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Solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions in the earth's plasma environment

Cowley, S. W. H. and Davies, J. A. and Grocott, A. and Khan, H. and Lester, M. and McWilliams, K. A. and Milan, S. E. and Provan, G. and Sandholt, P. E. and Wild, J. A. and Yeoman, T. K. (2003) Solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions in the earth's plasma environment. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A, 361 (1802). pp. 113-126. ISSN 0264-3820

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    Abstract

    The properties of the Earth’s coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere system are dominated by its interaction with the solar wind plasma, mediated by magnetic reconnection processes at the magnetopause interface. In this paper we focus on recent progress and remaining questions concerning the nature of these interactions, how they depend on the orientation of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF), and the consequences which follow for internal dynamics. The progress we report, on flux transfer events and substorms during intervals of southward IMF, and magnetopause and tail processes during intervals of northward IMF, emphasise the great diagnostic power of combined in situ and remote sensing observations from space and on the ground.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Magnetosphere ; ionosphere ; solar wind interactions
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    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
    Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    ID Code: 6622
    Deposited By: ep_importer_dcs
    Deposited On: 29 Apr 2008 15:38
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 10 Oct 2013 11:33
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6622

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