Convection and Substorms: Paradigms of Magnetospheric Phenomenology

Convection and Substorms: Paradigms of Magnetospheric Phenomenology

by Charles F. Kennel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195085299

ISBN-13: 9780195085297

Pub. Date: 02/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The magnetosphere is the region where cosmic rays and the solar wind interact with the Earth's magnetic field, creating such phenomena as the northern lights and other aurorae. The configuration and dynamics of the magnetosphere are of interest to planetary physicists, geophysicists, plasma astrophysicists, and to scientists planning space missions. The circulation

Overview

The magnetosphere is the region where cosmic rays and the solar wind interact with the Earth's magnetic field, creating such phenomena as the northern lights and other aurorae. The configuration and dynamics of the magnetosphere are of interest to planetary physicists, geophysicists, plasma astrophysicists, and to scientists planning space missions. The circulation of solar wind plasma in the magnetosphere and substorms have long been used as the principle paradigms for studying this vital region. Charles F. Kennel, a leading scientist in the field, here presents a synthesis of the convection and substorm literatures, and an analysis of convection and substorm interactions; he also suggests that the currently accepted steady reconnection model may be advantageously replaced by a model of multiple tail reconnection events, in which many mutually interdependent reconnections occur. Written in an accessible, non-mathematical style, this book introduces the reader to the exciting discoveries in this fast-growing field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195085297
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Series:
International Series on Astronomy and Astrophysics Series, #2
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.32(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Teardrop Magnetosphere
3. The Bell-Like Magnetosphere
4. The Viscous Magnetosphere
5. The Reconnecting Magnetosphere
6. Correlation of Geomagnetic Activity with the Solar Wind
7. The Reconnection System
8. Bursty Magnetopause Reconnection and its Consequences
9. Bimodal Plasma Flow Sheet Flow
10. Convection for Northward Interplanetary Field
11. The Nightside Auroral Oval
12. The Auroral Substorm
13. The Geosynchronous and Auroral Substorms
14. Coordination of the Geosynchronous and Auroral Substorms
15. Triggered Substorms
16. On the Relation Between Convection and Substorms
17. Epilogue
References

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