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Substorm processes in the magnetotail - Comments on 'On hot tenuous plasmas, fireballs, and boundary layers in the earth's magnetotail' by L. A. Frank, K. L. Ackerson, and R. P. LeppingVarious theories regarding the magnetotail are reviewed and discussed. These include the work of Dungey (1961) and Eastman et al., (1976) regarding the generation of the magnetotail, Frank et al., (1976) concerning the so-called magnetotail fireball and its characteristics, and Hones et al., (1976 and 1976a) on the formation of a neutral line across the near-earth plasma sheet near the substorm onset. A detailed discussion of a fireball encounter during 0900-1400 UT in April 1974 is presented, noting plasma and magnetic phenomena observed, and magnetic records from the earth. A critique is made by Hones of the interpretation of this fireball made by Frank et al. In an accompanying reply, Frank et al. comment on the observations made by Hones, with attention to the most evident discrepancy between the two theories, i.e., the generation of large closed magnetic loops in the plasma sheet during magnetic substorms.
Document ID
19780034832
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Hones, E. W., Jr. (California, University Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos, N. Mex., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1977
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 82
Subject Category
GEOPHYSICS
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS5-11065
CONTRACT_GRANT: NGL-16-001-002
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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