Multipoint measurements hn the magnetosphere: ISTP results and challenges for Cluster II

T.I. Pulkkinen, HEJ Koskinen

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Abstract

We demonstrate the achievments of the ISTP program using two well-studied events as examples and discuss the outstanding issues pertinent to the Cluster II program. The studies of a substorm on May 15. 1996, among many other substorm studies, have revealed the systematic spatial and temporal sequence of the global substorm. We emphasize the open questions related to mesoscale objects such as thin current sheets, bursty bulk flows, localized flow channels. and the reconnection region, and demonstrate the capabilities of the Cluster mission to address these topics. A well-studied storm event on May 15, 1997, is an example of storms during which strong and rapid relativistic electron acceleration occurred deep in the inner magnetosphere. We list some of the open issues related to the particle acceleration, and discuss the fortuituous orbit of Cluster II to examine such processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCLUSTER-II WORKSHOP MULTISCALE/MULTIPOINT PLASMA MEASUREMENTS, PROCEEDINGS
EditorsRA Harris
PublisherEuropean Space Agency
Pages63-69
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)92-9092-796-8
Publication statusPublished - 2000
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventCLUSTER-II Workshop on Multiscale/Multipoint Plasma Measurements - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Sep 199924 Sep 1999

Publication series

NameESA SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS
PublisherEUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
Volume449
ISSN (Print)0379-6566

Workshop

WorkshopCLUSTER-II Workshop on Multiscale/Multipoint Plasma Measurements
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period22/09/199924/09/1999

Keywords

  • THIN CURRENT SHEETS
  • GEOMAGNETIC STORMS
  • MAGNETOTAIL
  • SUBSTORMS
  • DYNAMICS

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