fields derived in this paper to determine whether the resulting fits have a similar quality as in the case of the fits by cylindrical models presented in the Introduction.
To do this, we first incorporated expansion into the field equations. We followed the way described in the Introduction. The toroidal flux rope has a major radius R_{t} and a minor radius r_{t} at a time t. It is again assumed that r_{t} behaves according to Eq. (8).
Fig. 6
Magnetic field magnitude distribution (a, c) and distribution of angles δ between the field vectors and current (b, d) for a toroidal flux rope with aspect ratio R_{0}/r_{0} = 5 given by the zeroorder solution in the top panels (a, b), and by the firstorder solution in the bottom panels (c, d). The lines are cross sections of magnetic field surfaces on which magnetic field lines lie. The thick line (circle) is the flux rope boundary. It is br_{0} = 1.5. 

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Fig. 7
Same as Fig. 6, but for an aspect ratio R_{0}/r_{0} = 3. 

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Fig. 8
Twist per unit length (converted into a unitless quantity ) of magnetic field lines starting at the xaxis inside a toroidal flux rope (x in the plot is the starting point). The red line is for R_{0}/r_{0} = 5 and the firstorder solution, the blue line for R_{0}/r_{0} = 5 and the zeroorder solution, the green line for R_{0}/r_{0} = 3 and the firstorder solution, and the magenta line for R_{0}/r_{0} = 5 and the MT field. It is br_{0} = 1.5. This value is shown by the dashed horizontal line. The plot for the uniformtwist flux rope would coincide with this dashed line. 

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For the MT field, α must fulfill Eq. (7) in order for the expanding toroid to be a magnetic surface according to Eq. (31). The magnetic flux through the fluxrope cross section (toroidal flux) is given by(56)B_{ϕ} is taken from Eq. (32) with R_{0} replaced by R_{t}. We obtained the same expression as for the Lundquist solution, Eq. (10). This means that B_{0} must behave as given by Eq. (6) for the magnetic flux to be conserved. The magnetic helicity of the flux rope should also be conserved during expansion, it is approximately given (Vandas & Romashets 2015) by (57)where the sign is the signum function (the helicity is approximate because the field itself is only approximately solenoidal). It follows from this formula that H is independent of time when the aspect ratio R_{t}/r_{t} is constant, in other words, R_{t} behaves similarly to r_{t}, R_{t} = R_{0} [1 + E(t−t_{0})].
Fig. 9
Magnetic cloud of March 19–22, 2001. The format of the figure is the same as Fig. 1. The thick green lines are fits by toroidal models, namely a) the MT field with expansion, and b) the zeroorder solution with expansion. 

