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Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 105.

On the nightside of the Earth, a long magnetic tail is formed by the tangential stress that is exerted by the solar wind as it flows by the planet. The magnetotail is the nightside extension of the Earth's magnetosphere in which the geomagnetic field is confined by the solar wind, and its framework is formed by the field lines emanating from the polar caps. The magnetotail plays a pivotal role in magnetospheric dynamics as the reservoir of the energy that produces a wide variety of phenomena in the Earth's magnetosphere. The interaction of the magnetotail with the ambient solar wind provides virtually all of the energy to drive auroral and geomagnetic processes.

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Provides first-hand information on the generation mechanisms for energetic particles, and reveals many of the basic properties of the plasma that fills the universe from the solar system to distant galaxies. The 19 contributions discuss the structure of the magnetotail in terms of both the magnetic field and the resident plasma, the heating and acceleration processes of plasma that occur inside the magnetotail, the relationship of tail dynamics to magnetospheric substorms, and waves and turbulence in the magnetotail. For astrophysicists, plasma physicists, and space physicists. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

A. Nishida,D . N. Baker,S . W .H. Cowley vii

Structure of the Magnetotail

Th eD istant M agnetotail: Its Structure, IMF Dependence, and Thermal Properties
K. Maezawa and T. Hori 1

Large-Scale Structure of the Magnetosphere
D. N. Baker and T. I. Puikkinen 21

The Low-Latitude Boundary Layer in the Tail-Flanks
M. Fujimoto, T. Terasawa, and T. Mukai 33

Cold Dense Ion Flows in the Distant Magnetotail: The Geotail Results
Masafumi Hirahara, Kanako Seki, and Toshikumi Mukai 45

Convection and Reconnection in the Earth's Magnetotail
A. Nishida and T. Ogino 61

Magnetotail Structure and Its Internal Particle Dynamics During Northward IMF
M. Ashour-Abdaila, J. Raeder, M. EI-Aiaoui, and V. Peroomian 77

Heating and Acceleration

Ion and Electron Heating in the Near-Earth Magnetotail
Wolfgang Baumjohann 97

Kinetic Structure of the Slow-Mode Shocks in the Earth's Magnetotail
Yoshifumi Saito, Toshifumi Mukai, and Toshio Terasawa 103

Dynamics and Kinetic Properties of Plasmoids and Flux Ropes: GEOTAIL Observations
T. Mukai, T. Yamamoto, and S. Machida 117

The Formation and Structure of Flux Ropes in the Magnetotail
Michael Hesse and Margaret G. Kiveison 139

Kinetic Ion Behavior in Magnetic Reconnection Region
M. Hoshino 153

Advances in the Physics of Earth's Magnetotail
L. A. Frank, W. R. Paterson, S. Kokubun, T. Yamamoto 167

Heavy I on Acceleration b y Reconnection in the Magnetotail: Theory and GEOTAIL Observations
J. Buchner Jr., P. Kuska, B. Wiiken, Q. G. Zong 181

Particle Dynamics in the Near-Earth Magnetotail and Macroscopic Consequences
D. C. Delcourt and G. Belmont 193

Substorm and Ionospheric Junction

Magnetic Reconnection in the Near-Earth Magnetotail
Tsugunob Nuagai and Shinobu Machida 211

Traveling Compressions Regions
James A. Slavin 225

Near Earth Plasma Sheet Penetration and Geomagnetic Disturbances
L. R. Lyons, G. T. Blanchard, J. C. Samson, J. M. Rouhoniemi, R. A. Greenwald, G. D. Reeves, J. D. Scudder 241

Waves and Turbulence

Plasma Waves in Geospace: Geotail Observations
H. Matsumoto, H. Kojima, Y. Omura, and I. Nagano 259

Multiscale Magnetic Structure of the Distant Tail: Self-Consistent Fractal Approach
Lev M. Zelenyi, Alexander V. Milovanov, Gaetano Zimbardo 321

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