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Some signatures of magnetic field line reconnection
Author(s): Helfried K. Biernat; Vladimir S. Semenov; Nikolai V. Erkaev; Rumi Nakamura; Wolfgang Baumjohann; Stefan Muehlbachler; Charles J. Farrugia; Dieter F. Vogl; Richard P. Rijnbeek
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Paper Abstract

Reconnection of magnetic field lines is a very important coupling mechanism in space for configurations with considerable skew in the magnetic field. In a magnetospheric context such configurations occur at the dayside magnetopause and in the magnetotail. Thus, reconnection couples phenomena prevailing in the solar wind with ionospheric phenomena. We report on the most important signatures of reconnection. Recent developments of reconnection theory are presented. Reconnection phenomena in the tail are briefly discussed.

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Date Published: 28 February 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4678, Eighth International Symposium on Atmospheric and Ocean Optics: Atmospheric Physics, (28 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.458482
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Helfried K. Biernat, Space Research Institute (Austria)
Univ. of Graz (Austria)
Vladimir S. Semenov, Univ. of St. Petersburg (Russia)
Nikolai V. Erkaev, Institute of Computational Modeling (Russia)
Rumi Nakamura, Space Research Institute (Austria)
Wolfgang Baumjohann, Space Research Institute (Austria)
Stefan Muehlbachler, Space Research Institute (Austria)
Univ. of Graz (Austria)
Charles J. Farrugia, Univ. of New Hampshire (United States)
Dieter F. Vogl, Space Research Institute (Austria)
Richard P. Rijnbeek, Univ. of Sussex (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4678:
Eighth International Symposium on Atmospheric and Ocean Optics: Atmospheric Physics
Gelii A. Zherebtsov; Gennadii G. Matvienko; Viktor A. Banakh; Vladimir V. Koshelev, Editor(s)

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