Articles | Volume 23, issue 8
08 Nov 2005
 | 08 Nov 2005

Double Star/Cluster observation of neutral sheet oscillations on 5 August 2004

T. L. Zhang, R. Nakamura, M. Volwerk, A. Runov, W. Baumjohann, H. U. Eichelberger, C. Carr, A. Balogh, V. Sergeev, J. K. Shi, and K.-H. Fornacon

Abstract. Previous Cluster observations have shown that the flapping motions of the Earth's magnetotail are of internal origin and that kink-like waves are emitted from the central part of the tail and propagate toward the tail flanks. The newly launched Double Star Program (DSP) TC-1 satellite allows us to investigate neutral sheet at 10-13 Re in the tail. Using conjunctions with Cluster we will have simultaneous observations at 10-13 and 16-19 Re of these flapping motions. In this paper, we present the first results of neutral sheet oscillations observed by the Cluster and Double Star satellites on 5 August 2004.