Particle and field signatures of substorms in the near magnetotail

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The near-earth magnetotail (10 less than or equal to r less than or equal to 20 R/sub E/) portion of the terrestrial magnetosphere is very likely the region in which magnetospheric substorms are initiated and it is in this location that substorm-related magnetic reconnection appears to occur. An observational advantage compared to other astrophysical regions is that the near magnetotail can be nearly continuously monitored by spacecraft that are relatively fixed in location. Observations of magnetic fields and plasma distribution functions in the neartail reveal a very regular and predictable sequence of variation in association with substorms. These data, considered ... continued below

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Baker, D.N. January 1, 1983.

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The near-earth magnetotail (10 less than or equal to r less than or equal to 20 R/sub E/) portion of the terrestrial magnetosphere is very likely the region in which magnetospheric substorms are initiated and it is in this location that substorm-related magnetic reconnection appears to occur. An observational advantage compared to other astrophysical regions is that the near magnetotail can be nearly continuously monitored by spacecraft that are relatively fixed in location. Observations of magnetic fields and plasma distribution functions in the neartail reveal a very regular and predictable sequence of variation in association with substorms. These data, considered in a global context, provide very strong evidence for the neutral line substorm model and, thus, for the regular occurrence of magnetic reconnection in the near-earth magnetotail during substorms.

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NTIS, PC A03/MF A01; 1.

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  • Chapman conference on magnetic reconnection, Los Alamos, NM, USA, 3 Oct 1983

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  • Other: DE84003777
  • Report No.: LA-UR-83-3239
  • Report No.: CONF-8310229-7
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5474588
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1093853

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Baker, D.N. Particle and field signatures of substorms in the near magnetotail, article, January 1, 1983; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1093853/: accessed December 10, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.