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For the uniformtwist field, the toroidal flux coincides with formula (16) for the cylindrical case, which means that when b and B_{0} meet Eqs. (17) and (6), the flux is conserved. To calculate the helicity of the uniformtwist field, the formula by Berger (1998) can be used, which holds for an axially symmetric toroidal flux rope that consists of a set of nested magnetic surfaces, (58)where Φ_{a} is the axial (toroidal) magnetic flux within a particular magnetic surface, Φ is the total axial flux, that is, Φ_{a} of the outermost surface (boundary). T(Φ_{a}) is the number of fieldline turns about the magnetic axis at the magnetic surface labeled by Φ_{a}. In our case, T = bR_{t}, Φ is given by Eq. (16), and the integral (58) can be immediately evaluated, (59)As in the previous case, H does not depend on time when the aspect ratio remains constant.
With the last equation, the helicity per unit length can be determined, (60)The formula coincides with the relative helicity per unit length for the cylindrical uniformtwist flux rope, calculated by Dasso et al. (2003), which is used to characterize the helicity of cylindrical flux ropes (Dasso et al. 2003; Wang et al. 2016).
The toroidal magnetic flux of the toroidal rope with the zeroorder solution is also given by Eq. (16) and the helicity has a more complex formula, which is given in Appendix B. They are conserved when the parameters behave as in the case of the uniformtwist field. The same is true for the firstorder solution. Here we do not derive analytical formulae for the magnetic flux and helicity, but a close inspection of their integral representations confirms this statement.
Fit parameters for the toroidal models.
Figure 9 shows the observation of the magnetic cloud of March 19–22, 2001. In order to fit it by the toroidal fields from Sect. 2, we exactly followed the geometric model of a toroidal flux rope given by Marubashi & Lepping (2007). The only difference was that we used other magnetic fields and another fitting procedure. The list of model parameters is the following. The toroid has a major radius R_{0} and a minor radius r_{0} at a spacecraft entry (at time t_{0}). The minor radius expands according to Eq. (8), so that the expansion factor E belongs to the parameter set. The major radius is kept constant, R_{t} = R_{0}, otherwise the geometrical calculations would be very complicated, as the authors note. This somewhat contradicts the conservation of magnetic helicity (see above), but we can expect that the results are not greatly affected (the change in R_{t} is not very large). The toroid rotationalaxis direction is determined by the inclination angle ϑ_{n} and the azimuthal angle φ_{n} in the GSE system. The angles are kept constant in time. The toroid as a whole moves with a velocity U = U_{0}−D(t−t_{0}) along the x_{GSE}axis. U_{0} and D are parameters of the model. The deceleration D had to be introduced (Marubashi & Lepping 2007) so that the velocity magnitude inside magnetic clouds was satisfactorily matched (unlike in the cylindrical model, where this is not necessary). The resulting velocity inside the toroidal flux rope (magnetic cloud) is the vector sum of U and the expansion radial velocity v_{r} = Er [1 + E(t−t_{0})] ^{1}. Two impact parameters p_{y} and p_{z} define the spacecraft trajectory relative to the toroid axis (for details see Marubashi & Lepping 2007). The level of the magnetic field magnitude is given by B_{00} and the field twist by α_{0} or b_{0}; while α_{0} is firmly given by Eq. (5), b_{0} is a free parameter. Because E can be calculated from the other parameters, there are nine free parameters of the model for the MT field, and ten free parameters for the other toroidal fields. The sign of α_{0} or b_{0} (chirality) is given at the beginning of our fitting procedure (by trial and error) and the unitless quantity Δ, is minimized using the nonlinear leastsquares method by Powell (Press et al. 2002; Vandas et al. 2015). The superscript (o) means observed values, while (m) denotes modeled values, N_{B} is the number of the magnetic field B measurements, N_{V} is the number of the solar wind velocity V measurements, B_{max} and V_{max} their maximum magnitude values. The weights were set w_{B} = w_{V} = 0.5. The quantity Δ_{B} is equal to Erms listed by Marubashi & Lepping (2007).
We note that exactly the same fitting procedure was used for the fits presented in the Introduction (Fig. 1), only a simpler model (cylinder) was used (and of course the cylindrical fields), with three free parameters less (D and R_{0} are not involved, and instead of two parameters p_{y} and p_{z}, only one p is involved).
In addition to observations, Fig. 9 shows fits of them by two toroidal models, with the MT and the zeroorder solutions. The fits have a comparable quality. We took the same time interval of the event as Marubashi & Lepping (2007) did and 5min data; this represented N_{B} = 669 and N_{V} = 665 observational points (some measurements were missing). As the initial values for the fitting procedure, we entered the values obtained by Marubashi & Lepping (2007). They are listed in Table 1 together with values from our fits for four toroidal models. The flux rope was lefthanded (i.e., the values of α_{0} and b_{0} are negative).
Fig. 10
Trajectory of a spacecraft (red arrows) through the model of the expanding toroidal flux rope, corresponding to the fit from Fig. 9b. The trajectory is shown in the intrinsic Cartesian system x, y, and z of the toroid, Eqs. (19)–(21) (the coordinates are different from the GSE coordinates), in projection to the a) yzplane, b) xzplane, and d)xyplane; panel c displays the trajectory in a cross section of the toroid, where coordinates r and θ serve as polar coordinates. The blue lines are the boundaries of the toroid at the spacecraft entry, the green lines are the boundaries at the exit. According to the model assumptions, the minor radius of the toroid increases during expansion, while the major radius remains constant. 

