Global core plasma model


  • D. L. Gallagher,

  • P. D. Craven,

  • R. H. Comfort


The global core plasma model (GCPM) provides empirically derived core plasma density as a function of geomagnetic and solar conditions throughout the inner magnetosphere. It is continuous in value and gradient and is composed of separate models for the ionosphere, plasmasphere, plasmapause, trough, and polar cap. The relative composition of plasmaspheric H+, He+, and O+ is included in the GCPM. A blunt plasmaspheric bulge and rotation of the bulge with changing geomagnetic conditions is included. The GCPM is an amalgam of density models intended to serve as a framework for continued improvement as new measurements become available and are used to characterize core plasma density, composition, and temperature.