EFFECT OF HYDROMAGNETIC WAVES ON THE SHAPE OF THE PLASMAPAUSE BOUNDARY.

R. A. Daly, W. J. Hughes

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Abstract

It is shown that hydromagnetic wave electric fields could cause the fluctuations in cold plasma number density that have been observed as spacecraft cross the plasmapause. To explore the effects of a hydromagnetic wave electric field on the particles in the vicinity of the plasmapause, a simple computer model of the flow of cold plasma in the equatorial plane of the magnetosphere was constructed. A hydromagnetic wave electric field which is localized in space and time is introduced. Particles are perturbed by the wave electric field. The resulting fluctuations in cold plasma number density are most evident in the dusk region and occur over both large (approx. 1 R//E) and small (approx. 0. 1 R//E) distance scales. As these variations in the number density are similar to those observed, hydromagnetic wave electric fields could very well account for the density variations observed in the vincinity of the plasmapause boundary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-542
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Volume90
Issue numberA1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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