Implications of the 1100 Ut March 22, 1979 Cdaw 6 Substorm Event for the Role of Magnetic Reconnection in the Geomagnetic Tail

  1. Edward W. Hones Jr.
  1. T. A. Fritz1,
  2. D. N. Baker1,
  3. R. L. Mcpherron2 and
  4. W. Lennartsson3

Published Online: 19 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM030p0203

Magnetic Reconnection in Space and Laboratory Plasmas

Magnetic Reconnection in Space and Laboratory Plasmas

How to Cite

Fritz, T. A., Baker, D. N., Mcpherron, R. L. and Lennartsson, W. (2013) Implications of the 1100 Ut March 22, 1979 Cdaw 6 Substorm Event for the Role of Magnetic Reconnection in the Geomagnetic Tail, in Magnetic Reconnection in Space and Laboratory Plasmas (ed E. W. Hones), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM030p0203

Author Information

  1. 1

    Earth and Space Sciences Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545

  2. 2

    Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University Of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024

  3. 3

    Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory, 3251 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304

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:

  • Electron measurement;
  • Geomagnetic tail;
  • Magnetic reconnection;
  • Magnetopause;
  • Three-dimensional MHD modeling

Summary

The event of March 22, 1979 has been the object of a concentrated study effort as a part of the Coordinated Data Analysis Workshop activity designated CDAW-6. Energetic electron and magnetic field measurements from a set of four satellites aligned from 6.6 to 13 RE at the 0200 LT meridian at the time of the magnetospheric substorm event of 1100 UT are presented. These data are used to show that a magnetic X-line formed spontaneously in the region of 7 to 10 RE in response to a steady build-up of magnetic stress in the geomagnetic tail.