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Modelling of mirror mode structures as propagating slow magnetosonic solitons
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala Division.
2009 (English)In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 27, no 12, 4379-4389 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cluster measurements in the magnetosheath with spacecraft separations of 2000 km indicate that magnetic pulsations interpreted as mirror mode structures are not frozen in plasma flow, but do propagate with speeds of up to similar to 50 km/s. Properties of these pulsations are shown to be consistent with propagating slow magnetosonic solitons. By using nonlinear two fluid theory we demonstrate that the well known classical mirror instability condition corresponds to a small subset in a continuum of exponentially varying solutions. With the measured plasma moments we have determined parameters of the polybaric pressure model in the region of occurrence of mirror type structures and applied it to numerical modelling of these structures. In individual cases we obtain excellent agreement between observed mirror mode structures and numerical solutions for magnetosonic solitons.

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2009. Vol. 27, no 12, 4379-4389 p.
Keyword [en]
Interplanetary physics, MHD waves and turbulence, Magnetospheric physics, Magnetosheath, Space plasma physics, Nonlinear phenomena
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-148211DOI: 10.5194/angeo-27-4379-2009ISI: 000273060300003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-148211DiVA: diva2:401642
Available from: 2011-03-03 Created: 2011-03-03 Last updated: 2011-03-03Bibliographically approved

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