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Fig. 11
Δ as a function of the aspect ratio for four magnetic field solutions: the uniformtwist field (ut, magenta), the zeroorder solution (0o, blue), the firstorder solution (1o, red), and the MT field (MT, green). The values of Δ are approximately one half of the Δ_{B} values because the values of Δ_{V} are small, see Eq. (61). 

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The parameters from the fit by the MT field are similar to the values by Marubashi & Lepping (2007). This corresponds to the fact that both models are quantitatively similar. The uniformtwist and the zeroorder solutions also yield parameters that are not very far from these values. We expected that the same would hold for the firstorder solution, which is only a small correction to the zeroorder case. To our surprise, the parameters are very different (see Table 1), mainly the values of the toroid radii and aspect ratio. On the other hand, the quality of the fit represented by Δ_{B} is comparable to the other fits. Figure 9b shows the fit by the zeroorder solution, but the fits by the uniformtwist field as well as by the firstorder solution are nearly the same and are therefore not shown. Figure 10 displays the trajectory of the spacecraft through an expanding toroidal cloud according to the model with the zeroorder solution. Trajectories are similar in the other models, including the firstorder solution; but in the latter case, the toroid would be very thin.
In order to determine the reason for this difference in parameters, we examined the dependence of Δ on the aspect ratio. This dependence is shown in Fig. 11. To determine Δ, a modified fitting procedure was used, where the aspect ratio was kept constant, that is, the number of free parameters was one less. The displayed Δ is the resulting Δ from the fitting procedure (minimum Δ found). The zero and firstorder solutions do not have a wellexpressed minimum in Δ, their Δ is nearly constant for a wide range of aspect ratios. The uniformtwist field behaves better in this respect, and the MT field has the bestexpressed Δminimum. It follows that geometric parameters may not be reliably determined for (nearly) uniformtwist flux ropes in some cases, especially the toroid radii and aspect ratio (and consequently p_{y} and p_{z}).
4. Conclusions
We derived three solutions of (nearly) uniformtwist magnetic fields in an ideal toroid, which may serve as models of lowtwist fields. All are exactly solenoidal, and in the limit of high aspect ratios, they tend to the GoldHoyle field (i.e., a nonlinear uniformtwist forcefree field). The first solution is far from a forcefree field for moderate aspect ratios, but it is exactly a uniformtwist field. The other two fields have a nearly uniform twist and approximate forcefree fields, they are two subsequent solutions in accuracy, which involves the value of aspect ratio.
When crossings of a hypothetic spacecraft through a toroidal flux rope are simulated, all three solutions yield very similar magnetic field profiles. This means that they can be alternatively involved in fitting procedures, or they can test the robustness of the fitting when used subsequently.
We analyzed the magnetic cloud observation during April 19–22, 2001. We fit the observed data by the known approximately linear forcefree field in a toroid (MillerTurner field) and by the newly derived toroidal fields. In our fitting procedure, we followed a traditional way (Lepping et al. 1990, 2006; Marubashi & Lepping 2007; Vandas et al. 2015) and evaluated the quality of the fit by the value of Δ_{B} and by eye inspection. Fits by all models had a comparable quality. However, this analysis also revealed that the geometric parameters of the toroid following from the fit might not be reliably determined when (nearly) uniformtwist model fields are used. Sets of parameterslargely differing in the size of the toroid and its aspect ratio yield fits of a comparable quality. Usage of more models and their intercomparison may suppress this ambiguity.
Acknowledgments
We acknowledge the use of data from OMNIWeb (NASA/GSFC/SPDF) and the PIs who provided them. This work was supported by project 1706065S from GA ČR and by the AV ČR grant RVO:67985815.
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Appendix A: Analytical expression for f_{1}
Equation (51) with the substitution s = (br)^{2} is transformed into (A.1)where the primes are derivatives by s. This equation is further rewritten using the substitution t = 1/(1 + s), (A.2)where now the primes are derivatives by t. The homogeneous part of this equation has a solution t. Setting f_{1}(t) = tg_{1}(t) in Eq. (A.2) yields (A.3)The homogeneous part of this equation has a solution [t(1−t)] ^{2} with respect to . We set in Eq. (A.3) and obtain the equation (A.4)which has the solution (A.5)where C_{2} is an integration constant, therefore (A.6)C_{1} is the second integration constant and Li_{2}(1−t) is Spencer’s integral, which can be expressed via the dilogarithm function (Abramowitz & Stegun 1972) (A.7)The general solution of Eq. (A.1) therefore is (A.8)In general, the function f_{1}(s) has a singularity at s = 0. We separate diverging and regular parts: (A.9)The first term tends to infinity when s → 0 +. We remove it by setting C_{2} = −1/2, and f_{1}(s) now reads (A.10)C_{1} is related to the value of f_{1}(s) at the origin by C_{1} = f_{1}(s)  _{s = 0}−3/2. We have set C_{2} = −1/2, which means that is firmly given. This corresponds with Eq. (A.1) because it follows from it for s = 0 that f_{1}(s)  _{s = 0} and are not independent, that is, . Turning to f_{1}(r), it is f_{1}(0) = f_{1}(s)  _{s = 0}, and is always zero. The function f_{1}(r) is easily obtained from Eq. (A.10): (A.11)To evaluate the field components, its derivative is also needed: (A.12)
Fig. A.1
a) Profiles of the function f_{1}(r) for several values of f_{1}(0). b) Roots of f_{1}(r), that is, values of f_{1}(0) at which f_{1}(r_{0}) = 0. 

