Comparison of local energy conversion estimates from Cluster with global MHD simulations
2008 (English)In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, Vol. 35, no 21, L21104- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The local energy conversion across the magnetopause has been estimated with Cluster for two magnetopause crossings. A load region, conversion from magnetic to particle energy, was identified on the dayside high-latitude magnetopause during south/dawnward IMF. Another crossing of the dawn flank magnetotail during dominantly duskward IMF was identified as a generator region where the magnetosphere is loaded with magnetic energy. The observations have been compared to results of the BATS-R-US global MHD simulation based on observed IMF conditions. BATS-R-US reproduced the magnetopause regions crossed by Cluster as a load and a generator region, correspondingly. The magnitude of the estimated energy conversion from Cluster and the model are in quite good agreement. BATS-R-US cannot reproduce the observed sharp magnetopause and some topological differences between the observations and the model occur.
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2008. Vol. 35, no 21, L21104- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-149303DOI: 10.1029/2008GL035854ISI: 000260789300003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-149303DiVA: diva2:404459