Standing Alfvén waves at the magnetopause

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[1] We present results from a statistical analysis of the oscillatory motion of the magnetopause based on THEMIS spacecraft observations, yielding the first experimental evidence for the existence of standing Alfvénic surface or Kruskal-Schwarzschild modes at the magnetopause. The magnetopause boundary represents a membrane under tension, which may resonantly interact with magnetospheric cavity or waveguide modes. Ultra-low “magic” geomagnetic pulsation frequencies, often observed in ground-based and ionospheric measurements and attributed to these cavity or waveguide modes, agree with the detected magnetopause oscillation frequencies and are reinterpreted in terms of surface mode eigenfrequencies.

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