An ISEE- 1 2 spacecraft study of an unusual flux transfer event

X. M. Zhu, M. G. Kivelson, R. J. Walker, C. T. Russell, M. F. Thomsen, D. J. McComas

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Using the ISEE- 1 2 spacecraft, an unusual FTE was studied. The perturbation in the direction normal to the magnetopause reached a maximum size of 64 nT, exceeding the field amplitude in the adjacent magnetosphere. The observation was made at 1500 Local Time in the southern hemisphere (10° below the magnetic equator). From two point observations, it was found that the structure has a scale length of 2RE in the north-south direction in boundary normal coordinates. The velocity of the structure in that direction was about 50 km/sec. The dimension and the velocity in the east-west direction could not be established. The FTE signature recurred after about 9 minutes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-262
Number of pages4
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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