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Reconnection at the earth's magnetopause - Magnetic field observations and flux transfer eventsTheoretical models of plasma acceleration by magnetic-field-line reconnection at the earth magnetopause and the high-resolution three-dimensional plasma measurements obtained with the ISEE satellites are compared and illustrated with diagrams, graphs, drawings, and histograms. The history of reconnection theory and the results of early satellite observations are summarized; the thickness of the magnetopause current layer is discussed; problems in analyzing the polarization of current-layer rotation are considered; and the flux-transfer events responsible for periods of patchy reconnection are characterized in detail. The need for further observations and refinements of the theory to explain the initiation of reconnection and identify the mechanism determining whether it is patchy or steady-state is indicated.
Document ID
19850061364
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Russell, C. T. (California, University Los Angeles, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1984
Subject Category
GEOPHYSICS
Meeting Information
Magnetic reconnection in space and laboratory plasmas(Los Alamos, NM)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS5-25772
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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