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ANGEO | Articles | Volume 36, issue 4
Ann. Geophys., 36, 1027–1035, 2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Ann. Geophys., 36, 1027–1035, 2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Regular paper 27 Jul 2018

Regular paper | 27 Jul 2018

A possible source mechanism for magnetotail current sheet flapping

Liisa Juusola et al.

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The Earth's magnetic field is shaped by the solar wind. On the dayside the field is compressed and on the nightside it is stretched as a long tail. The tail has been observed to occasionally undergo flapping motions, but the origin of these motions is not understood. We study the flapping using a numerical simulation of the near-Earth space. We present a possible explanation for how the flapping could be initiated by a passing disturbance and then maintained as a standing wave.
The Earth's magnetic field is shaped by the solar wind. On the dayside the field is compressed...