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: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A
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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 14:38
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2019 00:54
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6622

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