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Title: Dayside flow bursts and high-latitude reconnection when the IMF is strongly northward
Authors: Hu, H.
Yeoman, Tim K.
Lester, M.
Liu, R.
Yang, H.
Grocott, Adrian
First Published: 13-Sep-2006
Publisher: Copernicus Publications on behalf of the European Geosciences Union
Citation: Annales Geophysicae, 2006, 24 (8), pp. 2227-2242.
Abstract: The characteristics of dayside ionospheric convection are studied using Northern Hemispheric SuperDARN data and DMSP particle and flow observations when the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) was strongly northward during 13:00–15:00 UT on 2 March 2002. Although IMF Bx was positive, which is believed to favour Southern Hemisphere high-latitude reconnection at equinox, a four-cell convection pattern was observed and lasted for more than 1.5 h in the Northern Hemisphere. The reconnection rate derived from an analysis of the Northern Hemisphere SuperDARN data illustrates that the high-latitude reconnection was quasi-periodic, with a period between 4–16 min. A sawtooth-like and reverse-dispersed ion signature was observed by DMSP-F14 in the sunward cusp convection at around 14:41 UT, confirming that the high-latitude reconnection was pulsed. Accompanying the pulsed reconnection, strong antisunward ionospheric flow bursts were observed in the post-noon LLBL region on closed field lines, propagating with the same speed as the plasma convection. DMSP flow data show that a similar flow pattern and particle precipitation occurred in the conjugate Southern Hemisphere.
DOI Link: 10.5194/angeo-24-2227-2006
ISSN: 0992-7689
Type: Article
Rights: This paper was published as Annales Geophysicae, 2006, 24 (8), pp. 2227-2242. Copyright European Geosciences Union. It is also available from Doi: 10.5194/angeo-24-2227-2006 © Author(s) 2006. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
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