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Figure A.1a shows profiles of f_{1} for several initial conditions, that is, f_{1}(0) = 0, ± 1, ± 2, ± 3, by different colors and line types. For f_{1}(0) > 0, the function has a root at r> 0, which means B_{r} = 0 at it, so that the flux rope has a circular cross section there. The figure suggests that solutions have a common asymptotic behavior.
The value of f_{1}(0) determines a location of a root. To construct a flux rope with an ideal toroidal shape with major and minor radii R_{0} and r_{0}, respectively, and with a given b, we must fulfill the equation f_{1}(r_{0}) = 0. The function f_{1} implicitly depends on C_{1}, which is related to f_{1}(0), and an appropriate value of f_{1}(0) can be found by a rootfinding method. In fact, the function f_{1} depends on br, so that the same root at br_{0} yields the same value of f_{1}(0); these values are shown in Fig. A.1b.
Appendix B: Magnetic helicity of the field given by the zeroorder solution
The helicity is (B.1)where auxiliary variables are
The helicity per unit length in the limit of high aspect ratios yields (B.7)which coincides with Eq. (60) and with the relative helicity per unit length for the cylindrical uniformtwist flux rope (GoldHoyle tube).
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Fig. 1
Magnetic cloud of April 22, 2001. Observations (5min averages) are plotted by the red lines, B, B_{x}, B_{y}, and B_{z} are the magnetic field magnitude and the field components in the GSE coordinates, V, N, and T are the solar wind velocity, proton number density, and proton temperature, respectively. Estimated cloud boundaries are drawn by the blue vertical lines. The thick green lines are fits by cylindrical models, namely a) the (spatially) constantα forcefree field (the Lundquist solution) with expansion, and b) (spatially) uniformtwist field (the GoldHoyle tube) with expansion. 

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Fig. 2
Toroidal flux rope with a uniformtwist field. One magnetic field line is drawn in red. It closes in on itself, and this holds for all field lines. This behavior only occurs for specific values of twist, otherwise the field lines are ergodic. 

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In the text 
Fig. 3
a) Magnetic field magnitude distribution and b) distribution of angles δ between the field vectors and current for a toroidal flux rope with aspect ratio R_{0}/r_{0} = 5, uniformtwist field, and unitless twist br_{0} = 1.5. Lines are cross sections of magnetic field surfaces on which magnetic field lines lie. The thick line (circle) is the flux rope boundary. The magnetic field magnitude B is scaled by its maximum value B_{max} inside the flux rope. The angle δ is zero for an exact forcefree solution. 

