The Reverse Convection Potential: A Statistical Study of the General Properties of Lobe Reconnection and Saturation Effects During Northward IMF
2009 (English)In: Journal of Geophysical Research, ISSN 0148-0227, Vol. 114, no 6, A06205- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The saturation tendency of the cross-polar potential for southward interplanetary magnetic fields has been the subject of numerous studies, however, the behavior of the reverse convection potential when the IMF is northward remains less clear. In this study, we present a thorough statistical analysis of the 4-cell convection pattern associated with northward IMF and lobe reconnection, based on a large set of DMSP F13 satellite data. Results show a behavior much similar to the southward IMF case, with a clear saturation tendency of the reverse convection potential for strong solar wind electric fields both seen in the data and validated in the statistical analysis. The saturated potential level reaches a limit of about 60 kV, on the order of a fourth of the saturated potential seen for dayside reconnection during southward IMF.
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2009. Vol. 114, no 6, A06205- p.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-10247DOI: 10.1029/2008JA013838ISI: 000267003700003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-70349439089OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-10247DiVA: diva2:212470
QC 20101028. Uppdaterad från Accepted till Published (20101028).2009-04-222009-04-222011-04-05Bibliographically approved