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See detailEL - a possible indicator to monitor the magnetic field stretching at global scale during substorm expansive phase: Statistical study
Meurant, M.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Blockx, Caroline ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2007), 112

An interesting open question of magnetospheric physics is the understanding of the dynamics of the magnetotail. The question of the field stretching is even more challenging during substorm periods ... [more ▼]

An interesting open question of magnetospheric physics is the understanding of the dynamics of the magnetotail. The question of the field stretching is even more challenging during substorm periods, mainly because of the short time scales involved during such explosive events. In this study, we asses the ability of global scale proton auroral imaging to provide information on the tail stretching during active periods. We base our investigation on more than 250 isolated substorms observed by IMAGE-SI12 between 2000 and 2002. Applying the algorithm proposed by Donovan et al. (2003) for ground based observations to IMAGE-SI12 data, we determine the Equatorial Limit (EL) of the oval and propose to use it as an indicator of the tail stretching. Simultaneous comparison with GOES-8 allows us to estimate how strong is the relationship between the EL position deduced from SI12 and the magnetic field stretching. The EL indicator is shown to be consistent with previous studies (Sergeev and Gvozdevsky (1995) and Blockx et al. (2005)) and is found to be located in average ~1 degree equatorward of the limit deduced from DMSP measurements. The time evolution of the EL magnetic latitude is also presented for different local times relative to the onset position. This evolution of the EL index presents an asymmetric shape following the time of onset, suggesting a more important stretching of the tail duskward of the onset position. This asymmetric stretching is consistent with GOES-8 in situ measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetotail topology around substorm onset time
Meurant, M.; Donovan, E. F.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2006, December 01)

The time evolution of the magnetotail topology during minutes preceding and following substorm onset is an important question of the magnetospheric dynamic. The substorm onset is a local and explosive ... [more ▼]

The time evolution of the magnetotail topology during minutes preceding and following substorm onset is an important question of the magnetospheric dynamic. The substorm onset is a local and explosive phenomenon, which makes it difficult to describe with in situ data. In this study, we investigate this problem thanks the remote sensing data provided by the FUV camera onboard the IMAGE spacecraft. In the first part of this study, we use a set of IMAGE-FUV and GOES-8 simultaneous observations obtained during substorms periods to develop a model of the magnetic field elevation angle at geosynchronous orbit. In the second part, we use a set of 259 substorms observed by the IMAGE spacecraft between 2000 and 2002. Taking advantage of the global scale of the observations provided by IMAGE-FUV, we describe the time evolution of the magnetotail topology provided by the model. An interesting result shows that the field is symmetrically stretched around the onset position before the onset time and this symmetry is broken after onset, with a more important stretching duskward to the onset. [less ▲]

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