Response of the Earth's Magnetosphere to Changes in the Solar Wind

@inproceedings{Mcpherron2008ResponseOT,
  title={Response of the Earth's Magnetosphere to Changes in the Solar Wind},
  author={Robert L. Mcpherron and James M. Weygand and Tung-Shin Hsu},
  year={2008}
}
The solar wind couples to the magnetosphere via dynamic pressure and electric field. Pressure establishes the size and shape of the system, while the electric field transfers energy, mass, and momentum to the magnetosphere. When the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) is antiparallel to the dayside magnetic field, magnetic reconnection connects the IMF to the dipole field. Solar wind transport of the newly opened field lines to the nightside creates an internal convection system. These open… CONTINUE READING

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