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State studies of Earths plasmasphere: A review

Singh, AK and Singh, RP and Siingh, D (2011) State studies of Earths plasmasphere: A review. Planetary and Space Science, 59 (9). pp. 810-834.

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The plasmasphere sandwiched between the ionosphere and the outer magnetosphere is populated by up flow of ionospheric cold (∼1 eV) and dense plasma along geomagnetic field lines. Recent observations from various instruments onboard IMAGE and CLUSTER spacecrafts have made significant advances in our understanding of plasma density irregularities, plume formation, erosion and refilling of the plasmasphere, presence of thermal structures in the plasmasphere and existence of radiation belts. Still modeling work and more observational data are required for clear understanding of plasmapause formation, existence of various sizes and shapes of density structures inside the plasmasphere as well as on the surface of the plasmapause, plasmasphere filling and erosion processes; which are important in understanding the relation of the process proceeding in the Sun and solar wind to the processes observed in the Earth's atmosphere and ionosphere.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Cluster spacecraft; Dense plasma; Density irregularities; Density structures; Erosion process; Geomagnetic field lines; Observational data; Plasmapause; Plasmasphere; Thermal structure; Whistlers, Erosion; Geomagnetism; Ionospheric measurement; Plasma density; Radiation belts; Solar wind, Ionosphere
Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Depositing User: IITM Library
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2014 10:51
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2014 10:51

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