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Response of the inner magnetosphere and the plasma sheet to a sudden impulse
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2008 (English)In: Journal of Geophysical Research, ISSN 0148-0227, Vol. 113, no A7, A07S35- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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[1] The passage of an interplanetary shock caused a sudden compression of the magnetosphere between 0900 UT and 0915 UT on 24 August 2005. An estimate of the shock normal from solar wind data obtained by Geotail upstream of the bow shock indicates symmetric compression with respect to the noon-midnight meridian. Compression-related disturbances of the magnetic and electric field and plasma motion were observed by Double Star Program (DSP) Tan Ce 1 (TC1) and Tan Ce 2 (TC2) in the inner magnetosphere and by the Cluster spacecraft in the dawnside plasma sheet. DSP/TC1 and TC2 observations suggest that the disturbances in the inner magnetosphere are propagating from the dayside magnetopause. Cluster S/C 4 observations indicate that the front normal of the disturbances in the dawnside plasma sheet is phi similar to 180 degrees at 0902: 50 UT and phi = 107 degrees at 0904: 34 UT, where phi is the longitude in GSM coordinates, if we assume that the measured electric field is on the front plane and the normal lies on the X-Y plane. The timing analysis applied to magnetic field data from the four Cluster spacecraft independently gives a front normal, which is calculated to be phi =131 degrees at about 0904: 20 UT. Shock-associated magnetic and electric field disturbances propagating from both the dayside and flank magnetopauses are detected in the plasma sheet; the latter makes the dominant contribution. Substorms are, however, not triggered at the passage of the disturbances.

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2008. Vol. 113, no A7, A07S35- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-149371DOI: 10.1029/2007JA012763ISI: 000256568300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-149371DiVA: diva2:404906
Available from: 2011-03-18 Created: 2011-03-18 Last updated: 2011-03-18Bibliographically approved

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