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The Reconnecting Magnetosphere

  • Bengt U. Ö. Sonnerup
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 44)

Abstract

For present purposes the terms closed and open magnetosphere are defined as follows: In the former, the net magnetic flux crossing any substantial portion of the magneto-pause is too small to generate any magnetospheric dynamo effect of consequence. In the latter the net crossing flux is sufficient to account directly for such observed effects. Open models require field reconnection, closed ones do not. In ideal closed models no flux whatsoever crosses the magnetopause. In ideal open ones the crossing magnetic flux points consistently outward in one magnetopause region, inward in another. In reality, substantial deviations from these ideal conditions are expected.

Keywords

Plasma Sheet Diffusion Region Reconnection Rate Closed Field Line Inflow Region 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bengt U. Ö. Sonnerup
    • 1
  1. 1.Dartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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