The Giacobini-Zinner Magnetotail: Tail Configuration and Current Sheet

  1. Thomas J. Birmingham and
  2. Alexander J. Dessler
  1. D.J. Mccomas1,
  2. J.T. Gosling1,
  3. S.J. Bame1,
  4. J.A. Slavin2,
  5. E.J. Smith2 and
  6. J.L. Steinberg3

Published Online: 19 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/SP027p0248

Comet Encounters

Comet Encounters

How to Cite

Mccomas, D.J., Gosling, J.T., Bame, S.J., Slavin, J.A., Smith, E.J. and Steinberg, J.L. (1988) The Giacobini-Zinner Magnetotail: Tail Configuration and Current Sheet, in Comet Encounters (eds T. J. Birmingham and A. J. Dessler), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C.. doi: 10.1029/SP027p0248

Author Information

  1. 1

    Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico

  2. 2

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

  3. 3

    Observatoire De Paris, Meudon, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1988

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875902395

Online ISBN: 9781118668757



  • Charge couple device (CCD);
  • Comet Rendezvous Asteroid Flyby (CRAF);
  • Current sheet;
  • Electron density;
  • Giacobini-Zinner magnetotail;
  • International Cometary Explorer (ICE);
  • Ion composition instrument (ICI);
  • Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Tail Formation and Topology

  • MHD Equilibrium

  • Cometary Mass Transport

  • Summary and Discussion