Recent Investigations Op Flux Transfer Events Observed at the Dayside Magnetopause
- Edward W. Hones Jr.
Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
Copyright 1984 by the American Geophysical Union.
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
- Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1984
Print ISBN: 9780875900582
Online ISBN: 9781118664223
- Flux transffr events (FTEs);
- Magnetosheath field;
- Quasi-steady reconnection;
- Southern and Northern Hemisphere
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.