Convection and Substorms: Paradigms of Magnetospheric Phenomenology

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byCharles F. Kennel

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The magnetosphere is the region where cosmic rays and the solar wind interact with the Earth's magnetic field, creating such phenomena as the northern lights and other aurorae. The configuration and dynamics of the magnetosphere are of interest to planetary physicists, geophysicists, plasmaastrophysicists, and to scientists planning space missions. The circulation of solar wind plasma in the magnetosphere and substorms have long been used as the principle paradigms for studying this vital region. Charles F. Kennel, a leading scientist in the field, here presents a synthesis of theconvection and substorm literatures, and an analysis of convection and substorm interactions; he also suggests that the currently accepted steady reconnection model may be advantageously replaced by a model of multiple tail reconnection events, in which many mutually interdependent reconnectionsoccur. Written in an accessible, non-mathematical style, this book introduces the reader to the exciting discoveries in this fast-growing field.

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The magnetosphere is the region where cosmic rays and the solar wind interact with the Earth's magnetic field, creating such phenomena as the northern lights and other aurorae. The configuration and dynamics of the magnetosphere are of interest to planetary physicists, geophysicists, plasmaastrophysicists, and to scientists planning sp...

Charles F. Kennel is Professor of Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.49 × 6.42 × 1.34 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195085299

ISBN - 13:9780195085297

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Teardrop Magnetosphere3. The Bell-Like Magnetosphere4. The Viscous Magnetosphere5. The Reconnecting Magnetosphere6. Correlation of Geomagnetic Activity with the Solar Wind7. The Reconnection System8. Bursty Magnetopause Reconnection and its Consequences9. Bimodal Plasma Flow Sheet Flow10. Convection for Northward Interplanetary Field11. The Nightside Auroral Oval12. The Auroral Substorm13. The Geosynchronous and Auroral Substorms14. Coordination of the Geosynchronous and Auroral Substorms15. Triggered Substorms16. On the Relation Between Convection and Substorms17. EpilogueReferences

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"... a well-supported claim of a shift in paradigm from the old quasi-steady picture of convection to a new, much more dynamic one .... Primarily, however, it provides enjoyment and stimulation for the educated reader, and I highly recommend it to all colleagues interested in the topic."--Eos