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Regular paper
25 Feb 2020
Regular paper |  | 25 Feb 2020

Plasma transport into the duskside magnetopause caused by Kelvin–Helmholtz vortices in response to the northward turning of the interplanetary magnetic field observed by THEMIS

Guang Qing Yan, George K. Parks, Chun Lin Cai, Tao Chen, James P. McFadden, and Yong Ren

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We present (1) K–H vortices in direct response to the northward turning of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF); (2) solar wind transport into the magnetosphere caused by the K–H vortices, involving both ion and electron fluxes; and (3) typical portraits of the ion and electron fluxes in the regions of plasma transport. The unique characteristics may complement existing observations and enhance our understanding of the K–H vortices and transport process.