Plasma Observations of Flux Transfer Events: Present and Future Measurements

  1. J. H. Waite Jr.,
  2. J. L. Burch and
  3. R. L. Moore
  1. M. F. Smith1 and
  2. A. D. Johnstone2

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM054p0379

Solar System Plasma Physics

Solar System Plasma Physics

How to Cite

Smith, M. F. and Johnstone, A. D. (1989) Plasma Observations of Flux Transfer Events: Present and Future Measurements, in Solar System Plasma Physics (eds J. H. Waite, J. L. Burch and R. L. Moore), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM054p0379

Author Information

  1. 1

    Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX 78229

  2. 2

    Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey, England

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1989

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900742

Online ISBN: 9781118664315



  • Space plasmas;
  • Sun;
  • Magnetosphere;
  • Astrophysics


Flux Transfer Events (FTEs) are widely regarded as an important feature of the interaction of the solar wind with the dayside magnetopause. Recent observations show the plasma structure of FTEs to be complex. To provide further information on the formation and development of this phenomenon a new generation of plasma instruments will be required. We review possible new instrumentation in the light of the Cluster mission.