Auroral Double Layer
- S.-I. Akasofu and
- J.R. Kan
Published Online: 26 MAR 2013
Copyright 1981 by the American Geophysical Union.
Physics of Auroral Arc Formation
How to Cite
Lee, L. C. and Kan, J. R. (1981) Auroral Double Layer, in Physics of Auroral Arc Formation (eds S.-I. Akasofu and J.R. Kan), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM025p0245
- Published Online: 26 MAR 2013
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1981
Print ISBN: 9780875900506
Online ISBN: 9781118664360
- Auroras—Addresses, essays, lectures
Theoretical models of double layers for the potential structures along auroral field lines are reviewed. The role of the backscattered and the trapped electrons in the formation of the auroral double layers is stressed. The importance of treating the auroral double layer as an integral part of the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling system is also emphasized. Finally, the formation of discrete auroras due to an enhanced magnetospheric convection is demonstrated.