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ANGEO | Articles | Volume 37, issue 3
Ann. Geophys., 37, 325–335, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-37-325-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
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Ann. Geophys., 37, 325–335, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-37-325-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Regular paper 14 May 2019

Regular paper | 14 May 2019

Quasi-separatrix layers induced by ballooning instability in the near-Earth magnetotail

Ping Zhu et al.

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Our research explores a new method for identifying where and when the magnetic field lines in Earth's magnetotail may change its topology through the reconnection process, during which a sudden release of magnetic energy can lead to the brightening of aurora, a process called substorm. Traditionally, the magnetic reconnection was often interpreted using a two-dimensional model, which however does not capture the intrinsically three-dimensional nature of reconnection physics, as we have revealed.
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