Interpretation of Kp index and M-region geomagnetic storms☆

@inproceedings{Dessler1963InterpretationOK,
  title={Interpretation of Kp index and M-region geomagnetic storms☆},
  author={Alexander J. Dessler and Jules A. Fejer},
  year={1963}
}
It is argued that the traditional interpretation of the K/sub p/ index is no longer tenabie. The K/sub p/ index, generally taken to be a measure of the strength of the solar-wind flux, may be more acceptably interpreted as a measure of the time rate of change of the sum of plasma plus magnetic pressure acting on the magnetosphere. The stability of the magnetospheric surface in the solar wind is demonstrated theoretically when reasonable assumptions are made for the plasma density just inside… CONTINUE READING

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