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Mechanism for the formation of the high-altitude stagnant cusp: Cluster and SuperDARN observations

Bogdanova, Y.V. and Marchaudon, A. and Owen, C.J. and Dunlop, M.W. and Frey, H.U. and Wild, J.A. and Fazakerley, A.N. and Klecker, B. and Davies, J.A. and Milan, S.E. (2006) Mechanism for the formation of the high-altitude stagnant cusp: Cluster and SuperDARN observations. In: Proceedings of the Cluster and Double Star Symposium: 5th Anniversary of Cluster in Space, 1900-01-01.

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    Abstract

    On 16 March 2002, Cluster moved from nightside to dayside, across the high-altitude northern cusp during an extended period of relatively steady positive IMF BY and BZ. Combined Cluster and SuperDARN data imply the existence of two reconnection sites: in the high- latitude northern hemisphere dusk and southern hemisphere dawn sectors. Within the cusp, Cluster encounters 3 distinct plasma regions. First, injections of magnetosheath-like plasma associated with dawnward and sunward convection suggest Cluster crosses newly- reconnected field lines related to the dusk reconnection site. Second, Cluster observes a Stagnant Exterior Cusp (SEC), characterized by nearly isotropic and stagnant plasma. Finally, Cluster crosses a region with significant antifield-aligned flows. We suggest the observed SEC may be located on newly re-closed field lines, reconnected first poleward of the northern hemisphere cusp and later reconnected again poleward of the southern hemisphere cusp. We discuss how the Cluster observations correspond to expectations of ’double reconnection’ model.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
    Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the Cluster and Double Star Symposium: 5th Anniversary of Cluster in Space
    Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
    ID Code: 28129
    Deposited By: Dr Steve Marple
    Deposited On: 10 Nov 2009 15:07
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:51
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/28129

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