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Statistics of the field-aligned currents at the high-latitude energetic electron boundaries in the nightside: Cluster observation
Ren, Jie; Zong, Q. G.; Zhou, X. Z.; Zhang, Hui; Fu, S. Y.; Wang, Y. F.; Liu, Yong C. -M.; Zong, QG (reprint author), Peking Univ, Inst Space Phys & Appl Technol, Beijing 100871, Peoples R China.
Department空间科学部
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS
2016
Volume121Issue:3Pages:1979-1989
ISSN2169-9380
Language英语
AbstractMagnetic field disturbances with a clear bipolar signature are frequently observed when the Cluster spacecraft fleet passes through both southern and northern high-latitude energetic electron boundaries at the nightside magnetosphere. The dominant variation of the bipolar signature is in the azimuthal direction of the local mean field-aligned coordinate, indicating a field-aligned current. From 2001 to 2008, we have examined 110 events with the magnetic field and energetic electron measurements. The main results can be summarized as follows: (1) The density and thickness of the field-aligned current, calculated under the assumption of the one-dimensional sheet, are in order of tens of nA/m(2) and hundreds of kilometers, respectively. (2) Currents flowing into and away from the ionosphere tend to be observed in the postmidnight and premidnight sector, respectively, which have the same polarity as the region 1 current system. (3) These currents mainly distribute in the 60 degrees-75 degrees magnetic latitude region after mapping to the ionosphere. We also find that the current density and corresponding magnetic field variation are positively correlated with the Kp index and solar wind pressure, but almost independent of the AE index.
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.nssc.ac.cn/handle/122/5446
Collection空间科学部
Corresponding AuthorZong, QG (reprint author), Peking Univ, Inst Space Phys & Appl Technol, Beijing 100871, Peoples R China.
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Ren, Jie,Zong, Q. G.,Zhou, X. Z.,et al. Statistics of the field-aligned currents at the high-latitude energetic electron boundaries in the nightside: Cluster observation[J]. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS,2016,121(3):1979-1989.
APA Ren, Jie.,Zong, Q. G..,Zhou, X. Z..,Zhang, Hui.,Fu, S. Y..,...&Zong, QG .(2016).Statistics of the field-aligned currents at the high-latitude energetic electron boundaries in the nightside: Cluster observation.JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS,121(3),1979-1989.
MLA Ren, Jie,et al."Statistics of the field-aligned currents at the high-latitude energetic electron boundaries in the nightside: Cluster observation".JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS 121.3(2016):1979-1989.
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