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Response of magnetotail twisting to variations in IMF B-y: a THEMIS case study 1-2 January 2009
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
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2016 (English)In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 43, no 15, 7822-7830 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Theoretical considerations, observations, and simulations have shown that the B-y component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) may cause twisting of the magnetotail. However, the fundamental issues, the temporal and spatial responses of the magnetotail in the twisting process, are still unresolved. We report unique multipoint observations of the response of the magnetotail to the variations in IMF B-y on 1-2 January 2009. For the first time, estimates of the tail twisting response time at different (Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms, THEMIS) distances in the same event are inferred. Using cross-correlation and timing analyses, we find that the tail twisting propagates from farther out toward the Earth and the response time increases significantly to the inner magnetosphere.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. Vol. 43, no 15, 7822-7830 p.
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solar wind-magnetosphere interaction, magnetotail twisting, tail twisting temporal response, tail twisting spatial response
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Probability Theory and Statistics Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-126750DOI: 10.1002/2016GL070068ISI: 000383290300005OAI: diva2:1038567
Available from: 2016-10-19 Created: 2016-10-13 Last updated: 2017-01-31Bibliographically approved

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