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Volume 28, issue 1
Ann. Geophys., 28, 247–265, 2010
© Author(s) 2010. This work is distributed under
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Ann. Geophys., 28, 247–265, 2010
© Author(s) 2010. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  22 Jan 2010

22 Jan 2010

Geomagnetic disturbances on ground associated with particle precipitation during SC

V. Safargaleev1, A. Kozlovsky2, F. Honary3, A. Voronin1, and T. Turunen2 V. Safargaleev et al.
  • 1Polar Geophysical Institute, Apatity, 184200, Russia
  • 2Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, Sodankylä, 99600, Finland
  • 3Department of Communications Systems, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4WA, UK

Abstract. We have examined several cases of magnetosphere compression by solar wind pressure pulses using a set of instruments located in the noon sector of auroral zone. We have found that the increase in riometric absorption (sudden commencement absorption, SCA) occurred simultaneously with the beginning of negative or positive magnetic variations and broadband enhancement of magnetic activity in the frequency range above 0.1 Hz. Since magnetic variations were observed before the step-like increase of magnetic field at equatorial station (main impulse, MI), the negative declinations resembled the so-called preliminary impulse, PI. In this paper a mechanism for the generation of PI is introduced whereby PI's generation is linked to SCA – associated precipitation and the local enhancement of ionospheric conductivity leading to the reconstruction of the ionospheric current system prior to MI. Calculation showed that PI polarity depends on orientation of the background electric field and location of the observation point relative to ionospheric irregularity. For one case of direct measurements of electric field in the place where the ionospheric irregularity was present, the sign of calculated disturbance corresponded to the observed one. High-resolution measurements on IRIS facility and meridional chain of the induction magnetometers are utilized for the accurate timing of the impact of solar wind irregularity on the magnetopause.

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