Articles | Volume 33, issue 3
Regular paper
03 Mar 2015
Regular paper |  | 03 Mar 2015

Azimuthal velocity shear within an Earthward fast flow – further evidence for magnetotail untwisting?

T. Pitkänen, M. Hamrin, P. Norqvist, T. Karlsson, H. Nilsson, A. Kullen, S. M. Imber, and S. E. Milan

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