The Magnetosheath and Its Boundaries

Authored by: David G. Sibeck

Space Weather Fundamentals

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498749077
eBook ISBN: 9781315368474
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315368474-5

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Abstract

5.1 Introduction

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5.2 The Structure of the Steady-State Magnetosheath and Its Boundaries

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 5.2.1 Gas Dynamic Models

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 5.2.2 MHD Models

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  5.2.2.1 Effects of the North/South IMF Orientation on the Locations of the Bow Shock and Magnetopause

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  5.2.2.2 Effects of the IMF Cone Angle on the Bow Shock, Magnetopause, and Magnetosheath

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  5.2.2.3 Plasma Depletion Layer

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  5.2.2.4 Curvature Forces, Accelerated Flows, and Magnetotail Flattening

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  5.2.2.5 Effects of Reconnection on the Magnetosheath Magnetic Field Configuration

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  5.2.2.6 Standing Slow Mode Wave Fronts

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 5.2.3 Hybrid Code Models

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  5.2.3.1 Waves in the Foreshock

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  5.2.3.2 Waves in the Magnetosheath

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5.3 Transmission of Solar Wind Discontinuities and Foreshock-Generated Structures into the Magnetosheath

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 5.3.1 Interplanetary Shocks

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 5.3.2 Rotational Discontinuities

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 5.3.3 Tangential Discontinuities

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5.4 Conclusion

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References

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