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Localized Oscillatory Energy Conversion in Magnetopause Reconnection
Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX 78238 USA.
Univ Colorado, LASP, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
Univ Virginia, Dept Phys & Astron, Morgantown, WV USA..
Rice Univ, Dept Phys & Astron, Houston, TX USA..
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2018 (English)In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 45, no 3, p. 1237-1245Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Data from the NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale mission are used to investigate asymmetric magnetic reconnection at the dayside boundary between the Earth's magnetosphere and the solar wind. High-resolution measurements of plasmas and fields are used to identify highly localized (similar to 15 electron Debye lengths) standing wave structures with large electric field amplitudes (up to 100 mV/m). These wave structures are associated with spatially oscillatory energy conversion, which appears as alternatingly positive and negative values of J . E. For small guide magnetic fields the wave structures occur in the electron stagnation region at the magnetosphere edge of the electron diffusion region. For larger guide fields the structures also occur near the reconnection X-line. This difference is explained in terms of channels for the out-of-plane current (agyrotropic electrons at the stagnation point and guide field-aligned electrons at the X-line).

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AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION , 2018. Vol. 45, no 3, p. 1237-1245
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reconnection, magnetopause, MMS
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Geophysics Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-348915DOI: 10.1002/2017GL076809ISI: 000426161800005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-348915DiVA, id: diva2:1201306
Available from: 2018-04-25 Created: 2018-04-25 Last updated: 2018-04-25Bibliographically approved

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