Inconsistency of magnetic field and plasma velocity variations in the distant plasma sheet: Violation of the "frozen-in" criterion?
Measurements of the magnetic field and low energy plasma by the GEOTAIL spacecraft have been used to study the relationship between variations of the plasma velocity and of the magnetic field in the distant (100–200 RE) and middle (40–80 RE) tail. The analysis was carried out separately for the tail lobes and the plasma sheet. It is shown that the absolute values of the magnetic field and plasma velocity, as well as their corresponding components (VX and BX, VY and BY, VZ and BZ), are linearly connected in the tail lobes. In the plasma sheet, however, the plasma velocity and the magnetic field do not seem to be related to one another. The distant plasma sheet seems to be in a regime of turbulence. The diffusion coefficients estimated from our data set of the velocity parameters in the plasma sheet are in good agreement with the theoretical predictions of Antonova and Ovchinnikov (1996, 1999).
|Título de la Revista:||ADVANCES IN SPACE RESEARCH|
|Editorial:||ELSEVIER SCI LTD|
|Fecha de publicación:||2002|
|Página de inicio:||2683|