The THEMIS Mission

  • J. L. Burch
  • V. Angelopoulos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-iv
  2. J. L. Burch, V. Angelopoulos
    Pages 1-3
  3. V. Angelopoulos
    Pages 5-34
  4. D. G. Sibeck, V. Angelopoulos
    Pages 35-59
  5. S. Frey, V. Angelopoulos, M. Bester, J. Bonnell, T. Phan, D. Rummel
    Pages 61-89
  6. M. Bester, M. Lewis, B. Roberts, J. McDonald, D. Pease, J. Thorsness et al.
    Pages 91-115
  7. P. Harvey, E. Taylor, R. Sterling, M. Cully
    Pages 117-152
  8. E. Taylor, P. Harvey, M. Ludlam, P. Berg, R. Abiad, D. Gordon
    Pages 153-169
  9. M. Ludlam, V. Angelopoulos, E. Taylor, R. C. Snare, J. D. Means, Y. S. Ge et al.
    Pages 171-184
  10. David Auslander, Joshua Cermenska, Gregory Dalton, Mauricio de la Pena, C. K. H. Dharan, William Donokowski et al.
    Pages 185-211
  11. S. E. Harris, S. B. Mende, V. Angelopoulos, W. Rachelson, E. Donovan, B. Jackel et al.
    Pages 213-233
  12. H. U. Auster, K. H. Glassmeier, W. Magnes, O. Aydogar, W. Baumjohann, D. Constantinescu et al.
    Pages 235-264
  13. A. Roux, O. Le Contel, C. Coillot, A. Bouabdellah, B. de la Porte, D. Alison et al.
    Pages 265-275
  14. J. P. McFadden, C. W. Carlson, D. Larson, M. Ludlam, R. Abiad, B. Elliott et al.
    Pages 277-302
  15. J. W. Bonnell, F. S. Mozer, G. T. Delory, A. J. Hull, R. E. Ergun, C. M. Cully et al.
    Pages 303-341
  16. C. M. Cully, R. E. Ergun, K. Stevens, A. Nammari, J. Westfall
    Pages 343-355
  17. S. B. Mende, S. E. Harris, H. U. Frey, V. Angelopoulos, C. T. Russell, E. Donovan et al.
    Pages 357-387
  18. C. T. Russell, P. J. Chi, D. J. Dearborn, Y. S. Ge, B. Kuo-Tiong, J. D. Means et al.
    Pages 389-412
  19. I. R. Mann, D. K. Milling, I. J. Rae, L. G. Ozeke, A. Kale, Z. C. Kale et al.
    Pages 413-451
  20. V. Angelopoulos, D. Sibeck, C. W. Carlson, J. P. McFadden, D. Larson, R. P. Lin et al.
    Pages 453-476
  21. J. P. McFadden, C. W. Carlson, D. Larson, J. Bonnell, F. Mozer, V. Angelopoulos et al.
    Pages 477-508
  22. O. Le Contel, A. Roux, P. Robert, C. Coillot, A. Bouabdellah, B. de la Porte et al.
    Pages 509-534
  23. Joachim Raeder, Douglas Larson, Wenhui Li, Emil L. Kepko, Timothy Fuller-Rowell
    Pages 535-555
  24. L. M. Peticolas, N. Craig, S. F. Odenwald, A. Walker, C. T. Russell, V. Angelopoulos et al.
    Pages 557-583

About this book


The THEMIS mission aims to determine the trigger and large-scale evolution of substorms by employing five identical micro-satellites which line up along the Earth's magnetotail to track the motion of particles, plasma, and waves from one point to another and for the first time, resolve space-time ambiguities in key regions of the magnetosphere on a global scale. The primary goal of THEMIS is to elucidate which magnetotail process is responsible for substorm onset at the region where substorm auroras map: (i) local disruption of the plasma sheet current (current disruption) or (ii) the interaction of the current sheet with the rapid influx of plasma emanating from reconnection. The probes also traverse the radiation belts and the dayside magnetosphere, allowing THEMIS to address additional baseline objectives. This volume describes the mission, the instrumentation, and the data derived from them.


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Editors and affiliations

  • J. L. Burch
    • 1
  • V. Angelopoulos
    • 2
  1. 1.Space Science and Engineering DivisionSouthwest Research Institute (SwRI)San AntonioUSA
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Space Sciences, and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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