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Convection and Substorms : Paradigms of Magnetospheric Phenomenology - Charles F. Kennel

Convection and Substorms

Paradigms of Magnetospheric Phenomenology

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Published: 8th February 1996
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The magnetosphere is the region in which the solar wind interacts with the Earth's magnetic field, the zone which screens the Earth from most of the harmful cosmic rays which daily bombard it. The Aurora Borealis, or Norhun lights, other such phenourena result from the interaction of particles in the solar wind and the magnetosphere. Planetary physicists, geophysicists, plasma astrophysicists, and scientists involved with astronautics all have a primary interest in the configuration and dynamics of the magnetosphere, and much research is devoted to convection (the circulation of solarwind plastma in the magnetiosphere) and substorms, which are linked to the aurorae and thought to stimulate convection. In this book, one of the leading scientists in the field presents a synthesis of current knowledge on convection and substorms and proposes that the Planetary physicists, geophysicists, plasma astrophysicists, and scientists involved with astronautics all have a primary interest in the configuration and dynamics of the magnetosphere, and much research is devoted to convection (the circulation of solarwind plastma in the magnetiosphere) and substorms, which are linked to the aurorae and thought to stimulate convection. In this book, one of the leading scientists in the field presents a synthesis of current knowledge on convection and substorms and proposes that the steady reconnection model be replaced by a model of multiple tail reconnection events, in which many mutually interdependent reconnections occur.

"... a well-supported claim of a shift in paradigm from the old quasi-steady picture of convection to a new, much more dynamic one .... Primarily, however, it provides enjoyment and stimulation for the educated reader, and I highly recommend it to all colleagues interested in the topic." --Eos "... a well-supported claim of a shift in paradigm from the old quasi-steady picture of convection to a new, much more dynamic one .... Primarily, however, it provides enjoyment and stimulation for the educated reader, and I highly recommend it to all colleagues interested in the topic." --Eos

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

ISBN: 9780195085297
ISBN-10: 0195085299
Series: International Series on Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 8th February 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.77