The energy-based scaling of a thin current sheet: case study

Y.L. Sasunov, M.L. Khodachenko, I.I. Alexeev, E.S. Belenkaya, E.I. Gordeev, I.V. Kubyshkin

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Abstract

The influence of average plasma energy on the half-thickness ℓ of a thin current sheet (TCS) is investigated for three cases of TCSs crossings. The value of ℓ was estimated from the magnetic field data by means of Cluster observations. The obtained half-thickness values for TCSs were compared with the scaling which assumes a specific dynamics (conservation of magnetic flux through the trajectory segment) of the current carriers. The comparison shows a good agreement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9609-9616
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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