Electric fields and plasma convection in the plasmasphere


  • F. S. Mozer


A review is given of present theoretical and experimental information on quasi-static electric fields in and near the plasmasphere with the aim of discussing plasma flow within the plasmasphere, dynamo electric fields, and the penetration of electric fields of magnetospheric origin to low latitudes. Data are presented that suggest that the mean temporal variation of electric fields at all latitudes is diurnal, that dynamo electric fields are more important near L = 3 and are less important near and beyond L = 4 than are fields of magnetospheric origin, and that magnetospheric fields with periods that are a reasonable fraction of one day efficiently penetrate the plasmapause.