Cluster as a wave telescope – first results from the fluxgate magnetometer
Abstract. The four Cluster spacecraft provide an excellent opportunity to study spatial structures in the magnetosphere and adjacent regions. Propagating waves are amongst the interesting structures and for the first time, Cluster will allow one to measure the wave vector of low-frequency fluctuations in a space plasma. Based on a generalized minimum variance analysis wave vector estimates will be determined in the terrestrial magnetosheath and the near-Earth solar wind. The virtue and weakness of the wave telescope technique used is discussed in detail.
Key words. Electromagnetics (wave propagation) – Magnetospheric physics (MHD waves and instabilities; plasma waves and instabilities)