Hybrid modeling of the formation and structure of thin current sheets in the magnetotail

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Hybrid simulations are used to investigate the formation of a thin current sheet inside the plasma sheet of a magnetotail-like configuration. The initial equilibrium is subjected to a driving electric field qualitatively similar to what would be expected from solar wind driving. As a result, we find the formation of a raw current sheet, with a thickness of approximately the ion inertial length. The current density inside the current sheet region is supplied largely by the electrons. Ion acceleration in the cross-tail direction is absent due since the driving electric field fails to penetrate into the equatorial region.

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Hesse, M.; Winske, D. & Birn, J. July 1, 1996.

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Hybrid simulations are used to investigate the formation of a thin current sheet inside the plasma sheet of a magnetotail-like configuration. The initial equilibrium is subjected to a driving electric field qualitatively similar to what would be expected from solar wind driving. As a result, we find the formation of a raw current sheet, with a thickness of approximately the ion inertial length. The current density inside the current sheet region is supplied largely by the electrons. Ion acceleration in the cross-tail direction is absent due since the driving electric field fails to penetrate into the equatorial region.

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OSTI as DE96012826

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  • ICS-3 substorm conference, Versailles (France), 13-17 May 1996

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  • Other: DE96012826
  • Report No.: LA-UR--96-2306
  • Report No.: CONF-9605109--2
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 273679
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc671899

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Hesse, M.; Winske, D. & Birn, J. Hybrid modeling of the formation and structure of thin current sheets in the magnetotail, article, July 1, 1996; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc671899/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.