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Coordinated ground-based and Cluster observations of large amplitude global magnetospheric oscillations during a fast solar wind speed interval

Mann, I. R. and Voronkov, I. and Dunlop, M. and Donovan, E. and Yeoman, T. K. and Milling, D. K. and Wild, J. and Kauristie, K. and Amm, O. and Bale, S. D. and Balogh, A. and Viljanen, A. and Opgenoorth, H. J. (2002) Coordinated ground-based and Cluster observations of large amplitude global magnetospheric oscillations during a fast solar wind speed interval. Annales Geophysicae, 20 (4). pp. 405-426. ISSN 0992-7689

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    Abstract

    We present magnetospheric observations of very large amplitude global scale ULF waves, from 9 and 10 December 2000 when the upstream solar wind speed exceeded 600 km/s. We characterise these ULF waves using ground-based magnetometer, radar and optical instrumentation on both the dawn and dusk flanks; we find evidence to support the hypothesis that discrete frequency field line resonances (FLRs) were being driven by magnetospheric waveguide modes. During the early part of this interval, Cluster was on an outbound pass from the northern dusk side magnetospheric lobe into the magnetosheath, local-time conjugate to the Canadian sector. In situ magnetic fluctuations, observed by Cluster FGM, show evidence of quasi-periodic motion of the magnetosheath boundary layer with the same period as the ULF waves seen on the ground. Our observations represent the first simultaneous magnetometer, radar and optical observations of the characteristics of FLRs, and confirm the potential importance of ULF waves for magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, particularly via the generation and modulation of electron precipitation into the ionosphere. The in situ Cluster measurements support the hypothesis that, during intervals of fast solar wind speed, the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability (KHI) can excite magnetospheric waveguide modes which bathe the flank magnetosphere with discrete frequency ULF wave power and drive large amplitude FLRs.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Annales Geophysicae
    Uncontrolled Keywords: magnetometer DCS-publications-id ; art-535 ; DCS-publications-credits ; samnet ; DCS-publications-personnel-id ; 104
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    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
    ID Code: 9998
    Deposited By: Dr Steve Marple
    Deposited On: 24 Jun 2008 18:22
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:43
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/9998

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