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The Dynamic Magnetosphere

  • May-Britt Kallenrode
Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)


The magnetosphere has been recognized as a dynamic phenomenon as the first systematic magnetic field measurements at the ground became available: aside from diurnal variations, strong transient disturbances can be observed. These magnetic storms often are accompanied by other phenomena, such as aurorae, or influence our technical environment, as evident in disruptions in radio communication or power-line breakdowns. All these phenomena are caused by strong fluctuations or discontinuities in the solar wind and can be related to changes in magnetospheric structure, in particular in the magnetospheric current system and in the plasma sheet inside the magnetotail. This chapter provides an introduction to these phenomena and a supplementary section about the aurora and the history of aurora research.


Solar Wind Interplanetary Magnetic Field Magnetic Storm Geomagnetic Activity Plasma Sheet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • May-Britt Kallenrode
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  1. 1.FB IV — UmweltwissenschaftenUniversität LüneburgLüneburgGermany

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