Articles | Volume 36, issue 4
Ann. Geophys., 36, 1081–1097, 2018
Ann. Geophys., 36, 1081–1097, 2018

Regular paper 08 Aug 2018

Regular paper | 08 Aug 2018

Cavitons and spontaneous hot flow anomalies in a hybrid-Vlasov global magnetospheric simulation

Xochitl Blanco-Cano et al.


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Short summary
We use the Vlasiator code to study the characteristics of transient structures that exist in the Earth's foreshock, i.e. upstream of the bow shock. The structures are cavitons and spontaneous hot flow anomalies (SHFAs). These transients can interact with the bow shock. We study the changes the shock suffers via this interaction. We also investigate ion distributions associated with the cavitons and SHFAs. A very important result is that the arrival of multiple SHFAs results in shock erosion.