On the growth of mirror mode waves in the magnetosheath based on cluster observations

M. Tátrallyay, G. Erdős, I. Dandouras, E. Georgescu

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The evolution of mirror mode waves was investigated in the magnetosheath based on Cluster magnetic field and plasma measurements during four inbound passes in January–February 2006 when the separation between the spacecraft was about 10,000 km. The growth rates estimated from the amplitudes of the field fluctuations (mainly quasi-sinusoidal oscillations and peaks) observed simultaneously at distant locations were usually smaller than the maximum growth rates calculated from the plasma parameters measured in the magnetosheath suggesting that mirror mode waves do not grow beyond a certain degree, they seem to get saturated. Sudden changes in interplanetary conditions influenced the evolution of mirror mode waves, which were observed when solar wind dynamic pressure and the IMF were relatively quiet and the bow shock region connected to the observation point was quasi-perpendicular, while temperature anisotropy was moderate and ion β was high (Formula Presented) in the local plasma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-385
Number of pages9
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science Proceedings
Issue number202469
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2010
Event15th Workshop on Cluster Active Archive, 2008 - Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Duration: Mar 9 2008Mar 15 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Spectroscopy
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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