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M. I. Sitnov, N. Buzulukova, M. Swisdak, V. G. Merkin and T. E. Moore Spontaneous formation of dipolarization fronts and reconnection onset in the magnetotail Geophysical Research Letters 40

Version of Record online: 16 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1029/2012GL054701

Key Points

  • Spontaneous reconnection onset is possible in the magnetotail
  • Onset conditions are consistent with the tearing stability theory
  • Magnetotail reconnection starts from the formation of a dipolarization front

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