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A Short Review of Magnetospheric Substorms

  • Michel P. Aubry
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 32)

Abstract

Due to the great number of papers on magnetospheric substorms published in the recent years I will give only a short account of the main progress realized since the publication of Akasofu’s (1968) book. The purpose of Figure 1 is to place the sub-storm phenomena in the general frame of the solar wind magnetosphere interaction. When this interaction increases as a consequence of a southward interplanetary field, energy is stored in the magnetosphere (substorm growth phase). Beyond a certain limit the resultant configuration is unstable and the energy stored is suddenly released producing the substorm expansion phase. A recovery phase ends this explosive part of the substorm; the process repeats as long as the strong interaction is maintained. A reversal of the interplanetary magnetic field northward switches off the strong interaction.

Keywords

Solar Wind Interplanetary Magnetic Field Plasma Sheet Auroral Electrojet Neutral Sheet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel P. Aubry
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  1. 1.Institute of Geophysics and Planetary PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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