Inflation of the Inner Magnetosphere

  • Laurence J. CahillJr.
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 10)


Frequently, the inner magnetosphere between L = 2 and L = 6 receives a large influx of energy. In the form of large numbers of charged particles or as an increase in the particle temperature, the energy enters the magnetosphere and it weakens and distorts the magnetic field through diamagnetism and drift motions of the charged particles. Since the effect is to stretch the magnetic field lines of the earth outward, much as the surface of a balloon expands, the process is called ‘inflation’.


Magnetic Storm Ring Current Field Magnitude Sudden Commencement Symmetrical Ring 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1968

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence J. CahillJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Space Science CenterUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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