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The Sheath Transport Observer for the Redistribution of Mass (STORM) ImageAll of the solar wind energy that powers magnetospheric processes passes through the magnetosheath and magnetopause. Global images of the magnetosheath and magnetopause boundary layers will resolve longstanding controversy surrounding fundamental phenomena that occur at the magnetopause and provide information needed to improve operational space weather models. Recent developments showing that soft X-rays (0.15-1 keV) result from high charge state solar wind ions undergoing charge exchange recombination through collisions with exospheric neutral atoms has led to the realization that soft X-ray imaging can provide global maps of the high-density shocked solar wind within the magnetosheath and cusps, regions lying between the lower density solar wind and magnetosphere. We discuss an instrument concept called the Sheath Transport Observer for the Redistribution of Mass (STORM), an X-ray imager suitable for simultaneously imaging the dayside magnetosheath, the magnetopause boundary layers, and the cusps.
Document ID
20090006704
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Kuntz, Kip (Johns Hopkins Univ. Baltimore, MD, United States)
Collier, Michael (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Sibeck, David G. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Porter, F. Scott (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Carter, J. A. (Leicester Univ. United Kingdom)
Cravens, Thomas (Kansas Univ. Lawrence, KS, United States)
Omidi, N. (Solana Scientific, Inc. Solana Beach, CA, United States)
Robertson, Ina (Leicester Univ. United Kingdom)
Sembay, S. (Leicester Univ. United Kingdom)
Snowden, Steven L. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
December 11, 2008
Subject Category
Solar Physics
Meeting Information
American Geophysical Union Conference(San Francisco, CA)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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