COMPARISON OF S3-3 POLAR CAP POTENTIAL DROPS WITH THE INTERPLANETARY MAGNETIC FIELD AND MODELS OF MAGNETOPAUSE RECONNECTION.

J. R. Wygant, R. B. Torbert, F. S. Mozer

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Abstract

Measurements of the cross polar cap electric potential, by the double probe electric field experiment aboard S3-3, from 55 orbits in the dawn-dusk plane were compared with the reconnection electric fields predicted by a variety of models, both theoretical and experimental. The purpose of these comparisons was to understand the extent to which nonreconnection contributions to the polar cap potential must be included, to determine the time response of the polar cap potential to time varying reconnection rates, and to determine the efficiency and saturation levels of the reconnection process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5727-5735
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Volume88
Issue numberA7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

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