Plasma entry into the distant tail lobes: ISEE‐3

J. T. Gosling, D. N. Baker, S. J. Bame, E. W. Hones, D. J. McComas, R. D. Zwickl, J. A. Slavin, E. J. Smith, B. T. Tsurutani

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ISEE‐3 measurements indicate that a broad mantle‐like boundary layer plasma often exists within the distant geomagnetic tail lobes at all latitudes, directly adjacent to the tail magnetopause. The presence of this boundary layer at large tail distances indicates that plasma from the magnetosheath often crosses the magnetopause locally along much of the length of the tail, and is evidence that the tail is "open."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1078-1081
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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