Recent Investigations Op Flux Transfer Events Observed at the Dayside Magnetopause

  1. Edward W. Hones Jr.
  1. R. P. Rijnbeek1,
  2. S. W. H. Cowley1,
  3. D. J. Southwood1 and
  4. C. T. Russell2

Published Online: 19 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM030p0139

Magnetic Reconnection in Space and Laboratory Plasmas

Magnetic Reconnection in Space and Laboratory Plasmas

How to Cite

Rijnbeek, R. P., Cowley, S. W. H., Southwood, D. J. and Russell, C. T. (1984) Recent Investigations Op Flux Transfer Events Observed at the Dayside Magnetopause, in Magnetic Reconnection in Space and Laboratory Plasmas (ed E. W. Hones), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM030p0139

Author Information

  1. 1

    Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London Sw 7 2Bz, United Kingdom

  2. 2

    Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University Of California, Los Angeles, California CA 90024. U.S.A.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1984

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900582

Online ISBN: 9781118664223

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Keywords:

  • Flux transffr events (FTEs);
  • Magnetopause;
  • Magnetosheath field;
  • Quasi-steady reconnection;
  • Southern and Northern Hemisphere

Summary

We summarise the results of our survey of dayside flux transfer events (FTEs). FTEs are a common feature of the dayside magnetopause covered by the ISEE 1 and 2 spacecraft. They occur essentially whenever the magnetosheath magnetic field has a southward component. The properties of FTEs observed in the magnetosheath and in the magnetosphere are similar. FTEs contribute significantly to the flux erosion process at the dayside boundary when the external field has a southward component. Intervals of quasi-steady reconnection occur in close association with observations of FTE signatures. Finally, we outline some remaining questions relating to FTEs.