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Fig. 4
Magnetic field profiles along the x axis for several flux ropes with R_{0}/r_{0} = 5. Comparison of the MT solution (black lines) to the zeroorder solution with several values of br_{0}. The green lines are for br_{0} = 1, the blue lines for br_{0} = 2, and the red lines for br_{0} = 3. 

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Fig. 5
Magnetic field profiles for four flux ropes and along three different directions are shown in the middle part. Comparison of the MT solution (in black) to the zero (in green) and first (in red) order solutions and the uniformtwist solution (in blue). All flux ropes have circular cross sections with radius r_{0}, R_{0}/r_{0} = 5, and br_{0} = 1.5. Trajectories along which the profiles are displayed are shown by the thick arrows in the top sketches of the flux ropes. Panel a displays the profiles along the xaxis, panel b along the line parallel to the yaxis and crossing the xaxis at the point [R_{0}−r_{0}/ 2,0,0], and panel c along the line parallel to the zaxis and crossing the xaxis at the point [R_{0},0,0]. The bottom part shows hodograms of the magnetic field vectors along the displayed trajectories. The color coding of the lines is the same as in the middle part. The arrows show directions of the hodograms and also indicate the entry into the toroid (blue) and the exit (green). 

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Fig. 6
Magnetic field magnitude distribution (a, c) and distribution of angles δ between the field vectors and current (b, d) for a toroidal flux rope with aspect ratio R_{0}/r_{0} = 5 given by the zeroorder solution in the top panels (a, b), and by the firstorder solution in the bottom panels (c, d). The lines are cross sections of magnetic field surfaces on which magnetic field lines lie. The thick line (circle) is the flux rope boundary. It is br_{0} = 1.5. 

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Fig. 7
Same as Fig. 6, but for an aspect ratio R_{0}/r_{0} = 3. 

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Fig. 8
Twist per unit length (converted into a unitless quantity ) of magnetic field lines starting at the xaxis inside a toroidal flux rope (x in the plot is the starting point). The red line is for R_{0}/r_{0} = 5 and the firstorder solution, the blue line for R_{0}/r_{0} = 5 and the zeroorder solution, the green line for R_{0}/r_{0} = 3 and the firstorder solution, and the magenta line for R_{0}/r_{0} = 5 and the MT field. It is br_{0} = 1.5. This value is shown by the dashed horizontal line. The plot for the uniformtwist flux rope would coincide with this dashed line. 

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Fig. 9
Magnetic cloud of March 19–22, 2001. The format of the figure is the same as Fig. 1. The thick green lines are fits by toroidal models, namely a) the MT field with expansion, and b) the zeroorder solution with expansion. 

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Fig. 10
Trajectory of a spacecraft (red arrows) through the model of the expanding toroidal flux rope, corresponding to the fit from Fig. 9b. The trajectory is shown in the intrinsic Cartesian system x, y, and z of the toroid, Eqs. (19)–(21) (the coordinates are different from the GSE coordinates), in projection to the a) yzplane, b) xzplane, and d)xyplane; panel c displays the trajectory in a cross section of the toroid, where coordinates r and θ serve as polar coordinates. The blue lines are the boundaries of the toroid at the spacecraft entry, the green lines are the boundaries at the exit. According to the model assumptions, the minor radius of the toroid increases during expansion, while the major radius remains constant. 

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Fig. 11
Δ as a function of the aspect ratio for four magnetic field solutions: the uniformtwist field (ut, magenta), the zeroorder solution (0o, blue), the firstorder solution (1o, red), and the MT field (MT, green). The values of Δ are approximately one half of the Δ_{B} values because the values of Δ_{V} are small, see Eq. (61). 

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Fig. A.1
a) Profiles of the function f_{1}(r) for several values of f_{1}(0). b) Roots of f_{1}(r), that is, values of f_{1}(0) at which f_{1}(r_{0}) = 0. 

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