Magnetospheric Current Systems

Magnetospheric Current Systems

Editor(s): Shin-Ichi Ohtani, Ryoichi Fujii, Michael Hesse, Robert L. Lysak

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875909769

Online ISBN: 9781118669006

DOI: 10.1029/GM118

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 118.

The magnetosphere is an open system that interacts with the solar wind. In this system, solar wind energy continuously permeates different regions of the magnetosphere through electromagnetic processes, which we can well describe in terms of current systems. In fact, our ability to use various methods to study magnetospheric current systems has recently prompted significant progress in our understanding of the phenomenon. Unprecedented coverage of satellite and ground?]based observations has advanced global approaches to magnetospheric current systems, whereas advanced measurements of electromagnetic fields and particles have brought new insights about micro?]processes. Increased computer capabilities have enabled us to simulate the dynamics not only of the terrestrial magnetosphere but also the magnetospheres of other planets. Based on such developments, the present volume revisits outstanding issues about magnetospheric current systems.

Table of contents

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    2. Global Geometry of Magnetospheric Currents Inferred from MHD Simulations (pages 41–52)

      G. L. Siscoe, N. U. Crooker, G. M. Erickson, B. U. Ö. Sonnerup, K. D. Siebert, D. R. Weimer, W. W. White and N. C. Maynard

    3. Magnetotail Currents During the Growth Phase and Local Auroral Breakup (pages 81–89)

      T. I. Pulkkinen, M. V. Kubyshkina, D. N. Baker, L. L. Cogger, S. Kokubun, T. Mukai, H. J. Singer, J. A. Slavin and L. Zelenyi

    4. Fast Observations of Upward Accelerated Electron Beams and the Downward Field-Aligned Current Region (pages 173–180)

      R. C. Elphic, J. Bonnell, R. J. Strangeway, C. W. Carlson, M. Temerin, J. P. McFadden, R. E. Ergun and W. Peria

    5. Auroral Surge Currents and Electrodynamics with FAST and VIS (pages 191–197)

      S. A. Cummer, R. R. Vondrak, R. F. Pfaff, J. W. Gjerloev, C. W. Carlson, R. E. Ergun, W. J. Peria, R. C. Elphic, R. J. Strangeway, J. B. Sigwarth and L. A. Frank

    6. MHD Simulations of Current Systems in Planetary Magnetospheres: Mercury and Saturn (pages 363–370)

      Tamas I. Gombosi, Darren L. Dezeeuw, Clinton R. T. Groth, Kenneth C. Hansen, Konstantin Kabin and Kenneth G. Powell