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Geomagnetic Diagnosis of the Magnetosphere


Part of the Physics and Chemistry in Space book series (SPACE, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. A. Nishida
    Pages 88-148
  3. A. Nishida
    Pages 188-242
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 243-256

About this book


The geomagnetic field observed on the surface of the earth has been an important source of information on the dynamic behavior of the magnetosphere. Because the· magnetosphere and its environment are filled with plasma in which electric current can easily flow, dynamic processes that occur in the magnetosphere tend to produce perturba­ tions in the geomagnetic field. Geomagnetic data have therefore pro­ vided valuable means for sensing the processes taking place at remote locations, and such basic concepts as the magnetosphere, solar wind, and trapped radiation were derived in early, presatellite days from geomagnetic analyses. Because of this advantage, geomagnetic observations have been widely utilized for monitoring the overall condition of the magneto­ sphere. Although the advent of space vehides has made it possible to observe magnetospheric processes in situ, supplementary information on the overall magnetospheric condition is frequently found to be indispensable for interpreting these observations in the proper perspec­ tive. Hence for magnetospheric physicists involved in various branches of the field it has become a common practice to employ geomagnetic data as a basic diagnostic tool.


Erdmagnetismus Magnetosphäre electric current magnetic field magnetospheric physics plasma physics solar physics space physics

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  1. 1.University of TokyoTokyo 153Japan

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