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The magnetic configuration of the high-latitude cusp and dayside magnetopause under strong magnetic shears
Shen, C.; Dunlop, M.; Ma, Y. H.; Chen, Z. Q.; Yan, G. Q.; Liu, Z. X.; Bogdanova, Y. V.; Sibeck, D. G.; Carr, C. M.; Zhang, Q. H.; Lucek, E.; Shen, C (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, State Key Lab Space Weather, Ctr Space Sci & Appl Res, 1 Nanertiao, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China.
Department空间科学部
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS
2011
Volume116Pages:A09228
ISSN2169-9380
Language英语
AbstractThis paper investigates the structure of the magnetic field near the magnetopause (MP) by analyzing the multiple-point magnetic measurements from the Cluster mission. In this paper, the spatial distribution of the curvature radius of the MP surface at the noon-midnight meridian and for situations with moderate dynamical pressure of solar wind is implied from direct measurements of magnetic field curvature for the first time. The investigation focused on conditions of strong magnetic shear and in which a clear boundary layer is present at the MP. It has been confirmed that the magnetic field lines surrounding the cusp bend sunward at the precusp region and tailward at the postcusp region, implying the existence of a cusp field indentation. The minimum curvature radius of the near-MP field at both precusp and postcusp regions is about 2 R-E. As the latitude decreases, the curvature radius at the MP increases gradually, so that, as the subsolar point is approached, the curvature radius of the MP is nearly equal to the geocentric distance. These results compare well with existing MP models but reveal the limitations inherent in such statistical estimates of local MP curvature, particularly surrounding the cusp regions. The analysis of the magnetic measurements has also verified the existence of the magnetic bottles at both precusp and postcusp regions, which may play a role for the trapping of the charged particles of magnetosphere.; This paper investigates the structure of the magnetic field near the magnetopause (MP) by analyzing the multiple-point magnetic measurements from the Cluster mission. In this paper, the spatial distribution of the curvature radius of the MP surface at the noon-midnight meridian and for situations with moderate dynamical pressure of solar wind is implied from direct measurements of magnetic field curvature for the first time. The investigation focused on conditions of strong magnetic shear and in which a clear boundary layer is present at the MP. It has been confirmed that the magnetic field lines surrounding the cusp bend sunward at the precusp region and tailward at the postcusp region, implying the existence of a cusp field indentation. The minimum curvature radius of the near-MP field at both precusp and postcusp regions is about 2 R-E. As the latitude decreases, the curvature radius at the MP increases gradually, so that, as the subsolar point is approached, the curvature radius of the MP is nearly equal to the geocentric distance. These results compare well with existing MP models but reveal the limitations inherent in such statistical estimates of local MP curvature, particularly surrounding the cusp regions. The analysis of the magnetic measurements has also verified the existence of the magnetic bottles at both precusp and postcusp regions, which may play a role for the trapping of the charged particles of magnetosphere.
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Funding Project中国科学院空间科学与应用研究中心
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.nssc.ac.cn/handle/122/3177
Collection空间科学部
Corresponding AuthorShen, C (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, State Key Lab Space Weather, Ctr Space Sci & Appl Res, 1 Nanertiao, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China.
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Shen, C.,Dunlop, M.,Ma, Y. H.,et al. The magnetic configuration of the high-latitude cusp and dayside magnetopause under strong magnetic shears[J]. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS,2011,116:A09228.
APA Shen, C..,Dunlop, M..,Ma, Y. H..,Chen, Z. Q..,Yan, G. Q..,...&Shen, C .(2011).The magnetic configuration of the high-latitude cusp and dayside magnetopause under strong magnetic shears.JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS,116,A09228.
MLA Shen, C.,et al."The magnetic configuration of the high-latitude cusp and dayside magnetopause under strong magnetic shears".JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS 116(2011):A09228.
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