Ionospheric Ion Streams at Altitudes Below 14 RE

  1. Tom Chang,
  2. M. K. Hudson,
  3. J. R. Jasperse,
  4. R. G. Johnson,
  5. P. M. Kintner and
  6. M. Schulz
  1. Stefano Orsini and
  2. Maurizio Candidi

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM038p0164

Ion Acceleration in the Magnetosphere and Ionosphere

Ion Acceleration in the Magnetosphere and Ionosphere

How to Cite

Orsini, S. and Candidi, M. (1986) Ionospheric Ion Streams at Altitudes Below 14 RE, in Ion Acceleration in the Magnetosphere and Ionosphere (eds T. Chang, M. K. Hudson, J. R. Jasperse, R. G. Johnson, P. M. Kintner and M. Schulz), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM038p0164

Author Information

  1. Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario, CNR, C.P. 27, 00044 Frascati (Roma), Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1986

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900636

Online ISBN: 9781118664216

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Keywords:

  • Magnetosphere—Congresses;
  • Ionosphere—Congresses;
  • Ion flow dynamics—Congresses;
  • Space plasmas—Congresses

Summary

The properties of ionospheric ion streams flowing away from Earth into the magnetotail are studied between 2 Re and 14 Re. General agreement is found between these observations and those made already at lower and larger distances. It is shown that at altitudes lower than 10 Re the flow of these ions is dominated by the dynamics of the source region; sometimes the satellite location is well suited to determine the flow pattern of the ions and the source altitude. The data presented here indicate that at higher distances from the earth, the E×B/B2 filter organizes the streams according to their parallel velocity, so that no source properties can be derived by looking at single cases.