Stuart D. Bale

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Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence in the solar wind is observed to show the spectral behavior of classical Kolmogorov fluid turbulence over an inertial subrange and departures from this at short wavelengths, where energy should be dissipated. Here we present the first measurements of the electric field fluctuation spectrum over the inertial and(More)
The proton temperature anisotropy in the solar wind is known to be constrained by the theoretical thresholds for pressure-anisotropy-driven instabilities. Here, we use approximately 1x10;{6} independent measurements of gyroscale magnetic fluctuations in the solar wind to show for the first time that these fluctuations are enhanced along the temperature(More)
[1] We have examined 178 interplanetary shocks observed by the Wind spacecraft to establish which shock and plasma parameters are favorable for the production of upstream Langmuir waves and therefore to determine which shocks are likely to generate interplanetary Type II radio bursts. Of the 178 shocks included in this study, 43 produced upstream Langmuir(More)
Electric and magnetic field observations on the Polar satellite at the subsolar magnetopause show that the magnetopause current is often striated. The largest of the resulting current channels are interpreted as electron diffusion regions because their widths are several electron skin depths and the electron flow U(e) within them does not satisfy(More)
We present a measurement of the spectral index of density fluctuations between ion and electron scales in solar wind turbulence using the EFI instrument on the ARTEMIS spacecraft. The mean spectral index at 1 AU was found to be -2.75±0.06, steeper than predictions for pure whistler or kinetic Alfvén wave turbulence but consistent with previous magnetic(More)
Measurements of a spacecraft floating potential, on the four Cluster spacecraft, are used as a proxy for electron plasma density to study, for the first time, the macroscopic density transition scale at 98 crossings of the quasiperpendicular terrestrial bow shock. A timing analysis gives shock speeds and normals; the shock speed is used to convert the(More)
[1] Electric fields with amplitudes to 140 mV/m and average durations of 7.5 milliseconds have been observed at the magnetospheric side of the dayside magnetopause. These fields are predominantly perpendicular to B, they are electrostatic, and they occur inside local minima in the plasma density. Because they have been observed at each of approximately(More)
We present magnetospheric observations of very large amplitude global scale ULF waves, from 9 and 10 De-cember 2000 when the upstream solar wind speed exceeded 600 km/s. We characterise these ULF waves using ground-based magnetometer, radar and optical instrumentation on both the dawn and dusk flanks; we find evidence to support the hypothesis that discrete(More)