The case for transient magnetopause reconnection
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 77, Issue 26, pages 246–247, 25 June 1996
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1996), The case for transient magnetopause reconnection, Eos Trans. AGU, 77(26), 246–247, doi:10.1029/96EO00175.(
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
Recent studies indicate that magnetopause reconnection can, at times, occur exclusively as a series of separated, short bursts. Reconnection generates “open” magnetic flux that threads the magnetospheric boundary, the magnetopause, and so connects the magnetosphere with interplanetary space. The rate at which open flux is generated by a line of unit length in the magnetopause is called the reconnection rate. By Faraday's induction law, the reconnection rate is a boundary-tangential electric field, Et, along that line (called an X-line).