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  Characteristics of the Flank Magnetopause: MMS Results

Haaland, S., Paschmann, G., Øieroset, M., Phan, T., Hasegawa, H., Fuselier, S. A., et al. (2020). Characteristics of the Flank Magnetopause: MMS Results. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 125(3): e2019JA027623. doi:10.1029/2019JA027623.

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Haaland, Stein1, Author              
Paschmann, G., Author
Øieroset, M., Author
Phan, T., Author
Hasegawa, H., Author
Fuselier, S. A., Author
Constantinescu, V., Author
Eriksson, S., Author
Trattner, K. J., Author
Fadanelli, S., Author
Tenfjord, P., Author
Lavraud, B., Author
Norgren, C., Author
Eastwood, J. P., Author
Hietala, H., Author
Burch, J., Author
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1Department Planets and Comets, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max Planck Society, ou_1832288              

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 Abstract: We have used a large number of magnetopause crossings by the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission to investigate macroscopic properties of this current sheet, with emphasis on the flanks of the magnetopause. Macroscopic features such as thickness, location, and motion of the magnetopause were calculated as a function of local time sector. The results show that the flanks of the magnetopause are significantly thicker than the dayside magnetopause. Thicknesses vary from about 650 km near noon to over 1,000 km near the terminator. Current densities vary in a similar manner, with average current densities around noon almost twice as high as near the terminator. We also find a dawn‐dusk asymmetry in many of the macroscopic parameters; the dawn magnetopause is thicker than at dusk, while the dusk flank is more dynamic, with a higher average normal velocity.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2020
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1029/2019JA027623
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Title: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
  Other : JGR-A
  Abbreviation : J. Geophys. Res. - A
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Publ. Info: Washington, D.C. : American Geophysical Union
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 125 (3) Sequence Number: e2019JA027623 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 0148-0227
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/991042728714264